Chia Seeds for Weight Loss

In the last few years, chia seeds have taken off as one of the biggest health foods. This is due to chia seeds being affordable with a mild flavor and is highly nutritious. The calorie count of chia seeds is high since they have fiber, protein and omega-3 acids making them a new part of weight loss diets.

Weight Loss Basics

There isn’t a single food, even the nutrient dense ones like chia seeds, which can cause weight loss by itself. Healthy weight loss is achieved by having a healthy balanced diet and as it has recently been discovered; healthy hormonal balance. This is done so the body will tap into the fat stores to get the energy it needs. The amount of calories that you need per day depends on a number of factors like age, height, gender, and activity level. There are a lot of charts online that have guidelines; however, everyone needs a different calorie amount, so you will need to do some work to calculate out the amount of calories you need to take in. But most people will lose about a pound a week by cutting 500 calories from their daily intake.

Chia Seeds for Weight loss

Dietary fiber is what chia seeds are packed with, and they contain about 10 grams of fiber per ounce of chia seeds. This high amount of fiber makes it easier for people to get their daily fiber intake goal, which is 21-38 grams of fiber daily. Harvard Medical School found that eating more fiber helped with weight loss even if no other diet changes are made.

There is evidence that chia seeds alone can help with weight loss. NutriciónHospitalaria published a study in 2014 that looked into the effects of ground chia seeds or chia flour. The study was for 12 weeks. The study found that subjects who ate the ground chia seeds had more weight loss than the other subjects. The ground chia seeds eating subjects also had a small reduction in their waist size. This result suggested that chia seeds can help with the loss of belly fat. At the same time, chia seeds have been found to have no effect on weight loss. An earlier study of chia seeds, in 2009 that was published by Nutrition Research, did not find any benefits for weight loss by eating chia seeds.

If you want to lose weight, chia seeds alone will not help you to shed the pounds. However, adding chia seeds to a weight loss diet can help. Many people eat chia a seed in the morning since they have a high amount of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer, and helps the body with an energy increase. Chia seeds can be added to other meals if you need more fiber in your diet.

1. Chia seeds also contains essential fatty acids.

This are fatty acids required for biological processes. Essential fatty acids

a. Affect your energy level and endurance during exercise. Essential fatty acid allow the transportation of oxygen through the system thus helping you recover faster.

b. Help stabilize blood sugars

c. Deficiency in essential fatty acid will result in your skin becoming rough, peeling and flaky.

d. Nail and hair strength. Essential fatty acid works with the B vitamin to help hair, skin and nails.

2. Chia seeds contains Omega 3

Chia seeds has more omega 3 than salmon.

3. Chia seeds also contains calcium

It has 5x more calcium than milk.

4. Chia seed has High amounts of fiber

5. B1, B2 and B3

Chia seed contains sufficient amout of vitamin B1, B2 and B3. Chia also has Boron which helps calcium make bones solid.

6. Chia contains Polyunsaturated fatty acids, which increase ionized calcium.

7. Chia is high in protein (1 ounce contains 4.9g)

 

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Easy Ways to Beat Insomnia with Plants

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where a person suffering from it finds it difficult to fall and or stay asleep. It is very frustrating when you’re tired and you can’t sleep.

Having plants in your home could be little unconventional way of dealing with insomnia. However, there are some potential health benefit of adding some plants to your decor. The following plants have been found to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation and thus improve your quality of sleep and ultimately your life.

Jasmine flowers will blossom at night and release a scent that has shown to promote more restful sleep
Jasmine flowers will blossom at night and release a scent that has shown to promote more restful sleep

 

White Jasmine

White jasmine is known for its characteristic fragrance of its flower. It also has a natural healing property. Jasmine essential oil is one of the most expensive oils because it is believed to help reduce anxiety and improve your mood.

White Jasmine flowers in your bedroom, will blossom at night and release a scent that has shown to promote more restful sleep, decrease anxiety and improve mental performance.

