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Data Shows a Low Fat Diet May Not be All it's Chalked Up to be

Pop Quiz: What year were low fat dietary guidelines released and recommended to the American public? Any clue? Yeah I didn’t know the answer to this either. The answer is 1977, when the US Senate Select Committee released the Dietary Goals for the American people. These guidelines clearly stated to reduce consumption of fat and saturated fat. Common sense it seems to us today.

Second Question: When did the obesity epidemic in the U.S. really start to take off? If you guessed right after the 1977 recommendation then you guessed right. See the image below. Coincidence?

This doesn’t prove anything though, as we know this is just correlation. But think about it – we started to drop fatty foods like butter. These things had to be replaced though, right? So in steps the highly processed foods marketed specifically to be low fat. But guess what? They’re full of salt, sugar and tons of other ingredients that our bodies obviously don’t like. Watch the video below. Trust me, it will make you think and start questioning what you’ve been told about nutrition…

Obesity isn’t the only result of dropping fatty foods for processed ones, though. Heart disease and diabetes became more prevalent with the rise of commercial, lower-fat butter replacements and reduction of red meat consumed. The below image is from the above video (though I know you watched it, right?):

butter-replacements

Even though there have been many studies that show low-fat diets are not the way to lose weight or get healthy and even though these studies also show that there’s no reduction in your risk to heard disease – ask your doctor or even nutritionist. Chances are they’ll stick to their guns and recommend the now-traditional guidelines that were set into place all those years ago.

Why is that? Are they simply uneducated and still believe what they were taught 20 or 30 years ago in school? Or is there a bigger picture, here? Are the mega-pharmaceutical companies and health professionals enjoying the millions of dollars obesity brings in?

The British Medical Journey recently released information and opened the debate to the link between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease here. Just a quick quote:

“The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks.”

Here are just a couple of the studies that clearly show a low-fat diet just may not be what we’re led to believe:

Low Fat Diet and Cardiovascular Disease

Low Fat Diet and Weight Change Over 7 Years

Of course, we aren’t saying go out and start eating everything high in saturated fat. We would say moderation is key. We aren’t scientists and certainly don’t claim to be. While everything here is based on well-established medical and scientific sites, we understand nothing can be written in stone and that there should still be active, in-depth research to understand what’s going on. However, use this info for what it’s worth and come to your own decision.

 

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Dr. Oz Show And Green Coffee Extract Study

greencoffeebeansIn 2012, the incredibly popular Dr Oz show has featured Green Coffee supplements as a diet aid a record breaking 3 times. Once in May, again on September 10, and repeating the Sept 10 show on Dec 27th.

The Original Study that Sparked the Fire

The study that spurred Dr. Lindsay Duncan and Dr. Oz to bring the news of a miracle weight loss pill to the Dr Oz show was actually very small. Published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal, the study followed 16 overweight adults for 12 weeks.

Just by adding green coffee bean extract to their daily routine, they lost an amazing ten percent of their body weight and 16 percent body fat. More exactly, they lost an average of 17 pounds each over the course of the study.

They were directed not to change their eating or exercising habits. In fact, they were eating way more calories than what they burned off, so you would expect to see weight gain not weight loss. But that didn’t happen. They lost an amazing amount of weight without doing anything different other than taking the extract.

Dr Duncan appeared on the Dr Oz show in May 2012 to talk about this study and introduce the world to Green Coffee Extract as a weight loss supplement.

Dr. Oz Performs His Own Green Coffee Study

After the May episode, Green Coffee bean diet products really took off and thousands of people found success with it as a diet aid, prompting Dr Oz to investigate further.

On September 10th, Dr. Oz aired a groundbreaking show, revealing the study that he and his medical team had done and the results. This was the largest project that has ever been carried out for the show and the results once again prove just how effective green coffee extract is at helping you lose weight.


Tightly controlled, well supervised testing
The medical team that oversaw the study consisted of Kristin Kirkpatrick (a registered dietician)and Dr. Caroline Apovian. Together, they set up the ground rules and the structure of the study. 100 overweight women between the ages of 35 and 49 who had struggled with losing weight were brought in to be the test subjects. Their BMI ranged between 25 and 45. They wanted to minimize variants that could possibly influence the results, so the approval process for participating included several factors:

  • They couldn’t be breastfeeding
  • They couldn’t be pregnant
  • They couldn’t have any major medical problems like diabetes
  • They couldn’t have ever had a stroke or a heart attack

Each woman was given a bottle of pills, which was either the real coffee bean extract or a placebo.

  • 400 mg capsules, 3 times a day
  • No additional exercise
  • No changes to diet

They took one pill three times a day about 30 minutes before each meal (these were 400mg capsules, but you can also find them in 800mg so you don’t have to remember to take it as many times per day). Just like in the original study, they were asked not to make any changes to their diet or add any exercise. The women were required to keep a food journal to track everything that they were eating.

The Results

This study lasted for two weeks. Very simple and quick, as they wanted to test the effectiveness of the extract and get results quick. After two weeks, the women were brought in weighed and evaluated. They were all present on the show, seated in the audience. The women still didn’t know if they had been taking a placebo or the real deal.

After revealing which half of the audience had received the placebo and which half had been taking the extract, it was time to present the results. The results were clear.

Those taking the green coffee supplements lost TWICE as much weight as those that didn’t

The control group- those women who were taking placebo pills did lose on average 1 pound – probably due to the extra scrutiny they paid to what they ate over the test period. The other group lost 2 pounds over the 2 weeks test period. Not a huge amount, but definately significant and attained with NO effort.

Is Green Coffee Extract Right for You?

“There are no indications that green coffee bean extract has any harmful side effects” ~Dr. Oz

It should also be mentioned that there are apparently zero side effects. You might think you’d get the ‘jitters’ from caffeine, but there’s very little caffeine in this extract and not a single participant experienced any kind of jitteriness (is that a word?).

