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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.

Featured photo credit: Bishnu Sarangi via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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