Archive for April, 2012

Does Drinking Diet Soda Deplete The Body’s Calcium?

April 24, 2012

The average American drinks 216 liters of soda each year.1 Soda drinking has previously been associated with lower bone mineral density in women and children2,3 and one study in particular has focused specifically on the effects of diet soda on bone health. The authors commented that this research was sparked by the observation that diet soda drinking behaviors are often different than regular soda drinking behaviors – women often use diet sodas in an effort to avoid weight gain – either to stave off hunger between meals or as a replacement for calorie-containing beverages. Many women drink over 20 diet sodas per week.4

These researchers discovered that parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations rise strongly following diet soda consumption. PTH functions to increase blood calcium concentrations by stimulating bone breakdown, and as a result release calcium from bone.

In the study, women aged 18-40 were given 24 ounces of either diet cola or water on two consecutive days, and urinary calcium content was measured for three hours. Women who drank diet cola did indeed excrete more calcium in their urine compared to women who drank water. The authors concluded that this calcium loss may underlie the observed connection between soda drinking and low bone mineral density.5

Although caffeine is known to increase calcium excretion and promote bone loss6, caffeine is likely not the only bone-harming ingredient in sodas. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found consistent associations between low bone mineral density and caffeinated and non-caffeinated cola (both regular and diet), but not other carbonated beverages.7 One major difference between the two is the phosphoric acid in colas, absent from most other carbonated beverages.

In the Western diet, phosphorus is commonly consumed in excess – at about 3 times the recommended levels, whereas dietary calcium often low. Although phosphorus is an important component of bone mineral, a high dietary ratio of phosphorus to calcium can increase parathyroid hormone secretion, which is known to increase bone breakdown. Studies in which women were given increasing quantities of dietary phosphorus found increases in markers of bone breakdown and decreases in markers of bone formation.8,9 Therefore it is likely that the phosphorus content of colas triggers calcium loss.

There is nothing healthy about diet soda. It is simply water with artificial sweeteners and other chemical additives, such as phosphoric acid. The safety of artificial sweeteners is questionable, and they provoke the release of insulin and other hormones that regulate blood glucose; their intense sweetness confuses the body, which naturally associates sweet taste with calories – over time, these mixed signals can lead to increased appetite and weight gain.10 Diet sodas don’t just weaken our bones, they are linked to kidney dysfunction and promote obesity; furthermore, in a recent study, older adults who drank diet soda daily had a 43% increased risk of heart attack or stroke compared to those that never drank diet soda.11

1Nation Master. Statistics: soft drinks. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/foo_sof_dri_con-food-soft-drink-consumption
2McGartland C, Robson PJ, Murray L, et al. Carbonated soft drink consumption and bone mineral density in adolescence: the Northern Ireland Young Hearts project. J Bone Miner Res. 2003 Sep;18(9):1563-9. Mahmood M, Saleh A, Al-Alawi F, Ahmed F. Health effects of soda drinking in adolescent girls in the United Arab Emirates. J Crit Care. 2008 Sep;23(3):434-40.
3Tucker KL, Morita K, Qiao N, Hannan MT, Cupples LA, Kiel DP. Colas, but not other carbonated beverages, are associated with low bone mineral density in older women: The Framingham Osteoporosis Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct;84(4):936-42
4Frieden J. ENDO: Diet Soft Drinks Deplete Urinary Calcium. Medpage Today. http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ENDO/20831
5NS Larson, et al “Effect of Diet Cola on urine calcium excretion” ENDO 2010; Abstract P2-198. http://www.endojournals.org/abstracts/P2-1_to_P2-500.pdf
6Vondracek SF, Hansen LB, McDermott MT. Osteoporosis risk in premenopausal women. Pharmacotherapy. 2009 Mar;29(3):305-17. Massey LK, Whiting SJ. Caffeine, urinary cal- cium, calcium metabolism and bone. J. Nutr. 19923 Sep;123 (9): 1611-14
7Tucker KL, Morita K, Qiao N, et al. Colas, but not other carbonated beverages, are associated with low bone mineral density in older women: The Framingham Osteoporosis Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct;84(4):936-42.
8Kemi VE, Kärkkäinen MU, Karp HJ, et al. Increased calcium intake does not completely counteract the effects of increased phosphorus intake on bone: an acute dose-response stu dy in healthy females. Br J Nutr. 2008 Apr;99(4):832-9.
9Kemi VE, Kärkkäinen MU, Lamberg-Allardt CJ. High phosphorus intakes acutely and negatively affect Ca and bone metabolism in a dose-dependent manner in healthy young females. Br J Nutr. 2006 Sep;96(3):545-52.
10Swithers SE, Martin AA, Davidson TL. High-intensity sweeteners and energy balance. Physiol Behav. 2010 Apr 26;100(1):55-62.
Ma J, Bellon M, Wishart JM, et al. Effect of the artificial sweetener, sucralose, on gastric emptying and incretin hormone release in healthy subjects. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2009 Apr;296(4):G735-9. Liang Y, Steinbach G, Maier V, Pfeiffer EF. The effect of artificial sweetener on insulin secretion. 1. The effect of acesulfame K on insulin secretion in the rat (studies in vivo). Horm Metab Res. 1987 Jun;19(6):233-8.
11Gardener H, Rundek T, Markert M, et al. Diet Soft Drink Consumption is Associated with an In creased Risk of Vascular Events in the Northern Manhattan Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jan 27.

