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.

For extra energy in between meals, take a REVV Instant Energy WaferREVV is made with the superfood wheatgrass, along with periwinkle herb, choline, L-taurine and tasty, healthy cocoa. REVV’s a safe, natural supplement that gives you vigor without the sugar and calories of energy drinks.  

 

 

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.

What Supplement Can I Take to Get Skinny Fast?

Most people think it’s easy to gain weight, but hard to lose it. If you take a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement and make a few simple lifestyle changes, you’ll get skinny fast-without calorie counting or hard to follow diets. There’s no such thing as a magic supplement or pill that will help you lose weight with absolutely no effort on your part. You’ll still need to stop eating bad food and become more active. But you don’t need to starve yourself or spend hours at the gym everyday. Just replace junk food with healthy snacks, including raisins, apples, whole grain crackers and fruit yogurt. Spend less time in front of the computer or TV and more time walking, hiking or playing sports. Don’t fall prey to the idea that weight loss is hard work requiring a calorie counter. You can start your weight loss journey by answering the question “What Supplement Can I Take to Get Skinny Fast?”

A Wheatgrass-Based Weight Loss Supplement Helps You Get Skinny and Stay that Way

Taking a wheatgrass supplement is one of the best and safest ways to get skinny fast. There’s been some controversy in the media about the ingredients used in weight loss supplements. Wheatgrass is 100% natural and contains vitamins, phytochemicals, 20 amino acids, 90 minerals and hundreds of enzymes not found in other foods. All these important nutrients are included in every wheatgrass supplement tablet to help you get skinny fast and get healthier while you lose weight.

What does a wheatgrass supplement do that a fad diet plan won’t?

Wheatgrass Provides Vitamins and Minerals to Keep you Energized and Focused While you Lose Weight

Wheatgrass has hundreds of nutrients to raise your energy level, increase your blood flow, focus and mental clarity and help all your body systems work more efficiently. Wheatgrass contains Vitamins, E,A,K, C and B-complex vitamins. The minerals in this superfood include selenium, zinc, potassium, cobalt, calcium, chromium, magnesium and manganese.

Wheatgrass Speeds Up Your Metabolism, Helping You Burn Fat

Take a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement to speed up your metabolism naturally and burn fat. Wheatgrass stimulates circulation by oxygenating the blood and increasing red blood cells. Nutrients are then carried more readily through your bloodstream, improving circulation to help you feel more energetic. The iron in wheatgrass is a great fatigue fighter, helping to boost your metabolism and burn more fat.

Wheatgrass has natural fat-burning ability to help you get skinny fast, but if you, you’ll reap other health benefits if you take a wheatgrass supplement daily. What can wheatgrass do for you? There are many ways wheatgrass contributes to your overall well-being. Not only does wheatgrass help banish stubborn belly fat (and fat anywhere on the body) by reducing food cravings and revving up your metabolism, it helps you in other ways that ultimately lead to better health and weight control. Here are just a few “side” benefits of taking a wheatgrass weight loss supplement.

The Minerals in Wheatgrass Keep Your Skin Looking Good

The high potassium content in wheatgrass gives you better muscle tone and, along with Vitamin K and biotin (Vitamin B7), helps improve skin’s youthfulness and vibrancy. Vitamin A (sometimes called retinol), increases the turnover of cells to keep skin glowing. It reduces sebaceous gland activity to make skin less oily and prevent acne.

Zinc, one of many minerals in wheatgrass, aids in wound healing, and protects against UV rays. It has anti-inflammatory effects and helps with the transport of Vitamin A throughout the body. Research has shown that people with severe acne have poor zinc levels. Get more zinc in your diet through pumpkin seeds, nuts and lean red meat.

A Wheatgrass Supplement and Healthier Diet Will Help You Get Skinny Fast

While you don’t need to fast or follow any fad diet to get thinner, you will need to eat healthier. Choose your favorite fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats for meals. Stock up on almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts to snack on instead of potato chips. You’ll be surprised how tasty these natural foods can be, and they’re full of nutrients and low on calories.

Drink water, soy milk, low fat cow’s milk, juice and green or ginger tea instead of soda. There are many variations of both hot and iced drinks you can make with tea. Unsweetened green or ginger tea are refreshing, have no calories and are full of free radical fighting antioxidants.

Wheatgrass Aids Digestion While It Helps You Get Skinny Fast

A wheatgrass supplement for weight loss can be used to cleanse your digestive system The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is powered by magnesium. Magnesium has a safe and natural laxative effect to revive sluggish digestion. A wheatgrass supplement helps cleanse your digestive system of mucous and impacted fecal matter. This bowel cleansing activity not only makes you feel better, it gets rid of the few excess pounds you may be carrying around due to constipation. Wheatgrass helps tones the intestinal muscles to keep your “plumbing: working and ensure you feel healthier and more vital.”

The Chlorophyll in Wheatgrass Keeps Your Breath Fresher

Taking a wheatgrass supplement to lose weight has other advantages. While you get skinny fast, you can also improve your dental health and stop unpleasant post-exercise odor. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is a natural deodorizer. It reduces body odor and bacteria in the mouth for cleaner breath. If you want to fight oral bacteria even more, drink green tea or take a wheatgrass supplement with green tea extract. A 2009 press release issued by the American Academy of Periodontology cited a study involving 940 men that showed participants who drank green tea had healthier teeth and gums than those who didn’t.

Wheatgrass Has Anti-Aging Properties – Get Skinny Fast and Look Younger

Wheatgrass has several anti-aging properties. It delays the process that causes hair to turn gray. In Traditional Chinese medicine, grey hair is related to poor kidney function and blood quality. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass oxygenates and strengthens blood, bringing more nutrients to your cells and organs. This prevents the inflammation and chronic conditions that age you and make you more susceptible disease. When you take a wheatgrass weight loss supplement one to three times daily, you can get skinny fast and fulfill other anti-aging goals.

