5 Possible Reasons You Have Stomach Cramps

November 25, 2013 by  
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Stomach cramps are frustrating to deal with, especially if you are not sure why these cramps are happening in the first place. The truth is that there are a number of reasons why you may end up with stomach cramps. The treatment for these causes will vary.

Menstrual Cramps

One of the most common reasons for stomach cramps is your menstrual cycle. While this does not apply for men, women often suffer from cramps during that time of the month. The cramping varies from woman to woman. Some women say that they have only mild cramps during their cycle while others have severe cramps. Cramping can start even before your period has arrived. You can keep track of your period to determine whether or not it is due to arrive. If so, this could be the leading cause of the stomach cramps.

Stomach Cramps from Constipation

Constipation can cause stomach cramps. Constipation occurs when the bowels are backed up. If you are not having a regular bowel movement each day, you can end up constipated. If you are struggling to have a bowel movement, pain may occur. The stomach cramping is common after days of not having a bowel movement. It may also occur if you are straining while on the toilet. The best thing to do for relief of constipation is drink plenty of water and eat foods that are loaded with fiber.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a bowel disorder. If you have IBS, you may experience cramping due to the problems that you have with your bowel movements. People who have IBS often have days or weeks where they are constipated and then days or weeks where they have diarrhea. The actual known cause of IBS has yet to be determined. Some believe that diet has a lot to do with it. If you have not been diagnosed with IBS but are experiencing some of the symptoms, it is best to speak with your physician.

Food Poisoning

If you have severe stomach cramps, you may have contracted food poisoning. You can get food poisoning from drinking or eating something that is contaminated with bacteria and other serious toxins. You may have heard about some food poisoning bacteria, such as salmonella and listeria. It is important to make sure that you cook your foods properly at all times. If you ate at a restaurant, you could have gotten food poisoning from their food. Stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a fever are all signs of food poisoning. If these are symptoms you have, it is time to call the doctor.


Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. The appendix is located directly near the large intestine and everyone has one. For some people, the appendix never causes any problem. However, for some other people, the appendix needs to be removed. The symptoms include stomach cramping, chills, nausea, and shaking. If you have any of these symptoms, it is vital to visit your doctor immediately.

Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.

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BSN Cellmass

November 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Supplements, The Fitness Bug

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Through out this site have often stated my dislike for supplements and steroids as i believe you can achieve great results with what nature has to offer. But that same former body builder i told you about in this post (Forearms) is the one who introduced this to me.

At first i was very hesitant to even try it, but i have always lived by the rule ‘try anything once’, so i gave it a shot. I already knew what creatine does to the body, but i can say that trying this for a short while was great. I didn’t suffer any side effects that everyone usually goes on about and i think as long as you currently eat healthy and train regularly you’ll be just fine. There is no one great life changing product out there, not even this does that, but you will notice an increase in strength and muscle mass when you use it.

I guess this is good for all of those readers here that are like me and usually do not touch this stuff. If that is you, I’d try it once at least. And for any body building types reading this then you already know what to do. Have fun with it but be moderate,.

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How NOT To Look Like A Strong Weakling

November 15, 2013 by  
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(Guys that are strong but don’t look it)

aka this quote

”Hold up. Dude… you can lift twice as much as that guy over there. Why is HE bigger than YOU?”

OUCH… painful comment!

Solution: Eat more food… DUDE!

But lets look a little deeper in to this scenario. A scenario where I have been the victim of that painful comment (It affected me so bad, that I even remember the date. 17th February 2005) :O
Now, the reason why anyone would be a victim of this comment would be because of this point..

”Are you just lifting weights or actually stimulating muscle fibers?”

There is a big difference. Like I’ve said before, there’s more to it than just lugging a few weights around. And it often doesn’t take as much weight as people think to get the desired results.

So, let me start with the most important and relative point, so that you can avoid being picked on for being a scrawny looking guy who is in fact, REALLY strong.

#1 Focus on muscle tension

Now, there could be two reasons that could explain why the other guy is bigger than you.

  1. Genetics – That guy might have good muscle building genetics. A mesomorph style body type, where one can lose fat and gain muscle mass quite easily.
  2. He has been focusing on muscle tension. Or what I’ve previously described as shock body exercises.

You see, lifting heavy duty weight might make you look cool in the gym. But in fact, if I saw you lifting a heavy weight week after week, yet with no visible growth. I would have to…

1) Question your technique
2) Question your lifestyle and eating habits

Because there’s no real reason why you should be lifting super duper heavy weights in the gym, unless your goal is to grow muscle mass.

You can move more weight with momentum, sure. But you will not stimulate more muscle growth. For example, Olympic lifters don’t look even half as developed as advanced body builders. This is because the power moves they perform are accomplished by momentum and technique more so than actual muscle strength.

Muscle tension = Growth, not torque.

And in fact, you probably won’t have to lift as heavy as you may think. It’s more about this…

#2 Training insane – (Shock/ Explode muscles)

If you haven’t read my article about training insane, make sure you read it here. I’m confident that it will change your mind set and give you a good kick up the butt.

