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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia You Didn’t Know

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia You Didn’t Know

Garcinia cambogia is trending as a controversial weight loss supplement. It’s derived from the Southeast Asian citrus fruit of the Garcinia family trees. Experts are divided concerning its weight loss efficacy. The famous Dr. Oz and other physicians say it can make you burn a lot of fat if taken correctly, but many other board-certified medical doctors declare it won’t help you lose weight better than taking a placebo.

Here’s a thought–what if both approaches are wrong? Maybe garcinia cambogia can burn your fat, or maybe not. But everyone’s forgetting that it’s a fruit! And most fruits in their natural forms are superfoods. You should decide whether to bring this wonderful fruit into your life based on its holistic health benefits rather than whether it can or can’t help trim your waistline!

Here are garcinia cambogia’s other health benefits:

1. Helps you lose weight

Let’s address the elephant in the room first. The popular Dr. Oz believes you can bust body fat for good with garcinia cambogia.

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Science does back him. Research does show that garcinia cambogia helps you lose weight, but it’s how much weight you can lose from taking the supplements that everyone’s flustered about. The fruit contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which has been proven to lower your appetite and boost your fat-burning.

How? Animal and human studies discovered that HCA acts on genes responsible for your fat’s leptin production. Leptin is the awesome hormone that tells your brain to turn down your appetite. HCA also acts on obesity-regulating genes.

Studies also found that eating garcinia cambogia can lower your cholesterol and insulin levels. Lowered insulin means your body slows down packing fat.

It’s also been proven to boost your endurance during workouts, which means you’ll be able to exercise longer and burn more calories.

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Whether you’ll lose two pounds or 20, it will definitely help you lose some weight.

2. Protects you from cancer

Garcinia cambogia also has good compounds, like xanthones and garcinol, that protect you from cancer. These have been shown to kill cancer cells and prevent their spread. They also lower inflammation in your brain, kidneys, and intestines. Chronic inflammation increases your risk for cancer.

Garcinol also has antioxidant properties, which means it helps keep you looking young and saves you from chronic diseases.

3. Protects your liver from alcohol and inflammation

A few studies found that HCA protects your liver from becoming overwhelmed when processing alcohol. It also reduces inflammation in your liver, preserving its health.

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But ask your doctor before trying to take the supplement after drinking with your friends this weekend!

4. Protects your brain from injury and your digestive system from ulcers

Garcinol has been found to protect your brain from injury by shielding your brain’s specialized guardian cells (called astrocytes) from neurotoxin buildup.

It has also been found to protect your gut from ulcers by protecting it from harmful hydroxyl free radicals.

5. Can help protect you from HIV

It’s hard to imagine that eating a fruit can ward away the dreaded HIV. Garcinol has been found to interfere with the virus’s ability to replicate and function normally. It messes with important proteins that are responsible for supporting the reading and transcribing of the virus’s genetics.

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Of course this doesn’t mean that taking the supplement or eating the fruit will magically make you immune to HIV! It hinders the virus, yes, but it certainly won’t stop it. Even if you’re eating garcinia cambogia everyday, don’t discontinue your safe practices that keep HIV away.

If you’re on the fence about garcinia cambogia, don’t look at it as a weight loss miracle. Treat it like you would blueberries; it’s just another superfood fruit rich with health benefits. You can buy and eat the fruit fresh, or buy garcinia cambogia juice to cool you during a hot day. If you’re pregnant or taking medications, it’s best to ask your doctor first because garcinia cambogia can amplify the effects of hypertension and cholesterol medications.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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