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Since 2002, after a serious breakdown, Franny had to express herself on the computer since she couldn’t speak, everything coming out gibberish at that time. She’s slowly healed to the point that she can function fairly well. Writing was the best medicine for her and still is.
Franny, an author of paranormal romance stories, also loves to write about rainforests and Caribbean islands rather than about cities. Her characters are well rounded and share her wacky sense of humor.
What is the thyroid gland?
Your endocrine system is a group of glands in your body (such as the pituitary, thyroid, pancreas, ovaries and testes) that secrete hormones (like growth hormone, thyroid hormone, insulin, estrogen and testosterone) that regulate functions such as metabolism, growth, development and reproduction.
The thyroid gland is the largest gland in the endocrine system. It is a butterfly-shaped organ that sits roughly in the middle of the neck, just below where the Adam’s apple is in men. In your physical exam, when your doctor places a hand on the front of your neck and asks you to swallow, they are doing so to feel your thyroid gland.
What does the thyroid gland do?
The thyroid gland produces three hormones: Thyroxine (T4), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Calcitonin. T4 and T3 are what most people think of as “thyroid hormones.” These hormones play a significant role in your metabolism and in energy regulation in the body. T4 and T3 are made in the thyroid gland from using the building blocks iodine (a trace mineral) and tyrosine (an amino acid). T3 has three molecules of iodine, and T4 has four. You make about four times the amount of T4 as you do T3.
After T4 and T3 are made, they are released by the thyroid gland into circulation. This release happens in response to stimulus from a part of your brain called the pituitary that makes a substance called Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH). TRH tells the thyroid gland to release thyroid hormones into your blood stream.
Thyroid hormones act on almost every kind of cell in your body to increase cellular activity or metabolism. If there is too much or too little thyroid hormone, the metabolism of your entire body is impacted.
Taking Steroids: Is it for me?
Steroids are definitely a tempting option if you are an athlete or if you’re just trying to achieve a goal that is very hard to achieve the natural way. However, taking steroids should not be done on a whim. It is something you should put some serious thought into because it’s a decision that can change your life. Prior to taking the drug you should evaluate your reasoning for wanting to do it. If you want to do it because all of your friends are then you might want to take a step back and put a little more thought into than that.
Actually, the way I see it, gaining incredible muscle bulk and power can be best expressed as a formula that reads as follows: Genetics + Unlimited Training + Unlimited Intensity + Unlimited Nutrition & Supplements + Unlimited Recovery & Sleep = Maximum Muscle Bulk & Power. As you can see, each factor is a single entity, but when they all become a unified entity (at the same time), they become a tremendous force for influencing immense muscle bulk and power. Your body can't help but be "primed" to grow, grow, grow with a speed that will surprise you, and your power will become augmented. As well, you can expect your reserve of energy to be amplified as well as numerous other benefits.
The endocrine system controls the way your body functions. It produces hormones that travel to all parts of your body to maintain your tissues and organs. Here are a few of the areas governed by the endocrine system:
Responses to stress and injury
Growth and sexual development
Body energy levels
Internal balance of body systems
Bone and muscle strength
Adrenal glands - influence the way your body uses energy, they also release a hormone called adrenaline when you are under stress
Hypothalamus - part of your brain that controls hormone production by releasing different chemicals to the pituitary gland
Ovaries - produce estrogen and progesterone in women, and also release egg cells
Pancreas - releases the insulin your body needs to metabolize sugar; problems with the pancreas can lead to diabetes
Parathyroid - located behind the thyroid gland, they are essential for proper bone development
Pineal gland - connects the endocrine system with the nervous system; produces several important hormones, including melatonin, important to sleep/wake cycles and sexual development
Pituitary gland – likely the most important gland in your body, it is crucial to growth, mental development and reproduction; influences or controls the rest of your endocrine system
Testes - produce the hormone testosterone; in men, testosterone maintains sperm production and bone mass
Thymus - crucial to normal immune function in childhood; once a child reaches puberty, its tissue is replaced by fat
Thyroid gland – located in the front of your neck, it releases hormones that control your metabolism and govern the way your body uses energy
It is a well-known fact that smoking reduces fitness. It does this in a number of ways, chiefly by reducing the amount of oxygen available in the body. Since oxygen plays a major role in energy production, even a minor depletion has an impact on physical performance.
MAJOR EFFECTS OF SMOKING ON FITNESS
David Pyne, an Australian sports physiologist, lists the major effects of smoking on the body's respiratory and circulatory system as follows:
High levels of carbon monoxide from smoking reduce the amount of oxygen absorbed into the blood from the lungs.
Carbon monoxide in the blood also reduces the amount of oxygen that is released from the blood into the muscles.
Smoke inhalation has an immediate effect on respiration, increasing airways resistance and therefore reducing the amount of oxygen absorbed into the blood.
Smoking causes chronic (or long-term) swelling of mucous membranes, which also leads to increased airways resistance.
Smoking increases the heart rate for a given level of exercise.
CARBON MONOXIDE - THE MAIN OFFENDER
Carbon monoxide, the same lethal gas which is released by motor vehicle exhausts, is present in cigarette smoke and is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream.
2 Myths About Women and Weight Lifting Debunked
If you lift big, you get big, right? Well, maybe, but then again, maybe not.
It’s long been female gym folklore that to get lean you do high repetitions with a light load to “tone and shape,” while at the same time telling those looking to get bigger that they need to lift heavy. Let’s look at a few misconceptions around this advice.
