Saturday December 7, 2019

Lemon Water- Remedy For A Healthy You

Drink lemon water for a healthier you

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Lemon water can set right the course of your bodily functions. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

While lemon water is popular as an easy weight-loss remedy, it can also set right the course of your bodily functions, if taken the correct way.

Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho, and ‘Bahubali’ actress Anushka Shetty in their 2019 book, ‘The Magic Weight Loss Pill’, spell the transformational power of this simple beverage.

Rich in Vitamins C and B, riboflavin, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, lemon is known to be a fat-cutter. But, as the authors note in one of their 62 lifestyle fixes for weight loss, lemon alone won’t burn fat but would add value to the body in numerous ways.

If you are at your ideal weight, you can have a lemon a day. Underweight people can have half of it, and overweight people around two lemons a day.

Lemon has anti-aging properties as well, whether consumed or applied on the skin. It can be applied to the scalp to reduce dandruff, and give shine and volume to one’s mane.

Lemon juice rubbed onto the face and allowed to dry, can help get rid of blackheads and acne, and reduces wrinkles.

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Lemon water works as a liver tonic. Pixabay

Benefits of drinking lemon water:

1. It is a liver tonic. Use this concoction to detoxify your liver.
2. Lemon water could help in toothache relief.
3. As the juice is rich in potassium, it is good for your heart and for controlling high blood pressure, reducing mental stress and nausea.
4. To alleviate asthma or respiratory problems
5. Lemon juice mixed with organic jaggery is good for smokers, as it replenishes the Vitamin C lost because of smoking
6. It is a natural blood purifier
7. Use it for gargling if you have a sore throat

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How to use: Fill a bottle with water and throw in some slices of lemon with skin. Sip on this throughout the day. You can also start your day with warm water containing lemon juice and organic honey.

Their book concentrates on the reason we get such diseases in the first place, while the second is filled with 62 easy and practicable changes that will have you feeling healthier and happier and achieving all your health goals without the rigor and hard work of a hardcore diet or fitness regime. (IANS)

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Intermittent Fasting Benefits Those at Risk for Diabetes: Study

Time-restricted eating benefits those at risk for diabetes

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People at risk of developing diabetes should practice intermittent fasting. Pixabay

Researchers have found that people who are at high risk of developing diabetes improved their health when they consumed all of their meals over a span of just 10 hours, or less over a period of 12 weeks.

The study published in the journal cell Metabolism, reported a form of intermittent fasting, called time-restricted eating, improved the health of study participants who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, that increase the risk for adverse health issues, from heart disease and diabetes to stroke.

The researchers from University of California in US, found that when participants restricted their eating to 10 hours or less over a period of 12 weeks, they lost weight, reduced abdominal fat, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol and enjoyed more stable blood sugar and insulin levels.

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Time-restricted eating can improve the health of those with diabetes. Pixabay

“Time-restricted eating is a simple dietary intervention to incorporate, and we found that participants were able to keep the eating schedule,” said study co-author Satchin Panda from the University of California in US.

“Eating and drinking everything (except water) during a 10-hour window allows your body to rest and restore for 14 hours at night. Your body can also anticipate when you will eat, so it can prepare the body to optimize metabolism,” Panda added.

Time-restricted eating (eating all calories within a consistent 10-hour window) allows individuals to eat in a manner that supports their circadian rhythms and their health.

Circadian rhythms are the 24-hour cycles of biological processes that affect nearly every cell in the body.

Erratic eating patterns can disrupt this system and induce symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including increased abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides.

The study involved 19 participants diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, with 16 taking at least one medication, like a statin.

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Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that includes diabetes. Pixabay

Participants used an app created by Panda called myCircadianClock to log when and what they ate during an initial two-week baseline period followed by three months of 10-hour time-restricted eating per day.

They were told they could decide what time to eat and how much to eat as long as all food consumption occurred within a 10-hour window.

At the end of the 12 weeks, participants averaged a three per cent reduction in weight and body mass index (BMI) and a four per cent reduction in abdominal/visceral fat.

Many also experienced reductions in cholesterol and blood pressure and improvements in fasting glucose. Seventy percent of participants reported an increase in sleep satisfaction or in the amount they slept.

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“Patients also reported that they generally had more energy, and some were able to have their medications lowered or stopped after completing the study,” said study researcher Pam Taub from University of California. (IANS)