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is full of amino acids and enzymes that keep your hair-and the rest of you- looking and feeling younger longer. By eliminating toxins, renewing cells and detoxifying your body, wheatgrass fights off premature aging.

B-Complex Vitamins Regulate Mood and Metabolism to Help You Get Skinny Fast

B-complex vitamins balance mood, increase energy and improve mental clarity. This is welcome anytime, but you may need help to stay strong and focused when you’re on any type of weight loss program. Some wheatgrass supplements have added B-complex vitamins to the B vitamins naturally occurring in wheatgrass.

“Get Up and Go” With Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 changes fats into proteins and helps form red blood cells. It’s a well-known energy booster, and will give you more “get up and go” for the day’s activities. If you don’t get enough Vitamin B12, you may get anemia. Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, so many vegans and vegetarians experience a deficiency in this vitamin. Taking a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement containing Vitamin B12 will help restore the proper balance of this vitamin in the body and help you get skinny fast. Vitamin B12 shots are available for people with a severe deficiency. Vitamin B12 regenerates bone marrow and the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract lining and helps maintain your spinal cord and nervous system. Cobalamin, (another name for Vitamin B12), is found in meat, fish and dairy products. If you want to lose weight, you can get B12 from low-fat yogurt, tofu, mackerel, tuna and salmon, which have dozens of other health benefits. Fish have selenium, Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omegas 3’s protect your heart and help boost your mood. Vitamin D is also a mood enhancer, and it builds stronger bones.

Wheatgrass also contains VItamins B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B5, B6, B7 (biotin) and B9 (folic acid). All B-complex vitamins in a wheatgrass weight loss supplement nourish your body and provide support while you lose weight. Vitamin B6 increases your metabolism, just like Vitamin B12. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) converts food into energy, and is essential for regulating mood. If you’re concerned about getting cranky when you’re losing weight, B6 and B12 will help you maintain a happy mood while you maintain your weight. Vitamin B6 has an important role in producing dopamine and serotonin, two substances necessary to balance mood and help nerves communicate. Research indicates Vitamin B6 reduces depression and protects against heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. You can get Vitamin B6 in your diet through tuna, sunflower seeds, bananas, spinach and pistachio nuts.

Wheatgrass Detoxifies Your Body

A wheatgrass supplement keeps your enzyme levels and blood sugar balanced. This helps your digestion and lymphatic system eliminate fats and strengthen cells. Research has shown wheatgrass eliminates dangerous toxins from the body due to its main nutrient, chlorophyll.

Wheatgrass is a powerful nutrient studied by many researchers, and can fight disease directly or indirectly. According to an article published in Nutrition Research, chlorophyll and its derivatives may help prevent cancer.

A study conducted in Chandigarh India indicated that the use of wheatgrass juice decreased the need for blood transfusions in patients with the blood disorder thalassemia major.

Wheatgrass Based Zeal O2 from WheatgrassLove Helps You Get Skinny Fast

Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement and Energy Booster has wheatgrass and the natural appetite suppressant Citrus Aurantium (bitter orange). A safe and effective alternative to ephedra, Citrus Aurantium speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn fat. Bitter orange is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure constipation, nausea and nasal congestion, so this herb has a long history of use for medicinal purposes. Get skinny fast with Citrus Aurantium and wheatgrass in Zeal O2.

Zeal O2 also offers a proprietary blend of other herbs proven to perk up your metabolism, fight inflammation and improve mood. Cayenne pepperstimulates circulation, promotes heart health and reduces appetite. A study conducted at Quebec’s Laval University showed that people who took cayenne pepper at breakfast consumed fewer calories for the rest of the day. Green tea extract offers antioxidants to prevent inflammation fight several different types of cancer and speed metabolism to help you burn fat cells. Other herbs in Zeal O2 include fo-ti, ginger, ginseng, goldenseal and white willow. Get skinny fast with Zeal O2!

WheatgrassLove Has Other Wheatgrass-Based Nutritional Supplements – REVV and Happy Girl!

REVV is a different kind of energy supplement. These chocolate mint wafers are made with wheatgrass for a 100% natural energy boost. REVV has all the wheatgrass nutrients offered in Zeal O2, plus periwinkle her for increased blood flow to the brain. For better energy, focus and endurance, try REVV.

HappyGirl Mood Enhancement Supplement offers extra energy and mood-boosting nutrients for women of all ages – and yes, men can use it, too. HappyGirl has B-complex vitamins to ramp up your metabolism and balance mood swings. It’s great for occasional mild to moderate depression, PMS and menopausal symptoms. HappyGirl features a proprietary blend with cayenne pepper, green tea extract, damiana and gotu kola, among other mood and energy-enhancing herbs. Read more and now.

All WheatgrassLove’s products come with a 100% money back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied with the results, return the unused portion for a full refund. Always talk with your medical provider before using any dietary supplement.

12 Health Benefits of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll, a pigment which absorbs sunlight, gives plants their green color. It’s found in plants, and is packed with hundreds of nutrients essential for good health.  This antioxidant-rich substance is found in wheatgrass, peas, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, green apples, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, green beans and cucumber – namely, any green fruit or vegetable. It has dozens of positive effects on your health and well-being. You get chlorophyll through eating green vegetables or taking supplements. Cooking vegetables removes much of their chlorophyll (through eating cooked green veggies is better than not eating them at all), and eating them raw is unpleasant for most people. You can get more of the health benefits of chlorophyll by taking a supplement, and a wheatgrass tablet is one of the best ways to do that, since chlorophyll is the primary nutrient found in wheatgrass. Chlorophyll is also available in wheatgrass juice or as liquid chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is used for the same health benefits as veggies and wheatgrass, but it is diluted with water or consumed plain, much like a wheatgrass shot. 

