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Caffeine Could Help Stop Post op Pain

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Caffeine Could Help Stop Post-Op Pain: Study

 

New American research has found that for patients who suffer from sleep deprivation before surgery, caffeine before the operation could be an alternative way to reduce post-operative pain associated with a lack of sleep.

 

Previous research has shown that a lack of sleep both pre- and post-op can worsen pain after surgery. This new study from the Department of Anesthesiology at Michigan Medicine set out to see if there were any interventions that could help minimize the effect of sleep loss and reduce the severity of pain experienced after surgery.

 

The team focused on caffeine as a potential treatment, which may seem surprising given that caffeine is a stimulant to increase alertness.

 

“Most people would be confused by the idea of using caffeine while we insist on the dangers of not getting enough sleep,” noted study author Giancarlo Vanini, M.D.

 

However, as caffeine blocks the actions of the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter adenosine, causing us to feel more awake, the team proposed that caffeine might counteract the negative impact of sleep deprivation on surgical pain.

 

 

“Insufficient sleep enhances pain perception, so we reasoned that caffeine might also be useful for reversing the increase in pain caused by sleep loss,” Vanini said.

 

The team used a rat model of surgical pain to test whether sleep deprivation before surgery would increase postoperative pain, and whether being given caffeine pre-emptively, before the sleep deprivation, would block the increase in postoperative pain caused by this lack of sleep.

 

The results showed that sleep deprivation before surgery did indeed increase postoperative pain, and also extended recovery time after surgery.

 

However, as the team hypothesized, caffeine helped mitigate the negative effects of insufficient sleep prior to surgery, blocking the increase in surgical pain.

 

Vanini explained that caffeine’s positive effect may be due to its role in blocking neurochemical changes caused by sleep deprivation in the brain areas that control sleep and wakefulness, and are connected to major pain-related areas.

 

“These results are relevant because sleep disorders and insufficient sleep are highly prevalent problems in our society,” he added. “Additionally, often times patients travel long distances during the night or early morning before being admitted into the hospital for elective surgery. In one way or another, most patients do not get adequate sleep before surgery.”

 

The team now plan to carry out more research to better understand caffeine’s effect on reducing pain in surgical patients.

 

The results are online in the journal Sleep.

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Most Weight Loss Supplements are a Scam!

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Most weight loss supplements are a scam! Let us reveals the ones that actually work!

 

Since this is a long topic and I don’t want to bore you to tears, today let’s review everything out there claiming to help you boost your metabolism with natural metabolism boosters and I’ll tell you the real truth about where to spend and not spend your money. If you get sick of reading, just see the ingredient and read the “verdict”!

 

Many Claims Regarding Natural Metabolism Boosters That Are Not True!

 

Magic diet pill! Melt your fat away! We’ll show you how to decrease body fat and increase lean body mass with no muscle and fitness or dietary changing efforts !  Step right up and buy the scam! Unexplained weight gain will just melt away! DO NOT FALL FOR WHAT SOUNDS SCAMMY- it is, it is! Weight loss is the #1 supplement scam but now, due to this article on the real, effective natural metabolism boosters, you will not be scammed every again, OK?? Save this for shopping.

 

Messages like these on weight-loss products taunt consumers looking for a quick and easy way to shed pounds. But these products don’t live up to their claims.

Even worse, they can cause serious harm, say, federal regulators, who have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements but that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans.

The FDA warns these products are not legal dietary supplements. They are actually very powerful drugs masquerading as “all-natural” or “herbal” supplements, and they carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers. The FDA has found weight-loss products tainted with the prescription drug ingredient sibutramine.

This ingredient was in an FDA-approved drug called Meridia, which was removed from the market in October 2010 because it caused heart problems and strokes. FDA has also found other prescription drug ingredients that have been removed from the market or never approved at all.

Other weight-loss products marketed as supplements have been found to contain dangerous concoctions of hidden ingredients including seizure medications, blood pressure medications, and other drugs not approved in the U.S.

Many of these tainted products are imported and sold through the Internet, but some can also be found on store shelves. The FDA has made it a priority to seek out these dangerous products, stop them from being imported, and take legal action against firms that manufacture and distribute them.

Just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does NOT mean it is safe or effective. Although the benefits of some dietary supplements have been documented, the claims of others may be unproven. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Note that famous T.V. doctors have been known to stretch the truth. Well, here is a real review from a real weight loss expert and former T.V. doctor-ME!  And I’ll tell you everything that’s out there and give you a thumbs up or down on whether or not it might be useful.

