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Fitness for Muscles and Exercise for Building Mass

If you are tired of being skinny or average, through genetics or for whatever other reason, then you might be interested in learning more about building muscle mass. If you tried supplements, and soon learned that the supplements were just a gimmick, then you might want to consider some natural sources.

Few people have tried various supplements for building muscle mass that included Boron, Smilax, Blue-Green Algae, Liquid Oxygen, Carbohydrate Powders, and more. In vain, they tried these supplements all to find out that their body was still thin. Some people even joined a gym trying out the different instructions from various magazines and other sources from bodybuilders, in an effort to gain weight. The fact is there has been many myths that claim a person with any body type can build muscle mass. Myths claim that low-fat foods, weight lifting, and aerobic exercises were the source for building muscle mass. When a person is building muscle mass, loosing fat includes consuming a “low calorie diet” while building muscle mass “requires a higher calorie diet.” On the contrary, building muscle mass requires a person to add on some extra ‘body fat.’ This is because you must adhere to the instructions to eat a high calorie diet. To build muscle mass means that you have to calculate your body’s metabolism and genetics into the equation in order to learn which exercises and diets are right for you. It is also helpful if you know the type of body you are working with.

Exercise for Building Mass

Many of the emaciated men are often afraid of adding body fat, but at the same time they want to build muscle mass. The truth is those bodybuilders you see have an Android Body Type, while many of the skinny people have what is known as the Thyroid body types, or else the ECTOMORPH body types. The Android body types have a broader upper half, while they have a smaller waistline. The Thyroid body types are smaller frames, with narrow bone structures, and longer limbs. According to studies, the Thyroid types often crave chemicals, such as nicotine, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners, and often skip meals. Studies say that the Thyroid types struggle with ‘unstable blood sugar,’ which makes them crave more sweets than the average individuals. Now this type of body is probably what we are dealing with: so breaking down the details can help us to find a solution for building muscle mass.

We need to focus on gaining muscle mass and loosing fat, in order to gain weight. It is wise to start out by weight training first, and then focus on loosing fat later. We can see that the Thyroid body types need to cut back on chemicals that harm their bodies, and substitute with nutritional foods, which fills their body’s needs. Obviously, the Thyroid body types are in harm’s way, and could become subject of diabetes, high-blood pressures, heart disease and more. To avoid health complications it makes sense to eat three meals every day, and exercise. Knowing which exercises are right for you is a start.

Effective Methods For Cleaning Your Various BBQ Tools

Barbeque experts know how important it is to keep it clean. Even after using best ingredients and perfect recipes your food may not taste well if the BBQ is dirty. Especially the grill, if not cleaned properly may add a sour and bitter taste to the food prepared over and over on the same grill. It is therefore essential to keep it in good condition by regular thorough cleaning. This article entails effective methods for cleaning your various BBQ tools.

It is important to cool your BBQ before proceeding to clean it. Start from cleaning the exterior, then the inside and finally the bottom of the BBQ for a thorough and effective cleaning. This cleaning process will keep your BBQ in a good condition for a longer time and you will not face any hassle while cooking your steak.

BBQ Tools

Cleanings essentials

Before starting, make sure you have the following cleaning tools to make your work easier.

* Rubber gloves to guard your hands from dirt and grease

Cleaning pads-Make sure they are non-scratch ones to avoid unwanted scratches on the body

BBQ brush – Use a stainless steel brush for enameled or ceramic coated BBQ whereas wire brushes for cast-iron surfaces. Choosing the right brush is extremely important to prevent any damage to the surface of your equipments

* Concentrated dish liquid to remove grease from the surfaces

* A bucket half filled with warm water

* Non toxic degreaser to remove sturdy deposited grease

* Paper towel

* Canola oil to prep the grill before cooking so that it prevents sticking

* Baking Soda for removing excessive grease

* Soft cleaning cloths to wipe off at the end

* A few onions

#1 The exterior of the barbeque

The exterior of the BBQ is easier to clean because there is no special skill required for it. You may do it just as you would do to clean exteriors of other kitchen appliances. Cleaning it regularly may not enhance the taste of your food but will definitely keep your equipment in an excellent condition.

