SASA’S HEALTHY LIVING INFO: 10 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Aloe Vera Is A Miracle Plant

10 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Aloe Vera Is A Miracle Plant

10 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Aloe Vera Is A Miracle Plant

Aloe Vera – one of the more than five hundred species of succulent in the Aloe genus – has been used throughout history to treat both internal and external maladies.  Aloe Vera gel is widely recognized for its ability to soothe pain and inflammation caused by burns, or more specifically those from sunburn.  However, most people don’t recognize the full spectrum of health benefits offered by this amazing plant.  Read on for a full list of everyday uses for the awesome natural remedy that is Aloe Vera.

1. Rich in Vitamins

–        B1 (thiamin) – important for metabolic function, specifically in regards to the metabolism of carbohydrates.

–        B2 (riboflavin) – needed for synthesis of other vitamins, including many other B vitamins.  Also improves digestion and metabolism.

–        B3 (niacin) – reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels while improving HDL (good) cholesterol.  Also important for liver, kidney, heart, and intestinal function.

–        B6 (pyridoxal phosphate) – necessary for metabolism of amino acids as well as for the release of glucose from stored glycogen in liver and muscle tissue.

–        C (ascorbic acid) – functions as an antioxidant, stimulates collagen production, and plays an important role in many enzymatic reactions.

–        B9 (folate) – needed for synthesis and repair of DNA, as well as for the production of healthy red blood cells.

–        A (beta-carotene) – functions as an antioxidant, improves ocular health, and may reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

2. Excellent Source of Minerals

–        Calcium – improves bone density, mental health, muscular function, vascular health.  Also prevents osteoporosis in menopausal women.

–        Zinc – promotes stronger immune health and is essential for around one hundred enzymatic functions in the human body.

–        Copper – necessary for cardiovascular health, specifically for the transport and processing of oxygen in the blood.

–        Iron – needed primarily for the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood stream.

–        Potassium – important for healthy brain and nervous system functions, as well as for regulation of bodily fluid levels.

–        Magnesium – needed for hundreds of enzymatic processes including synthesis of DNA and RNA.  Also promotes more efficient energy transfer throughout the body.

3. Contains 8 Essential Amino Acids

–        Lysine – aids in the production of elastin and collagen which promotes healthy, younger-looking skin

–        Valine – used for energy and cell regeneration in muscle tissue.

–        Methionine – essential in small amounts for liver function and cardiovascular health.

–        Leucine – stimulates increased muscle growth and improved muscular function.  (Recommended to use in conjunction with Biotin.)

–        Isoleucine – aids in the digestion of fatty acids and regulates blood-glucose levels.  (Recommended to use in conjunction with Biotin.)

–        Phenylaianine – used as an analgesic and antidepressant

–        Histidine – aids in many enzymatic functions.  Also an important component of respiration

–        Glutamin acid – acts as a key component in cellular metabolism.

4. Digestive Aid

Aloe Vera juice can help with digestive problems.  In much the same way Aloe Vera gel soothes burned skin, the juice of the Aloe plant soothes the lining of the stomach and intestines.  Aloe juice taken in moderation can help to ease disorders like irritable bowel syndrome.  It can also help be used to help heal stomach ulcers and regulate micro-flora population in the intestines.

5. Anti-microbial

Aloe Vera juice contains several chemical components which inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, germs, and other micro-organisms.  These include sulphur, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, lupeol, phenol, and urea nitrogen – yet another reason to keep Aloe Vera gel in the medicine cabinet.

6. Boosts the Immune System

Aloe Vera contains several polysaccharides which stimulate increased immune function.  For this reason, Aloe Vera juice is often taken to ward off illness.

Also, as previously stated, Aloe juice contains anti-oxidant Vitamin C which further helps to strengthen the immune system against viral and bacterial attacks.

7. Fatty Acids

Aloe Vera juice contain three important plant sterols which have a positive effect on the human body.