And/or dangerous. And I’ll tell you WHY. Note  that every single thing mentioned below is contraindicated (not recommended meaning don’t take it) if you are pregnant or nursing. I won’t keep repeating that. Also, it goes without saying that if you are trying to get pregnant, avoid “taking anything.”

6 Ingredients Which Claim to ‘Burn Fat’ – Considered Stimulants

 

  1. Caffeine

 

Description/Primary Functions

Natural stimulant and therefore a natural metabolism booster that’s found in coffee and caffeinated teas and can help burn fat by boosting basal metabolic rate, or BMR.

Several studies have found that a dose of caffeine increased subjects’ energy expenditures by 5 percent or more, helping their bodies burn calories and fat. Caffeine stimulates metabolism and mobilizes body fat for use as energy.

It can also enhance the effects of other fat-burning compounds like green tea and citrus Aurantium.

Note that caffeine in coffee, tea, colas, energy drinks are largely ineffective and it takes a higher of a dose of encapsulated caffeine to have a “good”effect equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee.

Contraindications/Precautions

Caffeine is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a caffeine-containing product.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

For this to amp up your metabolism you need more than one cup of coffee as noted above. BUT if you give up all other sources of coffee and it doesn’t give you palpitations then it’s OK. I’m not really crazy about it for weight loss as a single ingredient because it usually causes the jitters and not a lot of metabolic boosts unless combined with other ingredients but I’ll give it an “it’s OK”-just don’t expect miracles. At least in reasonable doses, it might jack up your blood pressure.

  1. Guarana

 

Description/Primary Functions

Guarana is a climbing plant in the maple family native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana is best known for its fruit, which is about the size of a coffee

bean. As a dietary supplement, guarana is an effective stimulant. Its seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans.

 

There’s some evidence that guarana – when used along with other supplements – may promote weight loss. It’s uncertain if the guarana specifically was responsible. Because

caffeine is a stimulant that has been shown to improve mood and aid weight loss, guarana may very well also have these effects.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

Guarana is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a guarana-containing product. Guarana is not recommended for those with a seizure disorder, cardiovascular disease,

liver failure, or with kidney failure. It is advised to avoid products with excessive levels of caffeine, which can cause side effects, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Another one that will work but don’t combine it with caffeine or it WILL jack up your blood pressure. Another one I’m not crazy about but again, in reasonable doses, it’s OK. Can be combined with decaf green tea-DECAF! Then it gets the definitive two thumbs up!

  1. Citrus Aurantium/Synephrine/Bitter Orange

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Also known as bitter orange, this substance contains several alkaloids that stimulate the body’s beta-3 receptors to boost metabolism and increase fat burning. It also promotes

the release of epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, which enhances mental energy and focus. After ephedra was taken off the market in 2004, bitter orange, a herb similar to

ephedra, has been marketed as a weight loss aid.

 

Proponents claim that bitter orange can stimulate the fat-burning process. Bitter orange may raise blood pressure, increase heart rate or cause abnormal heart rhythms. (This just means you need to get a pure product with  the correct dose-then unless you have a heart condition, you needn’t worry).

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Bitter orange is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a bitter orange-containing product.

It should not be taken by those with a cardiovascular condition (such as heart disease or high blood pressure or diabetes). Bitter orange should not be combined with caffeine or any natural substances containing caffeine (such as caffeinated green tea and high doses of yerba mate).

It should also be avoided by anyone taking medications (such as MAO inhibitors) or herbs/supplements that increase heart rate. Some people consider this to be like one of the best  energy supplements but it shouldn’t be used for energy, please.

It is a supplement and likely the most potent of all  the supplements to speed up metabolism so you WILL have a burst of energy but again, be careful you don’t “overuse this” OK? (I don’t want you needing help with adrenal fatigue after you have lost your weight!)

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

You just read that it increases two substances-epinephrine and nor-epinephrine and that this increases mental focus. Well, as with ephedra, which is not on the list because other than the black market, it isn’t sold this will also increase cortisol levels if you do not use “the right product” meaning a gentle, controlled dose such as what we have.

So this gets the most efficacy rating as a combo pharmaceutical grade product which contains other things, making what we carry and I cannot vouch for other things you buy, safe and effective. I’m going to give this thumbs up because I am hoping you won’t buy a “crazy concoction” of this somewhere else!

