7 Natural Metabolism Boosters To Lose Weight Fast And Safely By: Avy Barnes
1. 7-9 Hours Of Sleep
Getting plenty of sleep (7-9 hours is recommended) has a tremendous effect on your metabolism. Sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. If you are not getting enough rest, chances are you will notice an increase in your appetite, and a decrease in your metabolism. The basal metabolic rate, or BMR, is a measure of the rate at which a persons body burns energy, in the form of calories, while they are resting. In order to increase your BMR, read the remaining 5 metabolism boosters.
2. Eat Several Small Meals Daily
Another metabolism booster is to eat several small meals daily (6 is recommended) instead of the usual 2-3 large meals. These meals can be simply an apple to a salad, sandwich (chicken, tuna on whole grain wheat, etc.), etc. Eating several small meals daily will keep your digestive system active, thus boosting your metabolism to burn fat faster. It'll also keep your blood sugar level constant.
3. Green Tea
Ahhh, behold the power of this popular drink. Researchers say that substances found in green tea known as catechins may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. I recommend 1-2+ cups daily.
4. Drink Ice Cold Water
Drinking ice cold water is not only a refreshing beverage on a hot summer day or after your workout, but is very important to boosting your metabolism, burning fat, and your overall health. It is recommended that you drink at least a gallon of ice cold water a day. Forget those measly little 8 cups that you hear so much about, get yourself a gallon container and get to chugging!
Okay, I know you're thinking - "Oxygen? If I didn't have oxygen, I wouldn't be reading this article!!" Let me explain. When I say oxygen, I'm talking about breathing exercises. With breathing exercises, you will be delivering fat-burning oxygen to your cells, increasing your metabolism, burning fat, and increasing energy. A simple exercise to do is to take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for 4 seconds, and then exhale through your mouth for 2 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times in one session. It's recommended to do 3-4 sessions a day. You'll notice afterwards a nice quick boost of energy and stress relief instantly!
6. Lift Weights
When people think about losing weight and burning fat, the first thing they think about when it comes to exercising is aerobics. Lifting weights is incredibly important to your fat burning and weight loss efforts. Building lean muscle burns calories...even while resting! Combine resistance training along with cardio exercises for an effective boost in your metabolism to burn fat and lose weight.
7. Spice It Up
Spicy food has been shown to boost your metabolism, burn fat, and keep it from building in your body. The best spicy food would be chili peppers. Chili peppers decreases fat deposits in your arteries and also has been shown to decrease your cholesterol level.
Increasing your metabolism will do wonders for your weight loss, fat burning, and overall health improving efforts.
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Do we know what to eat and what not to eat? By: Dick Derrick
Nutrition affects not only the condition of our bodies, but also, and perhaps more importantly, our minds. The food we eat keeps our bodies in good shape and working efficiently. It provides energy, strengthens our immune system and improves our minds. Although many people shun fat and meat, it has been established that they are of great importance to the brain; and this fact must be carefully considered.
There are still many misconceptions about nutrition, e.g., vitamins help to lose weight; enzymes burn fat; weight gain is due to fatty foods, so diet foods are the solution; obesity is connected only to food, and so on. Instead of relying on oversimplified generalizations, it is important to devise a moderate diet from all food groups, including proteins and animal products, because they remove toxins from the intestines and supply the body with natural vitamins and minerals. It is good to eat in small amounts, but often - perhaps four to five times a day - since this way of eating reduces the chance of plaque production in the blood and prevents it from storing it in the internal organs and arteries. It is established that most physical ailments, especially the leading cause of death - the heart attack - are caused by improper nutrition.
One of the first dietitians, William Banting, wrote as long ago as the mid-19th century, “among all maladies which concern the human race, I know none nor can I imagine anything worse than obesity.” According to Dutch medical specialists, people who gain a significant amount of weight after the age of 35-40, shorten their lives by approximately seven years. Also, “if a 40-year old woman smokes and is overweight, she will live, on average, 13.3 years less than a non-smoking woman of standard weight.” When we speak of proper nutrition, it is imperative that we associate it with long life. Quality of life in old age is not about turning back the clock to maintain an artificial extension or replay of youth, but rather, to increase longevity and make life healthier, happier and more fulfilling within the limitations of age. It is no coincidence that the Japanese boast the best nutrition among their population, and their average lifespan is 82.5 years for women and 76.2 years for men.