English Ivy reduces airborne mould
English Ivy reduces airborne mould

English Ivy

English ivy is native to most of Europe and western Asia and it is a clinging evergreen vine.

This plant, when alive in your home has multiple health benefits. Studies have found that English ivy reduces airborne mould particles and its vine is good at taking toxins from the air while releasing healthy and essential oxygen. A blend of those benefit are clear factors for a good sleep.

Lavender has a floral fragrance and is very soothing and relaxing.
Lavender has a floral fragrance and is very soothing and relaxing.

Lavender

Lavender has been widely accepted and used for many years. It has properties that promote relaxation and sooth the nervous system. Lavender oil may be used on your pillow or in a diffuser to help you sleep.

Alternatively you can put the whole lavender plant in your room. It has a floral fragrance and is very soothing and relaxing, which makes it invaluable for all types of stress-related conditions, such as insomnia.

Aloe Vera releases large amount of oxygen which improves air quality
Aloe Vera releases large amount of oxygen which improves air quality

Aloe Vera

With all the widely known and publicised benefits of Aloe Vera plant, few seem to know that sleep deprivation can be combated with it as well. Recent studies have found that Aloe Vera releases large amount of oxygen which improves air quality. When Aloe Vera plant is put in the bedroom, it will improves quality of air as well as making breathing easier.

Snake plant releases more oxygen at night than during the day
Snake plant releases more oxygen at night than during the day

Snake Plant

This native to tropical West Africa. An evergreen perennial plant. It has stiff leaves that grow vertically.

This a great decorative plant that seems to carry a lot of night benefits. Researches have found that this plant releases more oxygen at night than during the day. Obviously as we earlier indicated, oxygen improves the quality of air hence making breathing easier.

Consider adding any or a combination of the above mentioned plants in your home and you will certainly notice a major improvement in your sleep.

Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera Juice

Numerous health benefits of using Aloe Vera juice
Numerous health benefits of using Aloe Vera juice

The Aloe Vera has been used as a cure for many years. Its juice is a thick gooey juice made from its leaf. It is very easy to use as it can be mixed into smoothies and shakes. Here are its numerous health benefits:

  1. Maintains Alkalinity

A body with high acid level will be full of disease because illness will grow quickly. To keep body healthy, consume alkaline food and drinks like Aloe Vera juice.

  1. Hydration

Aloe Vera is full of water so it keeps you from dehydration and this forces bad bacteria out. It also fills your body with nutrients that help your organs function properly. Take it after exercise to get rid of the lactic acid that builds up during exercise.

  1. Improves Liver function

It is full of water and phytonutrients. This is exactly what the liver needs to function well. The liver cleans bacteria out of the body and it should stay healthy.

  1. Cures constipation

Aloe Vera juice fills your intestines with water and this is useful in peristalsis as it helps you pass stool normally. Aloe Vera juice helps keep the bacteria in your intestines at a normal level so it relieves constipation. Take it daily for relief.

  1. Clear skin of acne

This wonder juice can also stop acne from coming about in addition to other skin problems like psoriasis and dermatitis as it is full of antioxidants and vitamins that are helpful to your skin. It guards your skin from ultra violet (UV) radiation, treats sun burn and soothes skin irritation.

  1. Nutritious boost

Aloe Vera juice is packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, C, E and Folic Acid so drink it and enjoy the benefits of all of them. Amazingly, it also contains vitamin B-12. Lots of nutrients guard you against disease.

  1. Reliefs heartburn

Drinking Aloe Vera juice helps ease heartburn as it helps control the acid flow in your stomach, fighting Gastric Ulcers so they don’t get bigger.

  1. Digestive benefits

Aloe Vera has enzymes that break down sugar and fats. To get all the nutrients from your food, your digestive system must work properly so it’s important to keep it healthy. It also eases soreness in the intestines and stomach, relieves irritable bowel syndrome and other swelling disorders of the intestines.

  1. Dental health and hygiene

Aloe Vera juice when used as a dental floss works better than two leading toothpaste brands according to the Journal of Applied Oral Science.