*Whether you have a BBQ of stainless steel, plastic or metal surface, you may clean it with the help of a soft sponge dipped in warm soapy water. Put on your rubber gloves and add a few drops of concentrated dish liquid to a bucket of warm water. Apply it completely on the outer surface of the BBQ with a soft sponge and rinse off. Now dry the surface using a soft cloth.

Side panels-Side panels tend to attract a lot of grease which gets deposited if not cleaned regularly. This may seem unsightly. To clean it you may cover it with a non toxic degreaser and let it stand for some time. When you see the grease breaking down just wipe it off with a soft sponge dipped in water. Take a soft cloth and dry the surface.

Handles– Handles and knobs get dirty more quickly. You continuously keep touching them while preparing the food. Traces of raw meat may stick to such surfaces and if not cleaned properly may cause cross contamination. A degreaser may help in breaking down the deposited impurities. Use it in the same way as you cleaned the side panels.

Hoses and the tank– The hoses and the propane tank need not to be cleaned specifically. You may use a clean cloth to wipe off any spills over them although it is essential to check for any leakage or clogs to prevent any accident. You may refer to your BBQ models user manual for ensuring the safety of the specific tank hoses and the burner. Replace any hose that has holes or cracks.

#2 The interior 

Once you are done with cleaning the exterior of the BBQ, it’s time to clean the interior of it which requires more intense cleaning. Start with the inside of the lid, grates and the flavor bars in the following way:

Interior of the lid– This is the place where you will see a lot of food built-up. This is nothing but carbonized grease which builds up from constant flare-ups and spatters. This may appear as a peeling paint but is actually non toxic. You may use a stainless steel non scratching BBQ brush or a non scratch sponge to scrub off these depositions. Again wash the inside of the lid with warm soapy water and dry it with a cloth.

Grates– Now this is the most important part. If your grills are not cleaned properly, your food will never taste excellent in-spite of all your efforts. Whether you have stainless steel, porcelain enameled or coated, or cast iron grills make sure to clean it before and after every use. You may use a wire BBQ brush which has golden colored bristles to clean cast iron grills while stainless steel and porcelain enameled or coated grills may be cleaned with the help of a stainless steel wire brush.

You may also try rubbing onions on the grills when hot which remove the bits of food from the grills. To make the cleaning process easier, always apply canola oil on the grills with the help of a paper towel before cooking. It prevents the food from sticking to it.

Burners and Flavor Bars– Burners should be regularly checked for ensuring safety while using the BBQ. Keep them free from any clogs that may cause flash back fires. Invest in a BBQ burner brush for cleaning it effectively.

Flavor bars are essential equipments which prevent any dripping to the burners that may cause flare-up and ruin your food. It is said to add flavor to the food by vaporizing the fat. To clean it, first remove the flavor bars and apply degreaser on it. Stand for some time and wipe off with a sponge or a clean cloth.

 #3 The cook box bottom

Most of the food that falls to the bottom while cooking gets accumulated at the bottom of the cook box. Continuous deposition of carbonized grease and food tend to stick to the bottom if not cleaned regularly.

The bottom– You may use a non scratch sponge to scrape away the deposits and wash the surface with warm soapy water. If there are tough grease accumulated, use a degreaser to clean them off.

Grease tray– Some BBQ have grease tray that gets filled up quickly. Make sure you empty it as soon as it gets filled and wipe off with a clean cloth before replacing them. Using tins foils may cause fires, so avoid them completely.

#4 BBQ Accessories

Keeping your BBQ tools and accessories clean helps in maintains good hygiene while cooking on the grill. To clean them you may place them to the dishwasher if you have dishwasher safe ones. Or you may soak them in warm soapy water and rinse off. To keep your BBQ free from unwanted dirt, invest in a BBQ cover. Keeping your equipments covered when not in use will increase its life.