Chlorophyll has anti-bacterial properties and can prevent infections from forming or getting worse. It protects healthy cells and makes your body stronger and better able to avoid disease.  And this green pigment is great for improving mental clarity and reducing the effects of stress.  Chlorophyll calms the nerves, allowing you to remain focused during hectic times. It helps oxygen travel through the bloodstream, giving you more energy and increasing brain function.

Increased resistance to disease and better clarity are only two of the health benefits of chlorophyll. It also boosts digestion, fights inflammation and aids our bodies and cognitive functions in many other ways. Here’s a list of 12 health benefits of chlorophyll. Add this green super nutrient to your diet through vegetables, fruits, wheatgrass and other supplements for more energy and fewer visits to the doctor.

1. Chlorophyll Helps Prevent Cancer

Chlorophyll helps stop the gastrointestinal tract from absorbing aflatoxin and other cancer-causing toxins. Studies show chlorophyll protects the colon against toxic substances found in meat, grains and polluted air. It has a phytochemical compound which may prevent cancer cells from multiplying.

An Oregon State University study showed that chlorophyll in wheatgrass and vegetables provides protection against modest environmental carcinogens. “Chlorophyll can reduce tumors, up to a point,” says the project’s research assistant Tammie McQuistan.  The study indicated that rainbow trout (used in the study instead of lab mice) were likely to develop tumors when exposed to high levels of carcinogens and chlorophyll only increased the number of tumors when the carcinogens were increased to an inflated level.1

Chlorophyll and its derivatives help prevent cancer by providing antioxidant activity, trapping mutagens and inducing apoptosis (the cell death that occurs as a normal part of the body’s growth).

2. Chlorophyll Improves Heart Health

Chlorophyll is chock full of magnesium, which promotes longevity when given to patients who’ve suffered heart attacks. It reduces the chance of hypertension and atherosclerosis, and 365 mg of magnesium (found in many wheatgrass or chlorophyll supplements) improves an individual’s lipid profile.

Research by Austrian scientists found that chlorophyll slows the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Bad cholesterol is one of the contributors to cardiovascular disease, so increased protection against strokes and heart attacks are among the health benefits of chlorophyll.

3. Eliminates Body Odor and Bad Breath

The health benefits of chlorophyll extend to daily quality of life. Natural ingredients like chlorophyll and mint have been used to reduce body odor and control bad breath since ancient Egyptian times.

A toothpaste called Chlorodont, containing chlorophyll, was distributed worldwide from its invention in Germany in 1907 until the 1980s. Some small companies still produce chlorophyll toothpaste. Clorets breath mints and gum, a popular brand containing Actizol, a substance with chlorophyll in it, was once widely used in the United States. It’s now sold primarily in Southeast Asia, Japan, Mexico and South America.

This natural deodorizer is used to cure pyorrhea and treat bleeding gums. You can take chlorophyll as a supplement through wheatgrass tablets or shots to reduce body odor or bad breath, or add liquid chlorophyll to water. Regardless of the method you choose, chlorophyll will help control dental problems and body odor if used regularly.

Studies conducted on geriatric patients and reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that taking chlorophyllin tablets (a type of chlorophyll) reduced urinary and fecal odor, prevented gas and chronic constipation and worked as a morale booster for patients.2

4. Helps Wounds Heal Faster

The health benefits of chlorophyll include better wound healing. A report published by Butler University in 1950 outlined chlorophyll’s value in healing wounds. When used topically as a spray. It speeds up the healing of cuts and other minor injuries.

Research conducted in the 1940s showed that chlorophyll helped slow the growth of anaerobic bacteria. It is often used to reduce swelling and redness in wounds, and a study conducted in India concluded that “chlorophyll and its degradation products are valuable and abundantly available anti-inflammatory agents.” 3

5. Promotes Better Digestion

The health benefits of chlorophyll are especially prominent when it comes to the digestive system. Chlorophyll massages the intestines, promoting regular bowel movements and stimulating digestion. It helps cleanse the colon, eliminating blockage that may cause constipation. It tones the stomach and intestinal muscles, which helps keep you midsection flat and slim while aiding the digestive system.

Odor problems in other parts of the body are caused by poor digestion. By cleansing the colon and improving stomach health, chlorophyll removes potential causes of bad breath before they travel to the mouth and throat.

6. Fights Inflammation and Free Radicals

Another one of the health benefits of chlorophyll is its ability to reduce cell damage through its abundance of antioxidants. The vitamins in chlorophyll, including Vitamin A, C and E, plus beta-carotene and bioflavonoids, offer protection against free radicals and other damaging elements. Chlorophyll has antiseptic properties which helps destroy bacteria and strengthen tissue. 

7. Chlorophyll Contains Important Vitamins

The health benefits of chlorophyll are due to its abundance of vitamins and minerals. . The magnesium in chlorophyll keeps our muscles strong and helps them contract. Calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium keeps your bones healthy. Since 50% of the body’s magnesium is in the bones, eating green vegetables and taking wheatgrass or other chlorophyll-rich supplements will help prevent fractures and broken bones. Chlorophyll also has Vitamin K, which aids in the clotting of blood. It’s used to treat nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia.

Wheatgrass, highly due to its chlorophyll content, has hundreds of nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, zinc, calcium, selenium, iron, potassium and hundreds of enzymes. To receive the best nutrient’s possible from chlorophyll, take a wheatgrass supplement in addition to eating a balanced diet.

8. Detoxifies the Body

Chlorophyll increases blood flow and transport of oxygen through the blood. This allows the body to flush out toxins, pesticide residue and chemical deposits faster. Chlorophyll binds and drives out mercury and other heavy metals from the body. This aids in detoxifying the liver.

