Summer, Travel and Medication – Part 6 – Motion Sickness and Jetlag

For extra sensitive persons prevention of motion sickness through medication can be considered. H1-antihistamines, having an anti-emetic effect are used for this purpose. They have to be taken ½ to 1 hour before the journey starts and in longer travels it can be considered to take an extra dose after six hours. It is very important to stress that these types of medication cannot be taken by pregnant women. Small children under the age of two years should not be given any anti motion sickness medication either. It is a fact that motion sickness does not regularly occur in young children any way. Be very careful as well when driving a vehicle when under the influence of the medication: it has a very sedative affect and you could fall asleep behind the wheel of your car. Same restrictions apply if you are working with heavy power tools: the danger here is that the medication affects your ability to concentrate, with possible serious accidents as a consequence.

Jet Lag

A recent article in The Lancet shows once again that there is no one remedy to counteract or prevent jet lag. Some people advice melatonin, next to a lot of measures, not involving medication. There is a lot of conflicting evidence to be found when researching the effects of melatonin on jet lag. Sometimes a favorable effect is reported in the scientific literature and sometimes no effects at all are reported. What to think about that? Fact is however that there is very little known about the safety of using melatonin. Some studies show it to have an effect on the medication that prevents the blood from coagulating prematurely. Some countries have banned the use of melatonin in drugs all together. So as always: when in doubt consult your family doctor who will advise you what best to do.

This was part 6 of a series of 6 articles about travel and medication. The other parts being: Part 1 Vaccinations – Part 2 Travelers diarrhea – Part 3 Lyme’s disease – Part 4 mountain sickness and heat stroke – Part 5 Malaria – Part 6 motion sickness and jet lag.

The War On The War On Carbs

For those that love carbs, you’ve been taking a beating lately. Don’t eat carbs, they make you gain weight say the “experts”. Lately, there has been a complete war on carbs and as someone who loves their carbs… it’s time to start a war on the “war on carbs”

Carbs are essential, there’s just no getting around it. Whether your goal is to lose weight or increase sport performance, you’ll just do yourself a disservice if you abandon our friend the carb. For all high intensity, short duration activities, muscle glycogen is the source of energy and muscle glycogen comes from… carbs. Even endurance activities of moderate intensity use glycogen as 50% of your energy needs. In fact, the one limiting factor on your sport performance will be the lack of availability of carbohydrates. Even during low intensity exercise when your body uses a higher percentage of fat as its fuel source, it takes a good supply of carbohydrates to fuel that process. Ever play a sport or involve yourself in a high intensity workout program and you hit the proverbial “wall”… that’s because your body has a lowered supply of glycogen EVEN THOUGH your body has a great supply of fat. Want to perform better… eat your carbs.

What if you want to lose weight; surely you need to decrease your carb intake. After-all, carbs MAKE you fat right? Carbohydrates provide you with variety, necessary nutrients and volume to your diet.

Recommended ranges for carb intake is between 45-65% of your total intake. Weight loss occurs when there is a calorie deficit and not a particular macronutrient profile.

Weight loss occurring on low-carb diets is generally attributed to 2 things… a lower overall calorie intake and loss of body mass. Ever start a diet that restricts your carb intake and seen great results in the beginning weeks? Lower carbs mean lower muscle glycogen stores. For every gram of glucose lost through glycogen you also lose 2.7 grams of water with it. This loss of glycogen combined with water loss is the contributing factor in the initial big losses seen.

Some studies you will read (actually the newspaper headlines you will read… very few read the actual studies) will tell you that we are gaining weight faster than ever even though our fat intake is down. This is partially true. The PERCENTAGE of fat intake in our total diet is down but the actual grams of fat consumed is unchanged all while the total calories consumed in our diets has increased. As well, most studies rely on self-reporting and people generally report eating less than they actually do.

Consider in the 1900’s the typical diet had a higher intake of carbohydrates and a lower intake from fat. Even though our dreaded enemy the carb was consumed at a greater rate, we have only seen the rise of weight issues in the past few decades. In short, the increase in the rise of weight gain we see as a society is largely due to increased calorie and decreased activity.

So, here’s what is so good about carbs:

1. They provide nutrients that you can’t get from fat or protein
2. Adds bulk to your diet
3. Stabilizes blood sugar levels
4. An adequate supply of carbs in your diet spares your body from turning to protein as an energy source meaning that protein can do its job.
5. It’s the body’s preferred energy source
6. Your brain only uses carbs as its energy source
7. You need carbs in order to fuel the process of fat burning

All this doesn’t mean run out for a dozen donuts. Select good choices of veggies, fruit, whole grains… eat ’em up… yum!

Losing weight doesn’t have to be so complicated. Like they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat and there is more than one way to lose weight. Don’t let your fitness plan be swayed daily by the changing tides of news headlines.

A Look at the Connection Between Astral Travel and Brainwave Frequencies

During ancient Egypt, studying and practicing astral projection was something that was just for the royals. How times have changed, since today it’s being practiced by many people who wish to experience something one of a kind. It has been discovered that astral travel and brainwave frequencies go hand in hand.

There aren’t any limits to the age that someone can start astral travel. It’s not required for the person to have special skills, although there are tips that people find useful. Because astral travel and brainwave frequencies go hand in hand, each of us is born with the ability to do it but we lose that ability as we grow up. But since the frequencies are still there, we can tap into them again.

Because of constant research, the relationship between astral travel and brainwave frequencies has been discovered, and the person who wants to do the procneeds to go through these frequencies. The frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, are Epsilon or Lambda, Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. The highest, Gamma, has a frequency which is somewhere from 38 to 90 Hz, and this is when a person has a strong perception. The lowest is when the person is ready for astral travel.

According to the researches, when you combine all of the frequencies it’s something that allows a person to do astral projection. For someone to reach the astral projection without a lot of trouble, in as little of 20 minutes, people often use recordings of the pulses and beats.

These recordings are what help the person’s brain to switch to the frequencies which are most appropriate for astral travel. Some of the recording examples are Monaural beats, Isochronic tones, and Binaural beats. The Binaural beats are frequencies in each of the person’s ears separately. When you listen to these frequencies, it leads your ear to make another frequency which is unlike the other two. This unique frequency is not possible for you to pick up when you are in a normal circumstance.

There’s a lot of audio recordings or recorded tones available that help to produce frequencies for astral projection which allows the person to attain astral projection easily as well as quickly. There are some that are effective but others aren’t. you can find sites on the Internet which sell the recordings, but it’s a good idea to do some research and see what kinds of reviews that site has so you don’t waste your money buying things that are not going to help in the way that you want. There are a lot of unscrupulous sites that know that there is a direct correlation between astral travel and brainwave frequencies and they try to use that to get rich.