10 Ways to Eat Smaller Portions for Health and Weight Loss

Eating big meals full of meat with gravy, lots of pasta and second helpings of dessert can pack on the pounds and affect your overall health. When you save all your calories for one or two big meals a day, you’re more likely to overeat since it’s been several hours since your last meal.

Going up to five hours between meals usually won’t cause hunger pangs for most people. If you like to eat a late dinner, you might be setting yourself for overeatingand your metabolism will slow down.

When your body has to process a large amount of food at once, it can cause your digestive system to become sluggish. You don’t have to forego big meals for good. A big meal with all the trimmings is fine once in awhile, but don’t make it an everyday habit.

Be aware of not only what you eat, but how much of it you eat. The portions of mashed potatoes and gravy you eat at dinner and the slices of pie you eat for dessert can add pounds to your frame before you know it. Here are ten ways you can eat smaller portions during meals and snacks to maintain a healthy weight.

Limit Portion Size

Choose to eat a healthy portion of any food, and you won’t gain weight or suffer any ill effects to your health.

It’s not what you eat, but how much of it that causes problems. If you eat three Girl Scout cookies with a glass of milk, you won’t gain weight. If eat a whole box and wash it down with soda, your waistline (and your teeth) will suffer.      

We know a whole box of cookies can total 2000 calories or more; a few cookies are only about 200. You can’t stay fit and healthy if you splurge on cookies and chips regularly. When you feel like snacking in front of the TV, try eating air-popped popcorn seasoned with cayenne pepper or whole-grain crackers. Even if you absentmindedly eat too much, you won’t gain as much weight as if you’d binged on cookies.

Portion control, however, applies to all foods – even the healthy ones. Learn to plan food portions when you cook, and be aware of how much you eat at restaurants.

Drink More Water and Herbal Tea

Drink more water before meals and between meals to fill up your stomach. You’ll eat less and be well-hydrated. Along with herbal tea, water prevents hunger pangs without the harmful effects (and calories) of soda, coffee drinks and energy drinks.

Here are a few low to no-calorie herbal teas to keep you full between meals :

  • Green
  • Oolong
  • Goji
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger

Be careful when choosing herbal teas. Some teas, like green and oolong, contain caffeine and can cause you to become jumpy if you drink too much of it

Share Restaurant Meals with a Friend or Bring Home a “Doggie Bag”

According this article, 92% of American restaurants serve large portions, resulting in meals that often contain more calories than the recommended daily calorie requirement for an entire day.

Share an order with a friend, or eat half of an entrée at the restaurant and save the rest for later. Instead of ordering an entrée, order a salad or an appetizer. You can even order a children’s meal. Unless you have strong willpower, avoid the buffet.

Most servers will be happy to accommodate special requests, such as putting salad dressing or gravy in a cup on the side. (Putting salad dressing and condiments on the side prevents you from slathering too much on your food.)

Don’t be afraid to ask for a doggie bag for leftovers. Boxing or bagging leftovers makes sense. Restaurant meals, even at causal sit-down chains, are somewhat expensive, especially if you bring the whole family.

Use a Smaller Plate

We’ve been taught to eat everything on our plates since we were kids. It’s natural to feel guilty if we’re in a restaurant or at a dinner party and we fail to eat all the food in front of us. Learn to use smaller plates. With a larger plate you’ll apt to fill it up even if you know you shouldn’t.

Don’t Use Electronics While You Eat

Eat slowly instead of gulping down your meal. You’ll actually enjoy the taste and texture of your food, and you’ll eat less.

Instead of eating in front of the computer, use your dinner table. Family dinners have been shown to foster better relationships between spouses, as well as parents and children. A home-cooked meal, even one made by a beginning cook, is better for you than gulping down fast food in your car or at your desk.

Tip – Don’t lie down after eating as it will tamper with digestive process and may cause acid reflux, especially if you’ve eaten

Eat Smaller Meals throughout the Day

Studies differ on the advantages of eating smaller meals throughout the day, but the longer you wait between meals, the likelier you are to eat more when you do finally eat. Your body burns energy every time you eat to digest food. When you eat small meals several times a day, it boosts your metabolism and you burn more calories.

Eat oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast instead of bacon, eggs and pancakes. For extra fiber and nutrition, substitute groats for oatmeal. Groats are the whole, unprocessed form of oats. They take longer to cook, but are much more filling than rolled or steel-cut oats.  Follow your breakfast of oatmeal or groats with an apple mid-morning, and eat a tuna sandwich at lunch time. Instead of a sugary coffee specialty drink in the afternoon, drink a sugar-free banana smoothie.  This eating schedule may seem odd at first, like you’re denying yourself food, but all you’re doing is spreading your food intake throughout the day instead of cramming it into two or three meals.

Need more variety in a small-portion diet? Try this delicious 382- calorie Honey Roasted Carrot, Coriander and Ginger Soup with Crunchy Chickpea Croutons soup for lunch or a late afternoon pick-me-up.  Here’s a list of portion-controlled, low-calorie recipes to prevent overeating caused by super-sized food servings.  

Tip- Your body may take up to 20 minutes before you realize you’re full. Slow down your eating by taking smaller bites and thoroughly chewing your food before swallowing. Make sure your mouth is empty before taking another bite of food.  

Get between Seven and Nine Hours of Sleep Each Night

When you’re tired, you tend to crave more carbohydrates and overeat.( Fatigue’s been shown to stimulate production of Ghrelin, a hunger-inducing hormone.) After you eat cake, doughnuts or other processed carbs, you’ll feel energetic for awhile, but it’ll soon fade. Getting enough sleep provides you with more natural focus and energy to get through your day and perform tasks, and it curbs your appetite too.

Choose Whole, Unprocessed Foods

When you replace processed foods with fresh foods, and eat smaller meals several times each day, you’ll lose weight or, at the very least, maintain your current weight. And you’ll feel “lighter” and healthier instead of feeling “stuffed” after each meal.

Eat a salad, low-fat chicken soup or veggies as an appetizer. The fiber helps control your appetite and fills you up fast. Veggies, salad and other fiber-heavy foods travel more slowly through your digestive system. Broccoli, spinach and tomatoes are just a few vegetables that’ll fill you up and add valuable nutrients to your diet. Broccoli is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, iron and potassium. It also contains many plant compounds that contribute to better health, including sulforaphane, which protects against many different types of cancer.    

study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that eating potato chips or French fries regularly leads to a bigger weight gain than noshing on other comfort foods.

If you can’t summon the willpower to stop eating chips and cookies,  then keep your house free of sugary and salty treats until you can exercise self control. Replace high-calorie snacks with fresh fruits.

Diets high in red meat, alcohol, sugary drinks and processed flour also lead to an arthritic condition called gout. Avoid gout by eating more eggs, whole grains, Vitamin C, low-fat dairy products and drinking more water. Also avoid certain food combinations when planning meals. Eating bacon and eggs, or any two concentrated protein sources in a single meal will impede digestion and cause fatigue.

Measure Your Food When Cooking at Home

At home, don’t guesstimate how much salt, flour or butter you’ll need for a recipe – at least until you until become skilled at it. Buy an accurate scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons if you don’t have them already.

When you cook at home, include protein (beans, lean red meat, etc.) and low glycemic index carbohydrates (whole grains, pasta) with every meal. When figuring portions, a half cup of oatmeal or pasta is referred to as a single serving.  Two cups of raw spinach equals one serving; half a cup is the best serving size for cooked or canned veggies.

Serve food from the stove or a separate serving station. If you eat from serving platters at the table, it’ll be easier to lose track of how often you help yourself to more food. You’ll be more aware of going for your third or fourth helping if you have to get up and walk to the stove or counter to get food.

It may seem a little old-fashioned to schedule meals at exact times, but it does help you focus only on eating and prevent you from multi-tasking when you should be enjoying your food. You shouldn’t do anything but eat while you’re at the table – unless, of course you have an interesting tablemate. Talking with a friend or family member may actually make you eat less, while other distractions make you eat more.

You’ll be better able to keep track of how much you eat when you schedule regular meals. When meals are scheduled and just a few hours apart, you’ll be better able to control cravings for junk food and quick trips to the Starbucks.

Distract Yourself When You’re Tempted to Overeat

Although drinking coffee at Starbucks costs more than brewing it at home, many people buy their lattes from coffee shops because of the social outlet it gives them. You don’t need to give up the social aspect of going to Starbucks or another local coffee shop – just order plain coffee instead of sugary coffee drinks with whipped cream on top.

If you eat when you’re bored or upset, try doing something else to pass the time and forgot about food. Take a walk, visit a friend or do yoga. You’ll soon be immersed in your new activity and lose the desire to snack.

Eat a cup of low-calorie vegetables before a meal as an appetizer, or add vegetables to casseroles and sandwiches. Adding a low-calorie vegetable to a meal supplies nutrients, and its high water content fills you up to prevent overeating.  

Portions and Digestive Health

Your digestive system consists of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver pancreas and rectum. That’s a lot of body parts for a seven-course meal to work its way through three times a day, everyday. Large meals of processed foods keep you “backed up”.   If you eat three heavy meals daily, your body has to work extra hard to process all that food. It’s much better to eat smaller, more frequent meals. If you must eat larger meals, choose lighter foods – fish, organically-raised poultry, vegetables and whole grains – instead of the usual meat and potatoes.  

The most common digestive problems related to overeating and bad food combinations include upset stomach, nausea, bloating, acid reflux and constipation.

