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Five Fruits that Help You Lose Weight

When low-carb diets become popular, fruit was shunned along with other high-carbohydrate foods like oats and sweet potatoes. But while it’s true that fruit is high in carbohydrates, it’s also true that certain fruits can help you lose weight, rather than preventing weight loss. As long as you’re not overdoing it, fruit can be an essential part of your weight loss plan.

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Apple

We’ll start with the apple because it’s in season. Plus, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ve heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. In addition to their vast health benefits, apples contain a lot of fiber. This fills you up faster, keeps you full longer, and boosts your metabolism. Most of the fiber is in the apple’s skin, so try not to peel before eating.

Grapefruit

Several studies show that eating half of a fresh grapefruit before meals helps boost weight loss and reduces visceral fat, the type of belly fat that’s the most problematic. Grapefruit can also help balance your blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, a metabolic condition that can progress into Type 2 Diabetes. Specifically, ruby red grapefruit contains lycopene, a phytochemical that can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Tart Cherries

A study done by the University of Michigan reported that rats that ate tart cherries over a period of 12 weeks showed a 9 percent greater reduction in belly fat than rats who didn’t consume the cherries. Tart cherries can also change the way your fat genes express themselves.

Berries

Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries contain lots of polyphenols. These are antioxidant substances that help you lose weight and also stop fat from forming. In a study done by Texas Woman’s University, mice that ate 3 servings of berries per day experienced a 73 percent decrease in the formation of fat compared to mice who didn’t eat any berries.

Stone Fruits

“Stone fruit” is the name for any fruit that contains a large pit in the center. Examples of stone fruits include plums, peaches, and nectarines. Stone fruits can help prevent metabolic syndrome, the name for a group of symptoms (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess visceral fat, and high cholesterol levels), which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The polyphenols in stone fruits affect the way fat genes express themselves, which reduces belly fat.

Black Tea: The New Weight Loss Tea in Town

When it comes to weight loss teas, green tea often gets all the glory, but new research has put black tea in the spotlight, where it belongs. A recent study shows that, although they work in different ways, black tea may be just as effective for weight loss as green tea. This is excellent news, considering that black tea accounts for about 80 percent of all tea consumed in the country.

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How Black Tea Promotes Weight Loss

Both green tea and black tea contain polyphenols, a specific type of antioxidant that protects your cells from damage. This damage can lead to heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. The polyphenols in green tea are smaller, so they make their way into your blood. Black tea contains larger polyphenols that stay in your gut instead of traveling to your bloodstream. While in your gut, these polyphenols act as prebiotics and feed the good bacteria in your gut. These bacteria then form byproducts called metabolites that act on the liver and can help with weight loss.

Other Benefits of Black Tea

The benefits of black tea don’t stop at weight loss though. Other research shows that drinking just one cup of tea per day can keep your arteries healthy, reduce blood pressure, and protect you from stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems.

If you’re not a tea drinker, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. There are so many different teas available that you’ll probably have to do some experimenting to find one you like. Last week, we posted a recipe for homemade chai tea, which will not only give you the benefits of black tea; it also provides additional health benefits thanks to the added spices.

Try it and let us know what you think!

Healthy Recipe: Chai Tea Latte

Last week, we discussed the powerful health benefits of your favorite fall flavors — cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg. This week, we wanted to give you an easy way to combine all of these spices into one easy (and delicious) drink.

chai tea latte

 

The chai tea lattes that you get at the big name coffeehouses may contain all of these wonderful spices, but they’re also packed with sugar and artificial ingredients — two things that you want to stay away from. The good news is that it’s easy to make your own chai tea lattes at home, and you don’t need any special fancy equipment.

Serves 2

What You Need:
  • cups water
  • whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 black tea bags
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
What To Do:
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine water and spices and bring to a boil over high heat. As water comes to boil, whisk the spices in the water. Once the water reaches a boil, remove the mixture from heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes.
  2. After 5 minutes, turn the heat back on and add the black tea bags. Return to a slight boil. Once boiling, remove from heat. Allow the tea bags to steep in the water and spices for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Put 2 cups of coconut milk in saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once coconut milk is hot, add chai tea mixture and honey. Whisk until combined and mixture becomes frothy.
  4. Pour into mugs and serve with a dash of cinnamon on top.

Five Fall Spices That Boost Your Health

People always talk about the change in weather when fall rolls around; but have you ever noticed that fall seems to have it’s own flavor? As summer comes to an end, citrus and watermelon move aside for cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. Notes of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves begin to pop up everywhere. While all each one of these typical fall spices gets your taste buds jumping for joy, their benefits go way beyond flavor. Spices contain powerful compounds that improve your physical health.

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Cinnamon

Inflammation gets a bad rap, but it’s actually an important physiological response that helps protect your body from infection and helps fight tissue damage. It’s only when inflammation becomes chronic, which can happen from a bad diet, lots of stress, or leaky gut (to name a few), that it becomes a problem.

Cinnamon is packed with powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation and lower the risk of diseases related to inflammation, like heart disease and inflammatory bowel disease. The antioxidants in cinnamon also protect the body from free radicals—unstable compounds that cause physical damage to your DNA that can lead to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Cinnamon may also improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

A specific compound in cinnamon, called CEppt, contains properties that can halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and the growth of the plaques on the brain connected to it.

Nutmeg

Like cinnamon, nutmeg has antioxidant properties that fight inflammation and damage from free radicals. Nutmeg goes a step further by helping ease digestive symptoms like gas, nausea, and diarrhea.  It also contains a natural compound called myristicin that can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

According to tradition, the reason our bodies crave nutmeg as the weather starts to cool down is  because it helps warm up and can fight off colds and stomachaches, which are more common in the fall and winter.

Clove

Cloves are anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiseptic and loaded with antioxidants. They’re also a good source of manganese, a mineral that helps metabolize carbohydrates and fats, regulates blood sugar, and keeps blood clotting normally.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, cloves help relieve sore throats and act as an expectorant, or a compound that helps you cough up excess phlegm and mucus.

Ginger

One of the most well-known effects of ginger is its ability to relieve nausea. It’s often used for seasickness, morning sickness during pregnancy, and even nausea following chemotherapy. In addition to soothing an upset stomach, ginger may help alleviate chronic indigestion.

Ginger is also a powerful pain reliever and blood regulator. In one study, ginger dramatically lowered both fasting blood sugar and A1c levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Ginger may also help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and oral inflammatory diseases, like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Cardamom

Although it’s not as well-known as the previous four spices, cardamom has been used in both cooking and medicine for centuries. Cardamom is rich in antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer and it can lower blood pressure.

The sweet spice also has antimicrobial properties, so it can boost your immune system and help fight off unwanted bacteria and fungi, a property that is ideal during the cooler fall and winter months.

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