9. Restores Red Blood Cells and Fights Anemia

The chlorophyll in plants has a structure similar to hemoglobin in human blood. Human blood has iron at the center of its structure; chlorophyll has magnesium at its center. This accounts for its value in transporting oxygen to cells and maintaining their health.

Chlorophyll replenishes the body’s red blood cells, and its abundance of enzymes cleanse the blood. The magnesium in chlorophyll we ingest through green veggies or wheatgrass helps form red blood cells and increase our energy level. Taking chlorophyllin, a modified type of chlorophyll, may improve quality in life for people with anemia. Many pregnant women take a chlorophyll supplement to combat anemia, build blood cells and prepare for blood loss during childbirth.

10. Balances Acid-Alkaline Ratio in the Body

Some of the health benefits of chlorophyll aren’t obvious. The foods we eat are classified as alkaline, acidic or neutral. We need a combination of all three types of foods to stay healthy. Alkaline foods are considered the healthiest, and include most fruits, vegetables and beans. Foods and supplements with chlorophyll are classified as alkaline. Butter and oils are neutral; coffee, cranberries, plums, soda, alcohol, white rice and most refined grains are considered acidic. 

The ideal acid to alkaline balance is 7.4, with 7.0 considered neutral. Anything below 7.0 indicates overly acidic conditions, usually due to a poor diet. When you body can’t neutralize or eliminate excess acids, it can cause fatigue, viruses, yeast infections and accelerated aging.

Having enough alkaline in your system keeps your tooth enamel strong and prevents dry skin, thinning hair and brittle fingernails. By eating a healthy diet, you can avoid demineralization caused by acidic foods. Taking a wheatgrass supplement with chlorophyll will help balance your pH and make your body even more resistance to demineralization and inflammation. Chlorophyll contains an ample amount of magnesium, a mineral necessary to maintain proper alkaline content in the body.

Alkaline foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. Too much alcohol, red meat, sugar-filled desserts and fast food are considered acidic and can throw your pH balance off, making you more susceptible to high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses. A small amount of red meat, ice cream, candy and other acidic foods are fine, but don’t overindulge.

11. Helps Prevent Kidney Stones

Chlorophyll reduces the chance of calcium oxalate buildup, which leads to kidney stones. Avoid excessive amounts of sugar and red meat in your diet, and be sure you are getting enough Vitamin C and B complex vitamins (and drinking enough water) to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

12. Promotes Weight Loss and Maintenance

By increasing the rate at which oxygen absorbs into cells, chlorophyll increases your energy and may raise your metabolic rate slightly, curbing appetite. Eating foods and taking supplements with chlorophyll improve your overall health, making it less likely that you’ll feel the need to overeat. Gradual weight loss occurs naturally when you eat good food (and exercise), and chlorophyll-rich foods and supplements are part of a healthy lifestyle.

Spinach, beans, arugula and parsley are rich in fiber as well as chlorophyll, and foods containing fiber help curb the appetite a bit more than other weight-loss friendly vegetables. Enzymes in foods containing chlorophyll help break up fat molecules – contributing to weight loss even while you eat. Chlorophyll won’t help you lose weight overnight, but the inclusion of it will help you maintain your ideal weight over time.

Happy Girl, Zeal O2, and REVV Offer The Health Benefits of Chlorophyll in a Wheatgrass and Herb Formula

Wheatgrass is young grass from the wheat plant picked just after sprouting. It’s full of chlorophyll and so many other nutrients-so many it’s called one of nature’s superfoods. A partial list of the nutrients in wheatgrass includes the amino acids tryptophan, valine, arginine and aspartic acid; hundreds of enzymes not found in other foods (hexokinase, super-oxide, catalase, etc.) and up to 90 of 1O2 possible minerals. The health benefits of chlorophyll alone would make wheatgrass a nutritional powerhouse, but the added nutrients make it one of the best supplements you can take.

Wheatgrass Love has three wheatgrass supplements, each one designed for a slightly different nutritional goal.

Zeal O2 Weight Loss Supplement and Energy Booster harness the power of wheatgrass to curb your appetite and keep you healthy and focused while you diet. Zeal O2 also contains a blend of herbs for extra nutrition, including Citrus Aurantium to boost metabolism, cayenne pepper to improve circulation and green tea extract for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power. Buy Zeal O2 here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/zeal-buy-now

Happy Girl Natural Mood Enhancing Supplement provides wheatgrass-based formula to balance mood and improve mental clarity for men and women. The minerals and vitamins in wheatgrass, including Vitamin B6 and B12, enable you to deal with stress better and stay balanced regardless of outside circumstances. The herb blend in Happy Girl has gingko biloba, ginseng, damiana and guarana extract for prolonged vitality. The carefully blended wheatgrass and herb formula aids circulation, digestion and detoxifies while it balances you mood. Order Happy Girl here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/mood-enhancement-supplement

REVV Natural Energy Supplement bolsters your immune system while it energizes. Theses chocolate mint chewable contain wheatgrass, circulation-reviving periwinkle herb, caffeine and L-Taurine for a safe and unbeatable pick-me-up. Order REVV here: http://wheatgrasslove.com/products/revv-buy-now

Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll and all the nutrients it provides, and all Wheatgrass Love products add additional herbs and natural ingredients to wheatgrass for a complete nutritional package. REVV, Zeal O2 and Happy Girl have money-back guarantees- if you’re not satisfied with their nutritional power, we’ll return your money!

Always talk to your medical provider before using any dietary supplement.

A Beginner’s Guide to Weight Loss Supplements

Unless you’ve been gifted with extraordinary willpower, you’ll probably need to use a diet aid to curb your appetite when trying to lose weight. Use this beginner’s guide to weight loss supplements to gain a better understanding of the types of weight loss aids on the market and the ingredients in each one. An informed consumer is more likely to choose the right weight loss supplement and have a better experience.