Suitable combinations of carbohydrates, proteins and fat directly affect brain activity, and consequently, influence our intellectual abilities. Carbohydrates feed the brain, proteins slow down the carbohydrate absorption rate, and fat aids in the production of the hormones that make us happy and also assists in balancing the nutritive chemicals in the blood stream. In addition to the main food categories, trace amounts of specific elements and minerals can have a profound influence on health. For example, the selenium contained in dairy products alleviates stress and is a very good defense against aging. Is it possible to become happier through proper nutrition? Most definitely the answer is “Yes!” The human brain is composed of and maintained by a certain number of building blocks, supplied through nutrition. The brain requires fat, amino acids and proteins to sustain its solid structure. When these substances are missing or insufficient, the brain loses functional efficiency, which in turn causes accelerated aging.
Do not avoid fat altogether for fear it may clog arteries. On the contrary, certain fats, such as those found in olive or sunflower oil, cod-liver oil, almonds, peanuts and walnuts are valuable and essential. It is these fats that structure the nerve cells in the brain. The limiting of fat should be closely monitored, so that it does not damage brain function.
Proteins are also of significant importance. Enzymes, which allow cells to receive messages, and some neuro-meridians, are actually proteins in different proportions composed of amino acids in the food. The conclusion is that the brain needs proteins to stimulate proper activity. Meat, eggs and dairy products supply the required animal proteins to the human body. It has been proven that a lack of Vitamin B-9 is the chief contributor to memory loss during the aging process, and that the liver supports and strengthens the memory. Vitamin B-9 is contained in whole grains, egg yolks, beans, walnuts and spinach. If we add Vitamins B-6 and B-12, contained in fish and meat, we create a healthy blend that guarantees us optimum memory strength. The ancient Roman physician Galen recommended walnuts for stimulating brain activity. His suggestion was based on the ancient theory that body organs should be treated with foods that resemble them, and the walnut, with its convoluted surface, does indeed resemble the folds of the human brain. Although that superficial theory is obviously superceded by the biochemistry of metabolism, modern medicine confirms that walnuts stimulate intellectual ability, help prevent tumors and heart disease, and lower bad cholesterol. That’s why it is important to consume no less than one ounce of walnuts per day, at least three times a week. Vitamin E, which is just one valuable constituent of olives, walnuts as well as other foods, protects the biological membranes from aging.
Broccoli, peppers, cabbage, lemons, oranges and other products containing Vitamin C have a direct influence on the blood circulation in the brain. And in order to prevent the reduction of red blood cells, which supply oxygen to the brain, we need to include iron-rich foods in our diet. Dr. Jill Halterman’s research at the University of Rochester demonstrated that students with low amounts of iron in their blood scored lower on tests. Additional research showed lower IQ scores among young, vegetarian girls, in contrast with girls of the same age who enjoyed a balanced diet.
The bread/pasta food group, particularly whole-grain and multi-grain, is perfect fuel for the brain, and the lack of rice, lentil and glucose causes hypoglycemia and dulls brain function. Carbohydrates are the best energy source for our body, since they digest slowly, are absorbed into our system in small amounts, and feed the brain longer.
We’ve all been taught since grade school that water is of extreme importance to the human body; we may be able to live without food for two to three weeks, but no more than three days without water. Indeed, water represents 70 percent of a human’s body mass. Every one of us loses around half a gallon of water daily, an amount that needs to be replenished. Some of the water we receive through the food we eat, but the majority simply has to be drunk. If this does not happen, the result is dehydration and cellulite, including aging. Besides pure, uncontaminated water, fruit juices and teas are not only useful, but necessary as well. According to Russian scientist Vladimir Volkov, “the decrease of water in the body blocks the bio-filters and causes different pathologies and subsequently aging.” We cannot disagree with the fact that rational and proper nutrition will improve our health, make us more joyful, smarter and prettier, extend our lifespan, and ultimately, stimulate our inner being and help us achieve absolute happiness.
World Renown author, Dick Derrick, has 20 years practical
experiance combining centuries-old Eastern philosophy and
healing with modern scientific findings to inspire and
encourage you to achieve happiness and harmony in your life.