  1. Green Coffee Bean Extract

 

Description/Primary Functions

The beans found in the berries of coffee trees contain high levels of chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid works in two ways. First, it reduces the absorption of blood sugar (glucose) by the intestine. Then it inhibits an enzyme in the liver so that less glucose is released into the bloodstream.

 

With less glucose available, the body burns more fat stored in adipose tissues as a source of energy rather than glucose. There is caffeine in all Green Coffee Extracts in varying amounts unless decaffeinated.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Green coffee bean extract is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a green coffee bean extract containing product.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

Appears that enough chlorogenic acid does cause some degree of fat burning. If you take this, don’t use other caffeine containing products OR use a decaf version.

  1. Raspberry Ketones

 

Description/Primary Functions

Research has shown that these aromatic compounds found in raspberries have potential fat-blasting effects. Raspberry ketones are said to increase the production of two hormones: norepinephrine, which raises body temperature, and adiponectin, which regulates metabolism.

In turn, this supposedly causes stored fat to get broken up more effectively, which makes it easier for your body to burn fat as fuel.

Contraindications/Precautions

Raspberry ketones are contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a raspberry ketone containing product. Raspberry ketones may lower blood sugar levels, so, those taking drugs for diabetes should be monitored closely by their physician.

Raspberry ketones may also cause an increase in inflammation, heart palpitations and shakiness. Raspberry ketones may also interact with medicines, such as those that regulate heart rate and cholesterol, and hormones.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Incredibly mixed results depends on the quality of the product so if you are going to try this do a LOT of reading. I am not too crazy about the part where it makes you shaky (that always implies epinephrine and hence cortisol which I just warned you about).

I REALLY don’t like the idea of you taking something which will INCREASE inflammation when I go crazy on this blog teaching you how to lower it. I am therefore going to give it a personal NOPE!

  1. CLA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid often marketed as a weight loss aid. It is found naturally in dairy products and in beef. Proponents claim that CLA can reduce fat while building muscle, as well as keep cholesterol in check. Reports suggest that CLA is a special conjugated omega-6 fatty acid that has been shown to possibly reduce body fat and preserve lean body mass. It’s also been shown to possibly speed up the body‘s fat metabolism and help metabolize existing fat deposits as well as increase the proportion of lean muscle to fat in the body.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

CLA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a CLA containing product.

There are indications that CLA can worsen diabetes and therefore should be avoided. It may also increase the possibility of diabetes for those with metabolic syndrome.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

Big NOPE! Does not work at all!

Other Non-Stimulants Which Claim to be Natural Metabolism Boosters

 

  1. L-Carnitine

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Acetyl-l-Carnitine, derived from an amino acid, is found in nearly all cells of the body. A- L-Carnitine supplementation may improve the utilization of fat as an energy source.

 

Therefore, l-carnitine can be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of conditions associated with impaired fat utilization and energy production. It’s been shown to help maintain and help to gain energy, increase muscle mass, in conjunction with a weight training program.

 

Researchers and all Anti-aging doctors prefer to use acetyl-L-carnitine in research studies because it is better absorbed from the small intestine than L-carnitine. (Also note that L-carnitine MIGHT be related to colon cancer whereas acetyl-l-carnitine is not).

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

L-Carnitine is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a carnitine-containing product. Rare side effects include muscle weakness in uremic (renal failure)

patients and seizures in those with seizure disorders.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

This is a great, healthy supplement! I use for bringing down glucose, triglycerides, increasing brain protection, Neural transmission speed, and overall brain health  but it doesn’t directly increase metabolism.The way it does help you lose weight is by helping increase muscle mass and therefore increase your metabolic rate.

So, as much as I LOVE this supplement for the brain and energy and more it would be misleading of me if I told you this was a natural metabolism booster like the other things I will give a true thumbs up to. No thumbs up or down here.

  1. Garcinia Cambogia/HCA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

HCA is actually a salt derived from the rind of dried fruit, in particular, the Southeast Asian plants brindal berry and Garcinia cambogia. Research backs the effectiveness of HCA at reducing fat absorption, increasing fat metabolism, inhibiting appetite, and lowering LDL cholesterol.