Alternative Therapies for Colon Polyps

Colon polyps are small benign tumors that grow on the inside walls of the large intestine, usually in or near the rectum. They range in size from a tiny grape to a small plum. Some, known as familial polyposis, are inherited, but the cause of most colon polyps is unknown. They become more common after age 40; most adults eventually develop them. The majority of colon polyps remain small and cause no symptoms. Some times, however, they grow large enough to interfere with normal bowel function, causing a change in the size and shape of the stools, possible constipation or diarrhea, bleeding (which mayor not be visible in the stool), and abdominal pain. A more serious concern is that some colon polyps contain cells that are or may become cancerous. This almost always happens in familial polyposis and is common if there are many or recurrent polyps. Thus, early detection and removal of colon polyps can help prevent colon cancer.

Other Causes of Rectal Bleeding

Many conditions produce rectal bleeding, including infection, hemorrhoids, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, and certain intestinal parasites.

Diagnostic Studies And Procedures

Even in the absence of symptoms, any one over age 40 should be screened annually with a digital rectal examination to check for growths in the lower rectum. Everyone over age SO should have sigmoidoscopy every three to five years. For this procedure, a hollow viewing tube is inserted into the rectum and lower sigmoid part of the bowel. If abnormalities are detected, or there is a history of familial polyposis, a more extensive diagnostic procedure called colonoscopy is done. The instrument used is similar to the sigmoido scope but has a much longer flexible tube that enables the physician to examine the entire colon. If any polyps or other suspicious areas are observed, a small tool can be inserted through the scope to take a biopsy sample. Diagnostic studies may also include a barium enema, in which a chalky substance is inserted into the colon to make it more visible on X-rays. A CT scan or MRI may be ordered if a suspicious growth is found.


Medical Treatments

Small, benign polyps that are causing no problems do not necessarily require surgery, although most doctors will recommend their removal because they may harbor cancer cells. Small polyps can be taken out usually with the sigmoidoscope or colonoscope, a procedure called polypectomy. Larger polyps may be removed by laparotomy, which involves making a small incision in the abdomen and inserting a special surgical scope through which a section of the colon can be removed. When confronted with a case of familial polyposis, many doctors recommend a colectomy, or removal of the entire colon, because these polyps almost always develop into a particularly lethal form of colon cancer. This surgery is major and often requires the creation of a stoma, an opening in the abdomen to provide a new exit for fecal waste. However, a portion of the small intestine is sometimes used to take over normal bowel function .

Alternative Therapies

There is no substitute for polyp removal, but alternative therapies may help to reduce their recurrences.

Nutrition Therapy

Many physicians and naturopaths believe that the development of colon polyps that may lead to colon cancer can be limited by a high-fiber, low fat, and low protein diet, which promotes healthy bowel function. Such a diet emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains instead of meat, and promotes rapid movement of food through the digestive system, thus reducing the growth of bacteria and chemical compounds that may enhance polyp or cancer growth. Of particular value may be oat and rice bran, as well as foods high in vitamins A and C. Some nutritionists also recommend supplements, particularly of beta carotene (precursor to vitamin A), calcium, and vitamins C and E.

Self Treatment

Colon polyps cannot be self-treated, but you should pay attention to any changes in your bowel functions that might indicate a problem. In addition, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that everyone over 40 have an annual stool test for hidden blood. This can be done at home, using a kit available at pharmacies or from some ACS chapters. A small sample of stool is smeared on a guaiacimpregnated card to detect enzymes found in hemoglobin, a major component of blood. Unfortunately, dietary factors, such as the recent consumption of red meat or iron supplements, often produce false test results, so be sure to follow instructions carefully. If the test is positive, a colonoscopy should be performed.