–        Lupeol – displays anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-protozoal, anti-tumor, and chemopreventative characteristics.

–        Campesterol – reduces absorption of cholesterol in the intestines.

–        Beta-sitosterol – also reduces bad cholesterol and may aid in the treatment of some cancers.

Other fatty acids found in Aloe Vera include linoleic, linolenic, oleic, stearic, palmitic, myristic, and caprylic acids.

8. Powerful Detoxifier

Due to its gelatinous nature, Aloe Vera helps to detoxify as it passes through the digestive tract.   Also, because it contains several mineral ions which aid the body in fluid transport and regulation, consumption of Aloe Vera juice can help you to eliminate toxins more efficiently through your skin via sweat.  Read more about the detoxifying power of Aloe juice in this article.

9. Raise Your pH

Acidosis – a disorder where the body’s pH becomes too low – can cause all kinds of health problems such as increased susceptibility to illness and infection, mental and physical fatigue, loss of appetite, and disorientation.  Acidosis may have a number of possible causes, but they all boil down to one basic solution: find a way to bring your body and blood pH back up to a neutral level.  Here is where Aloe Vera juice comes in.  Because of its high concentration of minerals, Aloe Vera is alkalizing meaning that it may be used to treat mild cases of acidosis.

10. Improve Skin and Hair Health

Aloe Vera gel offers several benefits for skin and hair.  It is a fantastic natural moisturizer that is both light-weight and non-greasy.  Anti-oxidant components in Aloe Vera also help to reduce early signs of aging.  Polysaccharides contained in Aloe Vera increase the activity of microphages in blood which fight off infection and help heal wounds faster with less scarring.  Aloe Vera gel has also been shown to stimulate production of collagen.  The high levels of amino-acids in Aloe gel also increase the amount of energy available for cell regeneration.  Aloe’s anti-microbial properties may help fight off scalp infections and prevent hair-loss.

Finally, Aloe Vera gel is full of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin and hair.

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Why Dehydration Is Making You Fat And Sick

Why Dehydration Is Making You Fat And Sick

Digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue and headache are just some of the adverse effects from not drinking enough water. We need it as much as air we breathe in! It’s not a joke.

Did you know that when you start feeling thristy your body is already dehydrated? The best practice is to sip water throughout a day. Have it always handy! If you’re not a morning person, have two glasses of water right after you wake up. It will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach. Also, don’t think that sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. It’s actually the opposite! Sugar, as well as salt, makes your body waste precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have. And as an added bonus, drinking water speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to loose some weight.

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7 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU THINK YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH

7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

“We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” ~Lori Deschene - 7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough
“We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” ~Lori DescheneSometimes I am really terrible to myself and relentlessly compare myself to other people, no matter how many times I read or hear about how good enough or loveable I am.On an almost daily basis, I meticulously look for evidence that I am a nobody, that I don’t deserve to be loved, or that I’m not living up to my full potential.

There is generally a lot of pressure to “stack up” in our culture. We feel as if there is something wrong with us if, for example, we’re still single by a certain age, don’t make a certain amount of income, don’t have a large social circle, or don’t look and act a certain way in the presence of others. The list could truly go on forever.

Sometimes in the midst of all the pressure, I seem to totally forget all the wonderful, unique things about myself.

I get stuck in my head and allow my inner critic to completely tear apart my self-esteem until I hate myself too much to do anything except eat ice cream, watch daytime television, and sleep.

The other day, while I was beating myself up over something I can’t even recall at the moment, I read a comment from one of my blog readers telling me that one of my posts literally got them through the night. Literally. And if that one simple word was used in the intended context, this person was basically telling me that one of my posts saved their life.

I get comments like these on a pretty regular basis, and they always open my eyes to just how much I matter, regardless of my inner critic’s vehement objections.

