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by HardFitness

2005 Ironman Review by HardFitness

2005 Ironman Expo by HardFitness

Breast Augmentation by Darlina Acampora

Becoming a Fitness Competitor
by Kristi Willis

Julie Lohre Interview
by Julie Lohre

Sodium in Your Diet
by Shelly Pinkerton

Alexis Ellis Overall Winner of the 2005 Ironman Video Interview Footage from Sunday after her victory.

Recipe: Breakfast Frittata by Amy Peters

Pictorials featuring Monica Martin, Carina Dupree, Darlina Acampora, Alexis Ellis and Andrea Dumon

Diuretics and Alternatives
by Sandra Del Vecchio

Rising Star Video Interview: Andrea Dumon NPC Figure from Arizona 2005 Ironman short class competitor

Show Schedule for 2005
by HardFitness

Contest Prep Diet and Supplement Schedule by Kristi Wills

Measuring Body Fat by Shelly Pinkerton

Secrets to Achieving a Leaner Physique by Linda Cusmano

Road to the 2005 Ironman by Andrea Dumon

Future Fitness Star: Mandy Polk 19 years old by Mandy Polk

Abby Eyre, Pro card contender Interview by Abby Eyre

How to Gain Natural Muscle by Kelly Burke Jennings


A diuretic is anything that promotes the formation of urine by the kidney. The word "diuretic" comes from a combination of the Greek "dia", thoroughly + ourein", to urinate = to urinate thoroughly. All diuretic drugs cause a person to "lose water" but they do so by diverse means, including:

* Inhibiting the kidney's ability to reabsorb sodium, thus enhancing the loss of sodium in the urine. And when sodium is lost in the urine, water goes with it. This type of diuretic is called a high-ceiling diuretic or a loop diuretic.

* Enhancing the excretion of both sodium and chloride in the urine so that water is excreted with them. This is how the thiazide diuretics work.

* Blocking the exchange of sodium for potassium, resulting in excretion of sodium for potassium but relatively little loss of potassium. These diuretics are termed potassium sparing diuretics.

There are many ill side effects associated with the use of diuretics. Many I have experienced myself including mental confusion, weakness, dizziness, muscle cramps, headache, extreme thirst, tingling in the hands and feet. More extreme effects are kidney damage and death.

Some of the common types of diuretics are Aldactone, Dyazide, Hydrodiuril, Lasix and Maxide. It is very important that you thoroughly research the use of diuretics and only use under the close direction of a physician.

After learning that I only have one kidney, it is especially important to me that I exercise extreme caution and I prefer to use herbal remedies for diuretic purposes. Many herbal alternatives that have a diuretic effect include Alfalfa, Angelica, Licorice, Rose Hips, Sarsaparilla, Skullcap, Strawberry and Yarrow. Another very common form of natural diuretic and my personal favorite is a cup of hot tea taken with and Vitamin C with Rose Hips. Very Safe and Very Effective. Rose Hip Tea may be beneficial for the bladder and kidneys and very helpful in preventing colds.





































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Location: Sarasota, FL
Phone Number: (941) 685-6455

INFO: My path to Sarasota, FL started after I decided to pursue a career change. Originally from Rochester, NY I worked for 11 years at the Xerox Corporation as a financial analyst. As my own career in figure competing quickly elevated to the IFBB Pro Level, I decided to make personal training my full-time profession. Personal training is just something I have a passion for, I can't imagine doing anything else.

I earned my certification through the American Fitness Training of Athletics (AFTA) as a trainer/nutrition consultant. I am also qualified as an NPC District Judge.

One of my main objectives as a trainer is to keep my clients focused on their goals and to be a motivator. I also educate my clients on proper nutrition and how fitness and eating well becomes a lifestyle not a chore. Eighty percent of reaching your goals is accomplished through proper nutrition. I always preach to my clients that it's not just the hour a day you spend with me in the gym, it's what you are doing the other 23 hours in the day that is so important.

I work with many clients in the comfort of their own home, at the private gym facility (Fitness Connections) in Sarasota, FL and also on-line I prescribe nutrition plans and training programs for individuals who want to work with me that do not live in my vicinity.

My own focus and dedication has allowed me to achieve great heights throughout my life. I graduated at the top of my class in college, enjoyed a successful business career, achieved professional status as a figure athlete and love helping others reach their own personal goals in fitness ... I would take great pride in helping you as well. Give me a call or send me an e-mail ... I would love to hear from you!

Be Healthy and Love Life,

Sandra D

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