Always Look for Weight Loss Supplements with Safe, Natural Ingredients

It’s not hard to find weight loss supplements with all-natural ingredients. The trick is finding ones that are safe and effective. Learn to read labels instead of depending solely on advertising or Amazon reviews. There are some natural ingredients, like wheatgrass and green tea, which have been used for decades in modern weight loss supplements, while others like Hoodia and Garcinia Cambogia have little scientific evidence to back up their effectiveness claims.

Guide to Weight Loss Supplement Ingredients

Here’s a beginner’s guide to weight loss supplements commonly used in over the counter diet pills. Most of them have been used in weight loss supplements and other nutritional supplements for years. Some of them have a long history in holistic medicine that dates back to ancient times; others are relatively new to the alternative health and weight loss fields. This list features weight loss supplement ingredients that have been used successfully for years (or decades) in online and over the counter products. Other herbs and minerals may be used in weight loss supplements, but the ones featured below are most frequented used in lab tested and approved diet products.

Some weight loss supplements combine several of these ingredients while others use a great quantity of one ingredient and combine small amounts of a few others in a proprietary blend. Depending on your health and any medical conditions you may have (high blood pressure, diabetes), some of these supplements may cause side effects. Always check with your doctor if you’re not sure how a particular ingredient in a weight loss supplement will affect your health.

1. Green Tea and Green Tea Extract – Not Just a Fad

Green tea contains catechins, powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that have been shown to fight cancer, high blood pressure and other diseases. As if that wasn’t reason enough to include in a supplement, its active ingredient EGCG, acts as a stimulant and can curb appetite. Green tea extract is used in many weight loss supplements for its stimulant effects, with the disease-fighting catcechins as a bonus. Green tea keeps cells throughout the body healthy, and contains theanine, a compound that reduces the effects of stress. It increase mental clarity and focus, and may reduce the chance of gum disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

2. Citrus aurantium (Bitter Orange) : The Safer Alternative to Ephedra

Citrus Aurantiuam (Bitter Orange) was traditionally used in Chinese medicine for relief of indigestion, constipation and nausea. In modern-day alternative medicine, it is used to treat nasal congestion, ringworm (with a topical cream), or indigestion – and it has gained popularity as a weight loss supplement, both alone and as part of a proprietary blend. Citrus Aurantiuam is a stimulant, which is part of its appeal as an energy booster and weight loss aid. It is often used as a replacement for the now-banned weight loss supplement ephedra.

3. Wheatgrass Provides 20 Amino Acids and 103 Enzymes Not Found in Other Foods and More!

Wheatgrass is one of the most popular supplements in the world today, and its reputation as a superfood is well-earned. It contains chlorophyll, which has dozens of health benefits, including controlling hunger pangs. A study cited by PubMed.gov showed that overweight women given meals with and without chlorophyll experienced decreased hunger after eating the meal with chlorophyll.

The amino acids in wheatgrass are involved in the growth and maintenance of cells, protein synthesis, and maintaining the integrity of your body’s musculature. The amino acids in wheatgrass include leucine, tryptophan, valine, aspartic acid and arginine.

Wheatgrass is Overflowing with Magnesium and Minerals

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass offers a healthy does of magnesium, since magnesium is the central atom of the plant pigment chlorophyll. Magnesium is vital for maintaining healthy blood sugar and blood pressure; regulating the sleep hormone melatonin and relaxing the nervous system. It detoxifies the body and promotes regular bowel movements. Magnesium helps alkalize the body to its best pH level (around 7.4), and a proper pH balance is an underreported but essential way to achieve optimum health.

The minerals in wheatgrass are: calcium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, sodium, copper, cobalt, iodine, zinc, potassium, manganese and over 72 trace minerals.

 4. White Willow (Salix alba)

Used to reduce pain and fever, white willow was a favorite medicine of Hippocrates in the 5th Century B.C. Salicin, the active ingredient in white willow bark, is converted into salicylic acid in the body. The synthetic version of salicylic acid is more commonly know as aspirin. White willow is used in small amounts in some weight loss supplements for its anti-inflammatory agents.

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper, also called capsicum, can do more than spice up a meal. It has anti-inflammatory properties and may minimize pain from headaches or minor injuries. It’s been used as a folk remedy for gout, heartburn, nausea and sore throat. Cayenne pepper is included in some weight loss supplements due to its appetite control properties. A study at Laval University in Quebec showed that participants who ate cayenne pepper at breakfast had reduced appetite throughout the day. 

6. Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba has a high amount of flavonoids. These antioxidants prevent free radical damage in the cells and promote better overall health. Gingko Biloba is most frequently used to promote concentration, memory and energy by increasing blood circulation in the brain.

7. Chromium Picolinate

Considered an appetite suppressant and builder of lean muscle mass by some alternative health experts, Chromium Picolinate is used in weight loss and bodybuilding supplements. It metabolizes fat stored in your body and stabilizes blood sugar. It’s sometimes used to improve athletic performance and increases energy levels.

8. Ginger

Best known as a zesty spice, ginger has many other benefits besides tasting good. This herb is used to aid the respiratory system by clearing mucus and opening up the air passageways. It’s sometimes used to treat nausea or upset stomach. It is a potent aid for stimulating weak digestion.

B-Complex Vitamins Provide Energy and Nutrients During Weight Loss

The eight vitamins known as B-complex Vitamins are essential to energy production and metabolic processes in the body. They are involved in cell multiplication and are important to maintain energy, enhance mood and guard against the mental and physical problems caused by stress. B-complex vitamins aren’t appetite suppressants like green tea or bitter orange. They provide so many positive health functions that it’s important to choose a diet supplement containing them.

Vitamin B1, also referred to as Thiamine, converts carbohydrates (food) into glucose to give you energy. It’s water soluble and not stored in the body, so you need a steady supply of Vitamin B1 daily. Most foods contain at least a small amount of Thiamin, but sunflower seeds, lentils, oats and black beans have between 25 and 43% of the daily requirement for Vitamin B1 in one serving. Vitamin B1 helps produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which produces energy in all body cells. It contributes to healthy functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous system, and shields the body against negative effects caused by stress.