Making the Best Choice if Fast Food is Your Only Choice By: Brett MacPherson
Recently I was out with some friends and they wanted to stop at a fast food Restaurant. I really don't like fast food, but sometimes everyone else wishes to go there, so you just have to make the best of it and find something reasonably decent. If you're required to eat fast-food, here's a tip to ensure that you're not causing much stress on your body...ALWAYS AVOID the soft drinks and anything deep fried this includes fries, hash browns, and anything breaded like chicken nuggets, chicken patties, or breaded fish burgers. These are all completely soaked in dangerous trans fats from the industrial hydrogenated vegetable oils they use to fry all of these things.
Consider, as I've said before, I've seen studies showing that as little as 1 gram of trans fat per day can have serious distructive effects on your body like inflammation, blocking and hardening of the arteries, heart disease, various forms of cancer...not to mention leading to more fat on your belly. That's as little as 1 gram! A typical fast-food meal of a breaded chicken burger (or fish burger), along with an order of fries can have as much as 10 grams of trans fat! Add on a cookie or small portion of pie for dessert (which are commonly made with destructive margarine or shortening), and now you're up to about 13 grams of trans fat with that whole meal. If 1 gram a day is destroying your body, imagine what 13 grams is doing to it! And this is only one of your meals. Some people are consuming 20-30 grams of trans fat per day, and not even realising what they're doing to their bodies internally. Please recognise that no-one, I mean NO-ONE, is looking out for your Body, with the exception of YOU.
Back to the idea of how to avoid this junk and eat a reasonably decent meal on the unusual event that you're forced to eat fast-food. As for drinks, avoid the soft drinks...they're nothing but highly processed high fructose corn syrup which will just end up as more stomach fat. Water is always the best thing to drink, but if you need something with taste, try unsweetened iced tea. At breakfast, a good option is an egg, ham, and cheese on an english muffin (not on a croissant, which is loaded full of dangerous trans fats!), or a fruit & nut salad. At lunch or dinner, the best ideas are a grilled chicken sandwich, the chili, a grilled chicken salad without croutons (again...croutons = more trans fats), or even just a normal cheeseburger. The major argument from this little fast-food piece is that the worst things at most fast food restaurants are the soft drinks and anything that is deep fried.
For any of you that have seen the film "Super-Size Me", you saw how eating fast food every day was very bad for the guys health, but did you notice the one guy that was the king of eating big macs (or something like that)? I don't recall what kind of burger it was, but this guy has eaten these fast food burgers almost every day of his life for the past 30 years. Did you see that he said that he almost never eats the fries or soft drinks, even though he eats the burgers every day? And he's not necessarily overweight. Now I'm not telling you that fast-food burgers that are made with their processed white bread and low quality beef and cheese are the best thing to eat, but the idea is...it's the fries and sodas that are the genuine health disaster.
So if you're out at one of these restaurants, remember these tips and choose well!
From 2006 Mcdonalds has added a nutrition label to all of their food packages. Remember that as much as one gram of trans may negitively affect your internal organs and now you can actually see how many grams of trans fat you're eating right on the food wrapper. You can now make the right decisions and look after your body.
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The Miracle Nutrient, Fucoidan By: Darryl Rambo
Fucoidan, the miracle nutrient, is a sulfated polysaccharide found mainly in various species of brown seaweed such as kombu, limu moui, bladderwrack, wakame, mozuku, and hijiki (variant forms of fucoidan have also been found in animal species, including the sea cucumber)
Beginning around 1970 researchers began studying fucoidan, and since that time fucoidan has been cited in over 700 studies published in the National Library of Medicine data base. www.pubmed.com The overall findings of this body of research, coupled with evidence provided by a long history of use of the fucoidan-bearing seaweed in areas such as Tonga, Hawaii and Japan indicates that fucoidan might be used as a safe, nutritional answer to a wide variety of health complaints.
Historical medicinal uses of seaweed are vast and ranged from topical burn and goiter therapy to the softening of tumors. These ancient civilizations may not have known that it was the fucoidan contained in these plants that gave them their beneficial properties, but they did know the plants offered powerful healing benefits.