  1. Power body builder

Amino-acids are our bodies building blocks and eight (8) of these that cannot be made by the body are found in the Aloe. So to build that strong body, take Aloe juice daily. It will also increase your energy levels and cleanse your body.

  1. Source of trace minerals and natural vitamins

It contains a wealth of trace minerals like Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Potassium, Chromium, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper and Zinc. It also contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E together with Folic Acid and Niacin. You can use all these as health supplements.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T DRINK SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF WATER

A general cognitive impairment is caused by lack of sufficient water
A general cognitive impairment is caused by lack of sufficient water

Three fourths of our body is made up of water. Depending on factors like location, individual’s body fat index (BMI), age and gender, the average human is between 55 and 65 percent water. Water in our body works to cushion and lubricate joints, regulate temperature and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Water is also an essential component of our blood. Check this facts;

  • Adult brain and blood is almost 75% water
  • Lungs are 83% water
  • Seemingly dry bones are 31% water

We lose this water however, whenever we sweat, while eating, breathing and so on. Some studies indicate that we lose 2 to 3 liters of water each day. Craving water means you are dehydrated and you need water. If you don’t drink sufficient amount of water in relation to your body mass index, age, gender and location, you will face the following dire consequences:-

  1. You ruin your overall health-

Increased dehydration can cause notable drops in energy, skin moisture and even blood pressure.  Taking sufficient amounts of water encourages reduced stress of kidney stones, bowel and urinary tract cancer and reduced risk of heart attack.

  1. Concentration is reduced-

A dehydrated brain works harder to accomplish the same amount as a normal brain. Worse still, a dehydrated brain has been noted to temporarily shrink. A general cognitive impairment is caused by lack of sufficient water. Brains of teenagers who don’t take sufficient amount of water are constantly strained as they use most of the brain for studying and solving problems.

  1. You end up eating more

People who drink water before meals eat less getting up to 70 % less calories while those who do not take water eat more ending up with more calories.

Constant body hydration through taking water restores skin quality
Constant body hydration through taking water restores skin quality
  1. Wrinkles appear-

Lack of adequate amount of water causes imbalance in our skin moisture. Constant body hydration through taking water restores skin, reduces small wrinkles and gives your skin healthy appearance. If you don’t take appropriate amount of water, wrinkles appear.

  1. Bad mood-

Increased dehydration can cause drops in energy and mood. Mood and attitude are intertwined and as we know they are the building blocks of our daily accomplishments. Have a bad mood and attitude and boy you will wonder why the day is too long.

If you do not take water before exercise as an example you may feel tired, nervous and irritable.

  1. Slow metabolism-

If the body has insufficient fluid, it will use less calories while at rest. The opposite is true; when the body has enough fluid, it will use up more calories while at rest. Your metabolism is the result of all the processes in your body working together to create the energy that keeps you going. Many other factors like body size, muscle mass, age, gender and may be genes all play a role in determining your metabolic rate. When our body is sufficiently hydrated we have faster metabolism.

After learning the dangers of not taking enough water, you should ask yourself ’HOW MUCH WATER IS ENOUGH?’ and ARE YOU DRINKING THE RIGHT WATER?

AMAZING BENEFITS OF EATING AVOCADO

Avocado keeps you young
Avocado keeps you young

Many of us don’t realize how amazingly beneficial an avocado is! It is a source of useful vegetable oils and vitamins and a ripe one can be cooked as a salad making a delicious treat for your family.

This unique type of fruit is loaded with heart healthy fats. The largest percentage of that fat in an avocado is monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart healthy” fatty acid.

The following are 12 amazing benefits and reasons to love avocado:

Avocado-protects eyesight
Avocado-protects eyesight
  1. Avocado protects eyesight

It contains carotenoids that protect your eyesight and maintain your vision as long as possible. Eat an avocado daily to protect your eyes for years to come.