Livethesource and YTB – Strange Bedfellows?

April 18, 2012

When you look at it on the surface the merger of Livethesource and YTB would seem to be an odd relationship. What would a nutrition company and the travel company have in common? I agree it does seem like an odd marriage, however if you know anything about Livethesource you know that they don’t run with the pack, they thrive on innovation, change and market disruption

The whole idea of bringing the two companies together revolves around making the company better for the entrepreneurs. Livethesource wanted to give entrepreneurs another source of income to feed into the in-line marketing concept.

YTB is just one of several companies that will be brought into the fold. Several other companies are currently in the evaluation stage and all of these companies will create additional streams of income for the Livethesource entrepreneurs and the YTB entrepreneurs. To have a better idea of how the in-line marketing system of Livethesource works, view the video below.

Maximize Your Inline Marketing Results With Search Engine Optimization

April 9, 2012

Since you have a website, you should be aware of how a search engine ranking determines your success if you are trying to get them to find your livethesource website or a personalized livethesource Inline marketing video. Use this article to learn the ways to move to the top of the rankings through search engine optimization.

Begin by researching SEO and how it works. In an ideal world, people would make the decision as to which sites rank where. However, the way it really works is search engine spiders analyze websites to determine how useful they are in connection with certain keywords. SEO can help your web page rank higher in the search engines and attract more visitors to your site.

Once found, your site is ranked in several different ways by a search engine. For example, a search engine spider will crawl your site and look for specific keywords like Inline Marketing in your content and page titles. A search engine bot searches for sites that are visited most often.

Make sure you understand that it takes time to increase your search engine rankings. But, if you make sure the design and setup of your site is flawless, you will get better search engine ratings. Also, don’t forget the heavy use of keywords like livethesource, inline marketing etc. Place them in titles, headings, and general content wherever you can find the room.

Featured and sponsored links appear above the listings on SERPs, but these paid advertisements are expensive and are usually purchased by companies with a lot of financial clout. Most sites can’t buy good search engine placement directly.

Search engine optimization isn’t done after you’ve figured out your keywords. You can maximize your chances of your website to be ranked with search engines by linking both within your pages, and by linking your site on external pages. Trading links and articles with other relevant sites is a great way to build these connections.

You will want to target your new customers’ interests once you get them to your site. The occasional random site visitor is not likely to actually make a purchase. It’s much better to find potential clients who are looking for your specific product like the Recellerator or Livethesource nano encapsulated vitamin supplement. Try to place advertisements on sites that appeal to your target market.

Businesses of all sizes and types will profit from a personalized website. A good website becomes an absolute requirement if your business relies on attracting customers and making sales online. These are great ways to bring people to your website. Another great way is through video. Here is a video overview of inline marketing.

YTB and livethesource Merger – More Details About YTB

April 7, 2012

This article is a little off the beaten path but because livethesource and YTB have now merged I thought that some of you would like to know a little bit more about YTB.

YTB is publicly traded on the OTC stock exchange under the symbol YTBLA.  They have an exclusive agreement with Travelocity for travel order fulfillment.  YTB is an Internet-based travel booking service for travel agencies and those that work from their home as independent representatives in the US.

YTB Travel is built around the Internet, which is the fastest growing technology in the world.  Booking travel online is the most successful niche of all the world�s Internet e-commerce efforts.  YTB Travel is one of the best kept secrets in the industry.  YTB Travel is really the place to be if you like to travel and earn an income of any level in an industry which is all about having fun.

