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losing weight in your sleep?

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Can you lose weight with a good night’s sleep

losing weight while sleepingConsider two people, having the same amount of work to do each day, doing the same amount of exercise, and having identical meal plans as well. However, one gets around 7-8 hours of good sleep each night, whereas the other does not.

Is there a difference between their lifestyle? The answer: A huge difference.

It may not seem like it, but sleep is one of the most important factors, if not the most important, that keeps people healthy and fit throughout their lives. This claim has been backed up by various researchers and health institutions. Recently, an article in the Washington Post also mentioned the side effects of sleep deprivation, which includes depression, decreased testosterone levels and more importantly, weight gain and decreased muscle strength.

Think about it: If you are sleepy at work, you may be tempted to get a cup of coffee to stay awake or get a doughnut. After work you may skip the gym and instead pick up takeout on your way home because you are too tired to cook.

exerciseSleep helps our body in various ways, one of which includes the recovery of the muscle tissues. During workouts, our muscles tend to tear or become injured, and they need time to recover. A good amount of sleep can help you achieve that. If you do not get enough sleep, your muscle may never recover, and things only get worse from there, i.e. instead of building core muscles with your workouts, you tend to lose it all gradually.

“It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly,” explains Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale, Ariz.”

On average we need about 7.5 hours of sleep. If you normally sleep 5 hours, those 2 extra hours can help you to lose weight. If you already sleep 7 hours than those .5 hours will not help you lose weight but your metabolism will be better.

Johanna Oosterwijk ND

 

Say good-bye to seasonal allergies

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Say good-bye to seasonal allergies

AllergySpring has arrived in North Texas and so has allergy season for many of us. It is estimated that, in the United States, over 50 million people suffer from seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating (for some) and they impact many areas of our daily lives from work to play. No wonder people are reaching for the quick fix of pharmaceutical drugs available by prescription or over the counter. Many of those, however, are accompanied by annoying side effects and recent studies have linked traditional allergy pharmaceuticals with higher incidents of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The good news  is that there are natural remedies that help with allergy symptoms. The bad news is that it may take some trial and error to see what works best for each individual. Here are some herbs to try: Dong quai (anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory), eyebright (congestion, itchy eyes), gingko biloba (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory), stinging nettles (anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory), yarrow (congestion, secretions), red clover (builds body’s resistance to allergens). Read More

New dietary guideline for using sugar

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New dietary guideline for using sugar

 

obese, dietFinally after the wait of 5 years, the US government released its latest dietary guidelines, which are basic guidelines compiled using research on nutrition from some of the most prestigious labs in America under supervision of the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

This year, the US government has advised all US citizens to consume a constant amount of sugar each day, Read More

Effects of water fluoridation on ADHD

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Do you have a child with ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) alphabet blocksAttention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental complications in childhood. It is characterized by having symptoms of no attention towards something along with hyperactivity or impulsivity and these symptoms can persist till the adulthood. It is believed to develop mainly from environmental and genetic effects. The environmental factors include exposure to manganese which is main causative factor of the disorder.

The proof from an experimental exploration study demonstrates that kids Read More

Are you having Thyroid problems?

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Exposure to EDCs (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) in daily household

Chemicals in detergentsPeople usually feel safe from all hurdles and chemical of the outside world in their homes. But have you wondered how safe you are at your home? How you are not prone to any chemicals that may cause severe damage to your health? Well, it is believed to be a myth by some people but we all are subject to that very problem in our everyday life and it is destroying our health bit by bit.

From detergents to food packaging, common household items may be exposing you and your family to chemical health hazards. Indoor environments are therefore increasingly understood as Read More

Can lack of sleep increase the chance of a cold?

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How can lack of sleep affect your health?

Flu season is coming up. How can you prepare yourself?

Flu and  Cold If put straight, cold could be one of the most common diseases that one could develop, and that too purely due to lack of sleep. A bad cold or flu can make you weak and tired and disturb your daily routine, that means not only the end to your day’s job, but also to fun activities you might have planned, meaning no clubs, no match nights and definitely no hangouts with friends.

You may develop cold due to several reasons; some of them include fever, weather change, and according to a recent study, even due low amount of sleep, which we are going to discuss further here. Read More

Top 10 GMOs to avoid and why

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Top 10 GMOs to avoid and why.

GMO on Warning Road Sign.Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs, are specially designed (or altered) species which have been genetically modified using genetic engineering for various outcomes, either to produce food of different taste, remove imperfections or to increase the produce. Nowadays, GMOs have become increasingly popular, especially in the US, and are now in use to produce a very large amount of consumable items. However, most of us do not realize the risks that GMOs carry along, which cause dire consequences to health of humans, the environment and the species itself. Many negative effects of GMOs are extremely harmful, some of which are listed below. Read More

Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

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Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

Bio grape seed oilWhy is Grape Seed Extract important for you? Grapes have their medical and nutritive importance from decades. According to historians, Greek philosophers used grapes for healing purpose and Egyptians used to eat grapes for centuries. Grapes are helpful to treat many diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and aging. Although scientific evidence is lacking but the grape seeds and chemicals within them, especially oligoemeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs), are believed to be powerful antioxidants. But on the other hand, evidence supports that grape seeds are helpful in treating chronic venous insufficiency and edema.

Grape seeds have high concentration of Read More

What’s the best evening drink: tea or coffee?

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glass of hot tea with mint garnishEveryone enjoys a hot cup of goodness (Tea or coffee) in the evening, whether it is coffee or tea,  to freshen up the remaining half ofCup of coffee and cookies on the table. Vintage retro hipster st the day and invite the night with some warmth and comfort. While everyone has his/her own personal preferences when it comes down to brewing a favorite drink, science can help you decide which drink is healthier.

Statistics show that tea is sold almost twice as much as coffee annually. There are diverse reasons to love tea and coffee for their flavor, aroma and taste, but let’s get this straight: tea scores higher when it comes to health benefits and overall richness when compared to plain coffee. Below are some details Read More

Why drinking your breakfast is a great idea?

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Why drinking your breakfast is a great idea?

Freshening pear smoothie  isolated on whiteWith research, experimentation and evolution, it is pretty evident that eating your breakfast might not help as much as drinking some nutritious smoothies and juices to start your day! Let’s see how drinking your breakfast can be a great way to boost your immunity, maximize the nutrition content and make your mornings less hectic.

Fresh juices and smoothies provide the daily dose of vitamins and other nutrients for the entire day right in the morning. Drinking them as part of breakfast helps your Kalebody Read More

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