Nutrient Spotlight—Green Tea

 

It originated more than 4,000 years ago and was a pivotal part of Chinese and Japanese culture. Scholars wrote about it. Emperors savored it. Zen monks obsessed over it.

For millennia, it was an indispensable ingredient in traditional medicines and alternative remedies. And today you can buy it in coffee shop chains, in grocery stores and in outdoor markets. You can even get it in supplement form.

In fact, it is the second most consumed beverage on the planet, after water. And with its mild flavor and soul-warming scent, it’s not hard to see why this beverage is so popular.

We are, of course, talking about green tea.

What is Green Tea?

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid Aids in Weight Loss

 

A February 2015 study reveals that supplementing with alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) can help boost weight loss efforts. ALA is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage throughout the body. It is also vital for the production of cellular energy.

In this study, researchers wanted to evaluate ALA supplementation—with and without the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—on healthy overweight or obese women following a reduced-calorie diet.

The researchers randomly assigned the women to receive EPA, ALA, or EPA+ALA. A fourth group served as the control. All the groups also followed a low-calorie diet.

Before and at the conclusion of the intervention, all participants had their weight, body fat, body composition, blood pressure, glucose, insulin, cholesterol and levels of leptin and ghrelin measured.

The results showed that the women who took the ALA, either alone or along with EPA, experienced significantly higher weight loss than the EPA group or control.

The researchers concluded, “The intervention suggests that ALA supplementation alone or in combination with EPA may help to promote body weight loss in healthy overweight/obese women following energy-restricted diets.”

Reference:
Huerta AE, et al. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb;23(2):313-21.

 

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7 Things NOT To Do When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

http://butternutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/weight-loss.jpgWeight Loss Mistake #1: You’re looking for a quick fix and want to “trick” your body into losing weight.

99% of diets are set up to play a little TRICK on your body and manipulate it into losing weight. This is usually done by cutting out a macronutrient group (think protein, carbs or fat) or limiting calories. This ALWAYS sets you up for failure, since you can only trick the body in the short term and it will always end up rebelling back, but often with a few extra pounds. So nix thinking anything good ever happens overnight, as it’s a weight loss killer and sets the stage for tricking your body into achieving counterproductive short term results.

And a little newsflash: You need to be HEALTHY to lose weight (NOT the other way around).

That’s RIGHT! Weight loss the CORRECT way is achieved by working towards health as a first priority! If you focus on a multifaceted approach to GET healthy, weight loss can be achieved naturally. Weight loss that is sustainable. Long lasting. Healthy. Sanity saving. Successful. (more…)

How to Burn Body Fat in Your Sleep

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By Dr. Mercola

Studies have shown that in general, the optimal room temperature for sleeping is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures much above or below this range can lead to restlessness.

But a new study suggests there are nuances to this phenomenon, and that a restful night’s sleep may be more complicated than simply turning down your thermostat.

Thermoregulation—your body’s heat distribution system—is strongly linked to sleep cycles. Even lying down can induce sleepiness by redistributing your body heat from your core to your periphery.

Sleep deprivation has virtually the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness, which explains in part why lack of sleep is associated with an increased risk of multiple chronic diseases. Therefore, high-quality sleep is critical to your health.

In this article, I’ll be discussing the latest research on sleep temperature, as well as other factors that can ease you into a blissful night’s slumber.

Cooler Heads Prevail

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Eat fat to get fit – the ketogenic diet explained

11375928206_90665a2e3e_weight-loss Have you tried diet after diet only to lose the weight you wanted and then gain it all back? You’re not alone. Millions of people just like you are so frustrated with trying to lose weight, they’re ready to give up. Don’t give up yet.

There are a lot of so-called “diet” programs out there that teach you to count calories, take pills or subsist on a tiny boxed meal that takes 2 or 3 bites to finish. (Mmm, satisfying. Not!) The only thing the people selling these products want is your money. If you were to actually succeed through any of these companies, they’d go out of business.

