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Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) for Weight Loss

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid. This supplement is thought to work by getting glucose into cells more efficiently, resulting in less glucose being stored as fat. It is also thought to increase lean muscle mass and increase the breakdown of fat. CLA has also been found to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Many studies have highlighted the weight loss benefits of CLA. A recent study resulted in a body fat mass loss of 9% over a period of 12 months with supplementation of CLA (alongside a healthy lifestyle). Another study was conducted on 40 over weight adults with a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 30. The study lasted for 6 months, during which time no changes in diet were made. The researchers found that the adults who took the CLA had more fat loss than those who took a placebo over the six month period. The placebo group actually gained weight during this period. The results of this study indicate that CLA can help to lower body fat and also to keep weight off. CLA has been available for many years as a weight loss pill, with varying results. This fatty acid is found in red meat, lamb and dairy products. You could increase your intake of these foods, but they are also high in saturated fats and can increase your chance of heart disease and other illnesses. A more sensible way is to take a CLA supplement for up to 6 months, alongside a calorie controlled diet and regular exercise.  The recommended dose is 1 to 3 grams once a day, preferably in the...

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Raw food diet – Are you getting a raw meal?

Battling with weight issues, suffering with allergies, chronic tiredness or low energy? If so why not try introducing raw foods into your diet. This diet has helped many people lose weight and generally improve their level of health. Raw food is food that has not been heated to above 118o Fahrenheit or 47.7oC. Raw food is typically rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes.  A raw food diet is usually based around plenty of vegetables, fruit, nuts, sprouted grains, beans and seeds. When food is processed or heated above 47.7oC, many of the vital natural enzymes are destroyed or are made less bio-available. These enzymes are essential for efficient digestion. If we over eat cooked foods, our bodies need to work harder to absorb the vitamins and nutrients. This can, over a period of time, cause our bodies to age faster, slow down digestion and cause weight gain. Vegetables are generally less nutritious after cooking at high temperatures, but an exception to this rule is tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Raw foods are thought to be cleansing and alkalising. This can be beneficial in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis as well as weight loss. A raw food diet does not have to be 100% raw food. Most people find this difficult and not practical. You can start by substituting one cooked meal for a raw meal each day.  You can even start by including a raw salad or smoothie each day. In summary, the general health benefits of a Raw Food Diet are: Weight Loss Increased Energy Improvement in general health Better quality skin and...

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weight loss supplements

weight loss supplements

There are many fad diets and programmes that promise immediate weight loss, but these are either dangerously unhealthy or just not achievable. The only healthy and long lasting way to lose extra weight is by doing regular exercise, healthy eating and including a few natural health supplements to your daily routine. This article will concentrate on the health supplements that are all extremely safe and essential for your general health. To get the maximum benefit from these supplements, it is vital to follow a healthy eating plan. The choice of “natural” weight loss supplements is huge and there are always new products on the shelves of health food shops. Some of these products work by suppressing your appetite. This is not a long term solution, as you are not training your body to function with regular good food that also provides energy for regular exercise. Some of these appetite suppressing supplements also have side effects, which are not always listed. I recently had a client who developed stomach bloating and acidity after taking Hoodia. This is a popular supplement for weight loss that suppresses your appetite. Hoodia’s popularity originates from the claims of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert.  They used to take it before long hunting trips to ward of hunger and thirst. The bushmen used to cut off the stem and eat the plant. A lot of companies now produce Hoodia, so if you do decide to try it, please only use a reputable company. There are many safe and natural health supplements that I would recommend. Supplements such as Essential Fatty Acids, Amino Acids, Green Tea, Probiotics, Coconut Oil, Chromium and natural protein powders are important for supporting your digestive system and metabolism. Essential fatty acids can actually help with fat loss. This may sound unusual as they are fats, but they actually help to reduce the amount of fats that are stored and increase the amount of fat that is burned. The healthiest source of fatty acids is Flax Seed Oil, and is best taken as a liquid rather than in capsule form. You can supplement your diet with a tablespoon once a day with your breakfast.  Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is another type...

