Wednesday January 29, 2020

Scent of a Lemon Can Help People Feel Better About Their Body Image

The researchers believe the new findings could be used to develop new recommendations for therapies for people with body perception disorders or wearable technologies that could improve self-esteem

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Lemon and honey drink. Pixabay.

Researchers have found that the scent of a lemon could help people feel better about their body image, and that people feel thinner and lighter when they experienced it.

The study presented at the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2019) also revealed people contrastingly felt thicker and heavier when they smelt vanilla.

“Our study shows how the sense of smell can influence the image we have in our mind of our body and on the feelings and emotions towards it,” said study lead by author Giada Brianza from the University of Sussex.

The research project builds upon recent research in cognitive neuroscience and human-computer interaction (HCI), which revealed technology can change people’s body image perception (BIP) by stimulating a range of senses.

The experiment consists of two consecutive studies. In the first study, participants sat at a computer screen while olfactory stimuli were delivered and were then asked to rate the perceived scent using a Visual Analogue Scale comparing it to spiky or rounded shapes, hot or cold, high or low pitch and thin and thick body silhouettes.

In the follow-up study, participants stood on a wooden board, wearing headphones, a pair of motion-capture sensors and the shoe-based device which enhanced the pitch of their own footsteps.

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Lemon in water. Pixabay

Participants were instructed to walk on the spot while olfactory stimuli were released and then asked to adjust the size of a 3-D avatar using a body visualisation tool according to their perception of themselves.

They also answered a questionnaire about perceived speed, body feelings and emotions.

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The researchers found the scent of lemon resulted in participants’ feeling lighter, while the vanilla scent made them feel heavier.

These sensations were enhanced when combined with high-pitched sounds and low-pitched sounds of the participants’ footsteps.

The researchers believe the new findings could be used to develop new recommendations for therapies for people with body perception disorders or wearable technologies that could improve self-esteem. (IANS)

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These Kitchen Items Can Aid Weight Loss

Fast track your weight loss with these kitchen essentials

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Here are some kitchen items that can aid your weight loss by boosting your metabolism. Pixabay

Looking to lose some extra kilos? Look no further than some easy-to-find items in your own kitchen.

“Diet and exercise can help to lose weight in a healthy way but how well one knows their kitchen and its items, makes a world of difference to someone who has an urge to shred some extra pounds. Incorporating some food items from the kitchen in a day to day diet can have a big impact on one’s ability to lose weight,” says Dr. Partap Chauhan, noted ayurvedacharya and Director, Jiva Ayurveda.

His weight loss suggestion? Embrace Ayurveda!

He points to five kitchen items that aid weight loss by boosting metabolism and digestion at your best convenience.

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Including lemon in food, sprinkling on salads or just making lemonade helps in rapid weight loss. Pixabay

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon has been used in Ayurveda for its disinfectant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When it comes to weight loss, this sweet fragrant spice boosts metabolism, lowers blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Drinking cinnamon infused water first thing in the morning helps to suppress appetite, lower bad cholesterol and boost metabolism.

Black Pepper:

According to Ayurveda, black pepper is considered to be an effective agent for weight loss. It decreases blockages in the body, improves circulation and digestion while stimulating the metabolism. It also helps the body detox and inhibits it from accumulating fat.

Ginger:

This magic spice of Ayurveda boosts metabolism by 20 per cent, helps improve gut health, melts fat and flushes out toxins. It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties aid digestion, while its appetite suppressant properties ensure that you don’t gorge on your favourite treats. Regular intake of these spices can not only help to lose weight but can dramatically improve overall health.

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The antioxidant properties of ginger can aid digestion and weight loss. Pixabay

Lemon:

Including lemon in food, sprinkling on salads or just making lemonade helps in rapid weight loss. Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C and soluble fiber that give them a number of health benefits. Lemons may reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues and cancer. The most important part is to eat it wisely and one won’t be far from one’s ideal weight.

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Honey:

Consuming honey right before hitting the bed, can help burn more calories during the early hours of sleep. Essential hormones in honey suppress appetite and aid weight loss in much easier way. It also helps in reducing belly fat, which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. (IANS)