Watching your food portions during meals – and when you’re snacking – helps you stay fit and energetic. It may take awhile to get used to eating smaller portions and saving the rest for later, but once you find out how much better you feel when you eat light, you won’t go back to “stuffing” yourself at dinner.

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10 Easy Weight Loss Techniques

You don’t need to turn dieting into a chore. It may seem that way to some folks, though.

Many people put off a diet or exercising more with an excuse like “ I won’t lose weight unless I go the health club for two hours a day” or “I don’t have the right exercise equipment.”  The truth is, you don’t need lots of money, a health club membership or expensive food from a trendy store to lose weight or eat healthy. Taking baby steps will help you develop new habits that contribute to a slimmer waist and better lifestyle. Here are 10 Easy Weight Loss Techniques. You’ve been trying to hard to look and feel good. Relax and watch the pounds melt away.

1. Keep a Journal

Most people have a tendency to snack while doing other things – watching TV, surfing the net, reading a book – and don’t pay attention to what they eat or how much. Keeping a journal and writing down what you eat and when is a simple tool to better habits. A weight loss study showed that dieters who kept track of the food they ate lost two times as much weight as people who didn’t kept a journal. Simply jot down what you ate – half a bag of potatoes chips, two doughnuts – and when to give yourself an idea of which foods are adding excess calories to your daily totals and what situations make you eat more. (Do you eat more when you’re bored? Anxious?)  Learning what triggers emotional eating habits can help you to lose weight and correct bad habits besides overeating.

2. Stock the Fridge with Healthy Foods

Keep bad foods out of sight and out of mind. If you don’t keep candy, chips and ice cream in the kitchen, you can’t go on a junk food binge at three in the morning and gain weight. Replace prepackaged junk food with peaches, grapes, pears, strawberries, kiwi and other delicious fruits. Eat wholegrain breads and crackers with protein-rich peanut butter instead of chips or white bread with butter. Eat yogurt with live cultures instead of ice cream.

3. Take the Stairs

Even if you feel you’re too busy to set aside time for exercise each day, there is a way to increase physical activity without hitting the gym or the hiking trail. Make simple changes in your daily routine, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking to the convenience store instead of driving a few blocks. Take a walk outside during your work break instead of eating a snack at your desk. As you increase your physical activity in small ways, you’ll feel more energetic and happier (due to the serotonin and endorphins, two chemicals in the brain produced  by exercise), and you’ll want to  be more active.

4. Research Online Menus Before Dining Out

You can accept dinner invitations if you’re changing your eating habits without breaking your diet. Check the restaurant’s online menu before leaving for your meal and note the healthy, low-calorie choices. In the rare cases where the restaurant doesn’t have an online menu, check

5. Exercise Just a Few Minutes More Each Day or Make Small Changes in Your Diet

Trying too hard often gets in the way of achieving just about anything, and that includes losing weight. Research published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that study participants who made a small change in their daily exercise routine or meal choices pared 2 ½ inches more off their waist than individuals who followed a preset restricted calorie and exercise plan. Increasing your physical activity by walking, dancing or exercising just a few minutes a day will help you to lose more weight over time.

6. Drink More Water

Drinking a glass of water before each meal keeps you hydrated and helps you feel full, making you eat less. Drink water throughout the day instead of soda or coffee. Water helps skin stay supple and moist and reduces the fluid loss that leads to wrinkles and premature aging. Drinking enough water flushes toxins from your kidneys and keeps you regular. Eating more fruits and vegetables will also increase your water intake, as they contain a high percentage of water and help keep you hydrated.

7. Eat Slowly

Eat slowly and really chew and taste your food – don’t gulp it down in a hurry. Eating quickly increases the amount of calories you consume and leads to weight gain. From the time you begin a meal, it takes 20 minutes for you to feel full. When you eat slowly, it leaves enough time for your brain to send signals that your stomach is full. When you  eat without savoring or tasting your food, there’s no time for this message to reach you, and you overeat. Research conducted by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity indicated that overweight people consumed fewer calories when they ate slowly. Learn to taste and savor food, don’t just chew quickly and swallow.

Take a cue from European culture. The French and Italians like to linger over their meals, often turning dinner into a socials occasion. This reduces the chance of hasty overeating. After all, the average European is thinner than the average American, and their leisurely mealtime habits are part of the reason for that.

8. “Break Your Fast” Every Few Hours

Satisfy your hunger pangs every few hours, even when you’re on a weight reduction diet. Going more than four of five hours without eating anything will make you more likely to overeat later in the day. So break your fast with raisins, apples, yogurt or a peanut butter on whole grain toast instead of “saving it all” for dinner. When you do eat a meal, select smaller portions and avoid eating just before bedtime – it will cause indigestion and maybe even nightmares! Eat dinner at least three hours before you plan to go to bed. A study conducted by Northwestern University showed that people who eat around 10 p.m.  consume at least 248 more calories than people who eat earlier at night. 1

9. Take a High-Value Weight Loss Supplement

Some people have more willpower than others-that’s just a fact of life. If you can’t seem to push yourself away from the table in time to avoid dessert, or you can’t stay away from the Cheetos in the vending machine at work, it may be worthwhile to invest in a nutritional, high-value weight loss supplement. Weight loss tablets containing wheatgrass are a great choice for dieters. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plant life. Chlorophyll contains a bounty of nutrients to keep you healthy and energized during your weight loss program. Magnesium, calcium, zinc, Vitamins A, E, C and all the B-complex vitamins, including Vitamin B12 ( for vitality and mood) and Vitamin B6 is necessary for proper cardiovascular, nervous system and liver function, and also contributes to a balanced mood. Wheatgrass is a complete and nutritious food, and when it’s taken in tablet form you won’t need to worry about the nausea you experience when drinking wheatgrass juice.

A wheatgrass supplement containing other natural ingredients, including herbs, gives you even a bigger nutritional boost when you’re dieting. A wheatgrass supplement containing a proprietary blend of herbs helps curb your appetite with Citrus aurantium (Bitter Orange), which is also known for its ability to treat digestive disorders and increase energy. A proprietary blend may also include gingko biloba, ginseng, cayenne pepper, gotu kola, green tea extract and damiana. These added herbs help increase mental focus and energy (among other benefits), which is especially important when you’re on a diet.

10. Avoid Diet Soda

According to an article in Reader’s Digest, studies presented at theAmerican Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions showed that people who drank two or more diet sodas each day experienced waist size increases six times greater than individuals who didn’t drink diet soda. Researchers couldn’t pinpoint a medical reason for this, but they believe that some people may eat more food because they think they are “saving up” a large number of calories by drinking diet soda.2

Miscellaneous Weight Loss Techniques

There are several lesser-known tricks for losing weights – one that are a little sneaky and odd, but they work!

Use a smaller plate for meals. Large dinner plates look so empty with only a few veggies and baked fish on them, there’s a tendency to fill them up with more helpings  or extras not on the menu.

Find a few foods you like and stick with them during your weight loss program. Researchers found that people who stay on diets and reach their goal weight successfully eat menus with a few types of foods instead of a wide variety. Selecting from a buffet of choices tends to make people eat more.

Brush your teeth when you’re tempted to overeat. That fresh, minty flavor will signal that mealtime is over, and the clean feeling in your mouth will make you less likely to want to sit down and eat again. If you’re eating in a restaurant and can’t brush your teeth after a meal, chew sugarless gum or use breath strips or fresheners. The clean feeling will prevent you from eating those last bits of food you don’t need.

It’s Important to Set Manageable Weight Loss Goals

The ultimate goal of a diet is to take weight off and keep it off. This means “crash diets” are out of the question if you want to stay trim and healthy permanently. Weight loss experts recommend that dieters lose a half-pound to two pounds a week. When dieting, it’s better to be concerned about increasing your daily physical activity and replacing processed foods with fresh ones than counting calories. Consider a weight loss program the start of a new lifestyle, not a temporary occurrence. You gained weight because of unhealthy choices; now you’re losing weight and maintaining that weight due to healthy lifestyle choices.

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Everything You Need to Know about Hydration

Staying well-hydrated is important to stay healthy and alert. Dehydration impairs short-term memory, fatigue and reduces cognitive performance. Even mild dehydration interferes with critical thinking skills. Busy, preoccupied or athletic folks may not get enough fluids. But how much water is enough, and when (and how) should we get more fluid in our diets. Check out these facts for everything you need to know about hydration.

Water, Body Weight and Everything You Need to Know about Hydration

Your body consists of one half to two-thirds water. Women tend to have a lower percentage of water in their body weight (52%-55% to a 60% average for a man) because they usually have more fat than lean tissue. (Fat tissue contains less water than lean tissue.) Water accounts for 70% of body weight at birth and during early childhood, and is at its lowest percentage in old age. Obese people have a lower percentage of water in their body weight than people of average weight. A 150 pound man has ten gallons of water in his body – 6 to 7 gallons inside cells, 2 gallons in the space around cells and about a gallon in the blood.

Everything You Need to Know about Hydration – How Much Water Should I Drink?

You need water to replace fluids you lose through sweat, bodily functions and exercise. The eight glasses of water a day rule can be adjusted depending on your circumstances.  People who exercise a lot may need more than eight glasses a day, while others need less. You consume water through fruits and vegetables and other foods, and there’s water is part the other liquids you drink. The water in food and other beverages counts as part of your daily water total.

Drink when you’re thirsty – that’s the only rule you should follow. If you’re hydrating enough, your urine should be a pale straw or light lemonade color. Colorless urine means you’re drinking too much water and dark, slightly green urine means you’re not drinking enough water. If your urine is consistently another color, you should check with your medical provider to make sure nothing’s seriously wrong.

