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Ways To Increase Vascularity In Bodybuilding

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In the field of health and fitness, particularly body building, vascularity enhances a person’s overall physique, especially in men. For men who participate in body building competition, vascularity gives them the edge, since it makes them look better on stage, among others.

But what can be done in order to achieve visible veins for an impressive look? The following are some ways men can do to increase their vascularity.

Lower the Body Fat

 

According to Muscle and Fitness, reducing the amount of body fat contributes to increased vascularity. As per the publication, body fat is a layer of fat between the skin and the muscles and it conceals the veins beneath it. Thus, thinning the body fat layers up to lower that eight percent for men and around 18 percent for women increases muscle definition and vein visibility. While this is true, genetics also plays a role because some people a vascular thought they have a higher body fat percentage than eight.

Body fat can be controlled through manipulating the body’s intake of the macronutrients carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, considering the person’s height, weight, age, and activity level, as per Ignore Limits. According to the publication, such details guide the person on what his calorie intake should be in order to maintain his physique, along with checking for fat loss and mass gain.

Increase Body Temperature

According to Ignore Limits, the body is capable of thermoregulation or controlling its temperature to maintain homeostasis. This can be done through physiologic processes like shivering if it is cold or sweating if it is hot. When the body is exposed to high temperature levels, the brain innervates the body parts that open the skin pores and activate the sweat glands to help decrease the temperature. Then, the body’s blood vessels dilate or widen their opening, as well as push blood to the skin surface to avoid the internal organs from being damaged. Inversely, the vascular system constricts or narrows when it is cold. Likewise, the blood flows to the organs to provide them heat.

While a hot shower and sauna can increase the body temperature, certain food choices also do the same effect to the body. As per Anabolic Men, examples of these food selections are ginger, cayenne pepper, chili, and other spices.

Boost the Body’s Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide are molecules that contribute to the overall cardiovascular health, according to Anabolic Men. As per the publication, nitric oxide helps relax smooth tissue, widen blood vessel opening, enhance blood circulation, and decrease arterial stiffness. Thus, the molecule is the one responsible for the pump a person receives after consuming a pre-workout supplement. It is boosted by L-arginine and L-citrulline, as well as food selections that have natural nitrates like celery, aragula lettuce, beets, and spinach. These nitrates will be converted into nitric oxide by the bacteria in the mouth and the gastrointestinal tract.

Reduce the Body’s Water Content

According to Anabolic Men, subcutaneous water is also responsible behind the hidden veins in the body; thus, decreasing the body’s water permits the increase of vascularity. In the field of body building, body builders use diuretics, medications that promote urination, in order to decrease water levels in the body. But then, such medications are not readily available, since they are usually indicated and prescribed to people with cardiorenal problems or cerebrovascular accident (stroke). In addition, diuretics can lower the blood pressure, since the body removes water from the body through urination. Since sodium is a culprit behind water retention, a person may not eat processed foods and food choices that are high in sodium, such as chips and canned goods; instead, he may use non-processed salts like the unrefined sea salt and Himalayan crystal salt. In addition, drinking plenty of water will not hurt, as doing so will flush sodium and harmful toxins from the body. According to Ignore Limits, supplements like L-arginine, L-citrulline, agmantine, and beet juice also assist in reducing excess water in the body.

Training is the Key

According to Muscle and Fitness, training results to vascularity through muscle growth, which enhances one’s physique. This involves doing high repetition and high volume exercises, which brings out the veins, in addition to low repetition and low volume training, which can also add muscle but does not give direct pump to a person.

Along with the aforementioned principles on enhancing the body’s vascularity. It is also achieved through consistent training, proper diet, and adequate rest.


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Weight Loss Tips Recommended by Personal Trainers

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Weight loss is something that we all struggle with. Sometimes we are successful in reducing our weight but more often than not, the number in the weighing scale slowly creeps back up. Most of us have already tried the latest diet trend in the hopes that it will lead us to a better looking us, but then, life happens and we forget that we are on a diet or that we feel frustrated with the lack of results. Still, we keep on finding ways to get rid of the excess pounds that we are carrying. With that being said, it might be a good idea for us to stop for a while and take stock of what personal trainers have got to say about losing weight. Who knows? We might pick up a thing or two about their weight loss tips that we can apply in our day to day lives. Here are some suggestions that you might want to consider.