 

It has also been suggested that HCA inhibits the citrate lyase enzyme which is known to be an important catalyst in the metabolic process of converting excess carbohydrates into fat. Once this process is inhibited by HCA, the body’s natural reaction is to increase carbohydrate oxidation which can result in sizeable weight loss.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

HCA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of an HCA-containing product. Garcinia/HCA is possibly safe for most people when used for 12 weeks or less. Long-term safety is unknown. It can cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache. Puts a hard strain on kidneys, so not suitable for diabetic, cardiac patients, High blood pressure medication, Lasix or hydrocholorthyrazine (hctz).

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Sort of mixed. It truly depends on the amount of HCA % and even then it’s slightly mixed. It is my feeling that the GI side effects are from products which are not pharmaceutical grade and contain contaminants.

It doesn’t amp you up but remember long term safety is “unknown” so I’ll give this an OK, if you want to try it, try it for a SHORT period of time and give your body a break from it- recall you have a list of 10 ingredients so rotate them.

 

  1. Coleus Forskohlii

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Forskolin is the active ingredient in forskohlii and is a chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus barbatus (Coleus forskohlii). This plant has been used since ancient times to treat heart disorders such as high blood pressure and chest pain (angina), as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma.

 

For dieting, this ingredient works to increase cyclic AMP, which is purported to help the body mobilize body fat for use as energy. Patented for promoting lean body mass, the active ingredient is known as forskolin. Some clinical studies show this ingredient helps reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Forskohlii is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a forskohlii containing product. Because of lack of long-term safety studies, pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid forskohlii supplements. There is some concern that forskolin might interfere with treatment for diseases of the heart and blood vessels and could worsen them.

 

Forskolin might significantly lower blood pressure. Use forskolin with caution if you have a heart problem. Forskolin might increase bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using forskolin at least 2  weeks before a scheduled surgery. Medications for high blood pressure ,interact with forskolin. Medications that increase blood flow to the heart (Nitrates) interact with forskolin.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Conflicting studies when used on its own but when combined with garcinia Cambogia it appears to work. Just be careful of the “health issues.”

  1. Chromium

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Chromium is a metal. It is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of chromium are necessary for human health. Chromium is needed for normal sugar and fat metabolism. It improves the efficiency of insulin.

 

When chromium levels are low, insulin can’t perform well. This can set the stage for diabetes mellitus, obesity, and heart disease.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Chromium is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a chromium containing product.

 

Those with a history of hypoglycemia should exercise caution in the use of chromium supplements, as well as those with liver and kidney disease. Insulin interacts with chromium and might decrease blood sugar.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

It does NOT speed up metabolism. I don’t want to trash this / same as the acetyl-l-carnitine because it is quite useful. Be careful of chromium picolinate as it is linked to possibly causing cancer.

However, chromium nicotinate should be classified as a great natural appetite suppressant and 600-800 mg 2x a day (don’t go higher) is quite effective.

So no thumbs will be up or down here either.

  1. Fucoxanthin

 

Fucoxanthin is a type of antioxidant carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame and hijiki which are used widely in Asian cuisine. Wakame is the seaweed used in miso soup which is a great healthy soup. Preliminary research in animals suggests it may target abdominal fat. Fucoxanthin also doesn’t appear to be a stimulant like ephedra, bitter orange or caffeine. Japanese researchers have found that fucoxanthin (isolated from wakame) promotes the loss of abdominal fat in obese mice and rats.

 

Although it’s not fully understood how fucoxanthin works, it appears to target a protein called UCP1 that increases the rate at which abdominal fat is burned. Abdominal fat, also called white adipose tissue, is the kind of fat that surrounds our organs and is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Fucoxanthin is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a fucoxnthin containing product. Seaweed is rich in iodine and excessive consumption may result in iodine poisoning. High levels of iodine can interfere with the function of the thyroid gland.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

As a single ingredient, there isn’t evidence that it works. However, it does indeed appear to enhance the “burn” of a well done bitter orange product such as our metabogen.

  1. Capsaicin

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Capsaicin, a natural compound in chili peppers, is said to promote weight loss. Proponents claim that the compound can boost metabolism, and cause a shift in substrate oxidation from carbohydrate to fat oxidation.

 

A recent study has suggested that the ingestion of capsaicinoids can increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation through the activation of brown adipose tissue. It is also reported that capsaicin leads to a decrease in appetite as well as a decrease in food intake.