Cystic Fibrosis – Symptoms and Medical Treatments

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is an incurable genetic disease characterized by abnormalities of the exocrine and eccrine glands, which secrete sweat, mucus, digestive juices, and other substances. The abnormal glands produce large amounts of thick, sticky mucus that can clog airways, intestines, and other passageways. Progressive blockage of the bronchial tubes often leads to infection, respiratory failure, and death. Intestinal blockage usually affects the pancreas, causing poor digestion and impaired absorption resulting in slow growth and under nutrition. The sweat glands are also affected, so that abnormal amounts of sodium, chloride, and potassium are excreted in perspiration. In 1989, scientists identified the gene that causes the disease, which was a major breakthrough for developing future treatments. Cystic fibrosis develops only if a child inherits the CF gene from each parent. In the United States, it is most common among whites, affecting one baby in 2,000.

Other Causes of CF Symptoms

The main symptoms of cystic fibrosis are seen in many other conditions. Coughing, wheezing, and spitting up mucus are common to asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other diseases of the lung. Similar digestive problems may be caused by celiac disease and other malabsorption disorders.

cystic fibrosis

Diagnostic Studies And Procedures

Although cystic fibrosis is present at birth, symptoms may not appear right away; most cases are diagnosed by the time a child is three. Common symptoms include recurrent wheezing, a persistent cough that produces large amounts of mucus, repeated bouts of pneumonia, and frequent bowel movements of bulky, greasy, and foulmelling stools. The child may fail to grow, despite having a healthy appetite. Parents often notice that the baby’s skin has a salty taste. A doctor may find small fleshy growths, or polyps, inside the nose and enlargement of the fingertips and toes. Diagnosis is confirmed by a test to measure the salt content in the child’s sweat. In new borns, the immunoreactive trypsinogen test (IRT) is used instead.

Medical Treatments

Isolation of the cystic fibrosis gene has enabled scientists to develop a method for replacing the faulty gene. This treatment, first tried on a patient in April, 1993, involves introducing a harmless virus that has been altered to carry a normal gene that will replace the one causing the disease. Although this approach appears promising, much more study is needed. Routine care, coordinated by a specialist in pediatric pulmonary diseases, should begin as soon as the diagnosis is made. Treatments vary, depending on the organs involved and the severity of the disease. Digestive problems are controlled usually with pancreatic enzyme supplements, nutritional supplements, and dietary changes. Treatment of lung problems is aimed at clearing the airways and preventing infection. Prophylactic antibiotics and other drugs, including inhaled medications, may be prescribed. As the disease progresses, oxygen support is often necessary. Bronchial washes may help unclog the airways. As a last resort, a heart lung transplant (the transplanting of heart and lungs as a unit) may be tried, if the patient’s heart is undamaged, it can then be used as a donor organ for someone who needs only a heart.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies play an important role in maintaining a patient’s strength and warding off infection.

Herbal Medicine

Echinacea, ginger, marsh mallow, and hyssop teas are recommended for thinning mucus to make it easier to cough up.


Practitioners suggest high doses of vitamin C to strengthen the immune system, vitamins K and the B6 complex to aid digestion, and pancreatin and other pancreatic enzymes to regulate metabolism. Be sure to check with the child’s doctor before giving any nutritional supplement.

Nutrition Therapy

A child with cystic fibrosis usually needs more calories than a healthy one. Certain foods may have to be avoided if they cause intestinal cramps, diarrhea, or constipation. Extra salt may be needed to maintain the body’s proper balance of fluids and chemicals, especially during warm weather or a fever. Acidophilus pills may help restore normal intestinal bacteria when antibiotics are being taken, thereby preventing diarrhea. A clinical dietitian experienced in dealing with cystic fibrosis can provide expert guidance on structuring an appropriate diet.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist can design an activity program that will help a child with CF maintain strength and fitness without overtaxing his level of endurance.

Self Treatment

Parents administer day to day care, which includes regular bronchial drainage or postural drainage . As soon as a child is old enough, she should be taught how to perform the routine herself. Coughing is useful because it helps loosen mucus and remove it from air passages; therefore, cough suppressants should not be taken. Although it is important to avoid unnecessary contact with people who have a contagious illness, children with CF should be encouraged to lead normal lives. Parents might want to consider joining a CF support group, so they can share insights with other parents who are facing similar problems.