Such comments also open my eyes to all the things we beat ourselves up over that don’t matter—like whether or not we look like a Victoria’s Secret model in our bathing suit, or whether or not we should stop smiling if we’re not whitening our teeth, or whether or not the hole in our lucky shirt is worth bursting into tears over.

Lately I’ve been trying harder to catch myself when I feel a non-serving, self-depreciating thought coming on. And I may let these thoughts slip at times, but that’s okay because I’m only human.

While my self-love journey is on-going, here are a few things I try to remember when I’m tempted to be mean to myself:

1. The people you compare yourself to compare themselves to other people too.

We all compare ourselves to other people, and I can assure you that the people who seem to have it all do not.

When you look at other people through a lens of compassion and understanding rather than judgment and jealousy, you are better able to see them for what they are—human beings. They are beautifully imperfect human beings going through the same universal challenges that we all go through.

2. Your mind can be a very convincing liar.

I saw a quote once that said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” That quote completely altered the way I react when a cruel or discouraging thought goes through my mind. Thoughts are just thoughts, and it’s unhealthy and exhausting to give so much power to the negative ones.

3. There is more right with you than wrong with you.

This powerful reminder is inspired by one of my favorite quotes from Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.”

As someone who sometimes tends to zoom in on all my perceived flaws, it helps to remember that there are lots of things I like about myself too—like the fact that I’m alive and breathing and able to pave new paths whenever I choose.

4. You need love the most when you feel you deserve it the least.

This was a recent epiphany of mine, although I’m sure it’s been said many times before.

I find that it is most difficult to accept love and understanding from others when I’m in a state of anger, shame, anxiety, or depression. But adopting the above truth really shifted my perspective and made me realize that love is actually the greatest gift I can receive during such times.

5. You have to fully accept and make peace with the “now” before you can reach and feel satisfied with the “later.”

One thing I’ve learned about making changes and reaching for the next rung on the ladder is that you cannot fully feel satisfied with where you’re going until you can accept, acknowledge, and appreciate where you are.

Embrace and make peace with where you are, and your journey toward something new will feel much more peaceful, rewarding, and satisfying.

6. Focus on progress rather than perfection and on how far you’ve come rather than on how far you have left to go.

One of the biggest causes of self-loathing is the hell-bent need to “get it right.” We strive for perfection and success, and when we fall short, we feel less than and worthless. What we don’t seem to realize is that striving for success and being willing to put ourselves out there is an accomplishment within itself, regardless of how many times we fail.

Instead of berating yourself for messing up and stumbling backward, give yourself a pat on the back for trying, making progress, and coming as far as you have.

7. You can’t hate your way into loving yourself.

Telling yourself what a failure you are won’t make you any more successful. Telling yourself you’re not living up to your full potential won’t help you reach a higher potential. Telling yourself you’re worthless and unlovable won’t make you feel any more worthy or loveable.

I know it sounds almost annoyingly simple, but the only way to achieve self-love is to love yourself—regardless of who you are and where you stand and even if you know you want to change.

You are enough just as you are. And self-love will be a little bit easier every time you remind yourself of that.

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SASA’S HEALTHY LIVING TIPPS: 5 Diet Mistakes You’re Making Daily

5 Diet Mistakes You’re Making Daily

When it comes to dieting, perception isn’t always reality. With so many of us trying to eat right, how are nearly two-thirds of Americans overweight?  Even the most well-intentioned dieters can sabotage their efforts with little mistakes. Fortunately, many of these mistakes have easy fixes.

Tara Gidus MS, RD aka The “Diet Diva” shares the top five diet mistakes many of us make, with quick fixes to get us back on track:

protein rich foods and drinks 1. Your Diet Lacks Protein: recent study found that a diet low in protein drives overeating and causes higher calorie consumption. Try incorporating protein into your diet.

