Banana - Useful Postworkout Snack




It is a known fact that after a grueling workout glycogen stores in the muscles decrease. This is because the muscles get the required energy from glucose, which in turn is derived from glycogen. If you lose sight of the point of consumption of carbohydrates after a workout, then begin the process of disintegration of muscle cells, called catabolism. But the question is how to prevent the start of the process? Filling muscle cell glycogen happens faster after you eat foods rich in carbohydrates.

It is often considered that bananas can naturally recharge the body energy (glycogen) during and after exercise. They are rich in natural sugar, which if digested quickly gets into the blood. They are great to satisfy the hunger and provides our body with the necessary energy source needed after a hard workout. 100 grams of banana contain 90 calories. They contain a huge amount of vitamins. Bananas are considered a good source of potassium. Bananas contain tryptophan amino acid that is converted into serotonin and helps to relax the body (a fact that is very useful after training) and improve mood.

It is also important to know that dried bananas contain five times more calories than fresh ones, since they contain much less water. This fruit, unlike citrus, do not cause allergic reactions, which allows not to limit their consumption.

Conclusion: after a long and serious workout, our body needs replenishment of muscle glycogen, which is synthesized from sugars (glucose and fructose). The ideal source of these sugars are bananas. Their use after training will help athletes to prevent catabolism (the process of destruction of muscle cells).

Bananas can be used not only after exercise. They also help at work or in the road, when the body and muscles, in particular, requires energy. It's the perfect food for a snack. Eating 2-3 medium bananas, you can satisfy your hunger for an hour and a half.

Depending on the maturing stage of banana carbohydrate composition changes. Ripe banana with brown spots has a glycemic index of 55-65, ripe yellow has a glycemic index of about 50, and a slightly unripe banana with green edging has a glycemic index of 40-45.
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13 Products that Reduce the Testosterone Levels

Alcohol. The more blood alcohol contains, the lower is the level of testosterone. One of the most harmful drinks for men is beer. It contains phytoestrogens, which are female sex hormones. "Beer belly" - this is the first sign of female obesity.

Tobacco. Smoking leads to a narrowing of blood vessels, which can lead to a decrease in blood supply to the genitals.

Smoked products. Liquid smoke is a toxic lesion to the tissue of the testes - the glands that produce 95% of the testosterone in the body. The safest way is hot smoking, because the time of exposure to smoke on the product is minimal.

Carbonated drinks and sodas. Increased sugar content and caffeine can lead to dehydration.

Fat milk. It contains natural cow estrogen. Milk in large quantities is useful for children and women, but not so good for the level of testosterone in men.

Bakery products. Acid, sugar and yeast reduce the level of "male hormone". The exception is rye bread or bran, these types of bread contain vitamin B, necessary for a stable erection.

Fast Food. Such food has negative affects not only digestion, but also on the hormones.

Vegetable oil. Avoid excessive consumption of oils - not more than 5 tablespoons per day. Olive, peanut and sesame increases testosterone, but the corn and linseed decreases it.

Soy, legumes. They include plant analogs of female sex hormones - phytoestrogens. In small amounts of soy harmless, because contains complete protein. But as a complete replacement for meat it is not suitable , because it affects the production of male sex hormones.

Products with high cholesterol.
The main source of cholesterol - animal fat  and fat meat. Cholesterol is essential, as is a major component in the synthesis of testosterone, but the consumption in excess may cause harmful effects.

Caffeine, Soluble coffee. Caffeine destroys free testosterone in the body. Permissible dose - 1 cup of good natural per day.

Sugar. Provokes the production of insulin, which stops the production of testosterone.

Salt. Excess salt in the body can lead to an increased sodium content, which reduces the production of testosterone.



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Recipes for Muscles: Chicken Breast with Apples

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts (lean chicken meat)
1 average apple,
½ stalk of leek,
½ garlic cloves,
breadcrumbs,
spices according to your taste, pepper, salt.

How to make:
Rinse and dry, not coarsely chopped breast into slices, add pepper, salt and other spices, breaded in bread crumbs. Leek and garlic should be finely chopped, into the pan, lightly fry, add the chicken and fry until cooked all. Cut slices of apples, fry them in the same pan for 5 minutes, then add the chicken with onion and garlic, keep them in the pan for 5-7 minutes and serve.