 

Another study found that capsaicin may help decrease ghrelin (a hormone involved in promoting hunger). It is considered to be one of the supplements to boost metabolism if ingested and one of the substances for muscle soreness relief if applied on the outside. It’s actually one of the decent natural fibromyalgia treatment modalities.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Capsaicin is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a capsaicin-containing product. Although capsaicin is generally considered safe, it may cause some side-effects (such as stomach irritation and aggravation of ulcers and heartburn. In addition, capsaicin supplements may interact with certain medications (including aspirin and blood-thinning

drugs).

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

It does increase metabolic rate a bit and the ghrelin studies are intriguing.

I would be very careful about supplements and get it naturally instead of spicy foods so you don’t get a “capsule dump”.

Note that all spicy foods, even the wasabi you get eating sushi speeds up your metabolism to some extent. This gets an O.K. from me if you are careful about the source.

Plus, spicy foods all boost your immune system nicely! So this is good for your health!

  1. Green Tea Extract

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Studies show that substances in green tea may offer several weight-loss-promoting effects, such as speeding up metabolism and suppressing appetite.

 

Green tea extract contains a catechin known as EGCG, which may slow carb absorption and increase fat burning by improving the function of insulin. When combined with caffeine, EGCG has shown to elevate metabolism beyond that of caffeine alone.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Green tea is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a green tea containing product. While green tea is likely safe for most adults, drinking more than three  cups a day may lead to caffeine-related side effects. These side effects can include headaches, nervousness, sleep problems, and irregular heartbeat, especially in women.

 

The caffeine in green tea may also aggravate some health conditions, including anxiety, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

WORKS! Would always use decaf supplements and make sure they are a pharmaceutical grade or else you don’t get enough active EGCG. A bonus is that studies show this helps short term memory loss.

This can be combined with any of the supplements mentioned above as approved natural metabolism boosters.

  1. Yerba Mate

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Like green tea, this ingredient contains polyphenols and catechins, which may increase energy expenditure and aid in the loss of body at by stimulating the body to use fat for energy. Yerba mate is known as an adaptogenic herb in South America and Europe.

 

It contains polyphenols and catechins, which may increase energy expenditure and aid in the loss of body fat by stimulating the body to use fat for energy.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Yerba mate is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a yerba mate containing product.

 

Some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and lungs. Smoking in combination with yerba mate seems to greatly increase the cancer risk.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Also works-similar to green tea extract. Note that calories burned are not that significant with this so my thumbs up here is with a warning to not use it if you are a smoker-stop now-and not long term.

But since it is about the same as green tea extract and that is healthy with no side effects, I’d prefer that you use THAT one, to be honest. Thumbs up with caveats.

  1. 7-Keto DHEA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

7-keto-DHEA is a by-product of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a chemical that is formed in the body.

 

DHEA is a hormone produced by glands near the kidneys. But unlike DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA is not converted to steroid hormones such as androgen and estrogen. Taking 7-keto-DHEA by mouth or applying it to the skin does not increase the level of steroid hormones in the blood.

 

7-keto-DHEA speeds up the metabolism and heat production to promote weight loss. This is accomplished through the activation of three thermogenic enzymes.

 

In keeping with the biological definition of thermogenesis, the three enzymes activation drive energy-producing substrates in a direction of less efficient ATP production relative to heat production.

 

The enzymes also promote the utilization of fat stores for energy and heat production. This is the basis for 7-Keto’s ability to enhance thermogenesis and, through that mechanism, accelerate the utilization of fat stores.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

7-Keto DHEA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of 7-Keto containing product.

Women may also experience abnormal menses, insomnia, and hot flashes but this is generally with regular DHEA and not the keto version.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

WORKS! Can be used with decaf green tea. And OK, you can also throw in the other combo products linked above and if you have questions just ASK me and I’ll give you the best combo for YOU. This one alone causes no health issues.

So, there you have it-your guide for metabolic boosters! Remember lifting weights gives you a 5-6 hour boost and anything aerobic gives you a 2-3 hour boost post workout. This and believe it or not, very cold water consumption will raise you up metabolically as much as the mild single-ingredient boosters.

 

Please share with family and loved ones.