Starving yourself with extreme calorie restriction is never a good idea. Especially with these pre-packaged diet plans as most of them are low-fat and high in synthetic chemicals. Low-fat diets are virtually guaranteed to keep the weight on because your body needs and craves the right kind of fat to stay healthy.

Most diet pills aren’t any better because they’ll either make you too sick or too anxious to eat. With the ketogenic diet, you eat fat to get fit and won’t feel deprived.

The ketogenic diet fills you up with healthy fat

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Reverse Insulin Resistance With These 8 Foods

Reverse Insulin Resistance With These 8 Foods

Over 80 million Americans have insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes.  And you could be on the road to diabetes for 10 years or more and never even know it.  Here’s what happens.

The hormone insulin directs your cells to open up and take in glucose from the blood.  With insulin resistance, your cells become desensitized to insulin.  They ignore the instructions to open up and take in glucose.  Your body keeps producing more insulin to try to get the message heard.  But it doesn’t work.  And your insulin levels rise higher and higher.

Those chronically high insulin levels cause rapid weight gain, premature aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, and higher cancer risks.  Eventually they lead to type 2 diabetes.

Herbs, spices and foods are your first line of defense.  Here are eight that can help restore and maintain your cells’ sensitivity to insulin.

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10 Factors Affecting Your Metabolism

In spite of all the information and all the prescriptions offered by modern diets, people just keep getting fatter. This suggests that our knowledge about metabolism is missing something — perhaps some of the old wisdom that kept hundreds of generations of people slender and strong. Of course, having access to modern scientific knowledge is enormously helpful too. The key lies in integrating these two bodies of wisdom, and then applying them to get a better understanding of our entire physiological landscape.

1) Level of Toxicity
If you are like most people, you probably haven’t spent much time thinking about how many toxins you’re absorbing from your car upholstery or your Mountain Dew. But toxicity is a definite danger from some surprising sources, and it can wreak havoc on your health.

Many toxins like bromines are common endocrine disruptors, and are part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine and chlorine. What makes them so dangerous for our metabolism is that they compete for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine.

In our everday world, these toxins are found in pesticides, plastics, bakery goods (dough conditioners), soft drinks, medications, fire retardants and many other commericial products.

Eat organic as often as possible. Wash all produce thoroughly. This will minimize your pesticide exposure. Avoid eating or drinking from (or storing food and water in) plastic containers. Use glass and safe ceramic vessels. Look for organic whole-grain breads and flour. Grind you own grain, if possible. Look for the “no bromine” or “bromine-free” label on commercial baked goods. Avoid sodas. Drink natural, filtered water instead. Look for personal care products that are as chemical-free as possible. Remember — anything going on you, goes in you. When in a car or a building, open windows as often as possible, preferably on opposing sides of the space for cross ventilation. (more…)

How Grapefruit Juice Improves Your Metabolism, Blocks Weight Gain and Even Treats Disease As Well As Two Separate Drugs

Grapefruits can treat diabetes, fight cancer, heal stomach ulcers, reduce gum disease and even keep stroke and metabolic syndrome at bay as well as drugs. Now new research shows that the consumption of grapefruit juice may block weight gain by improving your metabolism.
The findings, published in PLOS ONE, investigated whether there is a scientific basis to the inclusion of grapefruit in many ‘fad diets’.

Naringenin, an antioxidant which gives grapefruit its bitter taste, can do the same job as two separate drugs currently used to manage Type 2 diabetes.

Naringenin has also been found to correct the elevations in triglyceride and cholesterol, preventing the development of insulin resistance and completely normalizing glucose metabolism. Researchers have found it works by genetically reprogramming the liver to burn up excess fat, rather than store it.

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Soft Drink Consumption Will Age You As Fast As Smoking – 10 Reasons To Avoid Them

The message to stop smoking issued by public health officials has been nothing less than paramount, repetitive and consistent in the last several decades. What about soft drinks? Daily consumption of just a half-liter of soda is linked with 4.6 years of additional biological aging, effects comparable to that of smoking, finds a new study.

The study found that drinking soft drinks is associated with cell aging, suggesting sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity. (more…)