  1. They help reduce cholesterol

Avocado helps reduce the level of harmful cholesterol (LDL) because it contains multiple elements including folate and vitamin A that also help prevent the risk of heart disease.

Research has shown that avocado helps increase the good cholesterol (HDL) that removes harmful bad cholesterol.

  1. Maintains normal pressure level

Avocado contains high amounts of magnesium and potassium that help to lower blood pressure.  Actually it has much more magnesium and potassium than bananas and kiwi fruit.

  1. It prevents Hepatitis

It greatly protects the liver because it has Vitamin C and Vitamin E that prevent Hepatitis and reduce the risk of cancerous tumors in the liver.

  1. Prevents the risk of cancer

Avocado is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Lutein, normal and saturated fats and retinoic acid which are all very essential in avoiding and treating breast cancer. Avocado extract has also been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells.

  1. It is food for the brain

Eat avocados every day to keep your brain healthy into old age. It increases blood circulation, protecting blood vessels and its cognitive ability. Good blood supply leads to improved memory, mood and increased efficiency.

  1. Weight loss

Avocado helps to lose weight because it contains long chain fat and has a high caloric index. Furthermore, avocado is high in fiber that makes you feel full and you end up losing the annoying extra kilos because of eating less.

  1. It strengthens the immune system

Avocados are very rich in fiber and Vitamin C. These two help to increase your immunity. One dietary survey found that people who ate avocados had a much higher nutrient intake and had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

  1. Avocado cleanses the body

It contains Glutathione which helps to get rid of toxins and harmful compounds in your body.

  1. It keeps you young

Avocado is rich in Vitamin A and D which smoothen wrinkles on the skin, reduce size of inflamed lesions that is acne and maintain skin elasticity.

  1. Helps fight women-related diseases

Large amounts of vitamins and minerals contained in avocado have beneficial effects on many female organs. They can protect your un-born baby and folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects.

Avocado has a stimulating effect
Avocado has a stimulating effect
  1. Avocado has a stimulating effect

It affects the functionality of the reproductive system by strengthening and initiating sexual performance in both men and women.

So go on and make it a habit to include an avocado every day in your diet to enjoy these amazing benefits.

FOUR EASY WAYS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM

Diet that is high in protein
Diet that is high in protein

Metabolism; chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life. That is all chemical processes that go on continuously inside your body to keep all the organs functioning normally.

Below are four top secrets that may help you naturally boost your metabolism making you lose more weight, burn more fat and look leaner. You will notice improvements in your metabolism almost immediately and notice you are looking leaner and fit.

  1. Consume diet that is high in protein, healthy fats, and fiber

Taking a diet that is high in protein, healthy fats, and fiber really helps.

Wild-caught protein like wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, organic chicken and turkey, whey protein powder or sprouted pea protein powder are some of the best. This protein will support fat loss and building lean muscle tissue to support metabolism.

Furthermore, get healthy fats in your diet. Make sure you consume medium chain fats like coconut oil, short chain fats like ghee and organic butter together with long chain fats like avocado fat. This combination will greatly boost your metabolism.

Consuming high fiber foods that include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds for example chia seeds, flax seed, walnuts, almonds and berries. All these will support fat loss, keep you feeling fuller for longer and slow down absorption of sugar. This greatly helps you to improve and boost your metabolism.

It is important to reducing the overall sugar consumption.

  1. Reduce stress levels

Emotional stress and lack of sleep increase production of cortisol the stress hormone. That will make your hormones to start working against you for fat loss instead of helping you to lose weight. Make sure you get good sleep and reduce emotional stress.

  1. Burst exercises cardio

Change your exercises from long distance cardio to burst training cardio. This means exercising like a sprinter rather than a marathon runner. According to recent studies, burst training alone helps the body burn 9 times more body fat. When burst training is combined with weight training your body will burn 10 times more body fat.