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Foods, Lifestyle

Health Benefits of Tea and Coffee

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For the first time, a government advisory committee included a mention of caffeine in its recommendations for the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Rather than suggesting it be eliminated, however, the report said Americans could safely consume up to five cups of coffee a day, or approximately 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, with no detrimental effects.1

It’s a definite sign of the times. Coffee shop chains have been growing more than 10 percent annually, compared to 2 percent a year for fast food chains. There are about 20,000 coffee shops in the US, although 75 percent of the coffee brewed daily is actually consumed at home.2

Overall, more than 75 percent of US adults drink coffee, and 58 percent do so daily.3 Most coffee drinkers, however, did not start drinking coffee because they believed it was good for their health. In fact, many probably drink it assuming it is not.

If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There is one less dietary habit you have to worry about, as it turns out coffee may be good for you after all.

Even the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans may soon reflect this, a recommendation that was based on an evaluation of multiple meta-analyses and other studies evaluating the link between coffee and chronic diseases, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

The more research that comes out, the more it seems clear that coffee – in its organic, black, and unadulterated form – is a beverage you can enjoy while benefitting your health.

Coffee May Be Good for Your Heart

The coffee plant and its seeds (coffee beans) contain a natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants (including chlorogenic acids), bioflavonoids, vitamins, and minerals that all work together to offer some impressive health-promoting benefits, and even help neutralize the harsher effects of the caffeine that coffee naturally contains.4

The first slew of studies has to do with coffee and heart health. One meta-analysis that included data from 11 studies and nearly 480,000 people found drinking two to six cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of stroke.5 That study noted:

“The phenolic compounds in coffee possess antioxidant capacity and can inhibit the oxidative modification of low density lipoprotein cholesterol, thereby reducing the atherosclerotic process.

…moderate coffee consumption (1–3 cups/day in the United States or 3–4 cups/day in Europe) was associated with a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease in women… Ample evidence also indicates that coffee consumption is inversely associated with risk of type 2 diabetes, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”

Further, in a study of more than 25,000 people, those who drank a moderate amount of coffee – defined as three to five cups daily – were less likely to have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries than those who drank no coffee or more coffee daily.6

A large part of arterial plaque consists of calcium deposits (atherosclerosis), hence the term “hardening of the arteries.” Coronary artery calcium can be a significant predictor of future heart disease risk.

In addition, one study showed moderate coffee drinking reduces your chances of being hospitalized for heart rhythm problems.7 Another study found it may trigger a 30 percent increase in blood flow in your small blood vessels, which might take some strain off your heart.8

Could Coffee Lower Your Risk of Cancer?

While a number of individual studies have suggested coffee consumption might increase your cancer risk, when multiple studies are analyzed, such as is the case with meta-analyses, the association disappears, and, in fact, becomes protective.

For instance, one 2007 meta-analysis found an increase in consumption of two cups of coffee per day was associated with a 43 percent reduced risk of liver cancer9 — a finding that has been confirmed by more recent research.

Not to mention, coffee appears to have additional benefits for liver health, slowing down the progression of liver disease to cirrhosis, improving responses in people with hepatitis C, and lowering the risk of death in people with cirrhosis.10

The potential benefit of coffee for liver health appears so strong that researchers have stated daily coffee consumption should be encouraged in people with chronic liver disease.11

Another meta-analysis involving 59 studies revealed an increase in consumption of one cup of coffee per day was associated with a 3 percent reduced risk of cancers.12 According to the researchers, “coffee drinking was associated with a reduced risk of bladder, breast, buccal and pharyngeal, colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, hepatocellular, leukemic, pancreatic, and prostate cancers.”13

There’s even research showing coffee consumption could lower your risk of skin cancer. Drinking four cups of caffeinated coffee daily might reduce your risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.14

According to researchers, “coffee constituents suppress UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis, induce cell apoptosis, protect against oxidative stress and DNA damage, reduce inflammation in epidermal cells, and inhibit changes in DNA methylation.”15

Women who consumed more than three cups of coffee a day had a significantly lower risk of basal cell carcinoma (non-melanoma skin cancer) than those who consumed less than one cup per month.16

Coffee Has Multiple Potential Anti-Cancer Pathways

How might coffee lower cancer risk? Researchers noted in the journal BMC Cancer:17

“Roasted coffee is a complex mixture of more than a thousand chemicals. Many constituents in it could potentially alter cancer risk through several biological mechanisms. Coffee is the major source of caffeine which has been reported to both stimulate and suppress tumors, depending upon the species and the phase of administration.

There are two specific diterpenes in coffee, cafestol and kahweal, which produce biological effects compatible with anticarcinogenic properties, including the induction of phase II enzymes involved in carcinogen detoxification, specific inhibition of the activity of phase I enzyme responsible for carcinogen activation, and stimulation of intracellular antioxidant defense mechanisms.

