Activate Xtreme

Activate Xtreme is a supplement that can give your overall health and wellness a major boost as it helps your body increase its testosterone and HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, levels.

What Does Activate Xtreme Do?

As you age, your body starts to feel a definite decline in its vitality: you start feeling fatigued on a regular basis, your hair and skin lose their luster, and you feel a lot weaker than you ever have before.

All of these typical side effects of aging occur because your HGH and testosterone levels rapidly decline over time, depleting your body of most of its vigor and vibrancy.

This is where Activate Xtreme steps in to help you out: this supplement has the power to replenish both your testosterone and your HGH levels through its powerful formula.

How Activate Xtreme Does It

Activate Xtreme contains the ingredients powerful enough to restore your testosterone and HGH levels, but each ingredient is also gentle enough to do so safely. Check here for more info —

One of the most important parts of the Activate Xtreme formula is L-DOPA. A natural extract from a plant native to both Africa and India, L-DOPA plays the crucial role of helping your body boost its HGH levels by stimulating your body’s HGH secretion. L-DOPA also helps you feel younger and fitter by helping you lose weight by curbing your appetite, helping you resist cravings and feel fuller for longer.

Activate Xtreme also relies heavily on the ingredient Divanil, a powerful compound developed by researchers to increase the body’s testosterone levels. Divanil actually enhances your body’s free testosterone by preventing that free testosterone from binding to SHBG, or sex hormone binding globulin.

When your free testosterone binds to SHBG, your body can no longer use it to promote muscle mass, to increase strength, or anything else; it is thus extremely important that you keep your free testosterone from binding to SHBG so you can use every bit of testosterone in your body to its maximum potential. Divanil works within Activate Xtreme to do just that.

Activate Xtreme also contains extracts from the powerful ingredient Maca Root. Also known commonly as Peruvian Ginseng, the Maca Root is an all-natural extract that effectively and efficiently supports the glandular system of the body.

Maca Root also has the ability to give your sex drive a boost; it also provides your body with a major boost to its energy as well as its stamina, helping you push yourself harder than you have been physically able to for years.

Do We Recommend Buying Activate Xtreme?

Activate Xtreme does contain some very effective ingredients that have been proven to work both safely and efficiently to boost your body’s testosterone and HGH levels.

However, we are unfamiliar with other ingredients found in Activate Xtreme, and for this reason, we are hesitant to give this supplement our wholehearted seal of approval. For now, we recommend trying a different product to boost your HGH levels, since there are many products that contain ingredients that we know for a fact are effective while staying safe.

Neti Pot: Yoga for Sinus Congestion

Just about everyone’s heard of the neti pot by now.  It’s received significant media attention.  National Public Radio broadcast a morning story about it, and it made the Oprah Winfrey show in May of 2007.

Now that it’s main-stream, neti pots are readily available at most pharmacies.  Many family physicians, 87 percent in one survey, are prescribing them for chronic sinus and allergy problems. Medical guidelines in both the United States and Canada are recommending the nasal saline flush for a variety of sinus conditions.

What many people haven’t heard is that the simple, natural, and inexpensive technique of neti originates from within the system of Yoga.

This article begins with a brief exploration of those roots as described in an old Yogic text.  Details of the technique follow.  We’ll then look at how neti was done according to the traditional teachings, and how it’s currently being taught at the most respected institutions in India.  There’s a link to a great instructional site for the currently popular version used in Western medicine.  It includes an entertaining video.

To better understand what’s happening when all that salt water goes up your nose, a review of the anatomy and physiology of the nasal and sinus passages has been provided.

And, for those of you who are interested in the science of it all, towards the end there’s a summary of studies supporting the use of neti and of those that determine just how it works.  Technical details will be reviewed, things like how much volume, what temperature, the appropriate concentration of salt, and what devices are out there on the market for use with neti.

Where Neti Comes From and What It Is

A descriptive reference of neti and the sinus flush is found in the Gherenda Samhita, a classic Yogic text dating from the late 1600s or early 1700s.  As Yoga was an oral tradition for centuries, how old the techniques are or from where exactly they originate is unknown.

The purpose of neti and other cleaning practices of Danta-dhauti is purification, a prerequisite on the path to Yoga, the ultimate union.  The body, meaning both the physical body and the “subtle body” of energy, are to be purified and freed from disease as a preparatory practice for techniques that lead to Liberation.