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Pumpkins: Healthy Recipes

Pumpkins are quite useful for our health. They are packed with vitamin A for immune function, vitamin K that's essential for blood clotting and fiber to slow digestion. You can take a can of pumpkin puree or canned kind that has a more concentrated source of nutrients and include into various recipes and meals. Try these easy recipe suggestions so you can have a real pumpkin snack in just minutes. Here are some uses:

As a dip: Combine a cup of store-bought hummus and a half-cup pumpkin puree. Use it to spread on crackers or pretzels or to dunk vegetables like carrots and red peppers.

As a soup: Sub pumpkin puree for sweet potato or carrot puree in your favorite fall soups. Add some spice by adding cayenne or chipotle pepper or boost flavor with peanut butter.

On pancakes:
Mix together equal parts softened butter and pumpkin puree. Drizzle in maple syrup to taste. Use it on top of your short stack of pancakes or waffles.

In a smoothie: Blend together until smooth 8 oz oat milk, a banana, at least ¼-cup pumpkin puree and 1 to 2 tbsp peanut butter.

In granola: Whip up an easy batch of homemade granola add two tablespoons of pumpkin puree to the mix before baking.

In coffee: Pour equal parts hot coffee and hot almond milk in a blender; add about a tablespoon of pumpkin puree and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Blend until smooth. (Hot liquids can explode in the blender, says Stein, so put the lid on loosely, remove any stoppers, and cover the top with a folded kitchen towel.)

In hot cocoa: Pour a cup hot milk of choice into a blender with the hot chocolate packet—or make your own with 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tbsp sugar—and add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree. Blend until smooth.

Roasted seeds:
If you carve a pumpkin, save the seeds. They’re high in magnesium, a mineral responsible for over 300 important chemical reactions in your body. Toss with olive oil, salt, and spices of choice—like cumin or chili powder. Spread on a baking sheet and bake in a 300-degree oven until golden, stirring every 4 to 8 minutes.

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Interesting Fact About Our Body at Night



10.00 p.m. There is a doubling in the number of white blood cells - our immune system verifies the entrusted her territory. Body temperature drops. Biological clock signals: it time to sleep.
11.00 p.m. The body is more relaxed, but in every cell there take places recuperation processes.
Midnight. Consciousness  leads us stronger to a sea dreams, while brain continues to work, analyzing the information received during the day.
1.00 a.m. Sleep is very sensitive and an unhealed time tooth or a long ago injured knee may remind us of these troublesome issues.
2.00 a.m. The whole body rests, only the liver is working with might cleaning the toxins and wastes inside our body. 
3.00 a.m. Full physiological downturn: blood pressure at the lower limit, pulse and respiration are rare.
4.00 a.m. The brain is supplied with a minimum amount of blood and is not ready to wake up, but we can experience extremely acute hearing  and our brain can wake up at the slightest noise.
5.00 a.m. The kidney rests, the muscles are on alert, metabolism is slowed down, but in principle the body is ready to wake up.
6.00 a.m. The adrenal glands begin to throw into the blood hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, which increase blood pressure and make your heart beat faster. The body is already preparing for the awakening, but consciousness is still dormant.
7.00 a.m. the high point of the immune system. It's time to warm up and get a douche. By the way, at this hour the drugs, supplements and medications are much better absorbed than in other periods of the day.
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Weird Dumbbell Inventions


Japanese are famous for some weird and unusual inventions. In the Sphere of fitness the japanese designers and creators managed to invent two wacky devices that should apparently help in building muscles. These inventions using dumbbell are quite funny and original.

Dumbbell Phone
The art of unusual Japanese inventions known as Chindogu brings us an attachment for the telephone! If you wish you were building biceps instead of sitting in your cubical, this dull fitness gadget might be the answer to all of your problems. Sure, you'll look like a fool and everyone in the office will make fun of you. But that's not as important as those giant 12-inch guns you can develop every time you pick up the phone. And also we'll even have one of personal fitness trainers call you every hour on the hour. That's eight workouts for every day you are in the office.

Dumbbell Drinker 

Designer Jin Le certainly has a humorous take on things, coming up with the Dumbbell Sports Drink. This plastic bottle might possibly go a long way in helping us keep the environment clean. Once we're done with the contents inside, there is no need to throw this away as you can always expand its use by virtue of filling it up with soil or water. The exceptional shape turns it into an impromptu dumbbell, letting you work out those biceps while you're at work.

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