Water hydrates you, but it has lots of other benefits you’ve probably never considered. Drinking enough water is a great way to maintain your weight or even lose weight.

Everything You Need to Know about Hydration – and Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you don’t drink enough fluids. You can lose fluid from sweating too much from playing sports in hot weather, a fever or other illness, vomiting, diarrhea or urinating too much. Excessive urination is caused by diabetes, diuretics and certain medications. Lack of thirst can be caused by a sore throat, nausea or mouth sores. People with diabetes and older adults are at a greatest risk of dehydration than younger adults. Anyone suffering from a fever or diarrhea should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Drinking coffee and tea won’t dehydrate you unless you drink cup after cup throughout the day. Coffee and tea do contain water, after all. To prevent dehydration, curb alcohol consumption and increase fluid intake if you’re on a high-protein diet. Eating lots of protein causes you to urinate more, so replace the water you’ve lost by drinking more fluids.

Signs of mild to moderate dehydration include headache, muscle cramps, dry mouth, dark yellow urine, thirst and cool dry skin. Symptoms of severe dehydration are dark yellow or amber colored urine or inability to urinate, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion, sunken eyes and listlessness. When examining people for signs of severe dehydration, doctors look for low blood pressure, skin that isn’t elastic (it won’t spring back right away after being pinched) and rapid heart rate.

You can correct most cases of mild to moderate dehydration by drinking water or sports drinks with electrolytes, eating fruit and other foods containing water, or sucking on ice cubes. If you suffer severe dehydration due to a heat emergency, you may need to be treated with an IV of fluid through a vein.

Everything You Need to Know about Hydration – Can I Drink Too Much Water?

It’s possible to overhydrate, but it doesn’t happen as often as dehydration. An electrolyte and sodium imbalance is called hyponatremia. Drinking too much water during a marathon or endurance sports causes this sodium imbalance. Kidney disease and using antidepressants and pain medications can also cause hyponatremia. .Symptoms of overhydration include confusion, nausea, fatigue, headaches and muscle spasms. Treat mild and moderate hyponatremia by cutting back on fluids. Severe hyponatremia is treated with IV fluids and medication to increase sodium levels in the body.

The best way to prevent dehydration and overhydration is to listen to your body, drink when you’re thirsty, and adjust the amount of fluid consumed to your particular situation. You’ll need to drink more fluids when the weather’s hot and humid than when it’s cool. Drinking more fluids is important when you participate in intense sports or workouts, but don’t overdo it.

Everything you need to know about hydration isn’t limited to water and other fluids, some fruits and vegetables contain a substantial amount of water. Watermelon, blueberries, cucumbers, strawberries and plums are between 80 and 92% water.

What are Electrolytes and What Do They Do?

Electrolytes, minerals in your body with an electric charge, are found in your urine, blood and body fluids. Magnesium, potassium, calcium, chloride, sodium and phosphate are electrolytes. These minerals help your body run at peak efficiency. Electrolytes regulate blood pressure, blood pH, rebuild damaged tissue and ensure proper muscle and nerve function. Muscles need these electrical conduits to contract. Heart, nerve and muscle cells sustain voltage across membranes with electrolytes.

You get electrolytes from food and beverages. If you don’t eat the right amount of nourishing foods or drink the right amount of water, it results in an imbalanced electrolyte level. This causes weak muscles, or muscles that retract too much.

Electrolyte level in the blood can be high or low. Electrolytes in your body go up or down depended on how hydrated you are or how much water you drink.

Hormones produced in the kidneys and adrenal glands keep your electrolyte level constant during body changes. When you sweat during exercise, your body loses sodium and potassium. You can keep your electrolyte level healthy by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Drinking enough water every day is important, especially after you exercise or when it’s hot outside. The kidneys filter out excess electrolytes in the blood, so there’s little chance of having too many electrolytes.

Everything You Need to Know about Hydration and Exercise

You’ll need to hydrate often while hiking, biking, jogging or participating in outdoor sports. Water is your safest, healthiest choice, though some intense athletes benefit from sports drinks with little or no caffeine. Consuming too much caffeine during heavy exercise can have a diuretic or laxative effect. Soft drinks aren’t a good choice either, as they don’t replace electrolytes.

When you have an intense workout, you lose salt and water as you sweat. Gatorade and other sports drinks may be better for some people after grueling exercise or in extreme weather because they contain electrolytes. Sports drinks contain potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium to replace the electrolytes you lose during exercise. Electrolyte balancedsports drinks should be used sparingly, even if you exercise heavily in hot weather. Protein drinks or drinks containing creatine or other extras aren’t necessary. Filtered tap water works just as well in most situations and it’s cheaper! You can drink bottled water if tap water isn’t available, but tap water hydrates just as well.

Everything You Need to Know about Hydration – Electrolytes and How to Get Them

Here’s some specific information about electrolytes, and what they do for your body and brain.

Sodium (Na)

Sodium sparks electrical signals in the body, helping your muscles and brain work. It is found in your bloodstream, in the plasma outside the cell. Water and sodium are found together in the body. If you have too much salt in your diet and it causes your body to retain excess sodium, the kidneys excrete it.

Sodium imbalance causes cells to function improperly. This may result in weakness, confusion, seizures and swelling. Too much sodium in the body causes dehydration. If you drink beverages with too much salt or sweat profusely from illness or too much exercise, you’ll become dehydrated. Drinking too much water causes hyponatremia, which dilutes sodium in the blood. Low sodium may be caused by antidiuretic hormone secretion from brain diseases, cancer or certain medications.

Potassium (K)

Potassium is found inside the body’s cells. It’s essential for generating electrical impulses that regulate brain and muscle function. Excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea cause potassium deficiency called hypokalemia. This is often a result of using too many laxatives or diuretics. Magnesium deficiency is also connected to hypokalemia. There are plenty of delicious potassium-rich foods, such as sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, white beans, halibut, prunes, carrot juice, bananas and orange juice.     

Calcium (Ca)

Calcium binds to protein in your blood, and the amount of calcium is dependant upon calcium in the diet and your nutrition. Calcium and magnesium levels in the body closely affect each other. The magnesium level in your body needs to be balanced before low calcium levels are treated. Hypercalcemia, a condition caused by too much calcium in the body, is characterized by abdominal pains, kidney stones and depression. Having too much Vitamin D or A in your system, breast cancer and kidney failure cause hypercalcemia. People who have too little calcium in their bodies suffer from hypocalcemia, which cause muscle spasms and weakness. Hypocalcemia is usually caused by eating disorders. Foods rich in calcium include cheese, yogurt, seafood, legumes, almonds, oranges and leafy green vegetables.

Everything You Need to Know about Hydration and Magnesium

Magnesium (Mg)

Magnesium is an often-neglected electrolyte that relaxes muscles and is essential for many metabolic processes in the body. You get magnesium in your diet from seeds, nuts, dark leafy greens, fish, yogurt and dark chocolate, among other foods. Studies indicate that nearly half of Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diets, so most people can benefit from taking a magnesium supplement.

A Wheatgrass Supplement Contains Important Electrolytes and Other Nutrients

Wheatgrass is one of the best sources of magnesium. This superfood is mostly chlorophyll – the green pigment that makes plants green. And chlorophyll is loaded with magnesium, calcium, chloride, sodium and potassium – electrolytes necessary for many metabolic processes. You can take wheatgrass as a convenient tablet supplement, just like you would take any vitamin. The chlorophyll in one wheatgrass tablet contains the electrolytes listed above plus the following nutrients:

Vitamins –Vitamin C, Vitamin A (beta-carotene),Vitamin B1(thiamine),Vitamin B2 (riboflavin),Vitamin B3 (niacin),Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Vitamin B7 (biotin),Vitamin B9 (folic acid),Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin),Vitamin K

Minerals – Zinc, Selenium, Iodine, Nickel, Cobalt, Chromium, Manganese, plus electrolytes – Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Chloride, Potassium

Amino Acids – Wheatgrass contains all essential amino acids, including isoleucine, histidine, leucine, lysine and tryptophan. Amino acids are necessary for breaking down food, repairing tissue and performing other vital body functions.

Enzymes – Wheatgrass has hundreds of enzymes, proteins that are catalysts to body functions. Enzymes make chemical reactions in cells possible. They help break down fat and sugar, aid digestion and perform other vital functions.

Wheatgrass flushes toxins out of your body and prevents it from absorbing more poisons – from the air, water and the environment. It enhances digestion to keep you regular and helps build red blood cells. It boosts your immune system and gives you more energy. Taking a wheatgrass supplement enhances the effects of a proper diet and hydration to give you a healthier life.

Zeal O2, HappyGirl and REVV from Wheatgrass Love Contain Magnesium, Potassium and Other Electrolyte Minerals

Once you’ve researched everything you need to know about hydration, you won’t need to wonder about the how many fluids you should take in each day. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, fish and whole grains, along with good hydration, will improve everything from your skin and hair to your immunity and digestion. Safeguard your health even more by taking a wheatgrass supplement tablet from Wheatgrass Love.

Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement is an appetite suppressant, weight management tool and nutritional supplement. It’s made with high-grade wheatgrass (with additional B-complex vitamins). Its proprietary blend contains the natural appetite suppressant Citrus Auranthium (bitter orange) and metabolism-boosting green tea extract, cayenne pepper, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, damiana and gotu kola. This herbal blend offers nutrients to suppress your appetite and increase your energy during and after a diet. Read about Zeal 02 here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/natural-weight-loss-supplement

To boost energy during workouts or anytime , use REVV Natural Energy Supplement. These delicious chocolate mint wafers are powered by high-value wheatgrass with added B-complex vitamins, caffeine, L-Taurine and periwinkle herb to ramp up your energy. The nutrients in REVV can help you maintain good digestion, clear toxins from your body, and give you the endurance and energy you need for sports, school or work.  Learn more about REVV here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/natural-energy-supplement

Wheatgrass Love’s Happy Girl Mood Enhancement Supplement combines wheatgrass power with a proprietary blend of happiness-boosting herbs including green tea extract, citrus auranthium (bitter orange), gota kola, hawthorne berry, ginseng, gingko biloba, cayenne pepper and ginger.Happy Girl can be used daily for nutritional support. It’s not just for women –men and seniors can use it, too! Learn more about Happy Girl here and order your first bottle!http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/mood-enhancement-supplement

Call us at 877-303-1717 to order Zeal O2, HappyGirl or REVV. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about our high-value wheatgrass supplements!  

14 Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

 

Snacking between meals is usually associated with poor food choices and obesity, but choosing healthy snacks can help you lose weight, burn more fat and even curb your appetite. Fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds provide a low-calorie, high-nutrient boost for dieters between meals. With a little creativity, you can combine one or more healthy foods into a delicious, fat-burning snack. Try these 14 healthy snacks for weight loss.

1. Bananas and Peanut Butter

For enough protein to keep you going all day long, and carbs for a quick burst of energy, dip banana slices (or a whole banana) in peanut butter. A medium banana has 105 calories, and is loaded with fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and energy-spiking Vitamin B6. Researchers have found that peanut butter makes dieters feel full, curbing their desire to overeat. If you’re out of bananas, you can dip apple slices in peanut butter or spread it on Wheat Thins or whole-wheat bagels.

Eating a snack containing peanut butter or peanuts can stop hunger cravings for up to two and a half hours! A tablespoon of peanut butter has 90 calories and contains antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, magnesium for bones and Vitamin B6 to boost energy and immunity. And peanut butter provides monounsaturated fats – the “good” fats that promote heart health and help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Choose low salt, low sugar or organic peanut butter over popular supermarket brands to avoid extra calories.

2. Greek Yogurt with Walnuts and Apple Slices

A cup of Greek yogurt with sliced apples and walnuts is a low-calorie breakfast or anytime healthy snack for weight loss. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. It’s packed with probiotics to keep you regular and Vitamin B12 for energy and better brain function. One cup fat-free Greek yogurt is 120 calories. Add apple slices for their freshness, fiber and high Vitamin C content, and sprinkle on crushed walnuts to provide crunch, antioxidants and heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.

3. Plain Popcorn with Cayenne Pepper

Make plain, air popped popcorn or pop on the stove using olive or canola oil. Avoid butter, salt, caramel and other high-calorie flavorings. Instead, sprinkle popcorn with fat-burning cayenne pepper or nutty-tasting nutritional yeast (which has plenty of Vitamin B12). A single cup of air-popped popcorn has a mere 31 calories, and 3.6 grams of fiber. It also has mood-enhancing magnesium and Vitamin B6, plus iron to help your body make healthy red blood cells.

4. Oatmeal with Blueberries

Fiber-rich oatmeal regulates blood sugar and fills you up to prevent you from overeating at the next meal. A cup of plain oatmeal has 166 calories and is high in potassium and calcium. Add fresh blueberries for sugar-free sweetness and plenty of inflammation-fighting Vitamin C. One ounce of blueberries has 16 calories and contains potassium, manganese and heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.

For more nutrients,use groats instead of oatmeal. Whole oat groats contain B-vitamins, magnesium, selenium, potassium, zinc and copper. They are unprocessed and contain the whole unhulled grain. Whole oat groats take much longer to cook than steel-cut or rolled oatmeal – an hour or more, but the extra time is well worth it for the health benefits. Groats help protect against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. You can find groats at some health food stores.

5. Dark Chocolate

You don’t have to give up chocolate to lose weight. Trade in sugar and preservative-laden milk chocolate bars for unsweetened dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is actually good for you! It has healthy fats, which prevent the insulin spikes that harm your body’s ability to burn fat. A study conducted at the University of Copenhagen indicated that eating a small amount of dark chocolate on regular basis curbs your appetite and reduces the desire to eat sugary, salty or fatty foods.

Keep a bar of dark chocolate with you for a mid-afternoon snack. One ounce of dark chocolate has 155 calories, much less than gooey milk chocolate concoctions. Dark chocolate contains iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber and a small amount of Vitamin B12. Full of polyphenols and other cell-protecting antioxidants, dark chocolate (in small amounts) will help you burn fat and keep you healthy. For best nutritional value, buy organic dark chocolate with a 70% or higher cocoa content.

6. Kale Chips

It’s easy to make your own crunchy kale chips. Cut kale into small pieces and remove the stems. Wash and dry with a salad spinner. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning (sea salt, cayenne pepper, 21 seasonings blend, etc) and olive oil. Bake on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until crisp.

7. Grapes

With only 100 calories per 3.5 ounces, grapes are healthy snacks for weight loss. They fill you up fast due to their water content. Grapes offer many phytonutrients and antioxidants to prevent inflammation and disease. Quercetin, catechins, resveratrol and beta-carotene are just a few of the nutrients available in different grape varieties. Grapes are high in Vitamin K (necessary for bone health and blood clotting),potassium and energy-producing Vitamin B2.

Choose from green, red or blue/black grapes. You can store grapes in the fridge for up to a week or freeze them for a treat during hot summer days. Eat grapes plain, in a fruit salad with sliced melons, apples and berries, or with yogurt.

8. Peaches

Like grapes and other fruits high in water, peaches fill you up without adding many calories to your daily total. A small peach has 38 calories, and is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fiber. Peaches have free radical fighting antioxidants to help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They also contain selenium, a mineral that guards against cell damage. The beta-carotene in peaches keeps your skin glowing and may guard against age-related vision loss. Eat a fresh, juicy peach as a snack or add sliced peaches to oatmeal or cereal.  Mix peach cubes or slices with other fruits to make a salad or add to yogurt.

9. Trail Mix with Seeds, Nuts and Dark Chocolate Chips

You can lose weight and boost energy by making your own trail mix. Choose from the following healthy ingredients:

Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Dark Chocolate Chips

Walnuts

Cashews

Pistachios

Sesame Seeds

Flaxseeds

Raisins

Peanuts

Preservative and sugar-free dried fruit

Plain, air-popped popcorn

Nuts and seeds are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin E and protein. A quarter cup of walnuts has 113% of the daily recommended value of heart-healthy Omega 3’s and 51% of a day’s manganese. Cashews and sesame seeds are high in copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Sunflower seeds are high in magnesium, energy-producing Vitamin B6 and iron.

Always use plain, unprocessed nuts and seeds. Include more seeds and nuts than dried fruits, which can dramatically increase calories if used to excess. Combine all items in an air tight container (or Ziploc bag) and shake until well-blended. Store in a cool, dry place.

Always keep servings to a quarter-cup. Mindlessly munching trail mix (like anything else) will disrupt your diet.

10. Hard Boiled Egg with Cayenne Pepper

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. They’re one of the most nutritious healthy snacks for weight loss. A large, hard boiled egg has 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) to build muscle. And eggs have four B Vitamins for increased energy and enhanced mood – folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B5. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, a nutrient that is essential for cell membrane signaling and neurotransmitter synthesis.

Boil a few eggs to pack in your lunch or snack on during the week. Spice up hard boiled eggs by sprinkling them with cayenne pepper. This hot flavorings contain capsaicin, a fat-burning compound found in chili peppers. The capsaicin helps curb your appetite so you won’t be tempted to eat too much later in the day. For lunch or dinner, add a few hard boiled egg slices to salads or make a sandwich with capers, parsley, garlic, bell pepper and hard boiled egg slices on a whole wheat roll.

11. Seaweed

The seaweed used to wrap sushi does more than hold your spicy tuna roll in place. Seaweed contains alginate, a substance that may reduce fat absorption in the gut by 75%, according to a study by Newcastle University in the UK. Seaweed’s high in iodine, which contributes to better thyroid function. The thyroid helps regulate weight, mood and metabolism, so it’s important to eat foods that keep it healthy. You can buy seaweed (or seaweed chips to snack on) from an Asian market or health food store. Major supermarkets do carry seaweed snacks, but be sure to check the label for additives and other undesirable ingredients.

Try making your own seaweed chips using nori sheets, sesame oil, garlic and cayenne pepper. Add seaweed to salads or soups – or mix with kale chips for a crunchy, nutrient-rich treat. And you can’t beat the calorie count – two tablespoons of kelp seaweed is 4 calories; 2 tablespoons of wakame seaweed sets you back 5 calories, and a tablespoon of spirulina seaweed is 20 calories.

12. Black Beans with Salsa in a Corn Tortilla

If you like Mexican food and want to lose weight, you don’t need to miss out on some of your favorites. Black beans are high in fiber and a half-cup has only 109 calories. A small corn tortilla is 63 calories and a tablespoon of salsa is 4 calories. Put them all together for one of the best healthy snacks for weight loss. A black bean and salsa taco is filling enough to stop hunger pangs and keep you from snacking on the wrong foods later.

13. Pineapple Pops

Pineapple’s high water content and inflammation-fighting antioxidants make it one of the best healthy snacks for weight loss. A cup of fresh pineapple has 83 calories and 105% of the daily recommended values (DRV) of Vitamin C. Pineapples contain bromelain, a substance containing cysteine proteinases, digestive enzymes that aid the intestinal tract. Adding pineapples to your diet will encourage regular elimination, preventing the sluggish digestion that keeps you bloated and overweight.

