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mmCollagenProApril 24, 20185min1350

When it comes to sports, most athletes know that it is best to have the highest natural human growth hormone (HGH) levels as possible. This is because HGH is so instrumental in the development of muscle and muscle strength.

A lot of athletes have turned to HGH supplements to increase their HGH levels, but there are a few simple workouts that can achieve the same effect. When looking at these different workouts, they all boil down to one thing: lactate threshold.

Understanding the Lactate Threshold

When start a workout, you probably start with a quick warm-up. This might be on a treadmill or a stationary bicycle and will usually last for about 10 minutes. During this warm-up, your body produces lactic acid.

In actuality, your body produces lactic acid for pretty much every movement you make. Checking your mail? Lactic acid. Making your bed? Lactic acid. Walking the dog? Lactic acid. I think you get the point.

The reason that you don’t feel sore in the morning after these activities is because your muscles are able to clean the lactate out of your bloodstream quicker than your body can produce it.

Going back to your workout, let’s say that you were to decide to do a thirty minute timed run after your warm-up. As you run, your heart rate increases as it works harder to pump oxygen to all of the muscles that are working hard. At the same time, your lactic acid levels increase as well. Unlike in your warm-up, however, your body starts to produce much faster than your muscles are able to clean up. At this point, you have reached your lactate threshold.

Simply put, the lactate threshold is the point when lactic acid begins to collect in the bloodstream. When you reach this point, you can count on feeling the effects in your muscles for the next two days.

When this lactate threshold is breached, your muscles get bogged down with the demands placed upon them as well as the excess lactic acid in the bloodstream. Once you have exceeded this threshold, you will only be able to maintain your pace for 30 minutes at the most.

Your Lactate Threshold and HGH

In order to perform exercises that cause an increase in HGH production, it is necessary to exercise above the lactate threshold. This is because all of that lactic acid signals the brain to produce increased amounts of HGH in order to minimalize pain and repair any muscle damage done while exercising.

Also, HGH is closely involved with muscle development, meaning that working out above the lactate threshold will actually result in larger muscle mass.

Your Lactate Threshold

In order to find out what your lactate threshold is, you can either go to a lab and have a test performed, or perform a test yourself.

If you are figuring this out by yourself, all you need to do is exactly what was described above: run for 30-minutes as fast as you can. You can’t slow down at any point, so make sure that you start out slow enough to maintain the pace you started with. Make sure to use a heart rate monitor as well.

After your run, look at your heart rate results for the last 20 minutes. The average of all of these numbers is your lactate threshold. Once you know this, you can pay attention to your heart rate and know for certain which exercises push your heart and lactate production so that you can increase HGH production as well.


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mmCollagenProApril 13, 201818min1550

From mainstream tourism strategies to quirky local solutions, wellness tourism is driving destination development and hotel investments. Wellness is both a simple and a complex concept. At its simplest it is about destinations ensuring that it can provide its guests with an integrated, seamless experience of exercise indoors and outdoors, culture, good food, relaxation and traditional spa treatments. At its most complex, it is about ensuring a seamless and integrated range of experiences that deliver recuperation, relaxation and regeneration for its guests.

According to Myers, Sweeney and Witmer, the authors of Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle Manual: A Holistic Model of Wellness, published in 2000, wellness is increasingly recognized. As stated in the book, wellness is defined as: “[a] gateway to emotional, spiritual and psychological well-being. A way of life orientated towards optimal health and well-being in which the body, mind and spirit are integrated by the individual to live more fully within the human and natural community.”

Clearly, therefore, wellness or well-being tourism is fundamentally part of this equation and has to satisfy the mind, body and the soul.

This holistic approach to wellness tourism is now creating major opportunities for destinations, resorts, spas, hotels and other smaller businesses throughout the tourism industry. New market trends continue to highlight the importance of the authentic, the local and the real in creating a wellness experience. Consumers are actively seeking out and purchasing holiday packages that deliver this combination of experiences that embrace a full range of emotional and physical factor from locally sourced food to unique spa treatments using indigenous raw materials.