Green coffee extract is fine for any healthy adult who needs help losing weight. It isn’t recommended for anyone under the age of 18 (there hasn’t been any studies on younger people, so there’s not sufficient data to say it’s safe). Also, don’t take this extract if you’re breastfeeding or may be pregnant. Again, there just isn’t enough information available yet to show that it would be safe in those situations. Of course, if you’re allergic to caffeine or coffee then you shouldn’t take it.

“Green coffee bean extract has very little caffeine it, much less than is in coffee” ~Dr. Oz

Chlorogenic acid attacks and kills off fat cells. It also helps prevent new ones from forming. You don’t have to eat any kind of special diet or add any more e xercise into your lifestyle that you don’t already do (if you do any at all). Simply by taking an extract like Svetol® green coffee bean extract three times per day before meals, you’ll start dropping pounds.

Green coffee bean extract is taken from coffee beans in their raw form. They’re never put through a roasting process. These coffee beans have an antioxidant inside called chlorogenic acid, which is where the magic comes from – not caffeine. In fact, there’s very little caffeine at all in green coffee beans. When green coffee beans are roasted, the chlorogenic acid is destroyed. So don’t think you’re going to lose weight by drinking “green” coffee drinks.

Buying Green Coffee Bean Extract

“Not all green coffee is created equal” ~Dr. Oz

If you’re going to buy green coffee extract, buyer beware. Dr Oz was very upset about the explosion of websites selling extract that doesn’t contain enough of the chlorogenic acid or is simply filled with filler ingredients. He made it very clear that he doesn’t endorse ANY particular brand, but did give some very clear direction on how to be sure you get quality product that will produce results. According to Dr Oz, look for green coffee Extract that:

  • List Svetol® on the label
  • Has at LEAST 45% Chlorogenic Acid
  • Has ZERO fillers or additives
  • at LEAST 400 mg per capsule

You should be looking at the labels and reading the ingredients. To be effective, you need to ensure that any extract you buy has a minimum of 45 percent chlorogenic acid. If the supplier isn’t providing you a way to actually see and read the ingredients, then don’t buy it.

Make sure it specifically says “No fillers” and “No artificial ingredients”. Many companies call their green coffee extract “pure”, but don’t get duped. This doesn’t really mean anything. Read the label. Read the ingredients.

**All quotes above have been taken directly from the Dr. Oz show

Our Recommendation

You can find cheaper products that may save you a few dollars, but are full of cheap fillers or crappy product and might not work…

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  • Svetol
  • 50% Chlorogenic Acid
  • NO fillers or additives
  • 800 mg per capsule

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New, Little Known Superfoods for Weight Loss

The best thing for losing weight isn’t the latest magic pill that’s being hyped up across TV shows and news. In reality, if you want to lose weight the right way and be healthy, the very first place you should be looking is the grocery store. Here, we’ve put together a list of some of the main things you should be bringing home when you go to the grocery store and we think you might be surprised. We think you’ll be surprised at simplicity of these foods and how affordable they are, as well as just  how powerful they are at helping you lose weight.

Burning Fat With Beans

There are actually a lot reasons we’ve included beans at the top of our list. They’re super cheap. Just about anyone can afford a bag of beans. Most can be bought for merely a couple of bucks. They last a long time and are very versatile in the number of ways you can prepare them. There are the traditional bean soups, but if you like salads, many beans are great on salads. If you find you just can’t get used to and enjoy one kind, move on to the next! There are all kinds of beans you can try out.

Beans are an amazing fat buster thanks to the resistant starch and fatty acid butyrate found in beans. The resistant starch means that half the calories in beans will never be absorbed by your body. Secondly, the fatty acid butyrate will help you decrease the amount of body fat you have and some say, even possibly prevent some forms of cancer.

A lot of people associate eating beans with getting gas. The solution? Eat more beans. The more beans you eat, the more your body will build up a good bacteria that is used to effectively digest them.

Trick Your Brain into Being Full with Pine Nuts

Pine nuts contain a fat called pinolenic. This fat actually produces two super hormones that play a vital role in helping you lose weight. These hormones are called cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide. What’s so important about them? When these hormones are present, they send signals to your brain telling it that your stomach is full.

The result can be a very substantial appetite reduction. In one study, the participants were eating dramatically less after they started including pine nuts in their daily diet: Up to 36 percent less to be exact.

What’s even more impressive is that you don’t have to eat a lot of pine nuts to get this effect. Enough pine nuts to fill a shot glass are plenty to reduce your appetite and lose weight. Oh, and pine nuts also give you a good amount of protein.

Fight Morning Hunger with Fennel Tea

Fennel tea clears your palate so to say and refreshes your taste buds, but that’s not the main reason why so many people recommend drinking this powerful drink right before going to bed. The main reason is to avoid those early morning cravings, so you can choose your breakfast sensibly. When you drink fennel tea just before you bed, you don’t wake up starving like you likely would otherwise.

Fennel tea also helps your digestive system so you can more effectively digest the foods you eat, absorb the nutrients from those foods and helps prevent the storage of fat in your body.

Protein Powerhouse – Crimini Mushrooms

Packed full of protein, crimin mushrooms are often called baby-bellas (they’re basically just little min portabella mushrooms). They have a nice rich meaty flavor that makes them the perfect choice for meat substitutions. So the next time you’re prepping some burgers, meatloaf or meat sauce, replace some of that meat with these mushrooms.

You’ll instantly reduce the amount of fat in that dish and add healthy proteins without ever feeling shortchanged on flavor.

In addition to that, some researchers believe that crimini mushrooms have properties that will fortitude your immune system, making it easier to fight off and prevent cancer (and the development of tumors).

Apples Stop Fat & Calories in Their Track

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Ok, maybe not always, but an apple a day certainly does keep fat away. Try to snack on apples between meals or at least chop some up and put them on your salad before dinner. Why? Apples have pectin. Pectin is a fiber that’s super-powerful when it comes to weight loss.

When you eat apples, the pectin in them will decrease the amount of calories and sugar your body will absorb… so it makes sense to eat them before you plan on eating a meal.