Use pineapple chunks in fruit salad along with kiwi, mangoes and other tropical fruits, or combine it with shrimp and grated ginger on romaine lettuce for a refreshing summer appetizer. Squeeze juice from fresh pineapples or use unsweetened pineapple juice to make frozen pineapple pops. Mix the juice from a whole pineapple and lime juice in a blender, then pour into a bowl and stir in almond or coconut milk. Place in popsicle molds and freeze.

14. String Cheese

One serving of string cheese is 80 calories, and it contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which calms you down and helps you get to sleep faster at night. Protein-rich string cheese has no carbohydrates and is portion-controlled and easy to store in your purse or backpack. A 2011 study showed that string cheese and other dairy products are healthy snacks for weight loss programs for premenopausal women.

Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss: More Tips to Stay Slim

  • Keep your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets and backpack filled with healthy snacks for weight loss. Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and always write a list to avoid impulse purchases.
  • You’ll be more likely to lose weight if you eat several small meals a day. Many nutritionists suggest eating every three to five hours to prevent the hunger pangs that cause overeating.
  • Include foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids (tuna, salmon, walnuts) as healthy snacks for weight loss. Omega 3’s help battle high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. A tablespoon pf plain dried walnuts is only 48 calories, and a cup of drained tuna chunks packed in water of 179 calories – much less than any processed snack from the convenience store.
  • Any snack with protein- eggs, turkey, tofu or cheese – contain amino acids to sharpen your mental clarity and improve concentration.

Zeal O2, REVV and HappyGirl Wheatgrass Supplements from LifeForce Nutraceuticals Offer Nutrients to Keep You Energized During Weight Loss

Supplement your weight loss program with wheatgrass tablets for extra fat burning power and more nutrition to keep you healthy. Wheatgrass is nature’s most powerful superfood, containing hundreds of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Lifeforce Nutraceuticals offers three Wheatgrass Love wheatgrass products to fit your specific needs.

Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement and Energy Booster  Get slim by eating healthy snacks for weight loss and taking Zeal O2 one to three times a day. Zeal O2 contains chlorophyll-rich wheatgrass to provide magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, calcium and other minerals, all essential amino acids, hundreds of enzymes, Vitamins E,A,K, B-complex and C, and phytochemicals. These nutrients keep you healthy and alert during your diet and beyond. Anyone can use Zeal O2 to maintain their weight. Its herbal blend contains Citrus Aurantium (bitter orange) to help your body burn fat without adversely affecting your heart or blood pressure, goldenseal to detoxify your liver and aid circulation, cayenne pepper for more energy and fat burning ability, and over a dozen other herbs.

REVV Natural Energy Supplement – These tasty chocolate mint wafers are made with wheatgrass, cocoa, caffeine and circulation-boosting periwinkle herb to send your energy skyrocketing all day long. Wheatgrass boosts your energy naturally, so you won’t suffer from the crash and burn syndrome found in some energy drinks. The magnesium, amino acids and B-complex vitamins in wheatgrass help you stay calm while building better muscles and helping red blood cells grow to prevent anemia.

HappyGirl Natural Mood Enhancing Supplement is a 100% natural energy booster and mood enhanced formulated for women, but men and seniors can use it, too. Made with the same high-value wheatgrass as REVV and Zeal O2, HappyGirl has added B-complex vitamins to improve your mood and eliminate the ups and downs that come with your monthly cycle (or menopause). HappyGirl’s proprietary blend consists of cayenne pepper and gingko biloba to give you more energy and calm anxiety, plus damiana, gotu kola, white willow and close to a dozen more herbs, skillfully blended to reduce the effects of mild to moderate, non-clinical depression.

Read more about Lifeforce Nutraceuticals and Wheatgrass Love products or feel free to call us if you have any questions.

20 Superfoods for Stress Relief

When you’re stressed out, you won’t make the best food choices. Anxiety-ridden folks often eat cookies, candy, potato chips and other comfort foods to take their minds off their problems. This only intensifies stress, and may cause weight gain, high blood pressure or other chronic diseases. Live a calmer, healthier life by eating these 20 superfoods for stress relief.

1. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass ranks highest on our list of superfoods for stress relief for hundreds of reasons. Wheatgrass is a young grass from the wheat family, and it’s used as a supplement for health and vitality. Wheatgrass offers anti-stress power from chlorophyll, a nutrient comprised of the mineralmagnesium. Magnesium is a proven antidote to stress and insomnia, and it’s a critical component of hundreds of enzyme reactions in your body. Wheatgrass offers all B-complex vitamins, which are necessary to maintain a good mood. Some supplements add extra B-complex vitamins to what’s already in high-grade wheatgrass for even more mood-enhancing power.

2. Ginger

When you’re feeling stressed out, eat some ginger, drink ginger tea or sprinkle some in your soup or salad. Ginger contains the antioxidant gingerol, which cleanses the body of harmful chemicals produced when we’re anxious. Used as a medicine in China, Asia and India for thousands of years, it’s excellent for treating nausea (and stress) caused by premenstrual syndrome, surgery, pregnancy or chemotherapy.

3. Green Tea

Green tea ranks with wheatgrass as one the best nutrient-heavy superfoods for stress relief. The amino acid L-theanine in green tea stimulates alpha waves in the brain,. L-theanine affects dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood to help you relax during stressful times. Green tea and green tea extract contain small amounts of caffeine to boost energy gradually during the day. The L-theanine  counteracts the caffeine in green tea, helping you avoid that jittery caffeine feeling even if you drink a lot of it. The cell-protecting antioxidants in green tea include flavonoids and catechins, and Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) to give you overall health benefits.

4. Dark Chocolate

If you feel happier after eating chocolate, it’s due to more than the good taste. Studies have shown that dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone cortisol and catecholamines, hormones created by the adrenal glands as a result of stress. Researchers found that people who ate 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks had significantly lower stress levels at the end of the study. Unsweetened dark chocolate has other health benefits. It’s full of flavonoids, an antioxidant proven to destroy cell-damaging free radicals and protect the body against disease. Dark chocolate also contains polyphenols, antioxidants that protect the heart from inflammation.

5. Cayenne Pepper

A chili pepper and popular “hot” spice used in Cajun cooking, cayenne pepper has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years. The chemical capsaicin gives cayenne pepper its heat. In the 1990s, British researchers found that cayenne pepper is a potential superfood for stress relief, fatigue and depression. The capsaicin in cayenne pepper helps increase blood flow to the brain and throughout the body, boosting mental function and energy.

You’ll find capsaicin used as an ingredient in topical creams for arthritis and nerve pain. It reduces arthritis pain by decreasing substance P in your body, preventing it from sending signals to your brain. Adding cayenne pepper to your food may help you eat less and burn calories, according to a study by Purdue University.

6. Oranges

An article in Prevention Magazine states that just the scent of oranges or other citrus fruits can relieve stress. Eating oranges, with their high Vitamin C content, reduces the stress hormone cortisol and helps you manage daily stress better. Studies conducted on rats undergoing stress indicated Vitamin C stopped the animals from showing the physical and emotional signs of stress. Any citrus fruit (or unsweetened fruit juice) can calm your nerves when anxiety strikes. And oranges are immune system boosters, guarding against colds and the flu.

7. Ginseng

Researchers have cited ginseng, along with ginkgo biloba, as a natural treatment for anxiety. One of the spice superfoods for stress relief, ginseng has been shown to prevent stress in animal studies. The saponins in ginseng affect the adrenal glands, which produce the stress hormones cortisone and adrenaline. Most people drink ginseng tea or take it as a supplement, but you can eat ginger root. Ginseng is also used as a weight loss aid and treatment for sexual dysfunction.

8. Periwinkle

Periwinkle herb contains vincamine, which is well-regarded as a memory-booster. Taking a periwinkle herb supplement or drinking periwinkle tea helps increase blood flow to the brain, enabling you to think clearly during stressful times. Periwinkle herb is used in Europe as a treatment for dementia.

9. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best superfoods for stress relief- or whatever ails you. They’re packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese, but their real power lies in the phytonutrients they contain. Blueberries get their blue color from anthocyanins. One of several antioxidant groups of phytonutrients in this nutritious fruit, anthocyanins help protect cells against free radicals and offer cognitive and cardiovascular benefits. Blueberries boost brain function and memory for all age groups,  helping you stay focused during stressful times.

10. Avocados

Low in sugar and loaded with stress-reducing folate (Vitamin B9) and Vitamin B6, avocados are a tasty addition to salads and sandwiches. This nutrient-heavy superfood is also a great source of protein and fiber. Avocados are high in glutathione, an antioxidant that helps cleanse the liver and rid the body of toxins that cause anxiety.  If you develop acne or other skin problems when you’re stressed-out, the Vitamin E, Vitamin C and high oleic acid (a monosatured fatty acid) in avocados help regenerate compromised skin cells and stop irritation.

11. Salmon

Salmon is one of the best superfoods for stress relief because it contains several key nutrients, including Omega 3 fatty acids, and magnesium and B-complex vitamins. Studies have shown that foods with Omega 3 fatty acids containing eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can reduce anxiety and depression when consumed on a regular basis. B-complex vitamins help the body make mood-regulating serotonin and melatonin, an antioxidant that gives you a feeling of well-being and helps you fall asleep. Magnesium has been called nature’s “chill pill” and magnesium deficiency can cause stress, depression and insomnia.