Burst training, also known as high intensity or interval training greatly increases your metabolism. This consequently makes your body produce more growth hormone also known as the anti-aging hormone slowing down your aging process. Long distance cardio makes your body produce more cortisol making you age faster and slows down your metabolism. Burst training is therefore very effective in boosting your metabolism.

  1. Increase muscle mass.

The lower your muscle mass, the slower your metabolism. With less muscle and a slower metabolism, it then becomes a lot easier to put body fat on.

Muscle cells require more energy to maintain than fat cells, so people with a higher muscle to fat ratio tend to have a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR). Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so increasing in your muscle mass will help improve metabolism hence you lose weight.

Beauty and Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Water

Improving digestive power and building up the immune system
Improving digestive power and building up the immune system

Regularly drinking hot or warm water can provide many health benefits to our body. Some of the benefit including reduction of metabolic waste, improving digestive power and building up the immune system. Below I outline TEN reasons why you should create a routine of drinking a glass of hot water at the beginning of the day on an empty stomach and also at the end of your day before bedtime and anytime during the day.

  1. Hot or warm water helps alleviate pain. Headache and menstrual pain will be a thing of the past if you take hot water regularly. The heat has a soothing effect on abdominal muscles providing relief for muscle spasms and cramps.
Cleanses the digestive system
Cleanses the digestive system

2. It cleanses the digestive system. A warm cup of water taken in the morning cleanses the body by flushing out toxins. Hot water breaks down food in the stomach keeping the digestive system on track.

3. Healthy hair. Drinking warm or hot water gives you shiny and soft hair by energizing nerve endings in the hair roots making them more active. This leads to natural vitality and keeps your hair healthy.

4. Healthy skin. Consumption of hot water keeps your body warm and hydrated. It is a remedy for dry and flaky skin. It also maintains a healthy skin as it improves blood circulation throughout the body giving you that beautiful rosy complexion.

5. Improving blood circulation. Drinking hot or warm water helps eliminate accumulating deposits in your nervous system, enhancing blood circulation and flushing out toxins that could be circulating throughout the body.

6. Prevents premature aging. Drinking warm water cleanses the body from toxins that lead to faster aging. This is by repairing skin cells to increase elasticity.

Beautiful complexion
Beautiful complexion

7. Relieves constipation. A glass of hot or warm water taken in the morning on an empty stomach improves bowel movement. This is by breaking down food particles and increasing hydration to prevent constipation.

8. Remedy for cough and cold. Drinking hot or warm water reduces throat pain. Warm water is also an effective expectorant.

9. Weight loss. Hot water helps break down fat deposits from the body leading to weight loss. Have a glass of hot or warm water with either lemon or honey after every meal.

10. Prevents pimples and acne. Drinking hot or warm water deep cleanses the body eliminating the root causes of acne-related infections.

Is Eating Too Many Eggs Bad For You

Is there such a thing as eating too many eggs? We know eggs are loaded with cholesterol; right? So how many eggs per day is healthy?

Heart diseases and diabetes come in to the picture when cholesterol is mentioned. So what’s the magic number when it comes to eggs?

Let’s get to the nutritional basics of an egg

All the cholesterol is in the yolk
All the cholesterol is in the yolk

Another misconception is that cholesterol is the enemy.

Basics of cholesterol or how important is Cholesterol?

  1. Cholesterol is in every single cell in your body
  2. Cholesterol is fundamental to brain and other neurological functions. Example- it helps in the formation memories.
  • Cholesterol is also part of every one of your cell membranes
  1. It is virtually a component every single hormone
  2. It also serves as the basis of vitamin D

Remember there is good cholesterol or HDL (high density lipoprotein), bad cholesterol or LDL (low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides.

The American Heart Association recommends that your total cholesterol levels should be below 180 mg/dL

Older studies on this eggs topic, showed that people with high cholesterol were two times as likely to have heart diseases and or diabetes. Based on these studies it was figured out that eating up to 6 eggs per week or about one egg per day is okay.

