A true fat burner, GABA.

There’s a very effective fat burner that’s available over the counter, and it’s been around since 1883? Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, more commonly known as GABA, is a powerful amino acid that is classified as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It acts as a balancer of excitation and relaxation. Its ability to burn fat is actually secondary. GABA stimulates the anterior pituitary gland, leading to an increased output of Human Growth Hormone. HGH is known to have anti-aging effects and lowers body-fat levels. One study conducted by the First Medical Clinic at the University of Milan found a five-fold increase in HGH levels of 19 subjects after 90 minutes of consuming 5gms of GABA. The 18 placebo subjects in the same study showed no increase in HGH output. This is an excellent product for those who can’t afford to go to an anti-aging clinic but want the benefits of HGH.

I’ve used this product on and of since the early eighties and have had good success. I always notice that I get a little leaner, sleep better and have a better overall well-being.

A conversation with Drew Brees’ trainer Todd Durkin about TRX Suspension Training

New Orleans Saints quarter back Drew Brees celebrates after the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on February 7, 2010. Brees was named MVP for the game. UPI/Rob Hobson

At your local gym, you may have been offered a chance to try out a tool called the TRX Suspension Training, which is an innovation by former elite Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick.

As a Navy SEAL, Hetrick often found himself in remote safe houses with limited means to keep he and his soldiers in shape. Using only salvaged parachute materials, Hetrick created what would eventually be named the ?Best Total Body Tool? by Men?s Health magazine.

The TRX Suspension Trainer was born.

One of the many trainers that have incorporated TRX not only in his athletes? workouts, but also into his own workouts is Todd Durkin. Of the many athletes Todd works with during the offseason, perhaps his most recognized is New Orleans Saints? quarterback Drew Brees.

During the offseason, Brees flies all the way from Louisiana to train with Durkin and the TRX, which obviously speaks to Todd?s credibility as a trainer. And considering Brees is coming off a Super Bowl win this past February, clearly Todd?s methods work.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Todd about a variety of topics, including his work with Drew, TRX and the ?Get with the Movement? campaign, which is defined as a rally cry that dares American fitness enthusiasts to free themselves of their everyday routine. It encourages people to get off their exercise machines and take a more dynamic, moment-focused approach to building their overall health and achieving personal goals.

We also asked Todd to share his favorite Drew Brees story, what specific workouts he uses to train a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and how the TRX can help everybody from the ?weekend warrior? to yes, even grandma.

For more on Todd, TRX and his new book The Impact! Body Plan, please visit www.fitnessquest10.com and www.todddurkin.com.

Also for more on the ?Get with the Movement? campaign, visit www.getwiththemovement.com.

Anthony Stalter: Hey Todd, how are you?

Todd Durkin: Real good! Things have been a little crazy around here, but it?s exciting with the new book coming out.

To read the entire interview, click here.

Three Negative Effects Drugs Have on Your Body

Drugs are running rampant in our society as people continue to use them and become addicted to various substances that are harmful to their bodies. Many people start using drugs simply as a means to feel better, but many uses later they are addicted and they may not be able to make it through an entire day without using their drug of choice. Drugs can have a negative impact on the body, including these three common effects.

Tolerance

The more drugs you take, the higher your tolerance. This means that whatever feeling the drug gives you at first, it will take more and more of the drug to give you that feeling as you continue to take it. For instance, if you get a feeling of euphoria from one hit of ecstasy, you may need to take two, three, or more hits after a few months of use just to get the feeling you used to get from the one hit.

Altered Reactions

Drugs don?t change your situation or the things that go on around you. Drugs can only change the way you react to those situations. Many times, drugs will slow down your reaction time or change the type of reaction you have to a certain situation. This can be harmful physically and even emotionally to you or someone you know.

Appearance

Some drugs will alter the way you look. Crystal meth, for instance, can make you look much older than you actually are and it can cause you to become very thin. Your skin will lose its luster, and it can even rot out your teeth and make them very brittle so they break easily.

If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs, a residential treatment center is the answer. With proven techniques and qualified professionals, overcoming a drug addiction is easier by using this type of full service treatment.

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

Everyone needs some sun exposure because the sun is a major source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D allows your body to absorb calcium, and it strengthens your bones and teeth. But, beware of over exposure to the sun?s ultraviolet (UV) rays that can be very harmful to your health.

When you get sunburned, the UV rays have already damaged your skin cells and your skin will eventually peel off. Getting sunburned is not healthy and can cause skin cancer. The UV rays can also cause premature aging where your skin becomes thick, wrinkled, and leathery. Your skin may take several years to manifest the changes, so you should start protecting your skin at a very early age.

”’Preventing UV Ray Damage”’
Use a sunscreen that has a sun protection filter (SPF) of at least 30. You do not need a rx drugs prescription for sunscreen. Sunscreen effectively blocks a high percentage of UV rays and it should be used whenever you are in the sun. Some people are allergic to sunscreen, so you may want to put a small amount in an area on your arm for a couple of days to see if you develop any redness or a rash, before putting it all over your body.

Covering up with a shirt helps prevent some of the UV rays from getting through. Tightly woven shirts and pants are the most helpful. If you can see through your shirt, the UV rays can also get through to your skin.

Hats with wide brims help keep the sun off of your head, face, and neck to protect your skin and your eyes. Sunglasses with UV protection help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, as you get older.

The sun shines year round and you should protect your skin and eyes year round.

Dr. Lustig explains why we are fat

So…why are we fat?

The incidence of overweight and obese individuals shown in the NHANES surveys has a linear relationship to fructose consumption in the U.S. According to the USDA?s data, total sugar and fructose consumption started to increase sharply in 1985 and reached a peak in 1999, which is congruent with the incidence of obesity. During 2000 through 2005 we see a slight drop in total sugar and fructose consumption, which is consistent with the leveling off of obesity rates during that same period. This drop in sugar, adds up to 10lbs of total sugar with fructose contributing 6 of those lbs.

Even more compelling, the USDA?s data in reveals total sugar consumption from 1970 to 1999 increased 26%, which at first glance doesn?t seem like much. Also note that from 1970 to 1983 total sugar consumption did not increase while obesity rates did. This would lead one to infer that sugar is not a major contributing factor to our expanding waist-lines. However, take another look. While total sugar consumption did not increase from 1970 to 1983, fructose consumption tripled. More-over, between 1970 and 1999 with only a 26% increase in total sugar consumption, fructose consumption increased 425%.

Evolution of the Unhealthy American

In the below video Dr. Lustig puts the kibosh on the positive reputation fructose has been allowed to hold even in the face of mounds of evidence pointing to the contrary.

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