Vitamin B2, or riboflavin, is a water soluble vitamin necessary to maintain healthy nerves, eyes, muscles and skin. It prevents cataracts from forming, and helps the adrenal gland produce hormones. It also converts tryptophan into an amino acid called niacin. Yogurt, spinach, eggs, almonds and turkey are rich in Vitamin B2.

Vitamin B3, or niacin, converts carbohydrates into glucose to give you energy. It is widely used to control high cholesterol and heart disease, and may delay or prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Niacin is necessary to keep the nervous system functioning properly, and it contributes to healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver. It helps produces stress and sex hormones in the adrenal glands and improves circulation. Doctors often prescribe niacin to treat high cholesterol, heart disease or diabetes. Niacin is found naturally in high quantities in sunflower seeds, beets, peanuts, salmon and tuna.

Enhance Mood and Keep Your Hair and Nails Healthy with These B Vitamins

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) converts food into fuel, like other B vitamins. Vitamin B5 helps produce sex and stress hormones in the adrenal gland, and is critical to red blood cell production. It helps maintain a healthy functioning digestive tract. Vitamin B5 is available in high amounts through avocados, sweet potatoes, lentils and chicken.

Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine is essential for breaking down proteins and making hemoglobin to supply oxygen to tissues. It helps make the chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine, which are necessary to regulate mood. Vitamin B6 helps produce melatonin, which is essential to maintain proper sleep patterns. It also helps form a protein layer around cells called myelin. Vitamin B6 occurs naturally in many foods, including potatoes, turkey, tuna, bananas and salmon

Vitamin B7 also called biotin, is known as the hair and beauty vitamin for its effect on fingernails and hair. Some shampoo brands advertise biotin as a main ingredient in their products. Vitamin B7 produces fatty acids and amino acids in the body, activating proteins in the hair and fingernails. It helps the body produce glucose, and is found in high concentrations in raspberries, pork, salmon and liver.

Vitamin B9, also known as folate or folic acid, helps convert carbohydrates into glucose like niacin and other B vitamins. It helps the nervous system and liver function properly, and promotes healthy eyes and skin. Folate, the natural form of B9, is found in foods. Folic acid is the synthetic supplement form of Vitamin B9. This B vitamin protects against birth defects, age-related hearing loss and heart disease. Whole grains, salmon, orange juice and avocados contain high amounts of Vitamin B9.

Vitamin B12 – Nature’s Energy Booster

Vitamin B12 boosts energy and enhances mood. It’s used by doctors to treat patients with pernicious anemia through an injection, nose gel or sublingual tablet. For everyday nutrition or to preserve health during weight loss, choose a supplement with all B-complex vitamins, which includes Vitamin B12 (also called Cobalamin). Vitamin B12 is water soluble and unused amounts leave the body through urination. However, the body can store B12 in the liver for years. It’s important for the formation of red blood cells and is necessary for all chemical and physical processes in the body that use energy. A Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause poor balance, weakness or tingling in the arms and legs. People over 50, vegans and vegetarians may have a hard time absorbing B12 or getting enough of it from their diets. It’s found in high amounts in salmon, sardines, tuna, yogurt, beef and cow’s milk.

You’ll Find Wheatgrass, Citrus Aurantiuam and Much More in Zeal O2 Weight Loss Supplement

The ingredients listed above provide benefits before, during and after a diet. You shouldn’t stop taking supplements with wheatgrass, green tea extract, B-complex vitamins, etc. after your weight loss program has ended. These vitamins, minerals and supplements contribute to energy, good mood, focus and better health regardless of when you take them.

WheatgrassLove.com’s Zeal O2 Weight Loss Supplement is backed up by lab research, years of successful online sales, and satisfied customers. You can check out their testimonials here. 

Listening to the latest TV doctor talk show or fad diet commercial will give you a narrow view of weight loss supplements and the ingredients that can make them effective. Using a beginner’s guide to weight loss supplements will expand your view of diet aids and let you make a more informed choice about the right weight loss supplement for your needs.

Why It’s Easier to Succeed With Weight Loss Supplements Than You Might Think

There are plenty of diet pills and shakes on the market, and although some of them sound promising at first glance, they can’t back up their claims with scientific fact or customer testimonials. If you dig a little deeper into the reasons some diet products work, you’ll discover why it’s easier to succeed with weight loss supplements than you might think.

People who’ve never used a weight loss supplement may assume they are all made with ingredients which strip the body of needed nutrients. Cheaply manufactured weight loss supplements may do that, but high-quality diet products are based on nutritional research. You can find weight loss supplements with vitamins and high-grade holistic ingredients from nutraceutical companies online. If you know what to look for, you can find a great weight loss supplement that will do more than help you lose pounds quickly. Some diet supplements can be used as nutritional aids after you’ve met your initial weight loss goal.

Supplements are just one part of a weight loss program. Planning your weight loss strategy is the only way to assure satisfactory results. You’ll need to change your eating habits, and avoid returning to old, unhealthy ways. Once you stick to a good diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish, you won’t need to worry about dieting and dreading the bathroom scale again.

Think about what healthy foods you enjoy eating. Do you prefer strawberries but hate nectarines? Loathe Brussels Sprouts but love spinach? Before you begin your diet, make a list of all the foods you’ve chosen to include in your ongoing weight loss and health plan.

To Succeed with Weight Loss Supplements, Choose One with Nutritional Support

The best way to succeed with weight loss supplements is to choosing one with nutritional support. There are several vitamins, minerals and holistic ingredients used to turn one-dimensional diet pills into health powerhouses that help you lose weight.