The renowned longevity and good health of the Tongan people, especially statistically lower incidences of cancers and other diseases that plague the Western world, has piqued the interest of the medical and scientific communities who are keen to unlock the secret of this gift from the sea.
By absorbing trace minerals and vitamins from the nourishing waters, limu moui contains no less than 77 nutrients, including C, E and multiple B vitamins, selenium, beta-carotene, protein, iodine, calcium and iron. But the key ingredient of limu that is attracting the most attention is an essential sugar compound a polysaccharide or glyconutrient called fucoidan.
Medical treatments today focus on drugs and surgery, but there is a growing awareness in the health community of the tremendous potential of natural alternatives, especially researched super nutrients like the fucoidan found in limu moui. Fucoidan contains all of the eight simple sugars. These simple sugars are necessary for cell-to-cell communication and a healthy immune system. Although these nutrients are essential, there lacking in most of our diets.
There are two studies out of Canada that show fucoidan may be a potential therapy for Alzheimers disease. One study showed that fucoidan inhibited the advancement of several chronic degenerative diseases, including hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attack (myocardial infarction) and Alzheimers disease.
Fucoidan has potent anticoagulant and antithrombin activities that prevent harmful blood clots from forming in blood vessels. This is important because right now the drugs used to treat and prevent clot formation are difficult to use and can be downright dangerous if not monitored closely. This is one of the most studied areas for fucoidan with at least 50 studies on the subject as evidenced by a National Library of Medicine Pub Med search.
The use of fucoidan as a possible new cancer therapy is a key area of interest in the scientific and medical communities. There are more than 50 studies related to fucoidan and cancer. Glyconutrients are credited with combating breast, gastric and lung cancers, as well as leukemia. Most of the studies are still taking place in animal model, but the exploration is yielding some interesting and potentially therapeutic findings.
Fucoidans activity appears to be antiangiogenic. Antiangiogenesis is a hot topic in anti cancer therapy. To put it simply, fucoidan appears to stop the production of new blood vessels in cancerous tumors. We do not want cancerous tumor to make new blood vessels because that supplies them with the food to grow. With that in mind, consider what researchers at Fukuoka University in Japan found after they investigated whether fucoidan could counter cancerous tumors through antiangiogenesis. They found that both natural fucoidan and over-sulfated fucoidan both appear to block blood vessel formation known as angiogenesis, which usually accompanies the growth of malignant tissue in cancerous tumors.
Cutting off a tumors blood supply is just one way of fighting cancer. Another way is to get the cancer cells to die through a process called apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Apoptosis occurs naturally in the live cycle of a cell, when cancer begins taking over cells and making them grow wildly out of control, or proliferate, rather than dying at their prescribed time. Fucoidan has been found in several studies to promote apoptosis in cancer cells.
Inflammation plays a role in many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers disease, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and many others. Swedish scientists from Lund University in Malmo found that fucoidan inhibits the adhesion molecules known as P and E selectins, appeared to improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in mice, and points to the crucial role that this type of selectin-inhibition, may play in the treatment of the disease in humans.
The Power of a Healthy Mindset By: Ann Stewart
Do you have a healthy mindset? What IS a healthy mindset,
you're asking? Well, I like to describe it this way.
As an example, let's say you get a bad cold every winter.
What do you say to yourself when the flu shot commercials
tell you that there's no escape. Rush to get the "shot" or
else. Even while watching these "warnings" on t.v. you see
yourself sick and can almost feel flu symptoms manifesting.
Unless you turn your thoughts to happy, healthy things,
the suggestive influence of the media's concern for your
health will have the power over you. Why do I say that?
Well, let's have a look at why you may be apt to take other
people's advice, including that of your doctor.
Are you eating right? Are you willing to invest some time
and money in products and supplements that will give you
optimum health - naturally? Or are you the type who thinks
you're too busy and want to eat only those things that
It's so simple and easy to just go for the "shot" and
forget all the rest. After all, there are so many
conflicting arguments for and against nutrients,
supplements and health risks, aren't there?
Consider this. Instead of listening to all those voices
out there, who do not know a thing about you, how about
talking to yourself?