There is now a place in the global cauldron of product development for the extremely local solutions. This is especially the case in terms of wellness tourism and destination development. As the 2007 MINTEL Study of Health and Wellness Holidays reports:

“Once upon a time, most holidaymakers were happy to return home with a suntan and a bottle of the local hooch. In the future, will they be bringing back a greater sense of well-being, a major life-shift, a new look and maybe even new body parts? Healthy eating, nutrition, exercise, beauty treatments, relaxation and pampering to counter work stress are all increasingly becoming part of people’s daily lives. Many holidaymakers are now looking to incorporate these elements into their breaks.”

Wellness Tourism

This trend is having a profound impact upon successful destination development, especially destination branding and market positioning. Over the past decade a number of leading tourism countries have strategically realigned their brand and position with wellness tourism. This includes Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Slovenia and Finland in Europe. In addition, a number of emerging destinations have chosen to align their brand and position with wellness and well-being. These destinations include Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and Croatia.

Switzerland and Austria are particularly interesting examples. In the past three years, the World Economic Forum has recognized these two countries as the world’s most successful tourism economies. It is no coincidence that, in both cases, their national strategies over the past ten years have focused upon wellness tourism.

In the case of Switzerland, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism’s contribution to Switzerland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is currently 12.1 percent (CHF 64.6 bn; £36.26 bn; US$ 60.0 bn). There are some 712,000 jobs supported by the industry, representing 15.6% of all employment. Direct tourism employment accounts for 309,000 jobs. This is expected to rise to over 766,000 jobs or 16.8 percent of all employment over the next ten years.

At the heart of this revival has been the emphasis placed upon wellness and well-being tourism. Today, Switzerland is an example of the best practice in its overall strategic approach to tourism development through its creativity and innovation in delivering high quality spa and wellness products.

Wellness is regarded as part of the core appeal of Switzerland for both leisure and business tourism.
“Nature, authenticity, health and high standards are the central positioning elements of Switzerland,” said Jürg Schmid, CEO of Switzerland Tourism. “Consequently, wellness is entirely integrated into our overall brand and positioning. Our premiere, world famous wellness hotels such as the Ragaz Resort, Tschuggen Arosa, Victoria Jungfrau and the Dolder Grand amongst others help to reinforce Switzerland as a top wellness destination.”

The emphasis is very much upon combining sophisticated delivery and design with getting back to basics, local materials, local herbs and local food. The philosophy is nature at its heart and the emphasis upon Swiss culture.

Wellness Standards

The wellness initiative is underpinned by a strategic partnership between Switzerland Tourism and the Swiss Hotel Association. The Swiss Hotel Association has developed detailed specifications for the wellness sector, introducing two quality grades. This has the advantage of:

  • Greater clarification of products on offer for the consumer allowing easier selection and choice.
  • Greater differentiation between products and providers.

All participating wellness hotels must achieve a minimum 3-star standard and all must quality for W1: Wellness Hotel status. The two categories of wellness are:

W1: Wellness Hotels. These hotels must offer a good range of wellness facilities including swimming pool, saunas, treatment rooms and a free programme of activities indoors and outdoors.

W2: Top Wellness Hotels. These 4 to 5-star hotels fulfil additional requirements in terms of infrastructure and the variety of services provided. Wellness in these hotels celebrates style.

In 2008, there were 80 wellness hotels recognized in Switzerland under these standards of wellness with 58 participating in the marketing campaign, of which 60 percent are in the top range. Interestingly, whilst the number of overnights in Swiss hotels has increased by percent since 1997, growth in overnights in the wellness hotels has been 32 percent.

In Slovenia, the Slovenian Tourist Board has prioritized investment in spa hotels alongside the development of holidays that promote the enjoyment of the outdoors. Similar strategies are now omnipresent in Austria, Finland, and to a lesser extent, in other European countries especially those with a traditional spa product, such as Hungary and Slovakia.