Some of the best weight loss supplements include wheatgrass, B-complex vitamins, ginseng, green tea extract, guarana extract, gingko biloba, Fo-Ti, Sarsaparilla and other ingredients. It’s always important to have the proper balance of nutrients through diets and supplements, but it’s essential to keep your body fueled with vitamins when you’re trying to lose weight.  Taking in fewer calories for food may leave you weak if you don’t use a high-nutrient weight loss supplement.

Use a Wheatgrass Supplement to Stay Strong When Losing Weight

Many health practitioners consider wheatgrass to be nature’s most nutritious and vitamin-packed super food. Wheatgrass contains just about everything you need to maintain a strong, healthy body throughout your diet and afterward.  B-complex vitamins, more Vitamin C than oranges, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes. It’s an excellent source of proteins through short chains of amino acids and polypeptides. These proteins contribute to normal body function in the tissues and bloodstream.

Calcium – So That’s Why Mom Told You to Drink All Your Milk!

Wheatgrass is high in calcium, so you won’t need to count your calories from yogurt or milk quite so carefully when you use a wheatgrass weight loss supplement during your diet. Your body has more calcium than any other mineral. It helps form bones, contributes to healthy teeth, and is necessary for blood clotting and muscle contractions. Most of the calcium in your body is present in your bones and teeth. The bone creation process continues to about age 30, when bone density is at its peak. That’s why it’s important for children and young adults to consume lots of milk and other dairy products. As we age, calcium is essential to maintain strong bones and prevent arthritis and other common senior ailments. The calcium in wheatgrass is absorbed into the body due to the presence of other trace minerals in this nutritious green plant.

Using a wheatgrass-infused weight loss supplement, along with a balanced meal plan, will keep your bones and teeth healthy during your diet. After you’ve met your initial weight loss goal, be sure to increase your consumption of sugar-free yogurt, eggs, cottage cheese, almonds, sesame seeds, oranges and other calcium sources in your diet.

Potassium – An Electrolyte Necessary for Nerves, Muscles and pH Balance

Maintaining a healthy amount of potassium in your body contributes to water and pH balance, nerve impulses and the breakdown of glycogen for brain and nervous system energy.

Along with sodium, potassium regulates nutrient and fluid movement inside and outside cells. Together, they balance hydration. If there is too much sodium, fluid builds up, leading to high blood pressure. A potassium-rich weight loss supplement containing wheatgrass guards against elevated blood pressure, which can cause a stroke or heart attack. The potassium in wheatgrass helps balance the body’s pH level, restoring the acid/alkaline balance in the body.

A Word about pH Balance, Diet and Health   

The average American diet contains many acidic foods and beverages. Some of them are healthy in small quantities. Olives, peanut butter, corn, plums, lentils, cheese, salmon and blueberries are examples of high-acid foods that provide excellent nutrients such as Vitamin C and calcium when consumed sensibly.

The list of high-alkaline foods includes most vegetables, (eggplant, cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms, cucumber, garlic, green peas, etc), Oriental vegetables, such as Reishi, most fruits (apples, sour cherries, oranges, peaches, grapes, pears, pineapples, etc.) , almonds, chestnuts, tofu, fresh fruit juice and apple cider vinegar. Some foods, such as milk and chicken, are listed as either alkaline or acidic, depending on which nutrition expert is ranking them.

Balance Acid and Alkaline Food Intake for Better Health

Junk foods, fast-foods and alcohol have a high acid content and little to no nutritional value. Eliminate or minimize consumption of these foods. They include candy, cookies, corn syrup, beer, coffee, soft drinks, white flour and bacon. If you have the willpower to enjoy a beer, coffee or candy once in awhile without falling back into the junk food or caffeine binge habit, your pH balance will remain healthy. Avoid making highly acidic foods part of your normal diet to maintain a proper pH balance.

If you eat too many acidic foods, it may harm your stomach and tooth enamel, sap your energy, cause acid reflux disease and weaken the immune system. When choosing foods for meals and snacks, it’s important to strike a balance between acid and alkaline foods. A pH balance of 7.4, which is slightly alkaline, is the ideal for good health. Find out your pH balance by asking your doctor or using over-the-counter pH test strips from a pharmacy or online store.

How Wheatgrass Helps You Succeed with Weight Loss Supplements

The benefits of wheatgrass may sound exaggerated if you’re not familiar with nutrition and supplements, but WebMd.com. Mercola.com and the Times of India have all featured positive articles about wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass can be used as a nutritional supplement alone or as part of a proprietary blend of vitamins and holistic ingredients. It’s helpful to maintain energy and good health during a diet, but that’s only one of its many uses. You can take a wheatgrass supplement when your diet ends. The enzymes, amino acids and vitamins in wheatgrass can improve your energy, mood and overall health daily.

The Chlorophyll in Wheatgrass – A Key to Better Health

Wheatgrass is high in blood-cleansing chlorophyll. A phytonutrient essential to better healing, chlorophyll helps deliver oxygen to the blood. Red blood cells increase during regular wheatgrass use as oxygen levels in the blood rise. This one-two punch is necessary to keep memory and concentration sharp. If you’ve had any concerns about losing focus or brain power during a diet due to fatigue, eliminate that fear with a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement.

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass does a lot more than give you more brain power. It is rich in magnesium, which contributes to many body functions. Magnesium is vital for regulating blood sugar, relaxing blood vessels, forming bones and teeth It creates adenosine triphospate (ATP), the body’s energy molecules. By taking a supplement containing wheatgrass and proprietary blend during your diet, you’ll receive a healthy dose of magnesium to further energy and prevent ailments such as migraines and diabetes.

Senior citizens, alcoholics, people with poorly controlled diabetes and patients taking diuretics or antibiotics may suffer from a magnesium deficiency. Taking a nutritional supplement with wheatgrass will help boost the amount of magnesium in an individual’s body and improve these conditions. The amount of recovery will vary from person to person.