Polyphenols are an important ingredient in coffee, such as lignan phytoestrogens and flavonoids and polyphenols are found to exhibit anticarcinogenic properties in several studies.

Caffeic acid has the ability to inhibit DNA methylation in cultured human cancer cells and is associated with inactivation of various pathways involved in the tumorigenic process, including cell cycle regulation, inflammatory and stress response and apoptosis.

Coffee is also a major source of the chlorogenic acid that contributes to its antioxidant effect. Intake of chlorogenic acid has been shown to reduce glucose concentrations in rats and intake of quinides, degradation products of chlorogenic acid, increases insulin sensitivity.

Chronic hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance are confirmed markers of high risk for some cancer sites.”

Coffee Might Benefit Your Brain Health and Lower Your Risk of Premature Death

In addition to the news that coffee might be good for your arteries, your liver, and your risk of cancer, several other studies have also yielded promising results regarding coffee and chronic disease. For instance:18

  • Multiple Sclerosis: Drinking four to six cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of multiple sclerosis, as is drinking a high amount of coffee over five to 10 years. According to researchers, “Caffeine has neuroprotective properties and seems to suppress the production of proinflammatory cytokines.”19
  • Dementia: Caffeine also promotes production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, and triggers the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, thereby improving your brain health.

Among people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), those with higher blood levels of caffeine (due to coffee consumption) were less likely to progress to full-blown dementia.20 “Caffeine/coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk of dementia or delayed onset, particularly for those who already have MCI,” the researchers said.

  • Parkinson’s Disease: Higher coffee and caffeine intake are associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.21

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has even shown that coffee consumption is inversely associated with premature death. In other words, the more coffee drank, the lower the risk of death became, including deaths from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections.22

Tea Consumption Might Lengthen Your Life, Too

While there are more coffee drinkers than tea drinkers in the US (about 183 million compared to 173.5 million, respectively),23 many still enjoy sipping on tea …and this is another healthy habit. In fact, many centenarians around the world drink tea frequently, according to the Blue Zones project, which is documenting lifestyle habits of communities with high numbers of centenarians.24 As described in Dan Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones Solution, in Okinawa, Japan, jasmine tea and green tea are popular.

On the island of Ikaria, another concentrated area for centenarians, tea is brewed daily using fresh-picked herbs, such as rosemary, wild sage, oregano, marjoram, mint or dandelion. When Buettner had the tea analyzed, he found anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.25 Tea has been enjoyed for close to 5,000 years.

It was reportedly discovered in 2737 BC when tea leaves accidentally blew into Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung’s pot of boiling water.26 Tea has been used traditionally as a beverage and healing tonic ever since. Like coffee, modern-day research has also confirmed tea’s myriad of health benefits:

Reduced Mortality and Chronic Inflammation

Drinking green tea is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, as well as mortality due to heart disease. Research also shows holistic benefits to green tea consumption, including lower blood pressure, oxidative stress, and chronic inflammation.27

Heart Health

Green tea improves both blood flow and the ability of arteries to relax, with research suggesting a few cups of green tea each day may help prevent heart disease.28 Study results also show EGCG can be helpful for the prevention of arterio­sclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack, and stroke—in part due to its ability to relax your arteries and improve blood flow.29

Type 2 Diabetes

One study found people who consume six or more cups of green tea daily had a 33 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than one cup per week.30

Weight Loss

There is some evidence that long-term consumption of green tea catechins is beneficial for burning fat and may work with other chemicals to increase levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis.

Bone Health

Green tea polyphenols combined with a form of vitamin D called alfacalcidol could boost bone structure and strength, according to a new study in mice. The mixture may reverse damage to bones caused by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced chronic inflammation, which could in turn reduce the risk of osteoporosis.31

Vision Health

Catechins in green tea could help protect you against glaucoma and other eye diseases, as research found that the compounds travel from your digestive system into the tissues of your eyes. During the study, the catechins found in green tea were absorbed into various parts of the eyes anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours after rats were given tea.32

Cancer

Green tea components have been shown to downregulate the expression of proteins involved in inflammation, cell signalization, cell motility and angiogenesis, while an association between green tea intake and decreased risk of cancers (including ovarian and breast33) have been reported.34

