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6 Easy Ways to Detox after all that #Diwali Binge-eating

#HappyDiwali! Wasn’t that one heady round of meeting, greeting, and most of all feasting!?! Well, all that eating was fun, why restrict the joy after all?! Unfortunately all that excess—in the form of carbs, fat, salt and sugar—can leave you feeling bloated, tired, hungry, and guilty.

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Well, not to worry, it’s time to recover from all the serious holiday festivities. You can feel better after overindulging. Here’s how you get back on track after that week of way too many treats:

Get your sweat on first thing. Hit the treadmill for a half hour, do yoga or even just 15 minutes of push-ups and squats. Exercise will help your body move those toxins through and make you feel a whole lot better. Plus, those tight gym clothes will surely remind you to keep the sugar to a minimum!

Start your day with some hot water and lemon. This will give your liver a little kick start and more water helps flush out the toxins better.

Eat citrus fruits.  They make you feel instantly refreshed, plus their antioxidants fight off any damage from sugar. Plus, their Vitamin C content helps you fight colds.

Drink some green tea. It has enough caffeine to help you wake up, and is filled with antioxidants that help increase your metabolism. Detox teas are great to pick you up!

Make a smoothie. If your stomach is still full from the night before, a healthy smoothie is the perfect way to get some vitamins and nutrients. Try one with spinach, blueberries, protein powder, chia seeds, a banana and as many veggies (like cucumber) as you can!

Have some home-made soup. Add some turmeric or pepper for a delicious, healthy way to boost your metabolism. Avoid packaged food and eat whole food.

Make sure your food habits are healthy! Choose foods that support the detox process.


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Green Tea vs. Green Coffee for Weight Loss – the #Titanic Tussle!!!

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You must be confused and bemused by the fact that there are ‘#HealthFads’ that seem to indicate that one kind of #food or #supplement is better than another kind for a particular #health #benefit!  Take #WeightLoss for example.

If you ask a #Nutrionist, she is most likely to opine that the key to #weightloss is a healthy diet and exercise. But they do concede that there are some amazing #superfoods that can deliver a boost. And taking pride of place here are not one, but two beverages! #GreenTea and #GreenCoffeeBean! The eternal question in this case is – which of these is more beneficial when you are trying to lose weight?

It’s the #phytochemical CGA or #chlorogenic #acid extracted from the #green #coffee #bean that is used to specifically #target #weight #loss. Its benefits are that it will:

Help restrict the #absorption of high #glucose foods

Act as a catalyst for #fat #oxidation

Release #fatty #acids from fat stores

#Burn hard to break down fat regions

Improve #lipid #metabolism

Increase your body’s metabolism.

Alternatively, GTC or green tea catechins provide you more with a gentle #detox from the rich supply of #anti-oxidants, which deliver the following benefits:

Help treat a wide range of #anti-inflammatory diseases

Help with the protection against certain cancers as they are #anti-carcinogenic

Eliminate lipid free radicals which may cause a little #weight loss

Round 1:

Green coffee seems to be ahead in the race!!! Let’s look at its benefits in greater detail-

Chlorogenic Acid (CGA)

It restricts the absorption of high glucose foods 

When rich glucose carbs and fats enter the blood system through digestion they are very hard to break down. The green coffee beans chlorogenic acid prevents normal glucose volumes breaking down meaning they then pass on out of your system naturally. Thus it inhibits fat absorption and also stimulates the activation of fat metabolism in the liver, both major supporters of weight reduction. It is also believed to reduce the generation of new fat cells due to its superior anti-oxidant effects.

Releases fatty acids from fat stores by increasing your 

Chlorogenic acid increases your current rate of metabolism as it has been clinically proven to increase fatty acid oxidation. It induces body fat loss by increasing body heat produced, thus promoting thermogenesis, the natural burning of fat for energy.

It stimulates fat absorption in the liver

By improving lipid metabolism, it lowers triglyceride levels in the liver. Simply put, Triglyceride is a mix of three different fatty acids and glycerol, all harmful to your health and contribute to weight gain.

Round 2:

Green Tea. On the other hand, Green tea benefits, studied in further detail, are quite different to the effect chlorogenic acid has on the digestion of high glucose foods and the build up of fat stores and glucose levels in the blood.It’s the catechins in green tea that are the anti-oxidants that have for some time been sought after by people pursuing health benefits.

Green Tea Catechins (GTC)

GTC anti-oxidant benefits

The scavenging effects of lipid free radicals or free radicals are one of GTC anti-oxidant qualities. By eliminating lipid-derived free radicals you are essentially healing your body and the flushing out of toxins will cause you to lose some weight in the process.