Another important benefit of eating apples is keeping your blood glucose sugar levels in check. If you snack on apples, you’ll help your body to keep a steady and healthy blood glucose sugar level and avoid the mindless eating that comes from a blood glucose level crashing down from a high.

raspberriesBoost Metabolism with Raspberry Ketone

You can’t lose weight if your metabolism in a lull. A super easy way to kick-start your metabolism and keep it going is by using a raspberry ketone supplement. Raspberry ketone comes from raspberries. Raspberry ketone will control your adiponectin, which is what dictates just how fast or slow your metabolism runs.

In addition to that, it obliterates current fat cells and helps prevent your body from forming more.

While it’s true that raspberry ketone comes from raspberries, you’ll be hard-pressed to get enough of it from eating raspberries to make any difference. In fact, it would be pretty much impossible! In order to get the amount of raspberry ketone needed to achieve weight loss, you’d have to eat ninety pounds of raspberries. Not only is that, as we said, pretty much impossible, but it’d defeat the purpose. Instead, you will need to find a good raspberry ketone supplement.

Chili Peppers Reduce Appetite

If you love spicy then you’re gonna love this. Chili peppers! Inside chili peppers is a compound by the name of casaicin. Casaicin increases your body temperature, which in turn increases your metabolism. It’s also been shown that eating chili peppers will decrease your appetite.

So the next time you think your burgers, pasta or other meal is ready to eat… think twice and add some chilis or chili sauce to it to give yourself a weight-loss boost. Do this often to keep your appetite and cravings in check, as well as to boost your metabolism.

Stop Carbohydrate Fat Absorption with Vinegar

We talk a lot about your blood glucose sugar levels, because when they’re spiraling from one extreme to the next, you are very likely to mindlessly eat… just following cravings that your body is telling you need. Well, vinegar is another great way to keep them under control. Vinegar will help your body maintain a healthy blood sugar level that isn’t swinging out of control every few hours.

On top of that, vinegar is especially important if you love your potatoes and pasta. If you include vinegar in your diet then your body will not absorb those carbohydrates as fast. You can take vinegar and make all kinds of different, yummy sauces or vinaigrette to match just about any kind of cuisine you favor, too. Most are very easy to make and don’t cost much at all. Of course, there are plenty store-bought version too.

chiaseedsChia Seeds a Secret Source of High Fiber

Chia sees are a hot topic right now. All the healthy living websites and TV shows seem to be featuring them and giving ideas on how you can use them in your own kitchen. These little seeds are a powerhouse of fiber, that’s for sure.

What’s cool about chia seeds is that they’re pretty easy to incorporate into your daily diet since they can easily be used in both food and drinks. When you start using them, you will feel fuller and not want to eat as much. They’re also good for helping to reduce cholesterol levels and reducing the amount of fat your body stores.

If you want a really easy way to get chia seeds into your diet, make this simple drink. Toss in some sweetener or juice (pomegranate is always good) to a glass of water, sprinkle some chia seeds in and top it off with a slice of lemon.

Green Tea for the Long Haul

A few years ago, green tea was all the rage (much like the chia seeds are now). But just because it isn’t being talked about everywhere you turn doesn’t mean that it is no longer as effective at helping you lose weight. That’s not the case at all. It’s just there’s always something newer, something ‘just discovered’ that everyone wants to talk about.

Green tea is still very much effective. It helps you get rid of those cravings and helps you to feel fuller. So instead of a sugar-filled juice or soda (no-no), drink green tea between meals instead. At least some of the time.

If you continue to drink tea on a regular basis you’ll continue to stack the benefits of it. The longer that you use green tea, the more powerful it starts to become as your body adjusts. Your body will start refusing to store fat like it used to. It will start metabolizing food quicker, easier and more effectively. It’ll even start dealing with your cravings in a completely different manner.

Dump Cravings with Pepitas

Pepitas, pepitas… wondering what on earth that is? No, it’s not some miraculous new finding or exotic food ingredient. They’re simply squash seeds and pumpkin seeds. Pepitas is the Spanish word for them. They’re full of powerful Omega-3 fatty acids, which we all know are vital for our health. But that’s not all. They’re also incredible sources of magnesium and protein, which means that they are very helpful at reducing your appetite and getting rid of cravings.

The beauty of these seeds is just how simple they are to prepare. Nothing crazy. You can simply pop ‘em in the oven and roast them with a sprinkling of seasonings, use them as part of crusting for meats or put them on a salad.

red-lentilsFiber Filled Red Lentils

Red lentils are an amazing source of fiber. Just eating a single cup of them a day will give you three quarters the fiber that you should be trying to get each day. Now that’s fiber-packed for you, isn’t it?

Fiber is just one of the benefits that you get with red lentils. While fiber is vital in helping you feel nice and full, protein is just as important. Red lentils are another one that can be fixed in a variety of ways, too. They make a good meat substitute since they’re so packed with protein or you can do what many people do and fix up a delicious red lentil soup.

Watermelon – A Meat Alternative?

Watermelon is one of the most popular, nice-n-light foods during the summer. But I bet there’s a good chance you didn’t realize just how good it is for you. A lot of people recommend it when it’s especially hot out, because it’s high in water content. But surprisingly, it’s also incredibly high in protein and fiber.

Most people don’t realize just how powerful watermelon can be in a healthy diet or to lose weight. Watermelon can realistically be used as the protein in any meal with as much protein as it has. And it doesn’t take a lot, either. Again (like we mentioned above with the red lentils), it only takes a cup of watermelon to get ¾ of the daily recommended allowance of fiber.

Cinnamon for Weight Loss?

The next time you’re eating cinnamon toast, remember this… Cinnamon is a super spice when it comes to weight loss – not just a yummy addition to your meal. Eating cinnamon can make it easier to lose weight, because food doesn’t pass through your stomach as fast as it normally would. Add cinnamon to your coffee drink, toast or even pork chops. There are endless ways you can incorporate cinnamon into your day.

Get apples and cinnamon by slicing some apples and sprinkling them with cinnamon then roasting them in the oven or frying pan.

Avocados Kick Start Energy

Subway sure got something right… avocados are a powerhouse of nutrients and properties that are sure to help anyone trying to lose weight. I think avocados make the list on any superfood list! What makes them so powerful is the monounsaturated fat that they have. Adding avocados to your meal will give you an energy boost, help you burn fat faster and trim some inches around that waistline.