In every case, there is a clear acceptance of the biophile effect. This highlights the beneficial health impact of exercising in a high quality natural environment where the stimulation of clean air, good views, peace and tranquillity significantly enhances the feeling of well-being.

Back to Basic Trends

Embracing these back to basic trends has resulted in the renaissance of many of Europe’s traditional spa resorts and destinations.

The most important factor linking all of these initiatives to capture the demand for well-being tourism is the availability of naturally occurring resources that have a proven benefit for improving a person’s health, either in terms of helping improve or cure particular ailments or in generally making someone feel good.

These natural resources can include:

  • Geo-thermal waters
  • Waters rich in minerals, including sea water
  • Minerals, especially salt
  • Special muds
  • High quality air
  • Seaweed
  • Dry warm climate.

Increasingly, tourists are seeking to convert their everyday lifestyle activities into their holiday experience. As a result, they are seeking destinations that provide them with a palette of opportunity to pursue their leisure activities, while at the same time having access to spas, natural treatments, relaxation and quality accommodation with good locally-produced food and drink. The motivation has increased to find destinations that can deliver a high quality holistic experience based on well-being.
In this context, the traditional spa, especially those based upon naturally occurring products, is undergoing a major renaissance across Europe.

The three main themes in this process of regeneration are:

  • The major forces of change in the structure of the supply of well-being products; known as the push factor.
  • The stimuli resulting from changes in demand for well-being products; known as the pull factor.
  • The response by the spa and resort destinations to these forces and stimuli.

The Forces of Change – The Push Factors

  • The erosion of state support for traditional treatments as part of the health care system, especially in Germany and Italy, which is directly affecting spas in Italy, Slovenia and Austria. Until recently up to 70 percent of visitors to spas in Germany, Italy and France were subsidised.
  • The need to move away from the purely medical focus and an old-fashioned image of convalescence, old people and sanatorium atmosphere.
  • Increasing competition from new destinations including modern hotel-based resorts investing heavily in spa facilities.
  • The dramatic decline of long-stay holidays, within which a three or four week course of treatments could be organized.

New Demand Stimuli – The Pull Factors

Nine key factors can be identified that are dramatically stimulating fresh demand for a new approach to well-being tourism in Europe:

  • Changing attitudes to health care and the growing recognition of the importance of prevention rather than cure associated with a general search for all round well-being benefits of a holiday, as well as in consumers’ everyday lifestyles.

The Motivations for a Health Break:

 

Physical Psychological
Diet Energy
Exercise Optimism
Rest Self Esteem
Sleep Confidence
Pampering Well-being
Stress Management Happiness
  Long Life
  Cerebral
  Self Development

 

  • The growing interest in alternative and complementary medicine and treatments with the commensurate reduced reliance on Western medicine and drugs. This is in part fuelled by experiences gained while travelling in the Far East and Asia. Over 50 percent of the adult UK population have tried at least one alternative therapy.
  • Ageless populations seeding ways to live healthier and longer.
  • Generic changes in structural demand for holiday trips with the growth of the short break, the rejection of the traditional sun-sand-sea equation of the late 20th Century and the underlying search for new soft experiences.
  • The need to find an antidote to busy stressful lifestyles. A recent survey by GPs in the UK revealed that 68 percent of adults recognize that a holiday could improve stress-related illnesses and diseases of modern life, such as obesity.
  • Despite the increasing reluctance of many governments to support a visit to a spa as part of health promotion, ironically, many medical insurance companies are advocating and giving incentives to spas as part of a healthy lifestyle through reduced premiums.
  • The search to find a balance in life through mind, body, soul as an antidote to technological dependency and artificial living through a desire to find natural goods and local products.
  • The impact of low cost airlines that are now creating easy access to airports that is close to traditional spa resorts.
  • The importance of private sector investment in traditional spas stimulating fresh ideas and being more market focused.

