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5 Benefits of Building Muscle That Most Women & Men Don’t Know About

80% from the people who go to the gym simply want to look good. Most people who go to a gym or fitness center will never think about the wide variety of health benefits of strength training to create lean muscle mass. That’s because they are too preoccupied with the thought of wanting to look like Arnold or maybe the Rock.

However, you should know the many health benefits you can enjoy through weight training to build lean muscle mass. These benefits far outweigh the esthetic or beauty improvements.

Before you decide to engage in some serious resistance training, take time to look at these important health benefits of creating muscle.

Are you aware of the many benefits of building muscle? Here’s 5 reasons why muscles are your best friends.

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VIDEO SUMMARY: 5 Benefits of Building Muscle That Most Women & Men Don’t Know About

Benefits of Muscle #1: Muscle keeps you young

• In older adults, starting around age  thirty, muscle mass in your body starts to decline or atrophy.
• If you let that happen this will start a cascade of negative events
• Muscle will keep you young. The more muscle you have the younger you look.

Benefits of Muscle #2: Muscle burns fat

According to the Mayo Clinic, building muscle may help you lose weight. Building muscle increases your whole metabolic rate and metabolism, which means your body’s ability to burning calories from fat faster. When you build muscle mass, the body requires more calories in order to assistance the muscle tissue, compared to fat cells. Building muscle and improving your body’s structure will help your body burn more calories to support the particular muscle tissue.

• Muscle increases the amount of calories you burn throughout the day
• It’s like putting a bigger engine in your car.
• Muscles are the engines in our bodies.
• Increase the size of the engine and you will burn more calories at rest.

Benefits of Muscle #3: Muscle keeps you healthy.

• Overweight increases the likelihood for diabetes, stroke and other illnesses.
• Muscle is one of the most effective weapons you can use to combat body fat and stay healthy through life.

Benefits of Muscle #4: Muscle gives you motivation and self-esteem

• Building muscle gives a massive boost to your motivation for accelerated results.
• With results comes confidence. Confidence that will affect all areas of your life.

Benefits of Muscle #5: Muscle makes you look good

• Muscle is the only tissue that can shape and tone the body.
• Muscle is a lot denser than fat so as you lose fat and build muscle you will get smaller.
• Men will naturally build more muscle than women and why women should never fear muscle.

What’s the most effective way to build muscle?

• Muscle is built with the right kind of weight training.
• In the gym, focus on progressive strength training that increases your metabolism.

Strength Training Takes Effort

It takes lots of stamina and strength to build lean muscle tissue. You will be lifting weights or using resistance machines.

Your first time at the gym may not allow you to exercise with much weight, but with time you will progress to heavier weights or more resistance. This easily translates to developing power and endurance because it lets you strengthen the many underused muscles in different parts of your body.

Building muscle will literally take your breath away. And lifting weights is just one of the numerous things that can help improve your cardiovascular stamina and health. According to the Mayo Medical center, any form of exercise or strength training can help reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases. Strength training can help reduce the chances of suffering from arthritis, obesity, diabetes, back pain, and osteoporosis. When you apply effort beyond a normal range, you will be pushing your body to its limits, and your heart and lungs are included.

Of course, you should seek the advice of your health care professional before you start on a weight training or resistance training program. Make sure you are healthy enough to undertake the exertions necessary to build lean muscle mass.

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Dr. Weil explains the meaning of the term and what integrative medicine does for those who are looking for ways to stay healthy and live a long life.

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The Power of Natural Alternative Medicine – Part 1

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”…Thomas Edison, 1902.

Health Care Options

We have many different options for healthcare today, but the focus will be on biologically based treatments and prevention. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines the scope of biologically based practices to include, but is not limited to, botanicals, animal-derived extracts, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, proteins, prebiotics and probiotics, whole diets, and functional foods.

But first, let’s take a look at the different philosophies of healthcare practiced today. Allopathic, alternative, complementary, integrative-what does it all mean? Each includes many different kinds of therapies, and although alternative, complementary and integrative are sometimes used interchangeably, the general focus of each is different.

Allopathic medicine focuses on disease and the treatment of the physical body with drugs and surgery. These are conventional physicians with the title of M.D. that are universally recognized as having a medical degree.