However, newer studies, have shown the following

  1. For the majority of the population, when you eat cholesterol your liver just produces less of it to compensate.
  2. When your bad cholesterol (LDL) goes up the good cholesterol (HDL) goes up as well. So the ratio doesn’t change much which is an important factor for the health problem that we highlighted above.

So how many eggs should you really eat?

There are two scenarios that can answer this question;

First scenario is if you are a person with a high risk for these diseases, then you should stick to the general conservative guideline and go with a maximum of six eggs per week. To know if you are a high-risk, it is advisable to talk to your doctor.

Other ways of know if you are a high-risk

  1. If you are one of the 10% of the population with naturally high cholesterol because your liver just makes too much of it (again a doctor’s opinion is needed here).
  2. You have a family history of diabetes and heart disease
  3. you are overweight and or inactive
  4. you smoke and have high blood pressure
  5. Or you have bad eating habits such as eating a lot of saturated fats like butter, fatty meat and cheese.

Second scenario; most recent studies have found no conclusive evidence that eggs increase your risk of heart problems or diabetes. The most important part here is not the number of eggs but the amount of bad fats one is eating. So keep that butter, fatty meat and cheese under control. The conclusion is that the high-egg diet is fine as long as the rest of your diet and lifestyle are healthy. If you are an active person with no predisposition for heart disease or diabetes, with a balanced meal plan, plenty of veggies and goods fats; you should be fine to eat more than one egg in a day.

Dr Joseph Mercola a Natural health physician and Mercola.com founder, says he believe that eggs are one of the healthiest foods in the world and as long as you’re not allergic to them, it is ok to have them regularly in your diet.

He warns us

  1. Stay away from Omega-3 eggs (from chickens fed a diet containing flax-seed)
  2. Get your eggs from chicken that are free ranging i.e. pastured hens (chickens are been allowed to forge for natural food).
  • Examine the quality of an egg- Make sure the yolk is deep yellow or orange.

How to prepare eggs

The yolk should be consumed raw or with very little heating done to it. When heated at high temperatures, the cholesterol can be easily oxidised.

Suggestion from Dr Mercola on how to be proactive on preventing heart disease.

  1. Stay away from sugar
  2. Make sure your vitamin D levels optimize ideally by exposing enough of your skin to sunshine at the right times of day and season.
  3. Have a regular source of beneficial bacteria. Make sure you’re getting fermented foods in your diet
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. It is important to avoid toxins like trans fats
  6. Getting a high quality of animal-based omega-3 fat is useful
  7. Getting plenty of sleep
  8. Optimizing your body fat percentages

So to stay on the safe side, you can have a few whole eggs per day. If you want more, toss the yolk and eat unlimited egg whites.

10 Best Herbs For Removing Belly Fat, Removing Toxins And Increasing Metabolism

To clear belly fat, removing toxins and skyrocketing metabolism takes an effort and the right food choices.

There is a sad fact that 85% of people who start their weight loss journey will not meet their goal of losing weight because of various reasons. Weight loss is one of the most difficult things you will ever do because it requires that you completely revamp your entire lifestyle. There are various options that you can explore however it is important that you know which ones are actually effective so you do not waste time experimenting.

In this article, we explore some herbs that are most effective for weight loss. Use of these herbs is a natural ways to make your journey a little bit easier. These herbs do beneficial things like stimulate your metabolism and help to reduce your appetite. When you combine effective weight loss with regular exercise and a healthy diet your chances of success become much higher.

 

Oregano increases serotonin levels
Oregano increases serotonin levels

1. Oregano

This perennial herb is native to temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. It is an antioxidant powerhouse and it is also an effective weight loss herb. It helps to keep your digestive system healthy and working as it should. It has the ability to increases serotonin levels and also helps flash excess waste out of the body all of these come together to promote weight loss and prevent issues like bloating and constipation. The increased serotonin levels will improve your mood which reduces the risk of emotional eating. Increasing serotonin may also be beneficial in reducing your appetite overall.