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Qsymia – New Weight Loss Drug approved by FDA

Qsymia is a very exciting new weight loss drug approved by the FDA on July 17 2012. Qsymia is actually a combination of two different drugs, phentermine and topiramate, that are already approved and used widely. Phentermine is known as an appetite suppressant and Topiramate as an anti-seizure drug for epileptics. Qsymia was initially denied in October 2010 due to concerns about possible side effects (more below), and sent back for further testing. Although there are still some concerns, particularly when overused, the FDA decided the plethora of health problems associated with the exploding obesity epidemic are far worse.

What’s the big deal about Qsymia?

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Chinese University study finds seabuckthorn aids weight loss AND skin care

Wise Skincare Information You Can Rely on

Although there are many effective acne remedy plans using creams such as Sea Buckthorn oil, facial washes or  other medicines, you can only acheive long-term improvement by carefully modifying your diet plan. What you eat is reflected in the way your skin looks. If you’re maintaining a healthy diet, you will likely already have healthy attractive skin. On the other hand, an insufficient diet or unbalanced diet can make your skin dull and unhealthy. What you eat has a major effect on the look of acne on your skin. But to begin with, you should learn about what to eat and what not to eat. A good place to get started is at healthydietsupplements.com/sea-buckthorn

Fruits are excellent foods to fight or prevent acne, such as those rich in vitamin A, ascorbic acid and vitamin E. Fruits like apples, blueberries, grapes, bananas, cherries, papayas and lemon are exceedingly efficient in taking care of your skin.

Ginger root and garlic clove have antibiotic qualities which help to eliminate the microbial infections that causes acne. You may also include white meat and chicken in what you eat. They’re wealthy in proteins and minerals that help in keeping the skin replenished with water and prevent flaking which is a major cause of acne.

If you want healthy vibrant skin then you have to make time in your daily routine to take care of it. Keep in mind that the face is the first thing many people around you notice, so to make a good impression you should always watch for new ways to achieve and keep a proper, youthful looking skin. Ensure that you stock up on safe, organic and natural skin care items. That’s why Dr. Mercola offers Mercola Healthy Skincare items that you’ll surely love. With all of the organic and natural elements, the skin will appear more youthful and much more energetic than ever before.

You now have all that you need to keep the skin more youthful, softer and healthier. You have the knowledge to start getting on the right path to a far more confident and youthful appearance. Possibly, that confidence might just help get you one stage further in your career or private life since you know, whether right or wrong, that  looks do matter in this world. Let’s look a little deeper, shall we?

Be sure that you always include fiber rich meals that may eliminate the harmful toxins in your body. Veggies are highly vital for skin care and most any acne remedy used without a diet that includes veggies will fail. Veggies like carrot, tomato, raddish, cucumber and turnips are excellent sources of anti-oxidants and therefore can substantially lower your acne breakouts. Carrots are a useful source of diverse essential nutrition that fights acne. It has large amounts of materials, vitamin A, a number of other minerals and vital nutrients that may cure your acne. It is normally best to eat raw vegetables. While cooking these veggies, ensure that you don’t overcook to avoid getting rid of essential nutrition. If you need to peel them, don’t go too deep since most of the important nutrients are found just under the skin.

It’s also wise to include seafood in what you eat. It’s an amazing source of fatty acids, namely Omega-3, which is the most significant nutrient required for proper skin. The majority of research has proven that individuals who eat greasy meals and meals wealthy in refined carbohydrates and more fatty meals tend to be more vulnerable to acne. Besides, they might have severe health issues due to such diets.

Not drinking enough water can also worsen acne, as harmful toxins are more easily attached to the skin  which is another primary cause for acne. More oily meals may cause more oil to be deposited onto the skin which could clog the pores and lead to acne.

Consuming more milk products, chocolates, ice creams and other sugary substances might be a chief factor for your acne, too. Aside from a proper healthy diet, an effective acne remedy is promising only if you use a gentle facial cleanser with a few naturals oil as key components to get rid of the grime and to nourish it. This type of facial cleanser, like Facedoctor, is a  reviving soap which has all of the dietary advantages of sea buckthorn oil (an amazing addition to any acne remedy).

How to Tackle Acne Problems?

Sea Buckthorn is a proven choice to for dealing with acne. Sea Buckthorn can come in cream or gel form and works by getting rid of the bacteria on the skin that creates acne. The cream or gel needs to be applied two times every day and significant results usually take a couple of days to be noticed.

An excellent natural approach to prevent acne outbreaks would be the traditional rule of consuming plenty of water. Water helps your skin by helping to eliminate dangerous harmful toxins that are often associated with skin conditions like acne. Consuming plenty of water prevents dangerous harmful toxins from poisoning your body and gives you a nice even complexion.

If you use an acne product that’s filled with salicylic acidity content, you need to remember the strong effect this may have on your skin. Ensure you use it precisely as the directions say to, as too much use can inflame your skin and lead to more breakouts. If you are noticing excess peeling or irritation, decrease your use to once daily, instead of twice a day.

Avoid spreading acne by not “popping” your pimples. When you pop a pimple, you are disbursing the problem that creates the breakouts. This infection then advances to other regions of the face area resulting in more breakouts in more areas. Popping acne could also cause unnecessary redness, swelling and permanent scare tissue, so it is advisable to leave them be and let them disappear on their own or with acne medication.

Sunshine

Another thing often overlooked to clear up acne is to make sure you’re getting enough sunshine. Sunshine is what encourages creating vitamin D that’s needed for maintaining healthy skin. Trading just ten minutes outdoors each day, even if it is cloudy, can enhance your vitamin D production and help clear your skin.

Brine

Use brine to clear your acne. If regular facial cleaning soap and water aren’t quite getting the task done, try cleansing your face with brine. It’ll remove oil without over drying your skin. You have to be careful about rubbing it in your eyes or open abrasions, though.