As “neti” is specifically described in the Gherenda Samhita, it refers to “sutra neti,” or the cleaning of the nasal passages with a thread.  A later verse describing “jala neti,” or the cleaning of the nasal passages with liquid, is referred to as Vyutkrama.

From a metaphysical point of view, according to Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, purification through neti helps to sensitize ajna chakra, the third eye, aiding in its awakening and profoundly altering psychic awareness.  He recommends neti, both jala and sutra, every morning before any other practices are undertaken.  In that way, the free flow of breath may be attained in both nostrils facilitating a meditative state.

How Neti is Taught Now in India

One of the oldest and most well known modern Yoga institutions in India is Kaivalyadhama at Lonavala, a small city between Mumbai and Pune.  The founder, Swami Kuvalayananda, made a strong effort with its establishment in the 1920s to bring current scientific methodology and understanding to traditional practices.  Well respected in his day, even Mahatma Gandhi wrote requesting his help.

According to one of his disciples, Swami Kuvalayananda is responsible for the modernization of neti.

A recent visit to the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital in Lonavala revealed the instructors are still teaching both sutra and jala neti.  Every morning a mentor meets anyone who will show up at 6:30 to help them learn the techniques.  Sutra neti is performed with a tiny, inexpensive rubber catheter found in their shop.  After jala neti, it’s recommended that 10 to 15 forceful expirations, or Kapalabhati, are performed to remove excess liquid.

In contrast, a visit to the The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, another well-established institution of Yoga therapy, revealed that they teach the traditional version of jala neti as described in the Gherenda Samhita.  A salt solution is made and then poured into the palm of the hand from where it is sucked up into the nasal cavity and released through the mouth.  Unlike the passive version taught at Kaivalyadhama, this version requires active effort to pull in liquid.  Training in sutra neti is reserved for more advanced Yoga students.

Yoga for Pregnancy

From a trained Yoga teacher and good friend:

My niece is now 3 months pregnant and wants to start doing yoga with me to prepare for her labor. Do you have any asanas or pranayamas that you recommend?

Yoga is a wonderful addition to any prenatal plan. It helps to relax and prepare both the body and mind for labor and delivery, and its attention to purity helps to create a safe and non-toxic environment for the growing baby.

Things to do:

  1. Sit in bhadrasana every day for at least five or ten minutes during pregnancy. This will help to relax the pelvis and facilitate an easier birth.
  2. Prasarita Padottanasana is another good posture for prevention and relief of back pain during pregnancy.
  3. Viparita karani will help to relieve fluid accumulation in the legs and feet as the pregnancy progresses.
  4. Brahmari pranayama to soothe both mom and baby and to increase their connection.

Things NOT to do:


  1. Avoid any pranayama in which there is breath retention to avoid temporarily decreasing oxygen flow to the developing baby. That means no conscious cessation of breathing at either the end of inspiration or the end of expiration.
  2. Avoid lying flat on the back during the second half of the pregnancy. As the uterus enlarges, it can fall back and compress the vena cava, the main vein draining the legs and pelvis, with disastrous consequences. To prevent complications in savasana during the latter half of pregnancy, place a pillow or bolster underneath the right side of the torso so it tilts towards the left, and if you ever feel lightheaded in savasana, roll to the side.
  3. Avoid sirsasana and other poses that require balance to decrease the risk of injury from falls. The bodys center of gravity shifts with the growing abdomen.
  4. Avoid forward bends with the legs close together. Proper performance of these asanas is hindered by a large abdomen and may put too much pressure on the uterus.
  5. Avoid goal oriented and competitive behavior and instead focus on very gentle and relaxed stretching. The pregnant body produces more relaxin, a hormone that makes the bodys connective tissue more flexible. Take care to not overdo it.