What is a Proprietary Blend and How Does It Help You Succeed with Weight Loss Supplements?

A proprietary blend is a combination of herbs, supplements and vitamins, measured and formulated to achieve certain health objectives. One proprietary blend may be formulated to enhance mood while another one will promote weight loss. Some of the ingredients may be used in proprietary blends are effective for a number of objectives. They may contribute to mental clarity, weight loss, mood enhancement and general nutritional support. Here are a few supplements sometimes used in proprietary blends and their health benefits:

  • Ginseng has been shown to boost immunity and lower blood sugar levels in some studies. It can improve concentration, especially when combine with gingko balboa, another herb commonly found in proprietary blends. Although scientific evidence is inconclusive, ginseng may fight high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction and heart disease.
  • Citrus Auranthium (Bitter Orange)– Bitter orange trees are native to tropical Asia and Africa, but are also grow in Florida and California. The Citrus Auranthium supplement derived from bitter orange trees is used in many weight loss supplements to replace the now-bannedephedra. Citrus Auranthium burns more calories than many other herbal ingredients, and is sometimes used to fight nasal congestion and heartburn.
  • Sarsaparilla was the name of an old-time soft drink, but it is also a plant that can be used as a natural performance enhancer for athletes and bodybuilders. It is sometimes used to treat fever, liver toxins and joint pain. As a supplement in weight loss products, it promotes energy and concentration.
  • Guarana Extract is used in energy and sports drinks as well as diet supplements. It reduces fatigue and improves focus. It also has natural stimulant qualities that make it a great addition to proprietary blends for weight loss. It contains caffeine and two substances similar to caffeine, theobromine and theophylline.
  • Uva Ursi is a leaf that has been used as a medicine since the  2nd
  • Century. It is sometimes called Bearberry because bears eat its fruit. It reduces infection and inflammation, and is sometimes used to treat bladder or urinary tract problems.

A Good Weight Loss Plan Leads to Consistent Weight Management

After a diet, it’s important to keep you eating habits healthy and avoid the overindulgence that caused you to be overweight in the first place. An ongoing weight management plan that includes exercise, a fridge full of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods is a good start. Add a nutritional supplement with wheatgrass to your daily routine to ensure you get all the vitamins you need on those busy days when you have to skip meals or eat on the run.

Wheatgrass contains 20 amino acids, 103 enzymes not available in other foods, chlorophyll and 90 out of 102 essential vitamins and nutrients. Along with a scientifically tested proprietary blend, it’s an unbeatable energy source and tool for long-term weight management.

Zeal O2 From WheatgrassLove is a Safe, All-Natural Way to Succeed with Weight Loss Supplements

Harness the power of wheatgrass, B-complex vitamins, amino acids and enzymes in WheatgrassLove.com’s Zeal O2 diet supplement. This safe, ephedrine-free formula is good for weight loss and management. Use it consistently to maintain focus, energy, clarity and control your appetite. Zeal O2 contains Citrus Auranthium (Bitter Orange), which reacts to your Beta 3 Cell Receptor to manage stored fat. It will help you build lean muscle (along with exercise and a healthy lifestyle) and retain your natural body shape.

It’s easy to succeed with weight loss supplements when you have a trusted brand like WheatgrassLove.com’s Zeal O2 on your vitamin shelf. We test all our nutritional products to guarantee effectiveness and quality. A weight loss supplement can do much more than control appetite. Zeal O2 is proof of that.

Supporting Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is always in delicate balance. If you get too much of something or not enough, it can affect your body in dozens of different ways, from heartburn to constipation. Sometimes the things you eat can cause big problems, and sometimes the things you DON’T eat enough can cause even BIGGER problems. Are you taking good care of your digestive tract?

digestive systemMany of us don’t put all that much thought into what goes into our mouths. This is a huge mistake. Proper digestion provides our body with essential nutrients and directly impacts our organs. You may think the digestive system is only comprised of our stomach and intestines, but that’s not true, either. Our liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, and more all play a vital role in keeping our body in tune and breaking down everything we consume. If we don’t treat them well, they can’t do their job to keep us healthy.

What do all those parts do, anyway? Digestion actually starts in our mouths, where saliva begins to break down our food. Once it gets to the stomach, acid breaks it down further for processing. Extra stored bile from our gallbladder helps to process fats, and our liver begins to work to filter toxins and other unusable elements. Our pancreas manages the sugars, keeping our blood sugar regulated. Once the food reaches the small intestine, our body is absorbing essential nutrients that keep us healthy and active. The kidneys and large intestine filter out everything we’re not going to use and, well, we know what happens next. It’s the end of the line!

This system is balanced by beneficial bacteria. These days, so much of our food is processed and pasteurized that we’re not always getting those helpful bugs back into our system. When you hear the term “probiotic,” you’re hearing about foods that reintroduce those good bacteria back into your gut to aid with digestion. You can find them in fermented foods, like pickles and certain yogurts. Make sure you get enough!

Another thing that aids significantly with digestion is water. Water is essential to keep us hydrated and make sure our system keeps moving. It also helps flush out the excess gunk that can build up in our system, although it can’t do it alone. Make sure you drink lots of water to keep everything working as it should be.

What else can you do to balance you digestive system? Try wheatgrass! Wheatgrass is an excellent aid for the liver because it latches onto toxins and helps them pass out of the system. It also oxygenates the blood to help us feel more energized, amplifying beneficial foods and replacing those junk-y foods and sugary energy shots that don’t give our body anything useful beyond a temporary rush.

If you take care of your digestion, it will take care of you. For detoxification and boosted energy, we recommend adding REVV to your diet! If you’re interested in managing your appetite and trimming down, try ZEAL O2. For mood management, menstrual health, and natural cleansing, we suggest Happy Girl.