Any how, following on from my point above. Intensity is what you will want to focus on when you lift weights. Not doing so could be one of the key reasons why you might get the reaction described in the intro, because muscles will only grow when shocked with explosive activity (Have a read of the bugs quick tips)

This is the entire concept of training insane. When you train, you have to GO-AT-IT. Literally.

  • Short
  • Intense
  • Sometimes angry workouts (This music should help)

So quit lugging heavy weights around with technique-less flair. This really is not helping you to grow.

#3 Eat more food 5 times a day to avoid muscle break down

Now, if you are a victim of the ‘I am strong, but don’t look it’ squad, then I’d say at least 80% of the time would be down to an inconsistent diet. If you go through a day without eating for 4 hours or more then you are putting your body into a catabolic state, which is when the muscle tissues you’ve worked so hard to build up, begin to break down.

The best way to avoid this is to eat consistently throughout the entire day. Not just one big fat meal at dinner time (Which is probably most of you).

Think of it this way.

  • When you drive a car and give it a full tank of petrol, it performs great… right? Of course it does.
  • When you drive that same car on an empty tank it performs badly and the engine starts cutting out.. right? Yes, it does. We’ve all been there before.

That’s a no brainer. The killer point here is that when you run a car this way, you are actually destroying it’s shelf life, because doing so will wear the engine away.

The metaphor here =

Car engine/ Your muscles

Not feeding them is one thing, but to cause longer term damage to your muscle building results puts the nail in the coffin here. Muscle mass… NO MORE!

So do yourself a favor and start eating. Because even a crappy lifter will put on mass with the correct diet structure.

If you want a detailed program of…

  • What to eat
  • When to eat
  • How much to eat

Then read this post

#4 Focus on compound exercises

Now this point I left till last, because it’s not entirely important, but still relevant.

If you aren’t growing, it could be because you are placing to strong of a focus on isolation exercises (exercises that work one muscle group). This isn’t a bad thing, but you should only really focus on performing these exercises when you are trying to bring out the best of a certain muscle group.

Your main focus should be on performing compound exercises (exercises that work all 4 limbs) such as the bench press and dead-lift. By doing so you will definitely notice an improvement of the overall growth of all muscle groups around your body.

Killer compound exercises

To conclude

The goal of this website is to help everyone build the ultimate physique. That is…

  • Strength
  • Mass
  • V-shape body
  • Super duper health
  • Happiness
  • And overall 110% uber awesomeness.

Part of which you can find inside the unique bodyweight exercise ebook v3.0

The goal however, is not to help turn you into the next Mr. Olympia.

So if you don’t want to look like a lean weakling, make sure you follow the above. Once you do, you will be a muscle bound machine that people will inspire to be.

See you in the comments.

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8 Super Foods To Boost Your Libido

November 3, 2013 by  
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In case you are unable to continue your sex drive and your sexual urges continuously decreasing, then you should take a review on the foods that you are eating. The food you eat can have big effect on your libido. There are plenty of foods that are available which are helpful for people who want to increase their libido. The following are the foods that are useful to boost libido in both men and women:

1. Celery 

This is considered a very important food to enhance your sex urge. Eating celery leads to release of a hormone known as ‘androsterone’. It is a hormone released by male perspiration but it is odorless and affects women just like a champagne bottle or a bunch of roses would affect her. Save on the money and consume some celery. Some people can’t stand the texture of celery; if you’re on of those people, simply blend them into a smoothie and add some other stuff to add some flavor to it.

2. Maca

A less popular food because it is only recently introduced in the western countries. It was known as ‘Naturea Viagra’. Yes the name is shocking but so is its effect. In males it improves sexual performance, sperm count, increase your testosterone and erection dysfunctions. In females it increases fertility and sexual drive.

3. Pumpkin seeds

These help to produce testosterone in women and helps sustain sex drive in women. These highly rich in nutrients for your sexual desires and sexual satisfaction.

4. Bananas

Bananas possess an enzyme called bromelain. It boosts the libido in males. It also increases the energy of the body and also in production of sex hormone.

5. Figs 

It has been observed in various studies that figs increase sexual stamina and libido because they have amino acids. Amino acid is one of the important supplements which increase the libido in men and women.

6. Asparagus

Asparagus increases sexual urges in both men as well as women. It contains huge amount of Vitamin E that stimulates the production of testosterone which is a critical sex hormone that plays an important role in a man’s sex life. The higher your testosterone level, the higher your libido.

7. Salmon

Blood circulation has an important role to increase sexual drive in both men as well as women. A continuous blood flow is intimately connected to an increase in sex drive.

8. Sweet Basil

Sweet basil herb is very popular in many countries all around the world as it increases sexual drive naturally in both men as well as women by fostering a feeling of completely relaxation in the muscles and the body. It is also very useful in increasing women fertility because the body has a better chance of reproducing when women are completely relaxed. Although, flavor of sweet basil is very strong, but it’s a great supplement to increase the libido. Due to its strong flavor, you need not to eat them daily; a couple of times per week should be just fine.

James Berliquist is a food and nutrition blogger. He likes to go into scientific aspects of health and fitness industry.

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