Stress

Stress might be a large reason behind your acne. Should you suffer from acne, progressively decrease your stress whenever you can. In reducing stress, you could try exercising. Yoga is fantastic for reducing stress. You may even try relaxing to reduce your stress threshold. Meditation is yet another great stress reducer.

Sleep

Be sure you’re getting enough sleep each evening. Getting lots of sleep is useful for your skin, since it allows it to heal. It’s also well suited for your present health, which means your body is under less physical strain and that will usually boost the skin. Also, be careful if your tresses are naturally oily. You just need just a single strand striking or stick to the face area to lead to breakouts.

Makeup

If you want to prevent acne issues, you might want to avoid makeup. Makeup can definitely clog pores and cause undesirable acne. If you are a fanatic every single day about makeup, just ensure that you clean everything off in the evening to prevent breakouts. You might also look into organic makeup (or mineral makeup).

Natural Acne Remedies

Sometimes natural skincare remedies might be used rather than creams that can often be harsh. Lemon makes the perfect natural acne cure. Lemon is an astringent that can shrink acne due to its high acidity level. Furthermore, it might reduce oil levels in the skin. Just apply freshly squeezed lemon juice for the skin and leave it for ¼ hour, then clean off, and you’ll see effective results. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is very proficient at getting rid of acne. Use it for those enlarged pores and oily skin areas. You should limit using freshly squeezed lemon juice to merely a few times each week to avoid drying your skin, though.

For further extreme cases of acne infection, you should consult an epidermis physician. It might appear excessive to make contact with physician for mere pimple problems; nevertheless the expertise an epidermis physician can provide is greatly effective. A skilled skin physician will have a way to recognize the specific causes of the acne and prescribe most likely the very best medications to fight it.

Taking Care of Your Skin’s Acne Problems

While it is sometimes tempting, popping acne isn’t an excellent idea and even more so if you are using Sea Buckthorn oil. It will only raise the irritation the pimple causes and it can damage the tissue. Instead, look for creams that mask acne or other breakouts, such as Sea buckthorn products. Physicians could also offer you something to cover the acne.

A good way to help stop an acne breakout is to sleep lying on your back. If you sleep on your stomach, the face will be in contact with the oils deposited there by the hair and face. Also, you need to clean your pillow cases regularly to eliminate these oils too.

A rather putrid but equally effective method of reducing acne involves garlic cloves. Simply, place chopped garlic clove in water and stir. Rub the water mixture on the face and wait for around ten minutes. The garlic clove will eliminate acne very quickly. Avoid using raw cloves by themselves, as they’re not likely to only release a pungent smell, but burn your skin too.

One more thing that you can do is exercise no less than three times every week. Exercising allows you to eliminate dangerous harmful toxins internally that could develop underneath your skin and cause irritation and acne lesions. In addition, exercising facilitates sweating, unclogging your pores and creating a pristine look.

Clean the face area if you’re venturing outdoors to ensure your skin stays clear of muck and bacteria. You’ll discover there are numerous small pollutants floating around that ends up on your skin throughout the day. The bacteria, muck and pollutants will remain on your face and aggravate the skin, leading to blemishes, unless you regularly clean them off.

Obtain a cleaner rather than bar cleaning soap to clean the face area. The skin’s natural pH is 5.5, while bar cleaning soap typically has nearly 9. Be sure that you aren’t scrubbing your face area too much when washing. Since acne outbreaks are triggered by the amount of oils, not muck, you don’t have to over clean the face area. Clean your face area daily with a particular face cleaner that’s appropriate for your skin. Doing this keeps your pores neat and neutralizes oils and muck that have made their way into your skin. To find the best results, clean the face area twice every day.

Another good thing to do is to apply a blackhead remover. It’s a little metal stick you can purchase at any pharmacy. You just slide it in the skin to eliminate any muck or bacteria that’s lodged within your pores. It’s extremely easy to use.

To prevent redness triggered by acne, you shouldn’t take advantage of a facial mask once or twice a week. While masks are very ideal for your skin, you’ll not want to add too much. They could actually cause more damage than good if used a lot of. They’ll dry out your skin and your body will produce more oils, resulting in breakouts.

Speaking on the cell phone could potentially cause acne breakout; cell phones obtain oils from your hair and face and deposit it on the face. You can clean the phone by using an alcohol-wet cotton ball to keep it free from these oils. Also, keep the phone slightly off of your face when you talk. Keep both of your hands out of your face. Our hands stay dirty. If you touch the face area you’re putting bacteria and muck on your face which can clog your skin’s pores and lead to acne.

Consume more probiotics. Many anti-biotics can eliminate bacteria in your digestive system. Targeted, effective digestion helps your body eliminate dangerous harmful toxins. If your digestion isn’t doing enough, the dangerous harmful toxins will come out through the skin. Yogurt with active live cultures is one example of a probiotic you could use.

Heal your acne by utilizing celery. Beta-carotene, or vitamin A, makes up for repairing and taking care of your skin’s tissue, and keeps excess sebum from building up. It helps your body get rid of dangerous harmful toxins, healing your skin from the inside. Really, Vitamin A deficiency could cause undesirable breakouts, so eat your celery!

The Secrets to Acne Free Skin

Taking a high-dose vitamin B5 (pantothenic acidity) supplement everyday could reduce your acne and boost the overall condition of your skin. This is a substance that is found in Sea Buckthorn oi,l as well. Some studies have established that vitamin B5 can regulate your body’s hormones and essential fatty acids. An unbalanced amount of essential fatty acids in your body could cause sebum to pass through pores on the skin leading to acne. If you take vitamins, that changes the quantity of essential fatty acids in your body and those acne outbreaks should be considerably reduced.

When it comes to acne, the finest tip that anyone can provide is to avoid touching the face area unnecessarily. Studies have demonstrated that an average person touches their face thousands of times every day. Consider all the bacteria, dirt and muck to cope with. Therefore if you want to become acne free, try as much as possible to keep hands off your face.

It is advisable to watch which kind of chemicals you are putting on the face area. A couple of those chemicals will clear away all of the oil from the skin. In a way these may sound like it is exactly what you need but that way, your body compensates by creating a lot more amounts of oil and may cause further blockage of the pores plus much more acne.