Functional Exercise

A novel aspect of the search for authenticity in the new wellness paradigm is the emergence of functional exercise and the outdoor gym. Functional exercise is the substitution of exercise using modern aerobic and cardio equipment with doing basic tasks normally associated with country or outdoor living, such as lifting and stacking hay bales, splitting logs, erecting fencing and sawing timber. This phenomenon clearly gives considerable scope for an interesting range of novel forms of rural tourism.

Aligned to this exercise in the outdoors is the emergency of the outdoor gym. This involves the installation of a number of exercise stations in an open-air environment often involving natural features such as rock outcrops or trees. For example, Adidas has recently announced plans for a chain of outdoor gyms called ‘Adizones’ with installations created by The Great Outdoor Gym Company. Good examples of the outdoor gym concept include:

  • The Copperhood Inn and Spa in New York State
  • The Turtle Cove Spa at Mount Ida in Arkansas
  • Red Mountain Spa in Utah
  • The Terme di Saturna in Italy

The consumers’ search for the different and the unique has also resulted in some extremely quirky wellness initiatives. For example, in eastern Austria, the Marienkron Abbey in Burgenland offers a spa break with a difference where a community of Cistercian nuns operate a wellness centre. Dominican nuns at a centre near Koblenz in Germany replicate a similar idea. In both instances, guests are put through their physical and spiritual paces.

Conclusion

In short, wellness tourism is about getting back to basics and connecting visitors to nature, natural resources and local culture and local products. Perhaps this wellness concept and approach is best illustrated by the role of the sauna in Finnish tourism.

In a recent edition of “Meet in Finland”, the Finland Convention Bureau describes the importance of the sauna in Finnish culture. The article reports that “the sauna is a holy ritual, performed in a silence … a matter as much for the mind and spirit as for the body”.

This is a clear-cut message to a core target market in business tourism of the importance of wellness tourism to this destination. Others are clearly following in these footsteps.


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mmCollagenProJuly 13, 20174min120

Mental health is quintessential and must not be compromised or ignored for any of the reasons. It indicates that the person being talked about has a working mind without any kinds of mental illnesses and is psychologically well in all aspects. Thus, it comes in the picture “Mental Health Day.” Like other days, it is being talked about in the United States of America and New Zealand. In very simple words, it is a day dedicated to the mental well-being rather a day off from office due to physical illnesses.

Recently, the internet came abuzz when a woman tweeted her boss and informed her teammates that she is taking off for two days in order to pay the much-needed attention to her mental well-being. She said she would get back to work fully refreshed and rejuvenated and would give her 100% in the future projects. Mental Health is a widely talked about the concept in the American states and is given due to importance.

Case of a Michigan-based web developer

In fact, the CEO of her company appreciated her mail and the honesty shown by her to her teammates. Madalyn Parker, a Michigan-based web developer suffering from depression and anxiety recently sent an email to her team informing them about her absence for two days in order to work on her mental health. Her boss appreciated her for her frankness and her willingness to talk on this otherwise taboo subject. He even thanked her for setting an example for others, making them think to take the sick leaves for rejuvenating the mind, and coming back refreshed to the office and gives the best one can.

Mental health is not too different from normal health these days

After this, mental health has been considered as a normal health issue, especially in the typical workplaces wherein people are ready to say that they are sick but not mentally sick. In fact, the CEO feels that the employees for giving their best to the organization and making their work more productive should regularly follow such practices. According to him, jobs these days are not very much the same as they were earlier. Nowadays, the job demands more from a person and thus comes the need for official mental health leaves.

More so the brain should not be treated differently at all as it also needs rest at regular intervals. Like the injured athlete gives him/her a break to recover from the harm, hence, do the employees working in a typical workplace need to do.  The idea of celebrating mental health day must be appreciated for all the right reasons, and people must vote in for the same as and when possible.