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2. Cutting Out Food Groups: U.S. News & World Report just released their annual diet rankings, and something many of these diets have in common is eliminating foods (gluten-free), groups of foods (Paleo) or even large amounts of calories (fast diet). However, eliminating large groups of foods from your diet isn’t always effective or easy. Cutting out a wide range of foods for a period of several weeks means you risk not getting enough nutrients from a sufficient variety of foods.

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3. Skipping the Snacks: Although you may feel guilty about eating more than three times a day, snacks aren’t bad if you choose the right ones. To stay on track with your weight loss goals, try always keeping better-for-you snacks nearby. Nuts are a good snacking staple as they’re loaded with protein and heart-healthy fats. 

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4. Alcohol: Unhealthy snacks and meals can quickly pack on the pounds, but so can alcohol. While we tend to be more conscious about the food we eat, we can easily forget about the calories in the beverages we drink. Instead of a sugary cosmopolitan, swap it for a wine spritzer or light beer to keep your calorie consumption lower.

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5. Boredom: Eating is truly a social experience and when you’re alone with a day of nothing ahead of you it’s easy to fall into the pattern of overeating. To avoid this, try munching on filling foods like hummus paired with pita chips. It’s a great whole grain, high fiber snack and the serving size is larger that many healthy snacks.

By avoiding these five common diet destroyers and following these simple fixes, you’ll be back to looking and feeling great in no time!

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SASA’S WEIGHT LOSS TIPPS OF THE DAY: 25 Simple Tips & Tricks To Reduce Belly Fat

25 Simple Tips & Tricks To Reduce Belly Fat

 

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While shopping online, I came across those beautiful fitted cocktail dresses – pretty, short and oh-so feminine! I browsed through a few and put them in my cart, but I had a nagging doubt in my head, “will my tummy shows in them”? Most of the women have this fear when they dress up for a special occasion. Dressing up is fun put sometimes painful as tummy fat or belly fat shows easily.

Belly fat is one of the most common problems, especially with Indian women. In fact, it has been observed that even those who have slim bodies are troubled by bulging belly. Even after doing intense workouts, this stubborn fat refuses to budge even an inch. A bulging belly not only diminishes your appearance, but also increases the risk of diseases like stroke, diabetes, heart disease and cancers. Some people even go to the extent of taking diet pills or fat burners for reducing belly fat.

Spot reduction involves losing weight from a particular body part of the body and your belly is one of those areas where most of the fat tends to get accumulated. Unfortunately most of us are unaware of the type of work out and other lifestyle changes that are needed to get rid of the flab from our tummy. To lose this fat effectively, you need to focus on those exercises that specifically target your belly rather than indulging in a full body workout. Apart from this, there are certain natural ways such as dietary and lifestyle changes which can help you get those flat and sexy abs.

Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat:

There are plenty of exercises and food items that can go a long way in helping you get flat abs. All it takes is a little bit of discipline and perseverance. Exercises are one of the best ways to achieve your desired weight loss and the same is true with reducing belly fat. Given below are a few exercises that help you in getting rid of a bulging belly.

1. Side Plank:

This is a great abs work out. It is different from traditional plank in the sense that it enables you to support your body weight on two points of contact instead of four, helping you work out your core muscles.

  1. You can start off by lying on your elbow placed directly beneath your shoulders and your legs stacked together. Now place your right hand on your left shoulder or right hip.
  2. Brace your abs and lift your hips off the floor so that you are balancing on your forearm and feet. Your body should form a diagonal line. Hold on to this position for 30 to 45 seconds or as long as you can if you are a beginner. Switch sides and repeat the procedure.

2. Exercise Ball Crunch:

This exercise is done with the help of an exercise ball crunch and is great for working out your abdomen muscles. In this exercise, the abdomen gets exerted while the rest of the body is stabilized throughout the routine.

  1. To start off, lie on the ball with your lower back fully supported and your hands placed behind your head.
  2. Now lift the torso off the ball by contracting the abs to pull the bottom of the rib cage towards the hips.
  3. Curl up, keeping the ball stable and then lower back down to stretch the abs. Do at least 1 to 3 sets each with 12 to 16 reps.

