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Apr
5

Herbs and Spices That Help With Weight Loss

How many people do you know are on a diet or have been on a diet? A lot of people, I'm guessing. Now, how many do you know that stopped the diet plan because it was boring? Probably everyone that tried dieting. Eating plain foods with no flavor gets quite depressing, but if eating ill-flavored food is your ideal way of losing weight then you’re missing out on tasteful factors like herbs and spices. Not only do herbs and spices make your food taste better, and help you continue on your journey to weight loss, but some herbs/spices can help with boosting your metabolism. With no extra calories, carbohydrates, sodium, or fat, herbs and spices add a remarkable aroma and flavor to food that can make losing weight fun and creative. Research shows, no matter how disciplined you are, if the food doesn't taste appealing, you are less likely to stick to any food plan.

There are over hundreds of culinary herbs and spices, but here are a few that help boost the metabolism and put a little flavor in your dish. One of the most often used spices is turmeric, which contains a warming spice called curcumin. Curcumin can increase the body heat, which in return boost the metabolism. Turmeric also has a beautiful mustard color, try adding it to a soup for a little extra kick. Another great “warming spice” is cinnamon. Cinnamon has shown to balance blood sugar levels and curb cravings which help make you feel fuller longer. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of apples, or add it to plain yogurt.

In addition to spices that can warm up the soul, Cayenne pepper raises body temperature in a major way which improves the metabolism, can shrink fat tissues, and lower blood fat levels. Try sprinkling a little of cayenne on top of stews, eggs, or any meal- according to Lose Weight San Diego adding cayenne can help burn more calories per meal. Very similar to cayenne, cumin can help burn up to three times more body fat in recent studies. Just one teaspoon of cumin added to your marinade or barbeque can help aid in weight loss without a lot of effort. For another healthy spice, a little black pepper can go along way. Besides the powerful taste and smell, black pepper also contains piperine which can block the formation of new fat cells. All in all, herbs and spices are a great way to help add a little flavor and fun to any diet. Not only will they help keep you motivated, but a lot of spices can boost the metabolism and many have additional nutrition values to consider.

Oct
13

Can Sugar Affect Your Anxiety?

I have been doing a lot of research lately about what consuming refined sugars can do to your body and one thing which stood out in the information I found was the connection between sugar and anxiety.  What many people don’t realize is your physical health and be correlated to how you feel mentally and emotionally.  Consuming sugar can be one of the biggest contributors to a poor mental state; recently studies have shown that anxiety (and depression) can be caused by high levels of serotonin.  This is a contradiction of previous thoughts that low levels of serotonin were the cause.  Sugar is a large factor in raising serotonin levels in the body, if you struggle with anxiety this can be a huge problem.  Every time you consume sugary foods you are adding to increasing levels of serotonin and causing increased levels of anxiety.

Consuming too much sugar can also lead to imbalances in the body, blood sugar spikes and insulin resistance as well as thrown off your HPA axis (this helps to release your stress hormone cortisol).  Research has shown those who lowered their sugar intake can lower anxiety after a month. There are different ways you can find out if sugar is a problem for you such as microbiome labs, blood sugar labs and autoimmune reactivity brain labs.  These labs can really help to break down the issues and help to make changes for those who suffer from results of anxiety. 

If you want to change your diet to a low sugar diet I would recommend speaking to a nutritionist like San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong.  He offers nutritional help to his patients and encourages other San Diego Chiropractors to offer a nutritional source in their offices.  He believes there are many different ways to be healthy but the more guidance and information you have will allow you to make the best choices.   

Sep
13

Thinking Of Taking A Hot Yoga Class?

Last year I was battling some low back pain and a friend suggested I take a hot yoga class to help loosen and remove toxins from the muscles.  I was already working with San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong who encourage yoga while my corrective care.  If you have never taken a hot yoga class there is some things you should know before going.  Hydration is probably the most important because you will sweat… a tremendous amount of sweat.  If you are not hydrated before the class you may find yourself feeling dizzy or sick during your flow.  You also want to make sure you are hydrating after class.  Although you may want to drink tons of water during class I would discourage anything more than a few sips because you will continue to keep moving in class and a full belly full of water doesn’t feel great in a room that is heated over 90 degrees.   Do make sure you bring water with you in class.  You also want to make sure you have a towel with you because again, you will sweat a lot.  It is really important to remember if you become too overheated and need to leave the room or lie down on your back, do so.  No one will be offended, trust me the teacher/guide would prefer for you to slow it down or step out then faint.  For some of us it makes take more time to get adjusted to taking heated classes.   Remember to be aware of how your body is respond and make adjustments.

Heated yoga and going to my local San Diego Chiropractors office for treatment really helped my low back pain.  I had to remember to take it slow and listen to my body.  I also tried different yoga classes that were not heated, such as restorative yoga.  This is a much slower flowing class focusing on deep stretching and meditation.  Remember to find what is right for you and listen to your body!