To conclude, it is believed that the Americans are in need of these mental health leaves. In fact, they must take this concept forward and spread the same across the globe barring any exceptions of any kind. Mental health must be given the significant importance in any of the workplaces. Sick leaves must be utilized for the same to come out as a totally different person.


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mmCollagenProApril 18, 20175min140

Women are always thoughtful about their skin and beauty so most of them use the beauty treatments and therapies to throw the young look. With the time, the charm of these treatments diminishes and one has to attend sittings wasting a large amount of money. The skin needs rejuvenation and relaxation because of the changing lifestyle so that a person can look beautiful, and this will help in saving the women from showing the signs of aging at an early time. For rejuvenation & beauty, one can go along with the following best natural tips provided by various beauty experts and women should relieve themselves of stress and anxiety too:

Massaging with Coconut Oil

The coconut oil helps in making the skin gorgeous and rejuvenated as one can warm the coconut oil and apply it on the skin while leaving it overnight. This remedy makes the skin smooth and moisturized and proves useful for dry skin in the winters.

Drink Lemon Juice

Lemon juice helps in maintaining the rejuvenation & beauty as it reduces the spots of aging and any other sign of aging. The Lemon contains Vitamin C helps in protecting the skin from the free-radical damage and works as a strong antioxidant.  Even its bleaching properties help in improving the skin complexion. Women can use them by pouring few drops of honey on half lemon, stroke it gently in an upward direction, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse your face.

Mashed Papaya

Papaya also helps in rejuvenating the skin as it has antioxidant properties, and it is rich in Vitamin A, C and E. The hydroxyl acids in the papaya help in exfoliating the skin as it keeps the skin soft, moisturized and smooth. Other beneficial properties of using papaya are the treatment of blemishes, acne, kinds of facial problems and dark spots. It can be used by taking two tablespoons of mashed papaya, half teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. After applying the paste for 15 minutes, one should wash it off with the warm water and after that, one can splash some cold water on the face.

Apply Tomato Juice

It is also one of the effective remedies for skin rejuvenation & beauty, as it is a great source of anti-aging properties of lycopene antioxidant that protects the skins from harmful UV rays of the sun. The Vitamin C found in the tomatoes supports the collagen production and safeguards the body cells from free-radical damage.  The mask can be formed by taking three tablespoons of tomato juice, two tablespoons of milk cream and one tablespoon of lemon juice. One should apply this paste for 15 minutes and wash it off with the cold water. Ladies can also use the fresh tomato puree for treating blemishes or pimples by applying for 20 minutes and then rinse it.

Lastly, there are many natural remedies for rejuvenating the skin and these can be found at your home. These spontaneous remedies do not require any expensive material, as these are the things that can be found in your kitchen or your food table. The natural oils, fruits, and vegetables act as great antioxidants and work well by providing freshness to the skin.


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mmCollagenProApril 16, 20175min390

Hairs depict the overall beauty of a person as the ones with strong and beautiful hairs can carry themselves in nearly all attires. The major concern nowadays that is usually faced by both the sexes is of hair fall. For most of the people, it is in abundance and for others, it results in the thinning of their hairs. In this situation, it is best to make use of important natural Herbs that will help in healthy growth of hairs in both men and women. People can refer to top five herbs that will help you to avoid the usage of harmful chemicals or intake of loads of medicines:

Gooseberry or Amla

Amla or the Gooseberry helps is loaded with the antioxidants and Vitamin C that helps in the collagen production. It boosts the rate of hair growth and ensures that a person gets healthy hair. One can use Amla powder with coconut oil by mixing them and can apply it to the hairs. It can also be mixed with water to form the paste and can be applied to the hairs as a mask and after 30 minutes of application, it can be rinsed off with the cool water.

