Cholesterol and Bodybuilding

exerciseToday I want to talk about something that I feel that is very important, its cholesterol and bodybuilding. I want to dig into this. Bad cholesterol, also known as LDL. When it’s too high, it can actually block blood flow in your arteries to your brains which can actually lead to a stroke which can lead to a heart attack. What you really want to do is try to lower your LDL. You want to take a look at what you are eating and things on your diet that can be contributing to a high LDL. You really want to eat foods that would encourage high HDL or good cholesterol.

High HDL is actually good for your health and it lowers LDL. It does a couple of things for you. You’ll be surprised. I was looking at the foods that I was eating. I was eating bags of precooked chicken breasts and I didn’t realize that I was eating about 8oz of chicken with every meal. I had about 50% of the recommended daily allowance of cholesterol. Actually, I don’t really have a clue. Its grilled chicken, how much is freaking cholesterol in grilled chicken. But unfortunately, I had a lot man. Then I started looking at some other different types of cholesterol.

What I like to do is break down couple of foods that are high in bad cholesterol that will contribute to an unhealthy heart. Then I want to go on a couple of foods that will actually raise HDL and lower your LDL.

You’ll be surprised. Some protein powders do have a significant amount of cholesterol in it. Especially weight gainers, it typically has a significant amount of cholesterol in there. Not all whey proteins so take a look and do your research before you make a buy if you are looking to lower your bad cholesterol.

Shrimp is horrible in cholesterol. Cheese is horrible. Egg yolks, they say 1 a day is good. But who wants 1 egg yolk a day? Usually, you want 3-5 eggs but too many egg yolks are not good. Butter is not good. Fast food and processed meat or foods are not good. Also liver, it’s like pure cholesterol. Saturated fats actually contribute to high bad cholesterol and also dairy products. The whole idea is to try to avoid too much of it for sure.

Some ways that you can actually raise your HDL and lower you LDL is to take fish oil. Salmon, Omega 3 fatty acids, as a bodybuilder you should really consider thinking about supplementing good fish oil. Taking moderate alcohol consumption is also good. Maybe a glass of wine a night can actually raise your HDL.

Monounsaturated fats are so good for you. It’s good for raising your HDL. Olives, almonds, avocados also the fats in peanut butter things like that.

Fiber is pretty cool with cholesterol. It soaks up cholesterol kinda like a sponge. It soaks up that LDL or bad cholesterol. Cranberry juice is also actually good at raising your HDL. Lastly, of course, start working out. Doing your exercise is gonna keep your heart healthy and keep a good HDL level.

Your total cholesterol should be under 200. So when you get your blood work done which I admonish you to do at least once a year. They’re gonna show you all these HDL, LDL, cholesterol and here are the numbers you should be considering.

HDL or good cholesterol should be over 60 and LDL or bad cholesterol should be less than a 100. That is a healthy heart ratio. You want to be at around 4.0 area of the ratio of cholesterol versus bad cholesterol.

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Errors With Windows 10 Upgrade

windows bugsThere was a lot of hype surrounding Windows 10. So when it finally came out most users made the switch. Switching to Windows 10 is free if you are already a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 users. They made the upgrade easier as the option to upgrade simply appears at the bottom of your taskbar. Being the latest version the decision to switch was a no brainer for most. It can’t be worse than Windows 8.1. Right? New version usually means more functionality and better support.

However, as with all new OS, the transitioning takes a bit of time. Getting used with all the new features can be a bit frustrating at first, particularly if you have work to finish. Most businesses rushed with the upgrade to be included on the free Windows license. They didn’t expect the incompatibility of some of their software for the Windows 10. With work piling and the clock ticking, most businesses got infuriated with the OS and filed complaints.

There was also complaints where they said that the computers got slower because of the Windows 10 upgrade. Some couldn’t get their PowerPoint working as well as other issues. But the main complaints were the incompatibility. Most companies use a software of their own that has their on function for their specific businesses, and this was the main problem. It wouldn’t work.

Then came the IT support companies. With the new features of the operating system of Windows 10, some of the older software just can’t adapt, so with a bit of tweaking and alterations they restored the proper functions of the devices and started working on the solutions for each bug. So with a bit of time, they came up with how to fix guide that can restore the compatibility issues for the common software being used on businesses. Most of the solutions now can be found on the net, all complete with guides and instructions and even a third party software if needed.

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Natural Fertility Tips

fertility tipsAre you dreaming of having a baby but it’s taking too long to get pregnant? You know that there is a problem because you’ve been trying so hard but still, nothing happens. Your doctor isn’t able to help and you keep skipping from one doctor to another. You’re thinking outside the box but you don’t have the money to do special treatments like In-vitro fertilization, insemination or other expensive medications. Don’t lose hope because many have tried to do it naturally and they have become successful in getting pregnant. You can increase your fertility naturally.

If you are not diagnosed with any disorder and the problem is still unidentified, you can change your lifestyle and follow some natural fertility tips. Maybe you are just too stressed and you are not eating well. It can be a simple factor but it can greatly affect fertility. Being lean doesn’t automatically mean you’re healthy. You need to eat the right kind of food. You should not eat foods that are too salty or too sweet. It is also important to avoid fast foods. You need to minimize bad fats and make sure you get the good fats. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables but don’t forget to get a good excellent source of protein.

Along with balanced diet is  regular exercise in order to maintain a healthy body weight. Remember that a healthy lifestyle can really help a lot to increase the chances of getting pregnant.