Alternative medicine includes those therapies not generally recommended by allopathic physicians. It includes Energy Medicine, Ethnomedicine, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, Botanical or Herbal Medicine, Bio molecular Medicine, Manual Medicine, Spiritual Medicine.

Complementary medicine includes therapies used by both alternative and allopathic physicians. It includes Exercise Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Social Medicine, Nutritional Medicine.

Integrative medicine is the attempt to integrate the many philosophies of medicine, allopathic, complementary, and alternative, to treat the whole person, physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual.

People Must Choose a Type of Healthcare Provider

Many people are hesitant about trusting their healthcare to anyone other than an allopathic physician. But did you know that Naturopathic Medical Doctors are the only physicians who receive complete training in conventional medicine as well as natural medicine? Licensed Naturopathic medical doctors (N.M.D./N.D.) attend a four-year graduate level Naturopathic medical school where they are educated in all of the same basic sciences as a conventional M.D. In addition to this training, they are extensively educated in the philosophy and implementation of safe and effective natural therapeutics with a strong emphasis on disease prevention. Unfortunately, some states do not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic Doctors.

Allopathic physicians and pharmaceutical drugs are, and always will be, necessary for acute, emergency medical care and trauma, as well as for conditions that cannot be controlled with lifestyle changes, good nutrition and supplements. But many conditions can be prevented and controlled with lifestyle changes and biologically based medicine. Just as many pharmaceutical drugs can interact with other drugs, some biologically based supplements may interact with drugs and cause side effects, so a healthcare provider should always be consulted before adding supplements to the diet. In some cases, alternative therapy may actually have beneficial synergistic effects in conjunction with existing medical therapy, even when not feasible as a replacement.

Biologically based medicine is not new. It was practiced for thousands of years before pharmaceutical companies began manufacturing the first synthetic drugs. In addition, many of the pharmaceutical preparations used around the world are based on plants. As late as the 1930’s, the formulation of about 80% of synthetic pharmaceutical drugs began with a natural compound. Today, about 25% of prescription drugs contain active ingredients derived from plants.

The United States has the most advanced medical system in the world, yet the population is increasingly turning to natural healing methods. However, the U.S. still lags behind world stats. A survey of 31,000 U.S. adults conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2004 showed that 35 percent use some form of complementary and alternative medicine. Today, the World Health Organization estimates that herbal medicine is still the primary source of health care for approximately 80 percent of the world’s population.

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. These diseases and other chronic diseases such as obesity, depression, metabolic and digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibroids, account for 7 of every 10 deaths and affect the quality of life of 90 million Americans. Chronic diseases are among the most prevalent and most costly, yet they are the most preventable.

Conventional physicians treat chronic diseases with expensive pharmaceuticals that may temporarily relieve the painful or uncomfortable symptoms, but the drugs do nothing to resolve the underlying cause, and may actually cause other side effects and serious problems. Because nutrition affects our immune system, organ function, hormonal balance and cellular metabolism, many of these chronic conditions and diseases can be traced to a nutrition deficiency. When the deficiency is not corrected, symptoms begin to appear and eventually lead to disease and premature aging.

Many pharmaceuticals can effectively be replaced with multi vitamin supplements, botanicals, amino acids, prebiotics and probiotics, fresh foods and functional foods for both prevention and treatment. Because herbs work synergistically, combinations of herbs with similar properties enhance the properties of each. This is why choosing a product containing a combination of different herbs is usually more effective than choosing individual selections. An example of this is the combination of valerian, passion flower and hops to promote relaxation and restful sleep. All three have a relaxing effect on the body. Valerian relaxes muscle tension, while hops relaxes the nervous system, and passiflora acts as a sedative. Popular alternative medicine company Melaleuca even offers a product called RestEZ that offers a supplement that contains all three natural sleep enhancers: valerian, passion flower and hops.

In part two of The Power of Natural Alternative Medicine we will discuss the regulation of nutritional supplements and little known history of natural medicine.

The Science and Art of Integrative Medicine

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Explore the research behind the science of integrative medicine with Dr. Kevin Barrows, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine and Medical Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Series: “UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public” [11/2013] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 25721]
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