The Culinary Herbs

Many herbs are rich in iron and helps in the improvement of hair growth. One can even find many spices that have nutrients rich in iron. One can get their share by drinking herbal tea or these can be consumed in a supplemented form. Even the culinary herbs can be used to prepare the paste and can be applied on the hairs too. The culinary herbs that people can choose are the parsley, bay leaves, coriander leaves, rosemary, sage, curry powder, etc.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is known for containing the enzymes that help in the promotion of hair growth and eradicates dead skin cells from the hair follicles. The dead scalp cells and the sebum can be broken down with the help of the keratolic action of the Aloe Vera. The hair growth is promoted by bringing the alkaline properties of the Aloe Vera in one balance. People can use Aloe gel that is excellent moisture and is a prominent protein that makes up the moisture and helps in the promotion of hair growth.

Brahmi

Brahmi or scientifically known as the Bacopa Monnieri is generally used in the powdered or oil form to be applied on hair for promoting the hair growth. The paste can be formed by mixing the powder with water and should be applied to the scalp and hairs for an hour. The usual benefit of Brahmi herb is it nourishes scalp, reduces stress and promotes hair thickness.

Lavender

This is one of the most prominent herbs that help in leaving distinctive aroma and contains anti-microbial and inflammatory properties. Lavender protects the hairs from lice as it can be added to the carrier oil that a person usually uses. Its benefits are keeping the scalp healthy and controlling the production of oil.

These are some of the top five herbs for the people to pick for getting thicker and healthier hair as these herbs help in maintaining the keratin level.


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mmCollagenProApril 16, 20175min880

Vitamins are essential for healthy living as they are essential nutrients required by the human body for tissue repair, production of cells and other metabolic activities. The human body can only produce Vitamins like D, K and B and rest of the Vitamins are supplied through the dietary supplements. Most of them are water or fat-soluble so the water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored by body as they are flushed out and other Vitamins helps in maintaining the human health. Here are some of the top five vitamins and their health benefits that people can look forward and include them in their daily diet:

Vitamin A

The Vitamin A or the Retinol is helpful in treating eye disorders, skin infections and disorders, acne and speeds up the healing process of the wounds. The intake of Vitamin A also prevents cataract and macular degeneration. People can find this Vitamin in milk products, fish oils and organ meats. Beta-Carotene is mainly found in vegetables such as spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Other sources of Vitamin A include Dark-colored fruits, Egg Yolk, Liver, fish, beef, cheese, butter, etc.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is eight in number and is a water-soluble vitamin that has many health benefits and is attained from many sources. Vitamin B1 is necessary for improving nerve cell function and is obtained from dried milk, egg, peas, nuts, etc. Vitamin B2 helps in growth and production of red blood cells. Vitamin B5 helps in synthesizing the cholesterol and converts fat into energy and is obtained from Avocado, organ meats, whole-grain cereals, etc. Vitamin B6 plays an important role in healthy functioning of the brain, maintenance of normal nerve function, formation of red blood cells.

Vitamin C

According to the experts, amongst varied types of Vitamins, the Vitamin C is one of the most effective and safe nutrients. It protects human body against the cardiovascular diseases, deficiency of immune system, wrinkling of the skin and eye diseases. This Vitamin acts as an antioxidant and helps in absorption of iron. The source of Vitamin C includes potatoes, spinach, citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.

Vitamin D

It is also known as the sunshine vitamin as it can be produced inside the body while its exposure to the sunlight or can be taken through the dietary supplements. The Vitamin D helps in the regulation of phosphorus and the calcium absorption in the body. It protects against diseases like type one diabetes, cancer, etc. It helps in maintaining the health of bones, brain, immune system, teeth, lungs, etc. Its main source includes cod liver oil, cheese, cream, yogurt, fortified cereals and fishes like salmon, herring, etc.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps in combating free radicals that can damage the body cells, protects against premenstrual syndromes, neurological and eye diseases. Its consumption helps in improving the immunity level, reduction in cholesterol level and lowers the risk of development of cancer. The varied sources are papaya, dark green vegetables, wheat germ, corn etc.

Lastly, with the intake of these Vitamins, people can lead a better and healthy life, as they will be able to keep their body and mind fit by averting many deadly diseases.