Other considerations:

  1. Yoga brings awareness to body posture. When walking and going about activities of daily living, be careful not to let the weight of the growing baby tilt the pelvis creating an accentuated curve in the lower back. Mindfulness will go a long way towards preventing the back pain so many women experience in the latter stages of pregnancy.
  2. After a gradual relaxation sequence in savasana, take a few minutes to visualize a happy, healthy baby growing within the uterus to full term and then a successful, relaxed, and pain-free vaginal delivery.
  3. Decrease any and all potentially toxic exposure. If possible, avoid all medicines while pregnant – even those deemed safe by standard medical practice like Tylenol and many other over-the-counter drugs. (Anyone taking prescriptions needs proper consultation with their doctor and pharmacist.) Also avoid all plastic. Drink from glass or stainless steel water bottles and avoid packaged and restaurant foods covered in plastic and plastic-coated cardboard. Avoid canned foods as they frequently contain BPA. Place a carbon filter on your faucet for drinking water in the home. Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove chemicals and dont eat fish which may contain mercury and persistent organic pollutants. Instead, if vegetarian, maintain adequate protein levels with legumes, whole grains, nuts, and low fat yogurt.
  4. If you are vegetarian (and particularly if you are vegan) supplement the diet with a B12 vitamin to ensure proper growth of the babys brain. Its also a good idea to supplement the diet with flaxseed, two tablespoons each day (preferably bought whole and then ground just before use), for adequate nutrition for the growing baby. Plenty of legumes and green leafy plants will supply needed folate.

Loss of Energy with Menstruation

A reader sent in the following question:

“I would be so happy if you would post your thoughts about the menstrual blood.  Do women really lose so much energy?  Can someone quantify this loss? And if a woman sublimes, what really happens there?”

There are two different ways to look at energy.  One is a medical, or physiological, approach that deals with the annamayakosha.  The other deals with the esoteric facets of chakras, prana, and divine flow.

When it comes to physiology, some women can lose energy from menstruation, but most women do not.

Each month the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, is built up to prepare it to sustain life in the event that an egg is fertilized.  Under the influence of estrogen during the first part of a cycle, the stromal and epithelial cells of the endometrium grow and divide, forming a new layer to replace the one that was lost.  Under the additional influence of progesterone in the second half of the cycle, the endometrial cells swell and begin to secrete nourishing substances.  Like within the yolk of a chicken egg, fat and sugar stores are deposited in the cells to nourish a fertilized ovum.  When none presents itself, a little Kali cycle occurs right there in the uterus.  The new cells become old and need to be replaced by rejuvenated ones, and so menstruation begins.

This is similar to the natural process of growing and dividing, then sloughing of cells that we see in other body areas.  For example, the intestines lose the inner layer of cells every two to three days, then grow and divide to replace it.

In the endometrium of the uterus, blood vessels grow within the developing layer for support.  When estrogen and progesterone are withdrawn from the endometrial cells so that they can re-cycle, the blood vessels begin to spasm and stop providing blood and nourishment to them, and the cells begin to die.  Then, as things dissolve, bleeding into the dying tissue begins and the dead, bloody layers separate from their base and are released through the cervix and vagina.

Normally, only 35 ml of blood is lost on average during a menstrual cycle.  In comparison, a donation of a pint of blood to the Red Cross equals 470 ml.  With the latter, you might feel fatigue for a day or so if youre small, but the loss of blood quickly stimulates the bone marrow to produce new red blood cells, and no harm is done.  The same quick stimulation of growth of new red blood cells occurs with those lost through menstrual blood, but the lost amount is so little that no fatigue or other symptoms are felt because of blood loss.

Our red blood cells are regenerated every 120 days or so anyway, their own little Kali cycle, just as occurs throughout our bodies on a continuous basis with many tissues.  It’s natural and healthy.

If there is some abnormality, such as unregulated bleeding or too much bleeding, then the body may have a hard time keeping up.  There’s a natural window, a balance of life, and beyond that, energy is lost.  The lost energy is felt as fatigue and presents itself on the medical front as anemia.  Although the bone marrow tries to make enough red blood cells, the diet is sometimes deficient in iron, or the intestines often cannot absorb enough iron, to keep up.  The iron is needed for hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying part of the blood.  Without it, you can feel exhausted.

All living cells are energy, including the endometrial cells.  All living things die, and the energy is recycled on a universal scale.  We are not the same bodies we were a year ago.

