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Arch support is a term being used a lot in runners community.

Try shopping for a running shoe and you will be advised to determine your foot type. Know if you have an abnormally high or low arch. See if you tend to overpronate or underpronate and choose a shoe accordingly.

People with flat feet should get motion control shoes.

People with high arch should look for more balance or cushion.

People with normal arch but moderate pronation should go for stability shoes.

This sounds like science and we are duly impressed.

Besides, anything that promises lower injury risk, better performance, or running economy will catch our attention.

Pros – Findings & arguments in favor of arch support

  • Motion control shoes can help reduce pronation (even though it is a small 2% improvement)
  • Feet with normal arch absorb the shock better than high arches
  • Orthotic device can help high arches with shock absorption
  • Othotics result in better posture and stability for clinical population. However, it made little or no difference for the healthy population.
  • Vibrating insoles have shown improvement in balance and agility for athletes
  • Over pronation can result in a relatively high injury rates in the leg and foot region

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1/11     Activewear for women and their workouts are a major part of fitness success. Here are some tips .

Even if you have a whole drawer full of trendy leggings, chances are, there’s one pair you’ll dig through them all to find. You know the pair that’s survived all your barre, bootcamp, can yoga classes—and are comfy enough to lounge around in for hours before or after?

We asked Well+Good readers to reveal their very favorite, most dependable pair, and the answers were passionate. (People have feelings when it comes to leggings.) Rounded up here are the brands that got the most praise, from the 100-plus responses.

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Nose strips “work” like a band-aid, as each strip is coated with a strong adhesive. Set one on your nose, wait a few minutes, and rip it away to magically reveal all the little blackheads you didn’t even know you had. While it’s true you are in fact successfully removing pieces of blackhead junk from your nose, the strips do nothing to actually treat and reduce blackheads from recurring. Swap out T-Swift’s “band-aids don’t fix bullet holes” with “band-aids don’t fix black headsssss” and you get the idea.

According to Delirious Ideas, whether pore strips actually work has a lot to do with how you use them. If you’re sticking them on without wetting your nose with hot water or not getting them in all of the creases of your nose, it likely won’t work. However, if you follow the directions correctly, there’s a good chance those blackheads will come off when your take them off.

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Many people are dis-satisfied with conventional medicine and have been turning to alternative healthcare for treatment of obesity. Even though there are hundreds of health supplements touted to help people lose weight, most are scams and are not effective.

One supplement that has received attention is Omega 7 fatty acid. Anecdotal reports persist in the literature and on many websites about the weight loss that can occur with the novel omega 7 fatty acid.

Recent studies indicate that this exotic supplement can counter the risk factors that are responsible for the metabolic syndrome, something which has not been possible with current conventional medical therapy. Not only can omega 7 reduce the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, it does this at much lower cost than pharmaceutical medications.

Several studies have reported that omega 7 acids can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, prevent build up of the atherosclerotic plaque and lower the inflammatory marker, known as C-reactive protein. Other studies show that omega 7 can improve insulin sensitivity, increase levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad cholesterol (LDL). By modulating these risk factors, omega 7 not only improves overall healthy but also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Casein Protein is the other predominant form of protein found in milk and makes up roughly 80% of the protein found in cow’s milk. Much like whey, casein also contains a host of bioactive peptides that have additional properties beyond their muscle building capacity. Casein is the Yin to Whey’s Yang.

Casein protein is often misconstrued in the popular media and the nuances of it are not well discussed. This expert guide will wade through a lot of the marketing hype and give you the information you need to know about it.

We will break down what it is, how it is made, the different forms of it, and some of the most frequently asked questions regarding its use.

Based on what we currently know, which is quite a lot, casein appears to be perfectly safe for human consumption.

There is this age-old myth that protein supplements hurt your kidneys. Well this just isn’t true. Not at all. In fact, every singly study to date has shown that high protein intake literally does nothing bad to your kidneys if you are a normal healthy individuals. PROTEIN DOES NOT HURT YOUR URINE MAKERS.

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Surprising or not but Apple Cider Vinegar is a great asset in the fight against obesity.

Several human studies show that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.

For example, if people take vinegar along with a high-carb meal, they get increased feelings of fullness and end up eating 200–275 fewer calories for the rest of the day (1112).

A study in 175 people with obesity showed that daily apple cider vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat and weight loss (13):

  • 15 mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
  • 30 mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.

However, keep in mind that this study went on for 3 months, so the true effects on body weight seem to be rather modest.

That said, just adding or subtracting single foods or ingredients rarely has a noticeable effect on weight.

