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Vibram Five Fingers Minimalist Footwear

I have spent nearly two decades with chronic back, SI joint, hip and knee pain from an injury I received while in the military. Even Gary's Health Tips Vibramsafter serious back surgery the problems persisted and I’m always looking for new ways to help minimize my daily pain. Many methods I have tried over the last several years have definitely helped, such as taking turmeric, grounding and chryotherapy to name a few.

I had always wanted to give the Vibram Five Fingers a try, as some of my Primal/Paleo friends had sworn by them. Being new, and not overly educated in this type of footwear, I thought it would be best to go to a specialty footwear store and take a look. This ended up being a wise decision as the sizes for Vibram’s are in the European standard, which is much different from American sizing we are used to. Also with any new shoe brand you are trying, they all fit differently, so I recommend if you are interested in minimalist shoes you go to a store and try them on first. In addition, I recommend you purchase the special socks that are made for Five Fingers, basically the socks have the toes stitched in. I guarantee you will fall in love with the socks they are supper comfortable! The reason I recommend the socks is your feet sweat less and even though the stitching in the shoe is minimal you can still feel it.

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Workout Boosters: A Former FDA Agent’s Perspective

Lately workout boosters, sometimes called vasodilators, have become a hot topic and are now in the crosshairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So what are workout boosters/vasodilators? These are supplements claiming to give you increased energy and muscle pump by using supposed natural substances, mainly high doses of caffeine and toxic chemicals, to accomplishPrimal Power Method Dangerous Supplements this physical reaction, while working out or participating in competitive athletic events. Some of these products will also use the description “fat burner,” but they are pretty much the same product.

In a recent article in the New York Times:

“With names like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, the popular products contain a stimulant known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA for short. In a public warning late Thursday, the FDA said that the stimulant did not qualify as a legal dietary supplement ingredient and that it could raise blood pressure, potentially causing heart attacks and other health problems.”

According to WebMD:

“Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder ADHD, weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.”

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Turmeric: The Supplement Everyone Should be Taking

Is turmeric Primal? You bet! And most of you know by now I’m a big fan of this ancient spice. Matter of fact I have been taking this herb in supplemental form and using as a cooking spice everyday for a couple years with amazing results.

Even though we know them as spices mainly used in curry, curcumin and turmeric have caused a buzz in the U.S. as a powerful natural herbal supplement. turmericTurmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant; it has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. When discussing curcumin, you may also hear it described as turmeric. Often the two are used interchangeably, but there is a difference: turmeric is the yellow powder to flavor foods, and curcumin is the chemical contained in turmeric.

The History of Curcumin and Turmeric

For thousands of years, Asian, Indian and Indonesian cultures used curcumin and turmeric as herbal medicines and remedies. In various Asian folk medicine traditions, turmeric was used to treat conditions such as diarrhea, fever, bronchitis, colds, parasitic worms, leprosy, and bladder and kidney inflammation. Herbalists have applied turmeric salve to bruises, leech bites, festering eye infections, mouth inflammations, skin conditions, and infected wounds. Some people inhale smoke from burning turmeric to relieve chronic coughs. Some herbalists consider turmeric mixed with hot water and sugar to be a remedy for colds.

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Get Ripped – 3 Day Fat Blast

From time to time we all get off track in our quest for optimal health. I’m no different from you – this happens to me a couple times a year. Over the many decades of experimentation on my part, I have found a great way to burn some fat and at the same time Primal Power Method Burn Fat Nowperform a health re-boot. The best part? I have perfected this technique to only take 3 days!

Over the last ten days, I had an event and two birthdays to attend – not a good recipe for healthy eating. The event I attended wasn’t too bad, as I was able to eat a healthy meal before I went. What really got me were the two birthday parties. I went to both of those completely starved and ruined my finely-tuned diet. Now I wish everyone around me practiced the Primal/Paleo lifestyle, this way I would be eating Bison burgers and other healthy dishes at these parties. Unfortunately, my friends and family struggle with their health and eat poorly like so many other American’s today.

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What Is Kombucha And How Do You Make This Health Promoting Drink?

Primal Power Method Kombucha

I was introduced to Kombucha a couple years ago by a friend, and have been a big fan ever since. It is a definitely a much healthier choice than those empty calorie soda’s and soft drinks American’s love to consume today.

So What is Kombucha?

It is thought that the Kombucha mushroom (it’s not actually a mushroom) originated in China or the Middle East and spread via the caravan routes of trade. The first recorded mention of the tea was in China in the year 221 BC where it was known as “the Tea of Immortality”. In 414 A.D. Dr. Kombu from Korea brought Kombucha to Japan to treat the Japanese emperor Inkyo. From Japan, this incredible tonic spread to Russia, Europe, and India.

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