Some blood loss occurs with the loss of endometrial cells during menstruation, but it’s a small amount under normal circumstances.  Those red blood cells, and the other constituents of blood, are easily replaced during the natural cycle without any significant net loss of energy.  With pathological conditions, such as hormonal imbalances or disorders of blood clotting that make the blood “too thin,” an abnormal amount of blood is lost and fatigue and lost energy results.

Some women who practice tantric Yoga drink their own menstrual blood to conserve energy.  Esoteric energy aside, this practice likely stems from an intuitive understanding by the gurus that iron within the lost blood could be recycled and used again to make hemoglobin for red blood cells in hard times when the diet was iron deficient.  There are other ways to get iron these days, and thus conserve energy and relieve fatigue when disorders of menstruation occur.

Fatigue is one of the most common complaints in doctors’ offices, but it’s not generally due to lost energy.  The primary reasons for it are stress and inadequate sleep.  Pain is a stressful, and when the uterus cramps to remove the dead tissue, that’s painful.  Many women feel fatigued during their periods, but it’s not related to a loss of physical energy. In Yogic terms, you could say it’s a disturbance of the manomayakosha.

Painful Periods?

For some women, menstruation can be particularly painful. Sometimes it is for me, too. There have even been a few days when Ive curled up in a ball on the floor unable to do anything else until the waves of pain, lightheadedness, and sweating receded. Im not complaining. I understand periods are a natural part of being a woman. I could take ibuprofen when I know Im about to start, and that wards off my discomfort. I choose not to do that.I dont like to take any medicine I dont absolutely have to take.

Yoga has helped a lot. Ive found pavana muktasana, the wind releasing pose, to be one of the best asanas for relief. There are different versions of this one. In mine, both knees are brought to the chest while lying on the back. The head is brought to the knees and the focus is on manipura lotus at the navel. Concentrating on this area of subtle energy is an important aspect of pavana muktasanas benefits. I hold this pose for at least three minutes when Im having the worst bouts of pain.

During menses, whether hurting or not, I include bhadrasana (bound angle),  pascimottonasana (seated forward bend), viparita karani (legs up the wall) and savasana (corpse) in my daily program. Sometimes I add bhujangasana (cobra), matsyasana (fish) and marjari asana (cat) poses. I find them all to be helpful.

In a recently published study from Iran, the latter three were shown to be effective for preventing painful periods in a group of fifty young women aged 18-22. The women practiced these three asanas all during the luteal phase of their cycle, which means the entire second half. For the average 28 day menstrual rhythm, the first day of a period is the first day of a cycle. Count 14 days in and there you have the beginning of the luteal phase. Compared to a control group of 42 women who didnt practice any Yoga or have any other intervention, there was a significant decrease in the pain intensity of menstruation. When each womans pre-Yoga rating of pain was compared to their own post-Yoga rating, there was also a significant reduction.

Yoga decreases the pain of menstruation and helps women to cope with residual discomfort. No specific asana is necessarily better than any other. What matters is what works for you. If you suffer from dysmenorrhea, the medical term for painful periods, consider trying the Yoga poses mentioned above.

Yogas not just about asanas though. Its also a lifestyle, and a big part of a Yoga life is making an effort to eat more pure, nutritious vegetarian food. A vegetarian diet with limited dairy and an increased amount of omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to lessen menstrual pain.


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  2. Barnard ND, Scialli AR, Hurlock D, Bertron P. Diet and sex-hormone binding globulin, dysmenorrhea, and premenstrual symptoms. Obstet Gynecol. Feb 2000;95(2):245-50.
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How to Stop Ear Pain Naturally

From a yogi friend:

I have an ear infection that started 2 weeks ago. I havent had one in years, and last time I had it just passed after 3-4 days.  I keep treating it as recommended by websites and friends with garlic oil, hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil, till yesterday when its started getting worse. It feels like it felt 10 days ago blocked ear, a bit swollen, pain if I touch the ear, and general weakness. No fever though.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly a question about Yoga or the Yoga lifestyle and health, but it’s from a friend I know through Yoga – one that loves to live a simple, green lifestyle and avoid medications whenever possible.Otitis externa is a common problem. I get questions about it all the time. “Otitis” means inflammation of the ear, and “externa” refers to the outer, or external, portion. It’s common in swimmers or others who get water or other liquids into the ear canal. Sometimes it comes without any apparent precipitator.