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Arginine for Weight Loss

Arginine is an amino acid that is found in various foods such as Brazil nuts, almonds, peacans, cashews. walnuts, hazelnuts, chocolate, sesame and sunflower seeds and spinach. Arginine has been found to improve circulation by releasing nitrous oxide from our cells. This results in improved cardiovasular (heart) function, blood pressure and general circulation. This amino acid can not only help you lose weight, but also improve your general health. This natural supplement can help to reduce weight by helping muscles use up calories more efficiently, so that they do not end up stored as fat. This is a very effective way of burning calories if you are following an exercise programme. Arginine can help to strengthen your lean muscle as well as reduce your body fat. It has also been found to transport fat cells to the liver where they are used for energy. This results in the use of the body’s own fat as an energy source. The usual recommended dose of Arginine is between 2-3 grams a day. Amino acids should generally be taken 30-60 minutes before meals. If you have a history of cardiovascular illness or are taking other medication, please consult with your doctor before taking this supplement. Do not take Arginine if you are prone to cold sores or shingles as this supplement may stimulate an outbreak of the...

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Eating Vegetables to Lose Weight

Eating vegetables such as asparagus, garlic and artichokes could help with weight loss and help reduce risk of diabetes. These vegetables are known as fermentable carbohydrates are believed to activate the release of hormones that suppress appetite. The vegetables also lead to better glucose control by enhancing the release of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that is released by the pancreas that is important for regulating the amount of sugar in the blood. Charity Diabetes UK is funding a study into the benefits ofthese vegetables, and if proved to be effective could provide asignificant progress into the treatment of obesity and type-2 diabetes. Research has already highlighted the benefits of eating green leafyvegetables in the prevention of type-2 diabetes. These vegetables are arich source of magnesium and a deficiency of this mineral has beenlinked with the onset of type-2...

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Eating vegetables can help with weight loss

Eating vegetables such as asparagus, garlic and artichokes could help with weight loss and help reduce risk of diabetes. These vegetables are known as fermentable carbohydrates are believed to activate the release of hormones that suppress appetite. The vegetables also lead to better glucose control by enhancing the release of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that is released by the pancreas that is important for regulating the amount of sugar in the blood. Charity Diabetes UK is funding a study into the benefits of these vegetables, and if proved to be effective could provide a significant progress into the treatment of obesity and type-2 diabetes. Research has already highlighted the benefits of eating green leafy vegetables in the prevention of type-2 diabetes. These vegetables are a rich source of magnesium and a deficiency of this mineral has been linked with the onset of type-2 diabetes. We hope you found our article on how eating vegetables can help with weight loss useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Complementary medicine for acid reflux

Complementary medicine for acid reflux

Heartburn is usually a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).  This condition occurs when the stomach acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus. It is beneficial to treat with complementary medicine for acid reflux. Alongside heartburn, the other main symptoms are a metallic taste in the mouth and difficulty in swallowing. This is a very common condition that affects many people. It is estimated that 20% of the population will suffer with an attack of GORD at least once a week. This is remarkably high, and explains the huge sales of antacids and acid suppressing drugs. There are many causes of GORD. These range from a high fat diet, stress through to side effects of prescribed medication.  Another key contributing factor to this condition is being overweight (read articles on weight loss).  Acid reflux is also very common during pregnancy, due to the extra pressure of the womb on the stomach. This can be treated safely and effectively with homeopathic remedies (read article Homeopathic treatment of heartburn in pregnancy). Painkillers such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Diclofenac can cause increased stomach acid. Prescription medicines for this condition can bring about a temporary relief in the symptoms, but there are also a number of potential side effects with these medicines. Commonly prescribed medicines such as Lansoprazole, Omeprazole and Ranitidine work by reducing the production of acid in stomach, but this can lead to various adverse effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and even depression. The stomach actually needs to be slightly acidic to digest food into nutrients. There are many complementary therapies that can provide relief from the symptoms of GORD, without the added side effects. Natural Treatments for GORD The first thing to look at is diet. By improving the health of the digestive system, we can easily reduce the risk of acid reflux. Foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar can all cause a flare-up of symptoms. Alcohol, caffeine and chocolate can also cause the symptoms of GORD. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits and fruit juices can aggravate the problem as they increase the amount of acid in the stomach. It also very important not to eat very late at night as this can also...

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