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Most of us have those pesky few pounds that just won’t release their grip on us. We might try the latest diet or exercise trend but that weight just won’t come off. Or maybe you have more than just a little weight to lose. Rather than jump on the latest fad diet that sounds too good to be true, have you thought about trying acupuncture to lose weight? It just might be the ticket to not only losing those extra pounds but also to getting your overall health back on track. continue reading
In the United States, an estimated 300,000 people a year die from obesity.
In several studies over the last five years, researchers have shown patients who receive regular acupuncture treatments see faster weight loss results than those who do not. In each case, the acupuncture treatments were combined with dietary and lifestyle changes also aimed at weight loss, but the patients who got acupuncture saw better results than those who focused on dietary and lifestyle changes alone. continue reading
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1. Lemons are filled with vitamins and minerals, vitamins C, B- complex and calcium, iron, magnesium potassium, Fiber!
2. Cleans and Aid in Digestion. Helps clean your system by increasing the function of the liver. Aids in digestion by moving the bowls and reducing heart burn and bloating.
3. Reduces pain. Lemons help reduces uric acid which reduces inflammation that causes pain and discomfort.
4. Helps to give an energy boost better than caffeine especial in the afternoon because of the Vitamins and minerals. Lemon s are refreshing and have cresting. They also help to calm the mind and help with depression.
5. Helps keep the viral infections away! With all the minerals and vitamins and the anti-inflammation it simulates your immune system.
Now how much should you drink?
For people over 155 pound of use a Whole lemon slices the lemon and place the slices in room temperate water and refill throughout the day. You should drink half your body Wight in oz. IE: 200pound person should drink close to 100 oz of water a day one lemon is all you need. This is about 6 to 7 regular 16.9oz bottled water! Please remember to recycle if you are using plastic better to glass to stainless steel.[/fusion_text][/one_half]
Juicing and blending should play an important role in any wellness program that you are using, but which one offers more nutrition for you? There isn’t a definitive answer for that unfortunately. They are both similar and offer you different types of nutrients in different types of ways. Here is the “skinny” on Juicing vs Blending.
We do know that according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, only 14% of adults consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. That means 86% of adults are in need of a wake-up call.
With a 2,000 daily calorie diet for example, an adult should eat 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day (a total of nine servings). If you struggle to consume the recommended amount of vegetables and fruit for your dieting needs you should consider investing in a blender or juicer. Juicing and blending are both excellent ways to include more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.
Which method is better for me?
Blending and juicing are two unique methods with their own advantages and disadvantages. Blending refers to the process grinding up fruits, vegetables and other ingredients to create a semi-thick smoothie that is loaded in beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Blended smoothies are a nutritious and equally delicious treat that can be consumed as a mid-day snack or even a meal replacement (tip: add a scoop of protein powder).
Juicing, on the other hand, is a process in which the liquid juice is extracted from fruits and vegetables. The key difference between these two methods is that fibrous plant matter is separated and discarded in juicing. Juicers have a compartment that holds the fruits and vegetables. When the device is turned on, the ingredients are pressed to extract the liquid. The remaining fibrous material is then discarded (or used in a home composting system), and the unadulterated juice is consumed.
Because there is no fiber in juiced beverages (only liquid), it digests faster and more easily. If you have a sensitive digestive system and frequently experience an upset stomach after consuming fiber, this may prove beneficial. With that said, drinking juiced beverages made largely with fruit juice can trigger blood sugar spikes. The fiber in smoothies acts to slow down the digestion process, resulting in a more gradual release of sugar and nutrients. If sugar spikes are a concern, then blending might be a better method for you.
Some Juicing and Blending Tips:
- A “liquid” medium, such as milk, yogurt or ice cream, is typically added to blended beverages to create a thinner consistency
- Use caution when juicing and blending fruits, as it can greatly increase the sugar content of your beverages. Just a single banana, for instance, has about 14-15 grams of sugar
- Smoothies and juiced beverages are best when consumed 15-30 minutes after making them
- Baby spinach, carrots, kale, cabbage, celery and wheat grass are all highly nutritious vegetables that are perfect for juicing and blending
- If you are serious about your health, invest in a quality juicer and/or blender
Using Juicing and Blending for Weight Loss and Cleansing
It is important to understand that when cleansing and using these methods in weight loss, you can experience mild to severe symptoms including decreased energy, headaches, nausea, rashes, altered bowel movements and miscellaneous discomforts. This process should not be taken lightly. It is always recommended to seek the advice of a medically trained professional.
If you would like to learn more about juicing and blending and how to incorporate that into a healthy weight loss program or cleansing program, please contact us!
According to a study published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA), more than one third of adults in the U.S. are clinically obese making it a top concern among health professionals in the United States. People with obesity are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.
While there’s no substitution for exercise and a well-balanced diet, the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture may promote weight loss in adults battling obesity. Numerous studies have reinforced the belief that acupuncture can aid in weight loss. So instead of embarking on a potentially dangerous “fad” diet, such as an all-liquid lemon detox diet, consider acupuncture treatment to assist in your weight loss efforts instead.
Dr. Burak Bahar at Turkey’s Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital conducted a study to determine the effect of acupuncture on patients who were clinically obese. Dr. Bahar and his team of colleagues found that acupuncture treatment resulted in lower levels of both leptin and insulin. So, why is this important?
Leptin is responsible for regulating the metabolism and storage of fats in the body, as well as creating the feeling of a full stomach. People who suffer from obesity tend to have exceptionally high levels of this compound, which subsequently stops them from feeling full after eating. By lowering levels of leptin, people who are struggling to lose weight will once again feel full; thus, promoting safe and natural weight loss.
Insulin works in a similar manner as leptin, only for carbohydrates instead of fats. Insulin also regulates the absorption of glucose in the blood.
“Acupuncture treatment decreased insulin and leptin levels and induced weight loss, together with a decrease in BMI compared with sham acupuncture. Furthermore, between-group analyses demonstrated increases in plasma ghrelin and CCK levels in subjects who received acupuncture treatment,” wrote Dr. Burak Bahar.
But the weight loss benefits of acupuncture don’t end there. Acupuncture is known to reduce levels of the naturally occurring hormone cortisol. Produced by the zona fasciculata of the adrenal cortex, cortisol is known as the “stress hormone.” People with high levels experience greater stress and anxiety, which can lead to further weight gain. By reducing the levels of cortisol in the body, adults battling obesity will have an easier time shedding those unwanted pounds.
Acupuncture is not some miracle weight loss procedure, nor it is touted as one. However, combined with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, it can help significantly in getting adults back to a healthy, sustainable weight.