If you are smoking and drinking alcohol, you need to stop. It will impair your ability to produce good healthy eggs and sperm cells.

Also, if you are getting too stressed and your workload keeps adding, maybe you should make time to make yourself feel relax and free your mind from all the stress related problems. It is not only physical preparation but you also need to be mentally prepared and healthy. You can have a regular massage to ease the tension on your muscles and that will make you feel more relaxed.

If your body and mind are in good condition, everything else will follow. There is also a perfect timing to have sexual intercourse with your partner. The best time is in your fertile window which is going to last six days every month. So make this precious six-day count. This is your ovulation period where your body is releasing the egg. If you are having a regular menstruation or 28-day menstrual cycle, your ovulation period is in the middle of the cycle. If you don’t want to be precise because this period can be hard to pinpoint especially if you have irregular menstruation, just observe yourself. Checking your cervical mucus can be the easiest way. It should be an egg white like consistency.

Don’t stress yourself having sex every day because it won’t help. Having sex every other day can improve the quality of sperm compared to everyday sex. Just don’t miss the opportunity while you’re in your fertile window.

Follow this simple tips and it will really help you to your successful pregnancy.

How To Get The Best Door

As with any part of your house, you should take a fair amount of thinking when buying your interior door. If you are remodeling or just want to change the ambiance of a room, picking the right door is as important as the other parts of the room.

There are a lot of factors but we’ll only focus on three main ones. These are door framing, door swing and door style.

Door Framing

The frame is the where the hinges of your door are attached to. They hold your door to the wall. You’d want to use only the strongest materials because, in the long run, it saves more money. A bespoke wooden door newcastle might be needed if the room is out of the normal size.  If you are not sure or don’t know how to frame, it is better to hire a professional help.

You can choose between a slab door or a pre-hung door. A slab door is just the actual door itself without a frame. A pre-hung door is already mounted to the frame with hinges attached.

Door Swing

Before going to the store be sure to identify how you would like the door to open. Check if it may hit something when it opens. The position of the knob should also be considered. There are some basic rules like a door should not open into a corridor or the main entrance of your home should always open inward.

Door Styles

You can experiment with the style of your door but it is advisable to match some of the elements in your home so that there is uniformity. The size of the room should be considered too when choosing the size of the door. Bigger rooms should use big doors likewise, small rooms should use smaller doors.

red doorThere a few types of doors to choose from:

  • Sliding doors -mostly used in closets
  • Folding doors – saves space and is used in laundry or pantries, good for small spaces
  • Panel doors – the most common door, used on home entrance
  • Dutch doors – a door divided horizontally, the top half can swing open
  • Pocket doors – basically the same as sliding doors except that its panel hides on the wall

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Save Money by Doing Your Own Car Repair

impalaI spend a lot of money on car repairs on my 2000 Chevy Impala. When I look at the receipt, I noticed that most of the bill goes to labor (less than half goes to parts) and I started thinking that I could do some of this stuff myself. In full disclosure, I am not a car person. If I get a flat tire on the side of a highway, I will call AAA to come and change the tire rather than do it myself (I pay for AAA for a reason and I can never get the stupid bolts off). However, I have found a few car repairs that are much easier than changing a tire, but a lot of people don’t realize the simplicity of the repairs.

Oil Change–Purchase the oil and oil filter from an auto store for about $20. Not only do you know that the oil filter has been replaced with a brand new filter(I figured out one place that didn’t), you can also choose a higher grade oil (if you think it’s necessary) to put into your car. Total time: 30 minutes–Open the oil reserve (see, I don’t even know the technical terms), empty the oil, remove the oil filter, close the oil reserve (it just screws out), put on the new oil filter, and put oil in the car (this last step takes a little bit of time to make sure you put enough oil in). Money saved: $15

Change your air filter–I was quoted $60 by my local dealership to have my air filter changed, so I took it upon myself to figure out how to do it. You can buy a paper filter which you have to change more frequently for under $10. I purchased a K&N air filter which you clean every 50,000 miles, but is more costly. Changing your air filter will increase your fuel economy and increase the engine’s life span.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Money Saved: $50

Replace windshield wipers–2 decent windshield wiper blades cost about $14, and my dealership was charging about $50 to replace them. Total time: 10 minutes–you just pull off the old blades, and put on the new blades. The instructions come in the wiper blade packet if you’ve never done it before. Money Saved: $35

Change Battery–When my battery was about to die, I asked my dealership how much it would cost. They said in order for them to look at the problem would cost $100, and then they would bill accordingly. Needless to say, I was not going to give them a blank check to replace my battery. I drove to a chain auto parts store, borrowed a set of tools, and removed my battery. They diagnosed that my battery cells were dead and helped me pick out a new battery ($90). They also handled the disposal of my old battery ($8). Total Time: 60 minutes

Detailing–On a sunny day, a handful of quarters can pay for a complete car wash and interior cleaning at a do-it-yourself car wash. Total Time: 60 minutes

Total cost–$5. Money Saved: $70

Some additional car care information that I have found invaluable: When you’re getting gas; check your oil level, tire pressure (a pressure gauge costs about $2), and clean out the garbage from your car. When I have to wait in my car, I have Armor All wipes in the backseat and I clean my dashboard and interior. I also keep plastic grocery bags in the car. I use them for shopping trips (no extra plastic bags entering my apartment) and for tossing extra garbage that manages to accumulate in my car.

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