The external portion of the ear generally becomes very tender. It may hurt to lie on the side of the affected ear. If you grab the outer ear and rotate it around in a circle so that it pulls and tugs, it should elicit pain.

The ear may feel “blocked” or “clogged.” Sometimes hearing is a little impaired on that side. There may be some yellowish/brownish/greenish drainage. And there should be NO FEVER. If you have a temperature of more than 100.4 (that’s 38.0 in Celsius), a healthcare practitioner with an otoscope needs to get a look inside.

The best natural remedy for ear infections (otitis externa) is a solution made of up equal parts of vinegar (at least 3%) and water. Put a quarter of a cup of each in a bottle and shake it up. Then settle down into a lying position on the non-affected side with the painful ear up in the air. Fill the entire ear canal with a few drops of the solution and remain resting in this position for five minutes. Repeat this treatment at least twice a day for three days. If you’re getting better, continue until the pain is resolved. If you’re not, consider a visit to a healthcare practitioner for a look inside.


While you’re using the vinegar solution, don’t put anything else into the ear canal – no tea tree oil, no garlic, no Q-tips, no nothing. That means no water too, so no swimming and take care in the shower.

My yogi friend took my advice. He’s cured.

A recent analysis of the medical literature states, “Acetic acid (vinegar) was effective and comparable to antibiotic/steroid at week 1.” From Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20. The authors note that severe infections extending beyond one week likely need the addition of a steroid drop and possibly an antibiotic ear drop. For those who want to avoid antibiotics and steroids whenever possible, there’s no rush to the big guns.

Yoga for Acidity and Heartburn

When it comes to prescription drugs, medicines that help to control stomach acid and the reflux of it back up into the esophagus account for the second highest dollar amount in revenues for pharmaceutical companies.

Try Yoga for heartburn and treat GERD naturally.

The problem with these disorders is a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, the valve at the junction of the esophagus (the tube between the mouth and the stomach) and the upper part of the stomach itself. When that sphincter is relaxed and open, it allows food and acid to go backwards. With the reverse flow of caustic materials, the esophagus is burned and damaged. Sometimes the partially digested food in its acid matrix refluxes all the way back up to the throat and then down into the lungs through the trachea, causing asthmatic symptoms and destruction of the lungs. Acid chronically irritating the esophagus and other tissues can lead to cancer.

When it comes to a Yoga diet, the gurus in the old texts advise us to eat moderately, not filling the stomach more than one half to one quarter full. Overeating, filling the stomach too full, puts a lot of back pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, forcing it open. That causes more reflux.

As the Gheranda Samhita suggests, try eating two moderately filling meals daily. Don’t eat all the time. Some GERD sufferers are told to eat six small meals a day rather than three big ones. This grazing strategy is thought to avoid the over-filling back pressure of simply eating until you’re too full, but it has its own problems. The lower esophageal sphincter normally opens up to five times within the hour after every food ingestion. If you’re eating all the time, a little something every hour or two, then the sphincter is never at its tonic resting state.

Many beverages, particularly caffeine, relax the lower esophageal sphincter. Juices can do it as can sodas and coffee. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika recommends drinking pure water. That makes a lot of sense.

Both the Gheranda Samhita and the Hatha Yoga Prakipika advise practitioners against eating spicy foods, another known trigger of lower esophageal sphincter opening.

Stress and anxiety worsen GERD and heartburn symptoms. In a 1994 study published in Gastroenterology, relaxation training reduced symptoms of reflux and acid exposure. Yoga has been shown in several studies to relieve stress and anxiety and it promotes and teaches relaxation techniques.

For vegetarians especially the use of natural means of reducing acid reflux is important. Aggressive, long-term suppression of stomach acid by pharmaceutical medicines can decrease the absorption of vitamin B12. Many vegetarians, particularly vegans who do not eat eggs and dairy, do not get enough vitamin B12 as it is.

Inhibition of the absorption of vitamin B12 is one side effect of prescription medications for GERD and heartburn that we know about, but for every side effect of which medical science is aware, there are likely eight or nine others insidiously working in some detrimental way. Now that vast numbers of people are taking these drugs chronically for many years, others will likely be discovered.

Avoid prescription medicines when you can. Treat naturally. Self heal with Yoga for acidity and heartburn.