 

 

Gurmar Leaves treats obesity
Gurmar Leaves treats obesity

2. Gurmar Leaves

Gurmar Leaves is an herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. Some people call it gymnema or cowplant. In ayurvedic medicine (the “science of longevity), gurmar herb has a long history of being used in treating obesity.  Modern research has shown that taking a specific combination of gurmar leaves extract by mouth for 8 weeks, will reduce body weight in people who are overweight or obese. This magical herb, also removes toxins from the body. Additionally, it acts as a digestive stimulant and is able to temporarily block your ability to taste sweet helping you to tackle your sweet tooth.

 

Ginseng popular for memory enhancing effects
Ginseng popular for memory enhancing effects

3. Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most commonly used herbs throughout the world. It grows typically in cooler climates of North America and in eastern Asia. While this herb is most popular for its memory enhancing effects, it can also be beneficial when you are trying to lose weight. It acts as a stimulant and a thermogenic hence boosting your metabolism and giving you the energy you need to exercise.

lowers blood sugar levels, decreases blood pressure and reducing anxiety
Sage lowers blood sugar levels, decreases blood pressure and reducing anxiety

4. Sage

Popular for cooking, sage works in so many different dishes. Sage is a perennial, evergreen sub-shrub and is effective in lowering blood sugar levels, decreasing blood pressure and reducing anxiety. By helping to avert these mentioned issues that are contributing factors to weight gain, sage promotes weight loss and an overall good health. It also has stress busting effects that will help to keep your cortisol levels normal. High cortisol levels lead to weight gain mostly around the abdominal area. So it is important to keep this hormone at check to be at a healthy weight.

Spearmint is effective in helping to reduce body fat
Spearmint is effective in helping to reduce body fat

5. Spearmint

Spearmint is native to much of Europe and Asia. It is popular for its mint. There is research that shows that spearmint is effective in helping to reduce body fat. It does this by releasing the excess amount of the hormone oestrogen that the body stores. When your body is storing this hormone, it holds onto more fat and you gain weight.

 

Guggul improves health of your thyroid and ensures that your metabolism is functioning at optimal rate
Guggul improves health of your thyroid and ensures that your metabolism is functioning at optimal rate

6. Guggul

This is a thorny, flowering plant commonly from northern Africa to central Asia.

There are modern studies that support the claims that this herb is beneficial in improving the health of your thyroid and ensuring that your metabolism is functioning at optimal rate. Anyone who needs metabolism boost but may not be able to tolerate stimulants, will benefit more when using guggul. Guggul works without any stimulant effects.

Milk Thistle is particularly useful for cleansing and detoxifying the liver
Milk Thistle is particularly useful for cleansing and detoxifying the liver

7. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. It is becoming more popular in recent years for its cleansing effects. It is particularly useful for cleansing and detoxifying the liver so that this organ can function at an optimum level. When your liver is not burdened with excessive toxins, it can focus on keeping your metabolism revved up so that you can burn calories and lose weight.

Dandelion root are effective cleanser that helps to flush toxins and excess waste from your body
Dandelion root- effective cleanser and toxins eliminator

8. Dandelion root

Dandelion derived from “dent de lion” which is French for “lion’s tooth”. It is native to Eurasia and North America and it is edible in its entirety.

Most people see Dandelion as a pesky weed and rightly so. In actuality they are effective cleanser that helps to flush toxins and excess waste from your body. It helps to promote weight loss because it eliminates toxins, regulates blood sugar, reduces inflammation and alkalises the body.

Yerba Mate- effective stimulant that gives energy and increases metabolism
Yerba Mate- effective stimulant that gives energy and increases metabolism

9. Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America. It is widely known as the source of the beverage called mate.

It is a very popular stimulant and many people replace their morning coffee with it. This stimulant effect will give you energy and it also increases your metabolism. It is full different antioxidants, minerals vitamins and amino acids. So in addition to promoting weight loss also helps you to get the essential nutrients your body needs each day.