If you’re bucketing under the influence of acne, consider styling your hair in different ways and test different hair products. Many hair products, for instance gel or other related products, contain plenty of oil that will aggravate the skin and cause acne to appear. If you still wish to use hair products, clean your hair each day and make sure you are not getting any gel onto the skin.

Everybody can get acne; nevertheless the worst step to undertake is to pop them. Popping acne can leave scare tissue, redness or cause swelling. If you pop a pimple, you are just pushing the issue deeper into the skin, and very often this may cause it to get a great deal worse. Be gentle with your skin and no matter how embarrassing it may be, don’t pop that acne. It might be very tempting to squeeze and pop a pimple that’s glaring at you in the mirror, but popping it can pressure the puss much deeper into the pore and cause infections or inflammation. Rather, choose topical remedies and cold compresses.

In the event you frequently get acne on your back or chest, the main cause could actually be the clothes you put on. You have to clean them regularly, specifically if you exercise  in them. In addition, wearing tight clothes can get to your skin, which makes it stifle. Try wearing loose clothes to allow your skin to breath and perspire.

To reduce the irritation the body produces, stay relaxed as often as you can throughout your entire day. Elevated levels of stress and anxiety can lead to an overproduction of oil onto your skin. This excess oil can generate blemishes and cause acne breakouts. Take advantage of  mild cleaning soap and water to clean the face and watch out for those make up brushes. Once the brushes are old or totally caked in makeup, toss them and get completely new ones.

To reduce your acne, you have to learn how to clean the face area effectively. Choose a cleaning soap that’s less greasy and not too dry. Look for a brand name which promises a neutral PH. Clean your face area no less than two times every day. On the same token, prevent more acne outbreaks by not over-cleaning. Many people think that acne outbreaks are triggered by dirt-n-grime and for that reason they feel the need to scrub and clean the face area thoroughly many times throughout the day. That is false. A gentle facial cleansing one or two times every day with a light cleaning soap and water that’s clean is all you need for better looking and health skin.

Useful Tips for Reducing Your Acne

Going to your physician to check over acne and possible medications or remedies such as Sea Buckthorn oil can have many beneficial results. A good choice of skin treatment may be suggested which will be much more effective than the usual ones found over-the-counter. In addition, you’ll probably get some great information and insight to the underlying cause of your acne.

To combat facial acne, put a clean towel over your pillow each night prior to sleeping. Excessive skin oil turns into a notorious cause of acne infections, and just how rapidly the pillow absorbs skin oils is shocking. By putting your face area on a completely clean surface every night before you sleep can prevent a harmful build up of excess oil.

Avoid dehydration to help with acne breakouts. So ensure regular intake of eight pints of water (minimum) every day to help keep clear skin. Water will eliminate the dangerous harmful toxins in your body, which includes your skin. You’ll experience less acne resulting from dangerous harmful toxin and it also aids in the correction of moisture balance and developing a healthier glow.

If you’ve got the problem of temple acne, you might like to have a look at a preferred accessory, your hat. If you like wearing your chosen sports cap, the oils from your hair and hair products may be deposited on the temple. Also, wearing a hat traps the sweat and oils, providing you with a far better atmosphere for acne to produce.

A powerful way to avoid breakouts and acne outbreaks is by keeping hair out of your face. For individuals who have long hair or bangs, the muck and oils from your hair can transfer to your face. The oils and muck will result in clogged pores, eventually leading to a breakout.

If you have any mouthwash in your medicine cabinet, use a dab right to the site of the pimple. Mouthwash allows you to dry your acne out, and might be used as an overnight solution. Ensure the use is moderate, as using a lot of mouthwash can get to your skin.

Garlic clove is probably the best anti-oxidants on the marketplace, which is something that can help with your acne. Garlic clove allows you to purge the dangerous harmful toxins in your body, making way for new skin to develop. Spread garlic clove inside your bagel or create a garlic clove juice for your dinner to boost your  fight against acne.

One broadly known skin care products for acne outbreaks are Natural Aloe-vera. This is due to the composition of the natural aloe-vera plant. The gel like substance includes many proteins and vitamins that are beneficial for skin repair, for instance Vitamin E (an antioxidant). Apply to the skin after regular cleansing and the final results should be very rewarding.

And in order to keep tough acne under control ensures you are getting enough sleep each night. Getting sufficient sleep is useful for your skin, since it allows it to heal. It is also well suited for your overall body health which means your body is under less negative pressures that will usually boost the skin.

Don’t give up on medications too soon. Acne remedies might take between two to six days to boost your skin and sometimes they could cause your skin to look worse before it looks better. Be persistence and supply a completely new treatment no less than monthly before giving up on it.

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The Case for Svetol Green Coffee Bean Extract

look-good-svetolGreen coffee bean extract has quickly become one of the most talked-about weight loss products to hit the market. It’s been touted as the magical weight loss pill we’ve all been waiting for, and though it’s been proven again and again, many are still skeptical. That’s easy to understand though. Once you’ve been duped one too many times, you start to believe nothing is true.

The Svetol Factor

Once people seen the kind of weight loss that green coffee supplements can provide, it didn’t take long for marketers to take interest. It was popping up everywhere. Suddenly everywhere you looked online you found “Dr. Oz Recommended Green Coffee Bean Extract”. Truth is, many of these products were not real. Why? They lacked the quality ingredients that pure green coffee extract has.

Svetol green coffee bean extract is created from Robusta beans. The extract that comes from it gives you 45 to 50 percent of the magical chlorogenic acid. If you aren’t getting at least 45 percent chlorogenic acid then it isn’t going to be nearly as effective as you hoped. It’s ok if it has more, but 45 percent is the minimum you want to see on the label. Look for Svetol or GCA (green coffee antioxidant) on the label.

Proof that Green Coffee Extract Works

weight-loss-excited-green-coffeeThe Original Study Showed 15% Body Fat Loss

In January of 2012, The Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal published the findings of a green coffee extract study. This is the original study that sparked such a craze and the one that Dr. Oz originally talked about when he brought Dr. Lindsay Duncan onto his show in March. Dr. Lindsay Duncan is a naturopathic doctor and celebrity nutritionist.

