How to do Intermittent Fasting for Serious Weight

Intermittent fasting does not tell you what to eat rather it is a pattern of eating

Ever heard of intermittent fasting? It is a tool, not a diet. It does not tell you what to eat; it is a pattern of eating and not eating. It is not about cutting calories; it is just changing when you eat and when you don’t eat.

Why would you practice this anyway? Because it is one, if not “the” most important factors in weight loss. It triggers two main hormones in your body.

  1. Growth hormone (GH) which is anti-ageing, and the most powerful fat burning hormone. GH is the hormone which stimulates growth in animal or plant cells. There are six fat burning hormones and growth hormone is the most powerful of all. It protect your muscles, build lean body mass and lose actual fat.
  2. Insulin hormone is also very powerful even though it almost works counter to the goal of losing weight. It actually will help you store fat. In the presence of insulin you cannot lose weight. It’s such a dominating hormone it will block growth hormone. It is the hormone that makes you fat and give you gut or belly. If someone has a fat gut, all it show is that they have too much insulin.

Intermittent fasting as a tool or technique can really heal insulin resistance. The pancreas is pumping out way too much insulin than you need. What happens is, when you have too much insulin the cell start blocking it and then your body doesn’t get the return communication. Dr Eric Berg gives an analogy that it is like talking to your child and they have ear plugs on. You are going to increase your volume because a person is ignoring you, but they’ll not hear you. There is no two-way communication. So if the pancreas doesn’t have the feedback that the insulin is connecting, it sends more insulin through the channel. So you have a situation where, you have resistance of insulin. It is not working. That is you have low insulin in the cell, but then you have high amounts of insulin in other places which is very destructive, causes pre-diabetes and creates lots of problems.

So when it comes to intermittent fasting you start where you are at and then gradually transition over times. There are different levels of intermittent fasting from no intermittent fasting to some serious fat burning.

So let us start with five meals a day or six meals a day e.g. breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack. The principal of intermittent fasting hormonally is that every time you eat you spike insulin. Many of us thought that only when you eat carbohydrates is when you spike insulin. That’s not the case. Eating in general will increase insulin regardless of what you eat even a snack, even if it is healthy. So we have a situation where this person is spiking insulin all day long. Our bodies are not designed to eat and graze all day long.

Step 1.

The goal is to switch to 3 meals a day and no snacks. The secret to go from one meal to next without being hungry, involves eating more fat.

Step 2.

To take the fasting to the next level and burn even more fat, Dr Berg suggests a pattern of 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours window of eating (16:8).

Example If you wake up in the morning and you are not hungry, well, don’t eat. Wait until you’re hungry. The ideal situation is to go 4 hours from when you wake up, before you eat the first meal. Say you get up at 6 am, you wait until 10 am before you get your breakfast. So that means that your last meal is going to be at 6 pm later that day. That is eight-hour 3 meals eating window.

Note: The real power of intermittent fasting, is through the night and in the morning. During that period, you have uninterrupted and major fat burning.

Step 3.

To take it further to the next level of serious fat burning, you need to adjust two meals. This is where you have a 20 hours fasting window and 4 hours of eating (20:4). Say you wake up at 6 am, wait until say 12 noon to have the first meal. Then take the next meal four hours later. Here you have a 4 hours eating window and 20 hours of serious fat burning.

Step 4.

Combine exercise particularly high intense interval training with intermittent fasting and the results will be awesome.

The gradual transition from one pattern of eating to the next takes time and dedication to the process. This transition from five meals to three meals could take you three weeks, but three meals to two meals could take a month or two or even three months before you get to this point or even longer.

This information, I learnt from Dr Eric Berg. He is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods.

Below Dr Eric Berg talking about acceptable liquids with intermittent fasting

 

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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.

The Incredible Power Of Your Thoughts To Your Mind and Your Life

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Natural Viagras to Beat Erectile Dysfunction

Flavonoid rich food
Flavonoid rich food

Wanna stay at the top of your game? How would you like to keep your hard-on to keep your significant other satisfied with your performance? Obviously most men would answer this question with a resounding “yes”.

Studies indicate that 50% of men aged 40 to 70 suffer Erectile Dysfunction (ED) at one time or another. ED is no laughing matter because it causes other problems like low self-esteem, embarrassment, depression, anxiety and even relationship problems.

There are a staggering number of things that cause ED for example sedentary lifestyle where one has little to no physical activity (colloquially let say couch potato), poor diet, underlying medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurological diseases, alcoholism or drug abuse or even smoking history.

To tackle this problem at the heart of it, we need to increase blood flowing well. Majority of people turn to Viagra. It is a good way to start but I think it is no more than a quick fix and it comes with numerous side effects like headache, upset stomach, abnormal vision, nasal congestion, dizziness, nausea, back pain, diarrhea to mention but a few.