12. Mint

Mint does more than flavor food and fresh up your mouth. Its aroma triggers the salivary glands and glands that secrete digestive enzymes. Anxiety often causes stomach problems that interfere with digestion, and mint aids the digestive process even before you’ve taken a bite. Mint’s fresh aroma can relieve stress-related nausea or headaches. Mint tea or a supplement containing mint may alleviate the fatigue and depression associated with anxiety. This study published by The Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, shows that mint is a mild stimulant that can aid mental function during times of stress or low energy. Studies also indicate that people who chew mint gum are more alert and have better memories than people who don’t include mint in their daily routine.

You can use mint leaves or mint extract to flavor food or make tea. Mint leaves contain stress-fighting Vitamin C, antioxidants and magnesium. It’s has dietary fiber, iron and potassium as well, nutrients you might not associate with such a delicate herb. Although considered a garnish or flavoring by many people, mint is one of the most important superfoods for stress relief.

13. Turkey

The amino acid tryptophan in turkey causes your brain to release serotonin. This hormone calms you down and relieves anxiety, negative thoughts and poor concentration. Avoid the salt and preservatives of processed turkey, which can raise blood pressure, and eat only sodium-free, organic turkey for the best anxiety-reducing benefits. Turkey contains Vitamins B12 and B6 to boost mood and energy-producing vitamins B3 and B2.

14. Pumpkin, Sunflower, and Sesame Seeds

You don’t have to give up crunchy snacks to eat healthy. Salt-free pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds contain stress-relieving magnesium. Magnesium supports mood by acting as a conduit for serotonin and other neurotransmitters. You can carry a bag of seeds with you to munch on whenever you need a quick, anti-stress pick-me-up. Sunflower seeds contain tryptophan, which signals your body to produce more serotonin, and sesame seeds are high in energy-boosting Vitamin B1 and iron. A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds has 48% of the daily recommended intake of magnesium, plus 74% of the DRI of manganese to control blood sugar.

15. Cashews

A diet low in zinc(http://www.naturalnews.com/041890_chronic_anxiety_zinc_levels_copper.html) has been shown to increase anxiety disorders in some patients. A quarter cup of cashews contains 21% of the DRI of zinc and 29% of the DRI for magnesium. Don’t overdo it, though -cashews are relatively high in calories compared to other superfoods for stress relief, clocking in at 221 calories for a quarter cup. Eating cashews in moderation may provide enough zinc and magnesium to guard against anxiety. Including cashews and other nuts in your diet at least twice a week also reduces your chance of gaining weight – as long as you don’t binge!

16. Garlic

Garlic – “the stinking rose” offers dozens of health benefits. It contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and guard against colds, cancer and heart disease. Anxiety wreaks havoc with your immune system, and the antioxidants in garlic (including the powerful compound allicin) keep your body strong enough to stay healthy during stressful times. Garlic helps regulate blood pressure and reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. If you are prone to high blood pressure during times of stress, or if your family has a history of cardiovascular disease, increasing your intake of garlic can be a lifesaver. Tip – use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Like other raw vegetables, it tastes better and has more health benefits

17. Oatmeal

Oatmeal triggers serotonin production in your brain to give you a pleasant, calm feeling. Choose a canister of Quaker Oats or another brand over flavored, pre-packaged oatmeal, which usually contains sugar, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Cooking oatmeal the old-fashioned way means it will take longer to digest, prolonging serotonin’s calming effect. Raw, unprocessed oatmeal has mood-enhancing zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B1, making it one of the best superfoods for stress relief.

Groats are the whole grain version of oats, and are usually sold only as horse feed. Groats are cut up into smaller pieces and sold as steel-cut oats. Steel cut oats take longer to cook than rolled oats, which are rolled out, flattened steamed groats. Most oatmeal sold in stores is rolled; steel cut oats and groats are healthier. You can buy groats online and from health food stores. It takes a few hours to cook groats, but they provide more nutrients than store-bought oatmeal. Groats are high in protein, potassium and calcium.

18. Yogurt

A 2014 study conducted by the University of Baltimore showed that teens who ate more yogurt and other fermented foods than their peers experienced less stress. Teens who were at risk for social anxiety benefited the most, according to the study. The probiotics in fermented food improve gut bacteria, and there’s a gut/brain link that helps reduce social anxiety. Another study, at UCLA’s School of Medicine, involved 36 women between the ages of 18 and 53. Women who ate yogurt twice a day experienced reduced activity in the emotional region of the brain and increased activity in the decision-making part of the brain. Eating a cup or two of non-sweetened yogurt is great for improving your calcium intake, and it’s one of the best superfoods for stress relief.

19. Pistachios

Pistachios join the list of superfoods for stress relief due to their high magnesium, Vitamin B6 and iron content. A study at Penn State concluded that pistachios may reduce your reaction to everyday stress. Diets containing pistachio nuts were shown to relax blood vessels in participants who had normal blood pressure and high cholesterol. Pistachios only contain 4 calories each, and the rhythmic act of shelling each nut may be calming for some people. Decaying pistachios may develop a toxic mold called aflatoxin, so choose fresh, organic nuts and  avoid ones bleached or dyed during processing.

20. Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko biloba, derived from one of the oldest species of trees, is a best-selling herbal supplement used to treat dozens of conditions. It’s been used successfully in Germany and other countries to treat dementia and generalized anxiety disorder. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research showed that EGb 761®, a gingko biloba extract, worked as well for anxiety disorder as benzodiazepines, but had no side effects. Anti-anxiety drugs may cause nausea, blurred vision, clumsiness, slurred speech and dizziness. People who suffer from occasional stress can take an antioxidant-rich gingko biloba supplement to soothe frayed nerves. Flavonoids and terpenoids, two substances in ginkgo biloba, protect cells from free radicals and ill effects created by stress.

Wheatgrass is One of the Best Superfoods for Stress Relief, and You Can Find it in HappyGirl, Zeal O2and REVV

At Lifeforce Nutraceuticals,we offer three wheatgrass supplements to relieve stress and improve overall health.

HappyGirl Mood Enhancment Supplement harnesses the power of high-value wheatgrass with added B-complex vitamins to neutralize anxiety and mood swings regardless of the cause. Whether you feel anxious due to a job interview, everyday stress, menopause or PMS, HappyGirl can help you feel like yourself in no time. The proprietary blend of herbs added to HappyGirl’s wheatgrass includes  several superfoods for stress relief- ginger, gingko biloba, green tea extract, cayenne pepper and ginseng. HappyGirl isn’t just for women– men and seniors can use it, too! Read more about HappyGirl here:http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/mood-enhancement-supplement

REVV Natural Energy Supplement is a 100% natural source of instant energy and vitality. These delicious chocolate wafers are made with high-grade wheatgrass, and the superfoods cocoa and periwinkle herbs, two of the superfoods for stress relief. We’ve included caffeine and L-taurine to increase focus and give you even more energy. Read more about REVVhere: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/natural-energy-supplement

Many people with high stress levels are overweight due to a poor diet.Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement is a great addition to any healthy weight loss program. Zeal O2 offers all the health benefits of wheatgrass, with its hundreds of nutrients, including magnesium, B-complex vitamins and amino acids. The herbal blend of superfoods added to wheatgrass include cayenne pepper, gingko biloba, green tea extract, ginseng and ginger – and we’ve added Citrus Aurantium (bitter orange) to help you burn more fat safely, without the dangerous side effects of ephedra. Read more about Zeal O2 here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/natural-weight-loss-supplement

We’re so sure you’ll love Zeal O2, REVV and HappyGirl, we offer a money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with any Wheatgrass Love product, you can send the unused portion back for a 100% refund. Always talk to your doctor before taking any dietary supplement.  

What Happens When You Detox Your Body

Detoxification or detox for short, is the process which eliminates dangerous toxins from the body. While this term is normally identified with drug or alcohol abuse, you can also detox your body from a bad diet, smoking, over the counter and prescription medication, or environmental toxins, with or without the help of a specialist.  Detox your body, mind and spirit to lead a healthier, happier life. What constitutes a diet detox, and what happens when you detox your body? Here are several facts about why you need to detox, how to do it and what to expect during the process.  

How Do I Know I Need to Detox My Body?

You may want to detox your body if you’ve been eating too much junk food, drinking too much soda or coffee, smoking or engaging in other unhealthy activities for a long time.

Detoxification, also called cleansing, eliminates toxins that enter the body from several sources. Toxins from junk food, fried food, cigarettes, soda, air pollution and other environmental pollution are just a few of the toxins we encounter in our daily lives. Some toxins we don’t normally think about come from cleaning products we use, mold in our homes and workplaces and insecticides. Even if you are committed to using organic cleaning products or insecticides in your home, you may still come in contact with them when you’re outdoors or in other people’s homes without knowing it.

Your body develops toxins during the breakdown of protein. Yeast, fungi and bacteria in your digestive system produce substances that create toxins and can lead to poor health or disease if you don’t detox through a wheatgrass or water cleanse, exercise and a good diet.

Suffering from Low Energy? Here’s How a Body Detox Helps

When you’ll constantly tired, gulping coffee and energy drinks will give you a sudden burst of energy followed by the inevitable crash. A moderate amount of caffeine helps your liver to detox your body, but too much may slow liver function. If you take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, etc.) regularly, drinking too much coffee may cause serious liver damage.