Do you realize that what you say is super important? Those
words out there in cyberspace are taken all too often as
the truth. Why? Someone may be speaking the fact that some
sort of research has been done and you subsequently tell
yourself that must be authentic. That is... until another
news item announces that this year's flu strain is not
what the experts had anticipated, and the wrong serum
caused more severe symptoms and many more deaths than other
Take your power back! You are much more in control of your
own health than you may realize! Train your mind to look at
all the positive sides of life. You do not HAVE to get the
flu every year - even if you did so all the previous years,
like clockwork. You can just as easily say to yourself:
"this year I'm going to empower my immune system with lots
of great, healthy nutrition. I am going to exercise more
and look at the bright side of life."
Seems very simplistic, doesn't it? But, really it is very
simple. A mindset is really another word for attitude. An
attitude is basically nothing but a conversation with
yourself. You can be saying: "I don't feel like trying
something new, or getting another opinion." On the other
hand, you could love yourself enough to say: "Hey, I want
to be healthy and feel good. Let's see how I can boost my
You can choose to feel better and happier by optimizing
your nutrition. Consider that the options of medicine very
often are the consequences of an unhealthy mindset.
Your power lies in the amount of control you give yourself
over what you choose to believe. A healthy mindset produces
a healthy appetite for what is good for you. After all, the
Bible says that God:
"satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth
is renewed like the eagle's." (Ps. 103: 5)
Ann Stewart, author, inspirational writer and wellness coach, shares tips on how to fight off disease and feel your best in her weekly newsletter, Youth Makeover: http://youthmakeover.com
Your Thoughts Can Alter Your Health By: Ann Stewart
Your thoughts have a lot to do with nutrition and your attitude to what you eat. Let's have a look at how your thoughts can influence you with regard to nutrition, taste and health concerns:
" Repeating thoughts, whether consciously or not can make you believe them to be factual, whether true or false. If your mother told you that it's unhealthy to drink wine with your meal, that notion may remain with you the rest of your life.
Whether true or false, the 'wisdom' of your teachers must constantly be challenged as new nutritional discoveries are made.
" "Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat.." (Luke 12:22) The Lord is your Provider. He does not want you to worry and fear.
" It is good to take time to be quiet and meditate on the Word of God. Listen to the still voice and follow your instincts when buying food. They're usually good.
" Check how you express yourself. For instance, do you say things like "I'd die for it," "these shoes are killing me?" Maybe you express that you hate spinach or that you wouldn't touch squash with a ten-foot pole.
Every time you say such things, you confirm your thoughts about that food and can 'taste' it in your mind the way you think you remember it from long ago. Some people have such preconceived ideas - maybe based on one less than tasty experience - that they refuse to ever re-discover certain foods.
Words are powerful! Consider this: God spoke the universe into being! His Word is all powerful. It is the implementation of His thoughts. We speak substance to our thoughts! When we speak negatively, whether in jest or a common expression, we give power to those words as we declare them as truth.
Conversely, as we learn to declare our wishes and needs out loud, they will manifest themselves! The more we speak good things over our lives, the more we believe them and they will come true!
" How do you react when you hear a bad report on the news? The media may 'warn' that "everyone who does not get the 'flu shot will be seriously ill and chances are blah, blah, blah," Those are all spoken words!
You can choose not to entertain all the negative news coming your way! Instead, make a conscious choice to replace it with positive thoughts and words. You can direct your destiny with how you think and what you say!
" The more open your mind is to trying new things that you know are good for your health, the more your attitude will change and your taste buds will follow!
" The Dutch have an expression stating that whatever food a farmer is not familiar with, he does not like. In other words, if he's never tried it, he has already condemned it in his mind by assuming he won't like it and therefore won't even try it!
How about you? Are you willing to try new things for the benefits they can supply to your body? Or, would you try 'wrapping' some of the vegies you're not very fond of in new recipes? When etiquette demanded that I at least try something I did not like at someone else's home, I very often discovered it was actually delicious! Why? Well different spices or sauces along with a graceful setting and good company can make all the difference.
Enjoy God's ample variety of deliciously nutritious provision to keep your body functioning at optimum health!
Ann Stewart, author, inspirational writer and wellness coach, shares tips on how to fight off disease and feel your best in her weekly newsletter, Youth Makeover: http://youthmakeover.com