Body Building Basics

It is every man’s desire to be well chiseled and thus they head to the gym. Others take it a notch higher and aim for body building. Before engaging in such activities it is important to ensure that all your systems are set to go.

It is always a good idea for a beginner to get a physical before you embark on a bodybuilding program. While this may sound like a cliche, there is a good reason for this:

You ensure that all your systems are in working order.

If for instance a test indicates that your kidney function is abnormal, this not only will impair your progress but it may also make it dangerous to consume the amount of protein needed to make gains.

For bodybuilding success, one needs a healthy heart, healthy kidneys and a healthy liver. If any of these systems is not working, then not only does this represent a health hazard, but also you won’t be able to make the gains that you could.

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One of the first steps in body building is will power and none could say that better than the father of body building. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold understood and often wrote about the role of the brain in bodybuilding. When he trained, Arnold concentrated with 100 percent focus, which allowed him to reach even greater intensity levels. “The first step is to really believe that becoming massive is possible … In the same way you can command your muscles to lift heavy weights when everything else suggests that you cannot, so you can mentally coax your muscles to grow larger and stronger.”


Arnold’s use of visualization techniques is well-known; he often imagined his biceps as big and peaked as mountains, and he harnessed that mental imagery to take his physique to unparalleled heights.

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Body building is not only about lifting weights. Food is also involved. Body builders are expected to eat the right food and this case protein. Protein should also be taken in healthy amounts.

Many bodybuilders do not gain the amount of muscle mass they are striving for because they simply don’t recognize the importance of getting enough protein. Protein is one of the key nutrients that need to be present in the diet of a bodybuilder at all times in order for muscle gain to take place. It is amazing how a great deal of people purchase hundreds and hundreds of dollars on that “miracle” supplement and they do not get even half the amount of protein their body needs to gain any muscle. These people are wasting their money. All the supplements in the world do not make up for lack of nutrition and protein.

Building muscle is about protein balance. If you make more muscle protein than you break down, your muscles will increase in size and strength. However, if you make less muscle protein than you break down, your muscles will tend to get weaker and smaller. Thus, a positive protein balance indicates an anabolic state. Since protein contains nitrogen, protein balance can be estimated by measuring nitrogen balance.

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Women Beating Breast Cancer

When it comes to medical health, women’s health cannot be ignored. Women have very many health concerns but one of the main ones is breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and also the leading cause of death in women. However this can change.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is second to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women.

Experts say the fear of breast cancer can sometimes be exaggerated, stopping women from going to their doctors for screening, or pushing women to make rash decisions about mastectomy, when it may it may not be necessary.

“There’s a lot of treatment for breast cancer,” assures Diane Helentjaris, MD, immediate past president of the American Medical Women’s Association. “It’s not a death sentence.”

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The term breast cancer seems to mean one thing but actually there are different types of cancer. Breast cancer is categorized according to the way the cancer cells are seen under a microscope. The most common type being carcinomas.


Most breast cancers are carcinomas, a type of cancer that starts in the cells (epithelial cells) that line organs and tissues like the breast. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which is carcinoma that starts in glandular tissue. Other types of cancers can occur in the breast, too, such as sarcomas, which start in the cells of muscle, fat, or connective tissue.

In some cases a single breast tumor can be a combination of different types or be a mixture of invasive and in situ cancer. And in some rarer types of breast cancer, the cancer cells may not form a tumor at all.

Breast cancer can also be classified based on proteins on or in the cancer cells, into groups like hormone receptor-positive or triple-negative.

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Breast cancer is not to be feared. There are many survivors but still there are risk factors that should be looked out for. Having more risk factors does not necessarily mean that a person will be affected.

A breast cancer risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you’ll get breast cancer. But having one or even several breast cancer risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop breast cancer. Many women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors other than simply being women.

Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include:

  • Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer.
  • Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age.
  • A personal history of breast cancer. If you’ve had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
  • A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly at a young age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most common gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers, but they don’t make cancer inevitable.

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Gone are the days when women would have no options to treat breast cancer. The only thing is to first of all consider and weigh all treatment options then also get a second opinion so as to be exactly sure.Surgery is usually the first mode of treatment in breast cancer and there are two types of surgery.

The type of surgery you have will depend on  
The size of the cancer in your breast  
Whether it has spread to any other part of your body  
The size of your breasts  
Your personal wishes and feelings  
In some situations you may be offered a choice of treatments.  
You may need to have  
The whole breast removed (mastectomy)  
Only the lump or area of cancer removed (called lumpectomy or wide local excision)  
About a quarter of the breast tissue removed (quadrantectomy)  
You may choose to have a new breast shape made (breast reconstruction) at the time of surgery or later. Having a reconstruction sometime after the original surgery is called delayed reconstruction.

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