Don’t depend on coffee to boost your energy. Cleanse your body by changing your diet, getting more sleep and taking a wheatgrass supplement. By breaking down carbohydrates into glucose, wheatgrass naturally increases your energy. Powered by chlorophyll, the green pigment that gives plants their color, wheatgrass contains a bounty of nutrients. They include B-complex vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and hundreds of enzymes. Wheatgrass juice or a wheatgrass supplement will help flush out toxins in your body and prevent it from absorbing more poison from food, drink and the environment.

Amino Acids Help You Detox Your Body

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The tens of thousands of proteins in your body are made from amino acids. A protein may contain a few hundred amino acids or tens of thousands of them. There are 20 essential amino acids used by our bodies to generate protein and three additional protein-making amino acids that don’t have a blueprint for creation with our genes.

There are essential and nonessential amino acids. You must get essential amino acids from your diet or supplements. Your body can’t produce them. Non-essential amino acids are produced by your body, but you can also eat food or take supplements that contain more of these nutrients. Amino acids break down food, repair tissue, help produce energy and perform other biological functions. If you always feel lackluster, you may not be getting enough essential amino acids in your diet. The essential amino acids include leucine, aspartic acid, tryptophan, valine, histidine and methionine.

You get essential amino acids from eating a variety of good food. Eggs, lean red meat, tofu and dairy products are the best source of amino acids. Plant-based sources include turnip greens, sunflower seeds, spinach, buckwheat, rice, cranberries, avocados and peanuts. Eat a diet of whole, fresh foods to get a sufficient amount of amino acids in your diet. You can take a wheatgrass supplement, which is loaded with essential and nonessential acids, if you feel you don’t get enough from food.

Cleanse with Water Every Morning

A glass of water every morning – or better yet water with lemon- will hydrate you and start the daily detox session. After sleeping for 7 or 8 hours, you need to break your fast with liquid as well as food. You can drink tea, juice or coffee after you’ve had your morning glass of water. Water gets your digestive system moving, helping you stay regular and avoid the extra pounds caused by chronic constipation.

Drinking unsweetened green tea, black tea or herbal tea also hydrates you and fills you up. The caffeine in green tea and black tea give you energy bit by bit. You won’t experience the rapid buzz and jittery feeling you get when you drink a big cup of coffee.

What Happens During a Body Detox – Side Effects of Wheatgrass and Dietary Changes for Detox

Wheatgrass supplement tablets are powerful tools for cleansing your body. If you’re detoxing after years of bad food and unhealthy habits, taking wheatgrass will result in some side effects.  They include nausea, which is usually a result of detoxing in the body. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass removes toxins by making tissues release these harmful elements. When you first take wheatgrass tablets or drink wheatgrass juice, you may feel nauseous due to the sudden release of toxins. What seems like a negative experience is actually a good one – the nausea indicates toxins are leaving your body. After you’ve taken wheatgrass for awhile, the nausea will go away as more toxins disappear. You should take wheatgrass tablets on an empty stomach. You’ll be more likely to experience nausea if you take wheatgrass tablets with food.

If you get diarrhea after taking wheatgrass, you’re taking too much. Always start by taking one wheatgrass tablet per day and build up to more as side effects disappear. If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to take half a wheatgrass tablet at the beginning of body detox.

If you have a cold or the flu, you should wait until you feel better to take wheatgrass. The side effects of body detox through wheatgrass are similar to cold symptoms. You may experience coughing, nasal congestion, headaches or even mild fever.

If you’re allergic to wheat, don’t worry, wheatgrass is a sprout it doesn’t contain the same allergic properties wheat does.

Although nausea and other side effects subside once you take wheatgrass on a daily basis, its taste will remain less than pleasing.

Health-conscious people who exercise and eat a healthy diet will have fewer problems with wheatgrass side effects than individuals detoxing from a poor diet, smoking or other bad habits.

You should drink eight or more glasses of water daily when you begin taking a wheatgrass supplement, if you aren’t doing so already. Water aids the detox process by ridding your body of toxins through urine, bowel movements and sweat. If you suffer from constipation, your body builds up toxins, causing weight gain, sluggishness and ill health. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and exercise daily to detox your body.

Even after you feel better, you still need to eat right and continue all the healthy habits you started during detox. Renewing unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits with the idea that you can detox your body anytime you want to is a mistake. Ongoing health and energy is the ultimate goal. Sure, even the most health-conscious among us may eat too much at a holiday dinner or give into friends on an outing and eat cotton candy or greasy burgers. You can detox your body within a day or two after small slip-ups, and most of us will binge on bad foods once in awhile. You want to avoid using detox as an excuse for regular “bad food” binges. This “back and forth” type of lifestyle will damage your body in the long run.

Even if you don’t take wheatgrass tablets, you may experience some of the side effects mentioned above during your initial diet detox. When you transition from an unhealthy diet to a clean one, headaches, hunger pangs and fatigue are common. Since your body is ridding itself of toxins, you may experience frequent urination, more bowel movements and flatulence. This means the detox is working! You may want to avoid social outings during the first few days of your detox, when this cleansing process is most likely to occur.

Detoxification is an Ongoing Habit

Even if you eat well and exercise, you’re still subjected to toxins in the air, water and products you use everyday. This makes it important to pay attention to what your body (and mood changes) are telling you. Environmental toxins can cause depression, nausea, chills, fever, weakness, skin rash and other symptoms. If you suffer from these ailments it may be due to pesticides, air pollutants, pharmaceuticals, phthalates, or PCBs. Phthalates, chemicals used in many common products, may be toxic. Studies have shown this chemical excreted in the urine of women of child-bearing age and infants. PCBs, banned in 1979, were once used in electrical equipment and plasticizers.

You may be exposed to toxins daily even if you eat good food and abstain from smoking and alcohol. That’s why a detox diet should be permanent. You’ll feel better, look better and be less likely to develop heart disease, cancer or other life-threatening conditions. A detox diet isn’t about eating fewer calories – it’s about eating better food and drinking more water and cleansing beverages. According to a 2002 study at the University of San Francisco, “we are many times (even unknowingly) protected by the foods we eat. A judicious choice of food will counteract noxious agents.”

Change Your Eating Habits

If you’ve eaten processed foods, junk food and indulged in soda and beer daily for years, this is easier said than done. Instead of going “cold turkey”, you could introduce fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, wheatgrass, nuts and seeds into your diet over a few weeks.

Maintain a Alkaline pH Balance to Detox Your Body

The pH balance of your blood is a good indicator of your overall health. The best blood pH balance is between 7.35 and 7.45. Any pH level below 7.0 is acidic, and will reduce energy produced in cells and limit the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals. The body will be unable to absorb vitamins and minerals. Fatigue and illness set in and tumor cells appear when the diet is high in acidic foods.

Acidosis and obesity are common due to the average American diet of acid-producing red meat, fried foods, sweets and processed foods. Introducing alkaline-producing vegetables, fruits and spices into your diet will balance your pH. Monitor your eating habits. Write down what you eat, how much and when. Determine which foods are acidic and replace them with neutral or alkaline foods.

Most processed or junk foods are acidic. They include soft drinks, beer, coffee, candy, artificial sweeteners, cakes and pastry made from white flour, sugar, salt, sweetened yogurt and fried foods. Consuming toxins through bad food, tobacco and alcohol will keep you fat and tired. Over time, it may cause cancer or other diseases.

Choose from vegetables, fruits, almonds, sesame seeds, raw honey and other alkaline foods to detox your body. Add cinnamon, turmeric, saffron, cayenne pepper and other spices to meals. Spices and herbs are alkaline, and they make most foods taste better. You’ll still need to eat some slightly or moderately acidic foods, including bananas, cranberries, walnuts, cashews, blueberries and oatmeal, to maintain a proper blood pH.

A Wheatgrass Supplement from Wheatgrass Love Will Help Your Detox Your Body, Mind and Spirit

Wheatgrass Love offers three wheatgrass supplements to help you detox more easily. Eating a good diet may be difficult at first if you’ve spent years grabbing meals on the go, and the hundreds of nutrients in wheatgrass will provide detoxifying elements to help bring your body back to optimal health.

Many people in need of body detox  are overweight, and Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement combines high-value wheatgrass and a herbal blend of cayenne pepper, gingko biloba, green tea extract, ginseng, and Citrus Aurantium to help you burn fat more efficiently while you detox. Rid your body of toxins and lose weight with Zeal O2. Read more about it here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/natural-weight-loss-supplement

HappyGirl Natural Mood Enhancing Supplement combines wheatgrass and a proprietary blend of green tea extract, fo-ti, white willow, gotu kola, damiana and other herbs to improve your mood while it detoxes your system. The nutrients in HappyGirl are formulated to neutralize mood swings and give you energy to detox mind and body. Read more aboutHappyGirl here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/mood-enhancement-supplement

REVV Natural Energy Supplement has the same high-grade wheatgrass as our other products, along with periwinkle herb, L-Taurine and Choline Bitartrate, to give you energy while you detox – or anytime. These chocolate mint wafers contain 100% natural ingredients to increase endurance for sports, exercise or other activities. You can read more about REVV here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/natural-energy-supplement

We’re so confident you’ll love Zeal O2, REVV and HappyGirl, we offer a money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with any Wheatgrass Love product, you can send the unused portion back for a 100% refund. Always talk to your doctor before taking any dietary supplement.  

Benefits of Yoga for Weight Loss

If you’ve lived a sedentary lifestyle for so long, any type of exercise seems daunting to you, yoga may get you up and moving again. Most yoga poses involve stretching for flexibility and strength, but you can lose weight fast by practicing Ashtanga or other vigorous forms of yoga. There are many benefits of yoga for weight loss, from mindfulness and better digestion to fat-burning from a sweaty session of Bikram yoga.