While he typically doesn’t endorse supplements like this, he said that the potential of green coffee bean supplements was so exciting that he had to.

Over a 12-week period, participants in the study took the extract and did nothing different i.e. no exercising or dieting.

In fact, they were eating over 2,000 calories per day. Astoundingly, the end result was substantial weight loss and decrease in fat. They lost about 17lbs and over 15 percent body fat.

svetol-double-weightl-lossDr. Oz’s Study Proved Svetol DOUBLES Weight Loss

Fast forward to September of 2012. Dr. Oz was so intrigued with this magical weight loss pill that he decided to do a study of his own. Although he’s a well-known and respected doctor for very good reason, he brought in his team of medical experts to oversee the study.

Almost 100 women participated in this study: half were given the extract and half were given a placebo. They were medically screened and the only change they made was to keep a food journal to ensure healthier eating habits weren’t a factor in the results. As with the first study, they didn’t add any kind of exercise either.

“Dropped 2 Dress Sizes in 2 Weeks!”

And green coffee bean extract was proven yet again to be a powerful weight loss aid. The women taking the extract lost twice as much weight as those taking the placebo. All the participants were on-set and in the audience for the live show where he revealed the results. One lady even said she dopped two dress sizes during the 2-week study. If you missed it, we believe that Dr. Oz is going to rerun the episode showcasing the green coffee study on Dec. 27, 2012.

Why You Lose Weight With Green Coffee Extract

cut-fat-with-green-coffeeGreen coffee bean extract is created from raw, unroasted ‘green’ coffee beans. These beans contain the magical ingredient: chlorogenic acid. When coffee beans are roasted, just about all of this acid is destroyed. It’s the key ingredient and what makes this extract so powerful. It speeds up metabolism, hinders glucose from forming in the liver and slows down how much fat is absorbed.

There are three reasons that green coffee extract is so potent and why medical experts like Dr. Oz believe it could be the answer for weight loss.

#1 You don’t have to do any dieting. You can continue to eat whatever you normally eat now and still lose weight. Of course, if you did make a point to eat healthy that’s just even more weight you could lose.

#2 You don’t have to change your exercise habits. Most diets come with the typical fine print that says you need to eat well and exercise. Not this time. It’s been shown to help you drop weight even if you don’t exercise (that’s not to say that you shouldn’t, though).

#3 It works for anyone and has no side effects. Some people automatically think that it would have a lot of caffeine and make you jittery like some ‘energy pills.’ But truth is, there’s very little caffeine it.

Green Coffee Extract Warning

There isn’t any data about how it affects young children or unborn children. Therefore, kids and pregnant women should not take it. At a minimum, talk to your physician. If you are sensitive to caffeine, remember that it does have a small amount. We’re talking less than your typical cup of coffee.

Choosing Your Green Coffee Extract

This is such an amazing discovery for weight loss. But that doesn’t mean that all the suppliers you find will be selling a quality product that really works. As is the case when anything hot hits the market, there will be some companies that are just after your money. After researching all the brands available, the one that we highly recommend is this brand of SVETOL green coffee extract.

Just as Dr. Oz recommends, it:

  • Is SVETOL, which is very important
  • Comes with nothing but pure, natural, quality ingredients
  • Doesn’t have any of those fillers, additives, binders and other junk
  • Comes with an no-catch money-back gaurantee (the easiest refund policy we’ve ever found)
  • Has 50% Chlorogenic Acids
  • Is proven to be effective
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Chocolate Lovers Thinner than Others?

Do you find it hard to resist a chunk of sweet, decadent chocolate? If so, there’s good news. According to a new study, it appears that those who regularly consume chocolate are normally skinnier than those who don’t. Although the weight difference is slight, it gives a shimmer of hope to researchers in finding out just what causes it. The exact cause isn’t yet known. On another note, they say it could just be a statistical flute.

The study that shows chocolate lovers as being thinner those who don’t regularly indulge in chocolate consisted of about 1,000 participants. Each participant, nearly 70 percent of which were men, completed a survey. The survey included details about how regularly they ate chocolate and researchers then went to work trying to see what they could find.

On average, the participants had a BMI (body mass index) of about 28. At 28, they’re classified as overweight, but not necessarily obese. As researchers analyzed the data, they figured out that those who ate chocolate the most often actually had a lower BMI than the others.

This is by far not the first time there have been benefits found that relate to eating chocolate. It’s one food that holds quite a bit of mystery for health experts and researchers to still figure out. We know that it’s full of antioxidants. Eating chocolate has also been shown in a variety of studies to hold other health benefits too, such as lowering cholesterol and blood sugar. By reading these studies, you’d never guess that chocolate was full of fat and carries a whopping number of calories…

They said that on average, how often you eat chocolate could account for around a five pound difference in your weight. Before you run off and start chowing down on chocolate, think twice though. For one, it’s a delicate balance to eat enough but not so much that the calories and fat take a toll. For two, they aren’t positive about what kind of chocolate participants ate.

Also, they stress that chocolate isn’t going to help you lose weight.

 

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Amazing Swimsuit Arms in 3 Super Simple Moves

Losing weight and getting in decent shape is one thing, but toning up the arms is often a very tough challenge for women. Getting your arms ready to show off in an evening dress or even a swimsuit doesn’t have to be as tough as you think, though. If you’re like many women, you’ve tried and tried and nothing has seemed to work in the past. You can run till you drop and tone your entire body, but your arms (especially the top under-arms) just laugh at you. If that sounds familiar, don’t fret… here are some simple moves that will help you finally conquer the mystery of toning up those arms.

Cardio Counts

When you think about toning your arms, you probably don’t think about running, aerobics or swimming. But all of these can help… anything that gets you moving and gets your cardio going. Cardiovascular exercise is an important part of any muscle-toning you want to do. Simply targeting one area and only working that area will not give you the results that you’re looking for. So before we get into arm-specific moves, we want to emphasize that you have to include cardio workouts into your routine regularly. Aim for five hours of cardio each and every week. We’re not saying you have to dedicate a full hour five times per day, either. You can split this five hours up however you like, but just be sure to shoot for getting in a full five hours throughout the week.