Fortunately, there are certain foods that acts like Viagra by improving the blood circulation hence a direct effect to the quality of your erection. Here are 5 foods that could help to keep your hard-on and stay at the top of your game.

  1. Nitrates Rich Foods

Nitrates Dioxide dilates blood vessels, enlarges arteries and increases the blood flow. Nitric oxide is good for your cardiovascular system and therefore it’ll fuel your penile performance even better.

Top Nitrates foods are:

  • Arugula Lettuce, Iceberg lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Beef,
  • Celery,
  • Basil
  • Spring greens
  • Rhubarb
Nitrates Rich Foods
Nitrates Rich Foods
  1. Zinc Rich Foods

Zinc is essential for testosterone making process. For better performance, one ought to feed their body with enough zinc. People with low levels of testosterone are found with low zinc levels.

Zinc rich food include:

  • Oysters, clams
  • Beef, pork, chicken, lamb
  • Wheat germs, spinaches, beans, mushroom, cashews and pumpkin seeds.

Note: Zink from plants is less absorbed by the body.

Oysters are rich in Zink
Oysters are rich in Zink
  1. Flavonoids Rich Foods

Flavonoids are a group of antioxidants which can help improve the blood circulation. Good circulation is the basis of a good erection.

This foods are also responsible for helping protect cells from oxidative damage, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels all of which are contributing factors to erectile dysfunction.

Flavonoid rich food include:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Parsley
  • Celery
  • Banana
  • Apples
  • Tomatoes
  1. L-citrulline Rich Foods

Kidneys change the L- citrulline into L-arginine and nitric oxide both of which are compounds important for the heart as well as the love life.

 

Foods Rich in L- citrulline:

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber (Low level)
  • Cantaloupe (Low level)
  1. Lycopene Rich Foods

Lycopene helps the blood vessel relax, enhances the blood circulation and hence benefits your erections and subsequently the lovemaking life.

There are reports that show lycopene can also help men get rid of infertility and prevent prostate cancer. Please note that lycopene is better absorbed when consumed with oily foods such as olive oil or avocado.

Foods Rich in Lycopene:

  • Red coloured foods like tomatoes
  • Carrots, guavas, watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Red bell pepper
  • Asparagus
Red colored foods are Rich in Lycopene
Red colored foods are Rich in Lycopene

Now you know, so what’s the excuse? Foods have the power to help fight ED and get back the respect from your significant other. Most importantly enhance that love life for better intimate relationship.

How to Make a Homemade Natural Viagra

Watermelon and Beetroot juice a secret to bedroom satisfaction
Watermelon and Beetroot juice a secret to bedroom satisfaction

Viagra is a brand name for sildenafil, is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Viagra has many side effects including;

Headache, abnormal vision, nasal congestion, back pain, nausea, sneezing, flushing in the face, neck, or chest. Others people report upset stomach, indigestion and muscular pain or tenderness.

All the above may be a thing of the past with this natural homemade lovemaking prescription drink. It is an affordable and natural way to bring bedroom satisfaction. It is very safe and easy to make with readily available ingredients.

  • A ¼ to ½ watermelon depending on the size
  • 1 beetroot

Process

  • Cut the watermelon into chunks.
  • Peel the beetroot, wash it and cut it into quarters.
  • Push them into a juicer and slow it for better results.
  • That’s it! No additives.

Watermelon known as nature’s Viagra by scientists, can provide benefit to men who suffer from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. It’s beneficial to men who suffer from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. The high concentrations of amino acid citrulline found in this thirst quenching fruit, are known to increase the blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels which is similar to what Viagra does but without the side-effects. In addition to relaxing the blood vessels, citrulline is also known to promote energy. Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise.

Beetroot juice contain significant levels of dietary nitrate, which is then converted into nitrate oxide in the blood. Nitrate oxide is a gas which widens blood vessels and aids blood flow to every extremities. Beetroot has high amounts of boron mineral, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. It helps the body metabolize and increases testosterone levels in men.

Beetroot is also relaxing. It contains betaine which relaxes the mind and trytophan (also found in chocolate) and contributes to a sense of wellbeing and happiness, perfect to get you in the mood.

Come-on now! What is the excuse? Consume this delicious juice 30-45 minutes on your way to bedroom satisfaction. Men with ED should consume this drink daily.

Beware

  • Beetroot possess the highest sugar content of all vegetables.
  • The red color compound betanin is not broken down in the body, and in higher concentrations may temporarily cause urine and stool to assume a reddish colour. These deceptive appearances are completely harmless.