Myth #1: Tone and Shape
First, that whole “tone and shape” thing needs to be put to bed once and for all. Despite what any piece of marketing tells you there is no training system, method, or tool that will change the shape of a muscle. That is genetically determined. Pilates won’t do it, nor yoga, kettlebells, weightlifting, swimming, or any other thing you care to name. Your parents ultimately have more to do with your possible physique than just about anything else does.
Studies have demonstrated that the use of cannabinoids can reduce anxiety, but it does not have ergogenic potential in sports activities. An increase in heart rate and blood pressure, decline of cardiac output and reduced psychomotor activity are some of the pharmacological effects of THC that will determine a decrease in athletic performance.
Together with a healthy and balanced diet, regular exercise can reduce stress and give you a blissful state of mind that's hard to beat. Some may say marijuana can do that too, but mixing the two isn't a great idea. In the short term, it can detract from your physical performance and cloud your cognitive functions. In the long run, it dramatically increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Drag on the Brain
Smoking marijuana disrupts the area of your brain that handles coordination, perception and motor skills, reaction time and balance. Marijuana also impairs short-term memory and your ability to form new memories. That means you may also experience problems learning and remembering complex exercise routines that require skill and dexterity.
Effects on the Heart
Inhaling marijuana smoke can raise your blood pressure and almost double your heart rate. That leaves you open to a greater risk of heart attack or stroke. It'll also make it tougher for blood to carry oxygen to your muscles and vital organs, such as the heart and brain. This increased strain on your vascular system will lead to shortness of breath and sap your physical ability to keep up with others.
Dried Red Pepper
The compound capsaicin puts the heat in chilies. It may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; studies show it also helps people eat fewer calories. Try hot pepper on pizza or in pasta.
Nutmeg contains antibacterial compounds that may help fight listeria, E. coli, and salmonella, according to research. Try nutmeg in soups or chicken dishes or on sweet potatoes.
Turmeric contains an active component called curcumin, which may stop cancer from spreading and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Try turmeric in soups, stews, or curry dishes.
Natural, Clean Nutrition for Performance
We provide natural supplements for athletes because we ourselves are athletes. We understand the healthy choices needed to be made by athletes, runners, and body builders. Our nutritional supplements are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, providing you with clean fuel for your athletic performance. Unlike other dietary supplements, APS keeps athletic performance in mind (and is the first and only all natural supplements for athletes).
Our natural vitamins (Daily Multivitamin, Immune+, and Omega 3 Fish Oil) are loaded with the nutrients your body needs. Fish oil supplements are known for their Omega 3 nutritional value and fatty acids. For optimal health, taking a multivitamin will help your diet remain well-balanced. Vitamin D deficiency, Vitamin E deficiency, and more can be avoided with multivitamin nutrition supplements.
Fact: bodybuilders deny steroid usage and addiction. Most of the IFBB professionals will never under any kind of circumstances reveal what anabolic drugs they use in order to get muscular and strong. Even the King Of Bodybuilding and eight times Mr.Olympia Ronnie Coleman has denied using muscle enhancing drugs and claims natural status in many of his interviews. Why?
Obviously, all IFBB professionals use banned substances in order to achieve the physiques they bring on Mr. Olympia stage. However, bodybuilding’s capital country is the USA where using steroids is strongly prohibited by the law and anybody who possess such drugs, without having a medical reasons to do so, fears prison sentence. That’s why going on TV and admitting steroid use is like publicly stating that you have robbed a store or a bank – not a very wise move. Many IFBB pro bodybuilders don’t make as much money as you may think and have to work regular jobs in order to have the needed income to support their families and buy the large amounts of food and drugs they need. Former Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman was also a full time police officers during a larger portion of his career and therefore he had even more reasons to hide his affection for muscle elixirs despite the fact that steroids are used by many police officers and military organizations – saying it in public, however, would be considered as an act of sending the wrong message to the general population.
Why does medication use matter?
When you think about losing fat and gaining muscle, you might not think about the role that your medications play in getting results.
But in fact, your medication might be affecting — even actively hampering — your progress.
Here, we’ll look at some of the more common medications, and what effects they can have on your nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness.
At the end of this article, we’ll give you some suggestions about what to do next.
First, three important cautions.
1. We do NOT recommend that you simply quit taking any suspect medications. Always discuss any changes in medication with your doctor and/or pharmacist.
2. We’re NOT saying “medications always bad, pharma-free living always good”. We know that for many folks, medications can mean the difference between a good — or functional — day and a horrible day. If you’re on medications, you probably have some well-founded concerns about your health. We’re simply offering some information that you may not have considered in making your decisions about whether to take a particular drug.
3. We do NOT cover all the potential side effects of a given medication. These side effects are just those relevant to people who are looking to lose fat, gain muscle, and/or improve their athletic performance.
Are Pre-Workouts Bad for You?
When you want to get the most out of your workout, you make sure every rep, step and weight really counts. Of course, dragging yourself out of bed first thing for a workout can be less than inspiring. Enter the pre-workout supplement, designed to help amp you up for a better, more effective workout. But before you down that caffeine-laced drink, make sure you know how it's going to affect your body during exercise -- you may find that a natural alternative is a healthier choice.
While different pre-wrokout supplements make different claims, their main purpose is to supposedly help you get more out of your workout by increasing your energy and blood flow to the extremities. When taken before a workout, they're designed to help you have better focus, lift heavier and have more energy for a tough workout. A study published in a 2010 issue of the "Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition" found that using a pre-workout before exercise did increase cardiovascular activity and anaerobic running capacity in subjects.
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