Facts about YTB

  • YTB is a network marketing company that offers discount travel services as well as a business opportunity to generate income selling YTB travel.
  • YTB is definitely not a lottery ticket or a stock option — meaning, you do not just buy in and wait for a payout.
  • YTB is a  Travel Home Based Business Opportunity that allows you to make money by becoming a RTA or a  Referring Travel Agent
  • YTB is a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA), the lobbying and trade group for multi-level marketing.
  • YTB is powered by Travelocity, Hotels.com, Worldwide Cruise Network, and many other reputable companies.
  • YTB is not one of those home business that promise you to get rich quick.

The YTB Travel Network is a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association). The YTB Travel Network is one of the few network marketing companies which tap into the immense trillion dollar industry. The YTB Travel Network is strong and undergoing some exciting changes.

As professionals in the travel industry, some of the best benefits that you receive as YTB Travel agents are the tax deductions that you get when you travel, even when taking personal or family vacations if it can be tied in with business.

YTB Travel Business is about connecting with others, but the business has transformed into much more than that and this merger with livethesource and it’s inline marketing concept will be explosive.  In conclusion, the YTB Travel business is indeed a very profitable business opportunity especially made for marketers who want to enjoy a successful business career. YTB is definitely the best travel company online and it will continue to grow with livethesource and inline marketing.

Here is a brief video that you may enjoy about YTB … It makes you think about life.

Beginner’s Guide to Becoming Fit

April 5, 2012

Getting in shape is difficult for a lot of people because they can’t find the tenacity to get started. In many cases, they do not how to start, or simply lack the motivation to start. It’s best to start out with fun in mind! These ideas can get you started on your weight loss journey. Music is a key motivator when working out. The music will get you into a rhythm and get your body moving instinctively. As the Law of Inertia states, once in motion, objects continue in motion until exterior forces are present. Start dancing and you will not be able to stop! Dancing is a superb way to work out your body.

TIP! A great way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your nutritional plan is to incorporate a daily vitamin. This way, you can eliminate any gaps that occur in your daily diet, and make sure that your body gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs for good health.

Working out with your favorite people is the best way to get fit. To get your mind off exercising, start up a conversation with someone, as it will make the time go faster. Having a friend work out with you can be an exciting time. If you like to play video games, check out the options offered for workouts. This will offer you a great alternative to your standard workout routine. By participating in a video game, you will not be thinking about the workout you are enduring. The provided distraction will help you stay motivated. Go out shopping for some fun and exciting new clothes for exercise. Make sure you buy clothes that are flattering and that you enjoy wearing. Use your creative skills when choosing an outfit. Adding a little flare may motivate you even more. You will find a vast array of choices in styles, patterns and colors of workout clothes. You can express your true self with creative, fun outfits. If you are happy with what you are wearing, you will have a greater sense of confidence about your exercise regimen.

TIP! A colorful plate is a healthy plate. Fill at least half of your dinner plate with red, orange, and dark green vegetables, and you are on your way to a well balanced meal packed with vitamins and other nutrients.

Doing the same exercises day after day soon leads to boredom. If you find your workout tedious, there’s a good chance you will quit doing it. To keep yourself motivated, switch up your routines regularly. Staying interested in exercise is important so you keep doing it. Even if you just stop for a short time, it can be difficult to get back in the swing of things. When you attain one objective, give yourself a little treat. That will motivate you to move on to your next objective and your ultimate goal. You should make your special reward something that is of personal interest to you, such as a new blouse or a new sexy outfit. Choose rewards that are healthy, easy to access and that won’t set you back. Remember not to compromise yourself by eating a whole cheesecake as a reward! Opt for fat-free or low-fat food options if you are going to reward yourself with food. Staying motivated to move forward on your fitness plan is the reason for the reward. Make your exercise exciting. It does not need to be boring. Exercise can be enjoyable, and there are many ways to accomplish this. Give some consideration to the following ideas as you begin creating your workout plan.

As we stated above in our Tips, nutrition is key. Watch this 1 minute video, you won’t believe what this supplement does in your blood stream after only 3 minutes.

What You Can Do Today To Change To A Healthier Way Of Eating

April 3, 2012

Nutrition is easily overlooked these days. People often gravitate toward foods that are the most convenient and quickest to get. As a result, a lot of people turn to fast foods and packaged meals that can be unhealthy. They do not realize that foods like this do not provide them with the nutrition that they need everyday. If you have been relying on fast foods, here are some simple ways to make the transition to healthier eating.

One way to start your transition is to be mindful of everything you eat at anytime during the day. Before you put anything in your mouth, ask yourself if it is junk food that is full of sodium, fat or sugar. When you remind yourself of how unhealthy the junk food choice is, you will be less likely to eat it. One thing you want to avoid is eating in an automatic mode. Munching on an unhealthy snack while you are working or watching TV can lead you to consuming a big portion of it without your realizing it. This will lead to overeating and excessive weight gain.