It’s the entire diet/lifestyle that counts and you need to combine several effective methods to see results.

Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar is useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.

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There are a variety of supplements to chose when it comes to the subject of Memory Focus . Younger people forget things all the time, of course, but for their elders these lapses (the mislaid word, name, key or to-do list) call up the threat of permanent memory loss, as in Alzheimer’s disease, possibly the most feared of all disorders. Naturally, we yearn for a pill to prevent mental decline.

There are numerous dietary supplements marketed to improve memory. All sorts of herbs (notably ginkgo), vitamins and fish oil, as well as countless cocktails of herbs and other ingredients (such as Focus Factor, BrainReload, and Brain Alert), come with more or less blatant claims that they aid memory and mental ability. Here is a rundown of the widely promoted ingredients.

Ginkgo biloba

Phosphatidylserine

Huperzine A

Choline

DMAE

Bacopa

Vinpocetine

Fish oil supplements

 

 

 

 

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Pomegranate Benefits for Skin:

A healthy skin not only looks beautiful, but also provides a layer of protection against infectious agents. The incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of Pomegranate products encourage radiant and glowing skin. Many cosmetic and skin care manufacturers are now including pomegranate extract in their products. It is incorporated into the skin care products to treat problems like dry skin, age spots, and hyper-pigmentation. An ounce of pomegranate juice or a medium pomegranate provides ample of skin friendly nutrients which ensure that the skin stays at its best.

1. Vitamin E:

Pomegranate contains a high amount of vitamin E, a nutrient very beneficial for maintaining the health of the skin. A cup of fresh pomegranate juice contains 1.8 milligrams of Vitamin E or 14% of your daily recommended value.

Pomegranate is a good source of zinc, a mineral required for healthy functioning of the skin. Zinc regulates the growth of basal cells, the precursor cells that develop into mature skin tissue and assist in wound healing. Zinc also aids to activate super-oxide dismutase, an antioxidant that protects the skin from damage. One medium pomegranate provides 1.1 milligram of zinc, approximately 15% of the daily recommended value.

3. Copper:

Pomegranate contains a decent amount of copper, a mineral needed to produce melanin. Melanin is a pigment, which that gives color to eyes, skin and hair. It also provides natural sun protection to the skin. A cup of pomegranate juice boosts your copper intake by nearly 500 micrograms, about 53% of the daily recommended value.

4. Wound healing:

Several studies have revealed that pomegranate helps to expedite healing. The seeds contain excellent healing properties, which protect the outer layers of the skin and aid in the regeneration of the cells.

Pomegranate also provide an abundance  of other health benefits too numerous to mention. Further research by the reader is required.

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Before we talk about Knee Support Braces , we must know what makes our knees go weak. One can easily hurt themselves while running because the constant strain that your knee has to put up with might be the start of the problem. So, before you even think of  knee support, have a close look at your footwear.

Since the healing needs time, these braces hold the knee tight and in place. While suffering from a ligament injury, you must give enough time for the ligament to heal, and that is why you would need a hinged knee brace. When there is a tear in the anterior collateral ligament, it mostly requires a surgery to repair it, but for the support, you will need the drop lock hinged brace

Prophylactic Braces 

These are the knee supports which protect your knees from getting hurt while you are playing a rough game, mostly football and any game of such an intensity

Rehabilitative Braces

 These are the braces which will restrict the knee from bending or twisting or rather hurting itself, when it was undergoing through the process of healing.

Knee Supporters

These knee supporters are possibly the most sought-after ones, because these are made for those who are suffering from arthritis. 

Functional Braces

The functional knee supports are for those people who have had already hurt their knees and now need some support to get their knees straight.

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Everyone who works out in any capacity wants to get the most out of it. Hence, the introduction of  Preworkout Supplents. Preworkout supplements often contain a mystery blend of ingredients ranging from caffeine to guarana to creatine. But do these supplements work, and are they safe to take? It turns out that these supplements may just change the way you feel while you’re working out. Many of the ingredients in preworkout supplements are intended to give athletes the perception that their workout is supercharged, said Jordan Moon, an exercise physiologist and sports nutritionist at the United States Sports Academy and Concordia University Chicago, and chief science officer at the fitness tracking website Fittrace.com.

But those physical effects don’t make people bigger, stronger or faster, Moon said.

And although some of these supplements’ ingredients — such as caffeine, creatine and beta-alanine — have been shown to modestly enhance performance in extreme athletes and bodybuilders, they only give people an edge if they are pushing themselves to the limit, Moon said.

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