Previous research has shown that green tea polyphenols act on molecular pathways to shut down the production and spread of tumor cells.35 They also discourage the growth of the blood vessels that feed the tumors. EGCG even acts as an antiangiogenic and antitumor agent, and helps modulate tumor cell response to chemotherapy.36

If You Drink Tea, Be Careful of Contaminants

Green tea plants are known to be especially effective at absorbing lead from the soil, which is then taken up into the plants’ leaves. Areas with excessive industrial pollution, such as China (where nearly 90% of the world’s green tea is produced),37 may therefore contain substantial amounts of lead.38

While the lead in the tea leaves is not thought to leach very effectively into the tea you end up drinking, if you’re consuming Matcha green tea (which contains the entire ground tealeaf), one of my favorites, it’s especially important that it comes from Japan instead of China.

Both black and green teas are also naturally high in fluoride, even if organically grown without pesticides. This is because the plant readily absorbs fluoride thorough its root system, including naturally occurring fluoride in the soil.

According to fluoride expert Jeff Green, who sadly passed away unexpectedly last year,39 there are reports of people who have developed crippling skeletal fluorosis from drinking high amounts of iced tea alone.40 If you live in an area with fluoridated drinking water, as the majority of Americans do, then you could be getting a double dose of fluoride when you drink tea.

When selecting tea of any kind, it should preferably be organic (to avoid pesticides) and grown in a pristine environment because, as mentioned, tea is known to accumulate fluoride, heavy metals, and other toxins from soil and water. A clean growing environment is essential to producing a pure, high-quality tea. Another quick tip? Add a squirt of lemon juice to your cup. Previous research has demonstrated that vitamin C significantly increases the amount of beneficial catechins available for your body to absorb.

On the other hand, while adding lemon juice is beneficial, adding milk is not. The proteins in milk may bind to and neutralize the antioxidants in tea, such that its health benefits are significantly reduced.41

The Healthiest Coffee Is Black and Organic

For many people today, “coffee” has become synonymous with heavily sweetened, chocolate-, vanilla-, or caramel-flavored beverages. But if you are dousing your cup of Joe in creamer, non-dairy creamer, sugar, and other sweeteners and flavorings, you are missing out on the therapeutic benefits and potentially harming your health. The natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants are part of what makes coffee so healthy.

However, some research suggests that adding dairy to your coffee may interfere with your body’s absorption of beneficial chlorogenic acids.42 Meanwhile, if you add sugar to your coffee you’ll spike your insulin levels, which contributes to insulin resistance.

If you’re interested in the health benefits, drink your coffee black, without sugar, non-dairy creamer or cream, or flavorings. If you really can’t stand your coffee black, you could try adding non-dairy alternatives like coconut milk or a natural sweetener like stevia.

As for buying organic, do so whenever possible. Coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticides-sprayed crops. So, you should select only coffee beans that are certified organic. Remember, you will obliterate any positive effects if you consume coffee that’s been doused in pesticides or other chemicals.

Whenever possible, purchase sustainable “shade-grown” coffee to help prevent the continued destruction of our tropical rain forests and the birds that inhabit them. There are many who say shade-grown coffee tastes better as well. In addition, you’ll want to purchase whole bean coffee that smells and tastes fresh, not stale; if your coffee does not have a pleasant aroma, it is likely rancid.

Grind it yourself to prevent rancidity, as pre-ground coffee may be rancid by the time you get it home. If you use a “drip” coffee maker, be sure to use non-bleached filters. The bright white ones are chlorine-bleached, and some of this chlorine will leach from the filter during the brewing process.

Bleached filters are also notoriously full of dangerous disinfection byproducts, such as dioxin. Finally, while it appears coffee in moderation is beneficial, be careful not to overdo it, as some studies have found adverse effects when about 10 cups a day or more are consumed. When referring to a “cup” of coffee, most research considers it to be five to eight ounces with about 100 mg of caffeine.

In contrast, a small cup at many coffee houses starts at 12 ounces while a large cup may hold 20-24 ounces. Finally, pregnant women should probably not drink caffeinated coffee. Public health agencies suggest pregnant women limit daily caffeine to 200 mg (or about two cups of coffee a day).

However, caffeine can significantly impact the growing fetus. It is able to freely pass through the placenta, and since caffeine does not provide any benefits to your baby, only potential hazards, I strongly recommend pregnant women avoid ALL forms of caffeine.

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