Stay away from booze and sugar

If you really want to lose weight then ditch the sugar and booze. These two are known to be calorie-laden which is why they contribute to weight gain. If you can’t stay away from drinking alcoholic beverages, you can limit to a glass for girls and two glasses for men. As for the refined sugars, there are natural sweeteners available such as honey and stevia.

 

Don’t go more than 3 hours without eating

Although the exact science for this is still being studied, it appears that eating snacks in between meals can help keep your blood sugar levels steady. This means that your energy level will remain stable throughout the day and less sugar or carb binges which can cause weight gain on your part.

Mix your exercises up

Another tip that personal trainers have given with regards to losing weight is to mix your fitness routine as much as possible. Sticking to the same program for months will cause you to hit a plateau in your progress which can make you feel frustrated with the lack of improvement. A better option would be to mix your exercises so that your muscles will remain guessing as to which muscle group will be tested. The best part is that you are constantly strengthening and conditioning your muscles for a more even looking physique.

Drink plenty of water

Who would have thought that even the simplest act can do your weight loss goal a whole lot of good? Drinking water constantly can help flush the toxins from your body while ensuring that your skin remains properly hydrated. Water can also help improve digestion so that your body will be able to absorb nutrients from the food that you eat better.

These are just a few tips that you might want to consider the next time you are planning on shedding weight. What’s great about these fitness tips is that they are simple enough to follow but will get you amazing results in no time.

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Study: Dietary supplements won’t help you live longer

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Doctors at Tufts University in Massachusetts, the US, say it’s pretty clear that supplement use has no benefit for the general population and is not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet.

Their research found that vitamins A and K, magnesium, zinc and copper were linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke — but only when they came from foods, abc7news.com wrote.

Coauthor Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, said getting nutrients in the right quantities from food was associated with a longer life.

 

In fact, Zhang said some supplements even appear to have health risks. People who took high doses of calcium supplements had a 53 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than people who were not taking supplements,

However, if you have been diagnosed as deficient in a certain nutrient, don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor first.

The research team used data from 30,000 US adults who participated in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2010.

The research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Whitening products may damage teeth:Study

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Teeth whitening products – that promise to make your smile brighter – may also be causing tooth damage, a study has found.

Scientists at Stockton University in the US found that hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, can damage the protein-rich dentin tissue found beneath the tooth’s protective enamel.

The tooth is made of three layers: the outer tooth enamel, an underlying dentin layer and connective tissue that binds the roots to the gum.

 

Most studies of whitening strips have focused on tooth enamel, which contains very little protein.

The team focused on dentin, which makes up most of the tooth and has high levels of protein, most of which is collagen.

It is well established that hydrogen peroxide can penetrate the enamel and dentin. Previous work by the researchers showed that collagen in the dentin layer decreased when teeth were treated with whitening strips.

“We sought to further characterise what the hydrogen peroxide was doing to collagen. We used entire teeth for the studies and focused on the impact hydrogen peroxide has on the proteins,” said Kelly Keenan, associate professor at Stockton University.

The researchers demonstrated that the major protein in the dentin is converted to smaller fragments when treated with hydrogen peroxide.

In additional experiments, they treated pure collagen with hydrogen peroxide and then analysed the protein using a gel electrophoresis laboratory technique that allows the protein to be visualised.

“Our results showed that treatment with hydrogen peroxide concentrations similar to those found in whitening strips is enough to make the original collagen protein disappear, which is presumably due to the formation of many smaller fragments,” Keenan said in the statement.

The researchers point out that their experiments did not address whether collagen and other proteins in the teeth can be regenerated, so it is unknown if the tooth damage is permanent.

Next, they plan to further characterise the protein fragments released when collagen is treated with hydrogen peroxide and determine if hydrogen peroxide has the same impact on other proteins in the teeth.

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