Strength Training

Like we said, you don’t want to focus on just one muscle or area that you want to tone. So as you do these, remember that on some days you should be focusing on other areas, too. The more muscle you build through strength training, the more calories you’ll burn naturally. Building muscle increases your metabolism, which is a great way to get passive calorie-burning going on.

To begin with, you’ll need a couple of dumbbells. Using two small ones is better than one big one, because you can control your movements more precisely, but either will work. If you have one big one and can’t get two little ones right now, then start with that until you’re able to get two small ones.

Rear-Facing Arm Lifts

Get your dumbbells out and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Stretch out your arms behind you with your hand sitting slightly behind your upper thighs. Of course, if you’re using two dumbbells, you’ll have one in each hand and if you’re using a single one then you’ll be holding it with both hands.

Lift the dumbbell(s) up until it starts to become uncomfortable – don’t go past that or you will risk getting hurt. Keeping your arms straight, lower them back down slowly and repeat the lift.

Sidearm Lifts

For this one, you really need two small dumbbells since you’ll be doing them both at the same time and one large one may be too heavy to do for single arm lifts. Put one dumbbell in each hand and let your arms relax by your sides. Slowly lift your arms straight out to the sides until they get to shoulder height. Lower them and keep doing the lifts. Lifting them shoulder height shouldn’t be painful. If it is, then it’s likely that your weights are too heavy.

Straight-Up Lifts

Remember at the beginning when we talked about the underside of the upper arms often being the toughest to tame? Those areas that sag are often referred to as saddlebags. This exercise is a great way to get rid of them and tone that area. Unlike the sidearm lifts, where two small dumbbells are pretty much required, you can do this one with two small ones or one larger one.

Put your arms straight up. Now bend them at the elbows to bring your hands down behind your head holding the dumbbells. Lift ‘em straight up above your head slowly, lower and repeat. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t do many of these, as it’s a more advanced lift than the others. Just do what’s comfortable and over time you’ll be able to add more.

 

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Boosting Brain Function with Berries

You know how much we love keeping up with superfruits and news about natural health supplements, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve found another great news bit about berries. More than 16,000 women (70-years-old and up) took part in a study that seemed to show a great connection between berries and memory improvement. In fact, those who ate the most berries on a weekly basis kept a better memory for more than years longer than the others.

A researcher by the name of Elizabeth Devore, who currently works at the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said that she doesn’t see any reason why men would have any difference in these kinds of results. And while this study was sponsored by the California Strawberry Commission, it was published by the Annals of Neurology without hesitation. Devore highlighted the fact that the writing, results and data analysis were all done independently and that the strawberry commission played no role in these aspects of the study.

This could be great news since there are an alarming number of Alzheimer patients and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of that slowing down.

Devore recommends that everyone try to include more berries in their diet. In the study, participants were tested every couple of years (1995-2001). Those who consumed a minimum of either half a cup of blueberries each week or two and half cups of strawberries saw amazing benefits over those who ate less than that.

How do Berries Help?

The energy generators for your brain cells are called mitochrondria. They’re also thought to be responsible for producing some toxic substances that often result in Alzheimer’s disease, though. You have probably heard them referred to as free radicals. Antioxidants are known to interact with these substances and prevent them from causing damage. Berries are an amazing source of flavonoids that act as antioxidants, which could be the main reason why there’s such a connection between berries and brain function improvement.

The only thing to take a bit of caution about is that the participants diet were not controlled, but was simply reported by the participants own recollections. You can read more about this study on this CNN Health blog or you can read more about  natural health supplements and the superfruit diet.

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Powerful, Little Known Secrets of Cumin

Though I’m sure you’ve heard of (and probably use) cumin, I bet you didn’t know that it can help you with losing weight. Did you? Cumin is very common in African, Asian and Latin American dishes and offers a wide variety of health benefits… both for physical and mental health. Let’s take a look at just some of the reasons you should be including cumin in your cooking.

Physical Benefits Cumin Offers

First of all, cumin is an amazing source of iron, which is important for ensuring a healthy digestive system. It helps your body produce energy more effectively, carry a healthy supply of oxygen to the tissues in your body, and improves your immune system. An interesting thing about cumin too is that studies have shown that it is anti-carcinogenic. That means it can help prevent the development of cancer. Specifically, it’s been shown to prevent liver and stomach cancer although it’s only been proven with animals so far. Cumin has also been proven to help those who suffer from arthritis, asthma and kidney disease.

Cumin Helps with Weight Loss?

Because cumin increases your metabolic rate and body temperature, it is also becoming more well-known for helping people lose weight. In Indian cooking it’s commonly combined with a number or other spices, such as ginger, fenugreek, black pepper and turmeric powder. This helps increase the effect that it has on your digestive system and helps your body absorb more nutrients, which in turn helps prevent your body from storing fat.

Abdominal Fat Burning

Not only is cumin great at overall helping your body not to build and store fat, but it’s specifically good at targeting your abdominal fat. It can increase your fat burning by as much as 25 percent! But if you want to get the most out of cumin’s weight loss abilities, it’s best to combine it with other spices like mentioned above. A few more that you can mix it with are mustard, fennel and fresh ginger.

Kickin’ Out the Bad

Cumin helps your body get rid of waste more efficiently and quickly, which means it helps ward off disease and this also helps with weight loss.

Improve Mental Health with Cumin

As mentioned, cumin is also beneficial to mental health. It can help you improve your memory and sharpen your concentration skills. It’s commonly suggested to use cumin in your daily diet if you suffer from any kind of insomnia, too.

Summary

Cumin is an amazing little spice that just about anyone can benefit from. If you haven’t been using it, then start adding it to the dishes that you make. You’ll get an increase in your metabolism, kick your immune system into better gear, naturally detox your body on a regular basis and burn fat away faster. Besides, there aren’t any known dangers or side effects of cumin so there’s really no reason not to start using it today.

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