3. Reverse Crunch:

This exercise has been considered more effective than regular crunches in strengthening the core muscles.

  1. You can start off by lying flat on your stomach with your arms at your sides.
  2. Crossing your feet, lift them off the floor to create a 90-degree angle with your knees.
  3. Now contract your abs muscles and lift your hands and shoulders off the ground, exhaling when you contract and inhaling when you lower your back down.
  4. Try doing 1 to 3 sets with 12 to 16 reps each.

4. The Bicycle Exercise:

Cardio exercises are one of the best exercises for burning body and belly fat. Exercising on the bicycle is one of those which are great for body rotation, abdominal stabilization and more abdominal muscle activity.

  1. Start off by lying on your back with your hands behind your head.
  2. Now slowly raise your knees to your chest while lifting your head and shoulders off the floor.
  3. Bringing your right elbow towards your left knee, straighten your right leg.
  4. Now switch sides, bringing your left elbow to your right knee and straightening your left leg.
  5. While doing this exercise, keep your breathing relaxed and even. Do 1 to 3 sets with 12 to 16 reps each.

5. Vertical Leg Crunch:

This exercise is similar to leg crunch except that your legs are straight up, working out your abs and adding intensity to the routine.

  1. To start off, lie down on the floor with your legs straight up, your knees crossed and your hands placed beneath your head for support.
  2. Contract your legs, lifting your shoulders off the floor and keeping your legs in a fixed position to crunch.
  3. Do at least 1 to 3 sets with 12 to 16 reps each.

6. Long Arm Crunch:

This exercise has been derived from the traditional floor crunch where the arms are held straight behind you such that a lever is added to the move, making it a challenging exercise.

  1. Start off by lying on the floor or a mat. While doing so, extend your arms straight behind, keeping them clasped and next to your ears.
  2. Contracting your abs slowly, lift your shoulders off the floor to keep your arms straight.
  3. Do 1 to 3 sets with 12 to 16 reps each.

7. The Captain’s Chair Leg Raise:

As evident from its name, this exercise involves a captain’s chair and a rack with padded arms to allow the legs to hang free. It is commonly found in gyms and racks.

  1. Start off by standing on the chair and griping hand holds.
  2. Pressing your back against the pad, raise your knees to the chest to contract the abs.
  3. Then lower the back down.
  4. Perform 1 to 3 sets each with 12 to 16 reps.

8. Interval Workout:

An interval workout is a workout where a high intensity exercise is followed by a lower intensity exercise. This is done to enable your body to workout at a good pace and then give it enough time to recover. For example, you can try jogging for the first 5 minutes to warm up. Then sprint for the next 2 minutes. After that, you can slow down to the spot where you are running at a jogging pace and then indulge in a full sprint for 2 more minutes. You can end up by jogging for the final 5 minutes.

9. Running and Walking:

Running and walking are the best fat burning exercises. This is quite simple as all you need is a good pair of shoes. Running burns more calories but walking is also quite effective in this regard. You can try brisk walking for 30 minutes at least 5 days in a week. This will cause you to breathe harder and your heart rate to become faster than usual. To get the same results in half a time, you can try jogging for 20 minutes in a day, at least 4 days in a week.

Diet to Reduce Belly Fat:

In addition to exercise, there is a need to make certain changes in your dietary pattern to reduce belly fat. All kinds of junk foods, processed snacks and aerated drinks might seem pleasing to your taste buds but they cause more harm to your tummy both internally and externally, causing fat to accumulate in your mid section.