If you do not keep unhealthy snacks around, you will be less likely to eat them. Make a point to keep healthy alternatives around to make it more convenient to grab anytime you are hungry. Try crackers made from whole grains that can satisfy your craving for crunchy snacks. Fruits and nuts are rich in nutrients. Munching on veggie sticks can easily help you reach and exceed your daily requirement of vegetables. Shop around, and you will find a lot of healthy options for snacks. Just remember to always snack in moderation.

Start packing your own lunch to work. This way, you can be sure that you are bringing something that is high in nutrients and low in fat and sodium. Foods prepared outside can be loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Going out for lunch everyday can also be costly. Preparing your own lunch does not have to take extra time if you just take your dinner leftovers to work. Nothing can be more convenient or inexpensive.

Vegetables are the best things you can eat in a healthy diet. Most people do not eat enough vegetables daily. Veggies are the cheapest way to get a wide range of vitamins and minerals. They are rich in fiber and anti-oxidants. Eating a large variety of vegetables from different color groups will help you get a wide range of nutrients. They are also very easy to prepare. Salads can be prepared in five minutes by just washing, shredding and tossing veggies together. Sauteing vegetables usually take around five to ten minutes.

Do not overlook the health benefits of foods from other countries. Many countries are known for their healthy ways of eating. For instance, the diets of Greek people are known to be most healthy for the heart because meals are rich in healthy fats, leafy greens and legumes. They also do not overcook their foods. This preserves all of the natural goodness from healthy ingredients.

Transitioning to healthier eating is not that difficult if you put your mind to it. Try these ideas, and you will see positive changes in your health.

Another option called livethesource is revieled in this video.

Ways On How To Fight Back Pain – Naturally

April 2, 2012

Ways On How To Fight Back Pain If you suffer from back pain and are looking for ways to deal with it, this article will give you information, tips and tricks, on how you can do just that. Read through and see which ones will fit your particular circumstances, so that you can begin to deal with the pain. Make sure you are stretching on a consistent basis if you are looking to reduce back pain! Every half an hour of office work, take a few minutes to stretch. Make sure you stretch not only your back muscles, but also your arms and shoulders! You’ll find, if you make this a consistent habit, that your back pain is greatly relieved! Make sure to consult your doctor about alternative methods to treatment as well, including acupuncture and possibly even massage. Other methods as well are available, and these solutions might be of aid to help alleviate your chronic back pain. Acupuncture is a rather old and proven treatment, so be open to different suggested treatments that your doctor might recommend. Sleep on your side. Sleeping on your stomach disrupts your natural lumbar curve, causing you to arch your back and increasing back pain. Sleeping on your back gives you the opposite problem by putting more pressure on your back. Sleeping on your side is the best way to sleep if you want to soothe your back.

TIP! Use chairs that are easy to get into and out of. When chairs are to high or low you will force your back to make unusual and unnatural adjustments when you sit or stand.

An inversion table is a great tool for helping people with back pain. It essentially turns you upside down and reverses the force of gravity, allowing the ideal shifting of your body, weight, and proportionate back. Therefore, it can go a long way in alleviating back pain symptoms and forcing correction. For a lighter amount of back pain one good option that you have is to get a massage. This can be a great way to relax and remove the symptoms of the back pain, but remember that it will do nothing to help with the causes of why you have this pain. Studies have shown that people who suffer from chronic back pain often have a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Those treated with vitamin B-12 showed a significant reduction in back pain and used less medication for their condition. If you suffer from back pain, be sure to get adequate amounts of meat and dairy products which are good sources of vitamin B-12. Back pain is, believe it or not, another of the health risks you can avoid by giving up the tobacco habit. Smoking impedes the flow of oxygen throughout your body, including to your spine and back muscles. With a reduced oxygen supply, these tissues are weaker and more susceptible to injury. Giving up smoking will restore natural oxygen flow to your back.

TIP! As your teacher may have told you when you were young, you shouldn’t have bad posture, so work to keep the right posture if you want to help ease your back pain. Always strive to keep your back straight, your shoulders squared, and your head high.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, getting a simple massage can help to eliminate the pain and muscle cramping. Whether you’re visiting a massage therapist or just relaxing in one of those massaging chairs, receiving a massage can help to loosen the muscles and subsequently relieve the pain of a back ache. You probably know exactly how bad it is to miss out on important family moments because of a bad back. It is normal to have a sudden problem and not even realize it is coming. This article should help you to know how to deal with the common problems associated with back pain.

Here is a video from a young man who found relief from his back pain with all natural nutrition.