Coleus Forskohlii boosting metabolism and stimulating thyroid function
Coleus Forskohlii boosting metabolism and stimulating thyroid function

10. Coleus Forskohlii

Coleus Forskohlii is a tropical perennial plant.

It is very popular in ayurvedic medicine and its use goes back to ancient times. It promotes weight loss by boosting your metabolism and stimulating thyroid function. Men benefit most from this because it also increases testosterone which is beneficial when trying to lose weight.

 

Disclaimer

Please talk to your doctor to ensure that you are using the herbs mentioned above in a correct way.

Bananas; One of Nature’s most Underrated Foods

Bananas; One of Nature’s most Underrated Foods
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Bananas are perhaps one of nature’s most underrated foods. Especially when it seems as if there is always some new and exotic type of fruit that is being hyped as the next big thing. However the fact remains that bananas are a tasty super-food that can give our bodies the good stuff it needs to thrive.

They are packed full of nutrients, vitamins, fibre and all natural sugars like sucrose and fructose. That’s why it is said “eating bananas regularly can help to keep the doctor away”. In the United States, bananas are the topmost consume fruit. They are eaten more every year than apples and oranges combined. Many of us bring home a bunch of bananas from the store and eat them throughout the week.

Banana start of mostly greenish yellow and spotless. As time goes by, that bananas continuously ripen. Eventually they begin to develop brown spots which grow bigger and bigger until the entire banana is covered in brown. I have met people that are turned off by brown bananas and they think it means they are rotten so they discard them. It is justifiable to think they are rotten because most fruits that turn brown are indeed rotten and unappetizing.

However, the more dark patches a banana appears to have, the riper it is and the more TNF it contains. TNF stands for Tumor necrosis factor and it’s a cancer fighting substance. TNF helps fight against abnormal cells in our bodies. It specifically helps to assist communication between cells in our immune response system and it guide the movement of cells towards areas in our bodies which are inflamed or infected.

Brown spots in a banana are signs of TNF
Brown spots in a banana are signs of TNF

Research has confirmed that the TNF found in ripe bananas interferes with tumour cells growth and inhibits them from spreading by causing cell death or apoptosis. This in combination with the high levels of antioxidants which are also found in bananas, boosts your immune systems and can increase your white blood cells. Eating a banana with brown spots will give your body a mini health boost and some extra energy.

In addition to the brown spots and their immune system strengthening qualities, bananas have a number of other health benefits;

  1. Heartburn;

Bananas are nature’s anti-acid and can provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux. Eating just one banana can immediately bring soothing relief and lessen your heartburn symptoms.

  1. Blood Pressure;

Due to the Fact that bananas are low in sodium and high in potassium, they help to lower blood pressure and protect against stroke or heart attack. Therefore, they are a heart healthy food.

  1. Energy

Eating a banana or two before a workout gives you enough energy to last an hour or more. The low glycaemic carbohydrates, vitamin and minerals salts support your body to increase endurance while potassium helps to prevent muscle cramps.

  1. Anaemia

Banana can help those with anaemia by providing much-needed dietary iron which stimulates red blood cell and haemoglobin production and strengthens the blood supply.

  1. Ulcers

For people who suffer from stomach ulcers, many foods are off-limits. However, bananas can be eaten without having to worry about whether or not they’ll cause pain. That is because of their smooth, soft, mushy texture that coats the stomach lining and protected against corrosive acid and irritation.

  1. Depression

Banana can help overcome depression because they have high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins. Our bodies convert tryptophan into serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that makes people relaxed, feel happy and improves mood. Thus bananas can help people feel better and beat depression.

  1. Constipation

Bananas have enough fibre in them to stimulate regular bowel movements and provide natural relief for constipation.

  1. Nurse for PMS

When you’re feeling moody and stressed eat a banana. They help to regulate blood sugar and are rich in B vitamin which naturally come the nervous system and make people relax resulting in an overall improve mood.

  1. Temperature control

Eating a banana on a hot day can cool you up by lowering your body temperature. The same is true if you have a fever.