A balanced diet not only improves your overall fitness but also prevents your belly from bulging up. Besides, there are certain food items that can help reduce your belly fat naturally. Given below are a few dietary tips for reducing belly fat:

1. Restrict your Caloric Intake:

As we all know, the key to weight loss is consumption of fewer calories than you normally consume. Spot reduction is rather impossible but when you start losing overall body weight, you tend to lose belly fat first. Thus, there is a need to restrict the intake of sugar and starch as these types of foods get stored in the body as fat if the calories are not burnt off immediately and do not provide much nutrition. Instead, it is advisable to consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins like chicken, fish, turkey and tofu. Processed foods and sweetened beverages also contain hidden fructose apart from fruits. Make sure to limit your fructose intake to less than 25 grams per day.

2. Avoid Late Night Snacking:

Late night or in between meals snacking should be avoided. If you feel hunger cravings in between meals, go for healthy foods like carrots, celery, fruits or nuts.

3. Eat Smaller Portions:

Reducing portion sizes can greatly help in weight loss including belly fat. Ensure to consume all kinds of foods in moderation to reap their health benefits.

4. Keep Yourself Hydrated:

Staying hydrated is extremely important. Drink plenty of water as it keeps you full in-between meals. You can drink one full glass of water before every meal as this will fill up your stomach and you are likely to eat less. Replace the sugary sodas and fruit juices with water to prevent the consumption of unnecessary calories. Ensure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

5. Eat Fewer Carbs:

Carbs are an important source of energy. But most of us tend to consume more carbs than are need. These carbs get stored in the body as fat resulting in the appearance of belly fat.

6. Eat More Protein:

Increase the consumption of lean proteins like fish, skinless chicken and eggs. Since protein has a higher thematic effect than other foods, your body burns more energy while processing proteins than it does while processing carbs and fat. Thus, a high protein diet is more effective in burning belly fat.

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7. Cut Down on Alcohol Consumption:

Alcohol is loaded with sugar which leads to fat. Even if you cut down your sugar consumption but continue consuming alcoholic beverages, you are no better off. Alcohol also places stress on your liver which is forced to overwork to remove toxins consumed. This adversely affects the building of muscles. Alcohol greatly contributes to belly fat so it is advisable to refrain from consuming it.

Foods that Reduce Belly Fat:

As stated earlier, there are certain foods which are especially effective in reducing belly fat. The foods given below should be included in your diet as they can provide you with a flat belly along with a rich boost of nutrition.

1. Fruits and Fruit juices:

Among fruits, cranberries are especially effective in reducing belly fat. They have a high content of organic acid which act as a catalyst for enzymes. These enzymes help in reducing the fatty deposits. Ensure to include 100% cranberry juice in your diet. Cran-water also helps to lose belly fat. Dried fruits like raisins, apricots and figs are also quite nutritious and beneficial for weight loss.

2. Fish Oil/ Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Omega-3 fatty acids help you to lose belly fat by directly targeting tummy fat. Fish oil is another great option to lose belly fat. Ensure to consume at least 6 grams of fish oil or eat mackerel, salmon at least twice a week. You can also munch chia seeds as they are high in protein and an excellent source of B vitamins. They also contain calcium and high quantity of antioxidants.

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3. Linolenic Acid (GLA and CLA):

Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) help reduce belly fat by activating the brown fat in overweight people. You can obtain this GLA from precursor vegetable oils like sunflower oil. Otherwise you can also use GLA supplements. CLA helps in reducing fat by helping the body to utilize and access stored fat.

4. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA):

Monounsaturated fats like omega-9 fatty acids also play an important role in a flat belly diet. Certain studies have shown that MUFAs help to burn body fat in the belly. The American Heart Association recommends using MUFAs instead of trans-fats and saturated fats. To get the recommended amount of MUFAs, you can use olive, sunflower or safflower oil for cooking. Other sources of MUFA include filberts, olives, macadamia nuts and avocados.

5. Lemon or Lime:

For a flat belly, try to drink lime juice in normal water daily in the morning. You can also sip lemon juice or use it in salads or in your diet. Lemon provides more energy to the liver to liquefy fat so that it gets flushed away more quickly from the system. Besides you should drink plenty of water to accelerate this process. Dehydration can cause your kidneys to take help from the liver, thereby reducing the liver’s speed to burn fat.