All types of yoga, including slow-paced Hatha yoga, help you burn calories. The more strenuous the yoga, the more calories- and fat- you’ll burn. Power and Ashtanga yoga can burn up to 360 calories per hour; the slower, non-aerobic forms of yoga can still burn 180 calories per hour, depending on the poses you practice. There’s even yoga fusion, which combines yoga poses with kickboxing or other cardio workouts.

Gentle Yoga Increases Mindfulness to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Restorative, gentle yoga can work just as well as more energetic forms of yoga. Regular yoga for weight loss calms the parasympathetic nervous system. This balances hormones and slows down your body (in a good way), so it can rest and rejuvenate from the day’s activities. Gentle yoga repairs the body physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The success of any weight loss program starts in the mind. If you don’t have the desire or willpower to eat less and exercise more – and stick to your weight loss plan till you reach your goal –  buying lots of fancy exercise equipment and pre-packaged diet meals won’t help you.

Yoga, or any other physical activity, will increase endorphins and make you feel better, help tone your body and burn calories (even if it’s just a small amount). You shouldn’t depend on yoga alone to burn fat, but use it as part of your exercise program. Choose from several options, including walking, jogging, swimming, strength training and aerobic dancing as part of your weekly workouts for best results. Gentle or Hatha Yoga may be used as flexibility training or stress reduction between cardiovascular workouts. The mindfulness yoga provides is part of a long-term weight maintenance plan. Yoga keeps you focused to eat good food and follow through on your weight loss goals.

Detoxification – An Overlooked Benefit of Yoga for Weight Loss

Gentle yoga not only repairs the body, but detoxifies it as well. When you’re overweight from eating too much of the wrong foods, your body harbors toxins that cause heart disease, diabetes and cancer Your liver and kidneys may not be working properly and ridding your body of dangerous toxins. You’ll gain weight when organs aren’t working to flush out harmful substances. Yoga breathing, or pranayama, teaches you to control your breathe and use all of your lungs, bringing more oxygen to your body. This relieves stress, reducing nervous binge eating and clearing your system of toxins. Self-control through pranayama leads to peace of mind and a more healthful body.

Yoga stimulates the body’s organs, improving the way they function. The Full Twist and other spinal twists squeeze the kidneys, liver and intestines, aiding digestion. The Shoulder Stand improves thyroid function, boosting metabolism and leading to more burned calories. Inverted poses widen the intestines and help food move easily through the digestive system. The headstand and other “upside down” poses stimulate the lymphatic system by draining blood out of your legs and improving circulation.

Eliminate Food Cravings and Lose Weight Through Yoga

Yoga helps you instinctively eat healthier by reducing emotional cravings for certain foods. Most overeating is caused by automatic or emotional impulses, not true hunger, and yoga helps to quell those feelings. People who practice yoga for weight loss eat more mindfully and don’t eat when they’re bored or stressed-out. The emotional eating binges that pack on pounds fade away, and self-awareness leads to better food choices.

The Benefits of Yoga for Weight Loss Increase in Middle Age

Yoga can help middle-aged folks who have a tough time losing weight. A study shows middle-aged yoga enthusiasts lost an average of five pounds over ten years, while participants who didn’t practice yoga gained 14 pounds over the same ten year period.

A 2013 study conducted at the University of California, San Diego consisted of two groups of obese women. One group had stretching sessions for 48 weeks; the other restorative yoga sessions. The women performing yoga lost just over 13 inches of subcutaneous fat and an average of 3.75 pounds. The stretching group lost 0.93 inches of fat and 1.54 pounds. Restorative yoga may reduce cortisol levels, which are elevated by stress and increase the amount of belly fat.

Scientists and Doctors Weigh in on Yoga for Weight Loss

On LiveScience.com, several experts gave their opinion on yoga and weight loss. They all agree that power yoga, Ashtanga and vigorous forms of yoga that raise your heart rate can help you lose weight.  But Hatha yoga and gentle yoga contribute to weight loss, too. “The practice of yoga and meditation may aid the development of mindfulness during mealtimes, aiding awareness of portions sizes, food preparation, and eating speed.” says Annie B. Kay, a nutritionist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge Mass.   

Vinyasa Yoga for Weight Loss

Vinyasa or flow yoga, consists of asanas synchronized with the breath. This form of yoga  uses slow movements that flow into one another, similar to a dance. You move from one asana to another while inhaling or exhaling. While not as intense as power or Bikram yoga, Vinyasa involves changeable sequencing that can be altered for more efficient weight loss. The Sun Salutation, a series of asanas that includes the Down Dog, Chaturanga and Upward Dog, burns up to 500 calories during one hour of practice. Vinyasa means connection in Sanskrit, and it bridges the gap between gentle yoga and vigorous yoga. .It’s a moderate form of yoga for people ready to tackle something more challenging than Hatha yoga, but not as strenuous as power yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga – A Combination of Vinyasa Flow Poses and More

Ashtanga yoga, developed from an ancient Sanskrit text. Yoga Mala, the first modern interpretation of this text, was published in 1958. Ashtanga yoga includes six series of poses. The first series, called Yoga Chikitsa (or Yoga Therapy), includes asanas to detoxify the body, realign the spine and build strength and stamina. Consisting of Sun Salutations, standing, seated and inverted poses and ending with backbends, the first series has a total of 75 poses. They are performed in one session lasting up to two hours. The second series purifies the nervous system. Called Nadi Shodana, students learn it when they’ve mastered Yoga Chikitsa. It consists of the same poses as the first series with variations and some new poses added. Students learn this after they’ve mastered the first series. The last four series, Sthira Bhaga, include difficult arm balances, and few students move on to these poses.

Work Up a Sweat – Try Bikram Yoga for Weight Loss

Bikram Yoga is named after its founder, Bikram Choudhury. It’s a vigorous form of yoga with specific postures and requirements. It consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which must be performed in order in a room heated to 100 degrees in no less than 90 minutes. That may sound rough, but there’s a method behind the madness. Bikram yoga gives every part of your body a workout, and the heat helps your body sweat out toxins. Many athletes practice bikram yoga. It conditions their bodies for competition, and helps prevent injuries. The asanas (poses) are designed to improve all muscle groups and improve balance and strength. The poses release oxygen to joints, organs and muscles. It takes awhile for new students to become accustomed to the heated studio, but after three to four lessons, most students adapt and see a change in their energy and health. The typical Bikram yoga session burns 475 calories per hour, or  712 calories per session.

Power Yoga Burns More Calories and Energizes You for Better Weight Loss   

Power yoga is a fast-moving, intense workout based on Ashtanga yoga. You move quickly from one asana to the next, working up a calorie-burning sweat. Unlike Hatha Yoga, which focuses on flexibility, power yoga  is geared for strength training. You will lift and hold your body weight several times during a class. You may perform the same set of poses in each class or mix new poses with old ones, depending on your teacher’s preferences. For weight loss at home or in class, try performing the wind releasing pose, followed by the cobra, bow, side stretch, warrior, extended angle. Follow up with the eagle, pigeon, Cow-face and seated forward bend.

Increase Chances of Losing Weight through Yoga by Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Doing yoga (or any regular exercise program) won’t help you lose weight unless you make other changes. You’ll need to eat a clean diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, nuts, beans, and a small amount of dairy and lean meat. If you’re practicing yoga, eating good food will become second nature to you. The calorie count for women on a diet shouldn’t exceed 1,200 calories a day; men shouldn’t consume more than 1,500 calories a day. You may need more calories a day depending on your age, health and weight. You should always check with your doctor before starting a serious weight loss plan. Counting calories may seem like a chore, but if you eat only fresh, unprocessed food and avoid sweets, fried food, soda and alcohol, you may not need to bother totaling up calories after each meal. Clean food fills you up without skyrocketing your daily calorie count.

A Wheatgrass Supplement is a Great Addition to your Yoga and Weight Loss Plan

When you’re trying to lose weight (or anytime), you want to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. If you can’t get them from your food, taking a wheatgrass supplement is one of the best ways to stay healthy and energetic. Wheatgrass is young grass taken from a wheat plant, and its leaves are crushed to make wheatgrass juice, wheatgrass powder or wheatgrass supplement tablets. Wheatgrass is filled with hundreds of nutrients – many more than a multivitamin. Wheatgrass contains mostly chlorophyll, the green pigment that gives plants their color. Chlorophyll has dozens of vitamins and minerals, including B-complex vitamins for energy, Vitamins C, E, A and K plus magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc, iron and other minerals. Wheatgrass has amino acids and enzymes necessary for biological functions in the body. By taking a wheatgrass supplement daily, you can get all the nutrients you need for health energy and better mental function during a diet or anytime.

Take Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement and Energy Booster to Get Slim Fast

The benefits of yoga for weight loss and eating a clean diet will help you feel and look better, but you can improve your results by taking Zeal 02 Weight Loss Supplement from Wheatgrass Love. Our wheatgrass tablets are carefully formulated to give you all the nutrients you need to maintain energy and stay healthy while you lose weight. We add extra B-complex vitamins to high-grade wheatgrass, increasing its nutrient power. All the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes in wheatgrass help you flush out harmful toxins and prevent you from absorbing more. It improves your peristaltic movement to rid you of the excess weight caused by sluggish digestion, increases mental clarity and a whole lot more. We add herbal blend including green tea extract, citrus Aurantium, gotu kola, ginseng, gingko biloba and cayenne pepper to speed up your metabolism and keep your appetite in check. Boost your chances of successful yoga for weight loss by eating healthy and taking Zeal O2!

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