In fact, GTC are 50 times stronger than almost any other catechin extract as they are preserved much better in the green tea leaf than other plants.

Anti-carcinogen benefits

Green tea’s anti-carcinogenic qualities are intriguing. In recent studies as late as 2012, more compelling evidence supports the fact that GTC block the cell cycle of cancer cells, and inhibit certain cancers such as prostate #cancer.

Anti-inflammatory benefits

Most notably effective as an oral hygiene, its anti-inflammatory benefits may also help treat a wide range of inflammatory characteristics and diseases such as Type2 Diabetes.

Green tea should be taken between meals so the body is not deprived from absorbing all its iron minerals.

The catechins in green tea that are a herbal extract form the Camellia Sinensis – green tea leaves, are what is mostly present in the tea bag, which makes up a cup of specially modified green tea.

Some green teas may include Pu-erh tea extracts which increase blood circulation, White tea extracts that contain a polyphenol that helps keep your arteries healthy and vitamins and minerals from Oolong tea which provide a number of different health benefits.

And the Winner is…

Green coffee’s #chlorogenicacid and green #teacatechins display different synergistic qualities which are both essential for weight loss. However, looking at their key benefits, while green tea provides some crucial anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory health benefits – if you want to just strictly lose weight, then #chlorogenic #acid derived from the #greencoffeebean is arguably the more comprehensive #supplement for burning fat stores. They may hold the key to effective weight loss without the pain of exercise and rigorous dieting.

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Give your digestive system a much needed break by Fasting!

There is no scientific evidence that fasting detoxes the body. The liver is a natural detox center; the lungs, the colon, the kidneys, the lymph glands and the skin get rid of toxins inside of our bodies. But the body is unable to unable to rid itself of toxins when we eat a diet low in nutrients and as a result, there is a buildup of waste products in the cells — AGE, advanced glycation end products — that build up in cellular tissues and lead to atherosclerosis, aging, diabetes, nerve damage and the deterioration of organs.

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Along with improving your overall diet, fasting is one solution to that buildup of AGE. Fasting allows the body to most effectively remove these waste products. Our bodies are designed to fast; we do it every night when we go to bed. So fasting once a week might be a good idea to enable better functioning of your inner organs. How does fasting remove toxins from the body? When you go without eating for more than a day or two, the body enters into ketosis. Ketosis occurs when the body runs out of carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it burns fat. The fat is where the body stores many of the toxins it absorbs from the environment.

The art of fasting is an ancient tradition practiced for thousands of years for curing illness of all kinds, rejuvenation, clarity and decision making, cleansing and strengthening. Have you noticed that when you’re sick, your appetite diminishes? Similarly, when animals are ill, they lie down and often don’t eat or drink. Energy goes towards healing our bodies instead of digesting food. Fasting also allows for the body’s enzyme system to focus on detoxifying and breaking down toxins in the body quickly and efficiently without the job of heavy food digestion. During fasts, toxins are being circulated in the body in order for our organs to de-arm them. Therefore, it’s not always wise to detoxify quickly because a flood of toxins being released at once can cause serious distress to the body that can do more harm than good. Fasting has been used for religious and spiritual purification for centuries. Nearly every religious text you can name, from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible to the Quran and the Upanishads, calls upon followers to fast periodically as a rite of spiritual purification, penitence, or preparation for union with God.

Fasting is also required to get accurate readings for certain medical tests. Short-term fasting before tests for cholesterol and blood sugar levels, for example, helps achieve a more accurate baseline count. Fasting advocates also claim that the practice can effectively treat serious health conditions, from arthritis and colitis to heart disease and depression.

Our digestive system is very busy and hard-working, which requires high amounts of energy; in fact, the digestive system can even drain energy needed for healing, repair and general maintenance of the body. Therefore, it makes sense to give it a vacation once in a while. If you’ve never fasted before, and would like to experience a fast, have no fear. Fasting should be gentle and nurturing and can range from a one day to as long as a week. More rigorous fasts, such as a water-only fast, should only be undertaken by those experienced in fasting and detoxification.

A gentle fast is great way to start. And what’s a day to abstain from food? Try it and see how your body reacts and feels to this little change in your lifestyle pattern. Fasting is a message to your body that you’re embarking on a new beginning, flushing out the old and bringing in the new. Fasting is the perfect way to introduce new healthy habits and foods into your life. It can give you that jump-start, boost clarity, and clear your body toward shifting things in a positive direction.