6. Herbal Teas:

Herbal teas can be beneficial in this regard as they are prepared from spices and herbs that have been proven to speed up metabolism, reduce stress and cleanse the body’s internal organs. You can also consider using green tea as it has a load of antioxidants which are great for your body, skin, hair and brain. It contains EGCG which can help you lose belly fat naturally. Try having 3 to 4 cups of green tea in a day without adding milk or sugar. An effective way to lose belly fat is to replace the sodas, juices and other sugary foods with herbal teas.

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Lifestyle Changes:

Apart from a healthy diet and regular exercise, it is important to incorporate certain changes in your lifestyle to accelerate the process of losing belly fat and be able to maintain the fitness level in the long run. To start off, it is important to maintain a positive attitude. If you believe that you will be able to do it, you can actually do it. In fact, you have to be patient enough as you cannot expect to get instant results. You need to make the following changes in your lifestyle:

1. Get Proper Sleep:

Getting proper sleep is perhaps one of the best and easiest things that you can do to bring your body into shape including reduction of belly fat. Science has shown a link between getting deep sleep on a consistent basis and having less belly fat. Sleep deprived people tend to feel sluggish, causing them to eat more to compensate for the lack of energy. The deepest and most sound sleep comes from going to bed early in the evening. When you are awake till late in the night, you are tired and your body produces more Ghrelin, which increases cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. Lack of sleep can also alter your hormone production, thus affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity which is one of the causes of belly fat. It is advisable to get at least 7 hours of sleep at night.

2. Manage your Stress Levels:

Stress is a part and parcel of life today. But too much stress can increase the level of cortisol in the body which leads to excess fat storage. Stress can be managed by indulging in regular exercises, staying away from stress inducing people from your life and time management. You can try yoga, meditation or other mind-body building activities that improve breathing, posture and provide relaxation too. If your job is the cause of your stress, consider changing your careers to be better off and alive. Being late or constantly running out of time can also lead to stress. Try to manage time by making a list of things that you need to accomplish on a given day. This might help in reducing your stress levels and consequently the fat accumulated in your belly.

3. Slow Down your Breath:

This is an effective method that you can try even if you are busy doing something else. Whenever you find that you are feeling tensed, try and check your breathing. When people are stressed out, they often alternate holding their breath with short breaths or take rapid shallow breaths. When you become aware of your breathing, relax your belly and try to slow down your breathing. To get the best results, focus on slowing down your exhalation rather than inhalation. This method is quite simple but extremely effective.

4. Be Persistent:

It is our tendency to look for quick results in every aspect of life, fitness is one of those. Often when we are trying to lose belly fat or simply lose weight, we expect to see results within a short span. When we fail to see the difference, we end up feeling disappointed and giving up on the fitness regime.Another reason is that some people feel monotonous following a particular routine or are simply unwilling to make the requisite changes.

So the most important thing that you need to keep in mind while trying to lose belly fat is to be persistent. As we all know, nature is persistent, time keeps on moving no matter what. Like nature, you have to be persistent enough to take steps each day to eat the right foods, do your regular exercises and nourish yourself. You need to give some time to yourself before you can see positive results. Avoid pushing yourself while trying to lose belly fat as things take their own time to work out. And last but not the least, you have to maintain a positive mood and be happy. Make sure to measure your progress to know where you are heading.

So if you really want to look good in your favourite saree or a perfectly fitted dress and if you think that belly fat is incurable, you need to change your thinking. Just go ahead and adopt the simple yet effective ways given above. Though you cannot reduce fat, you can definitely lose belly fat by decreasing your total body fat percentage.

Remember a step taken in the right direction is always better than standing still on the wrong path. Go ahead and make those small changes in your life. We hope this article will surely help you. Do share the life changing steps you adopt and share your views in the comments section below!

Source: Health Beckon

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