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Here’s Why Tequila Can Help You Lose Weight

Here’s Why Tequila Can Help You Lose Weight

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    Yes, Tequila Could Help You Manage Your Weight

    Research presented at the American Chemical Society earlier this year demonstrated that a substance occurring naturally in the plant used to make tequila could hold the key to treating diabetes and obesity. To be clear, no particular food or drink will completely counteract a poor diet. However, these results are exciting because they demonstrate the power of a single substance on blood sugar levels and, in turn, on weight management.

    Over 20 million Americans suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with obesity, and scientists behind this study believe that the plant used in tequila production could hold the key to treating these conditions. It offers hope for those who overeat, want to lose some weight, and still want to enjoy spirits!

    Tequila’s Effect On Blood Glucose Levels

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      Tequila is made from the agave plant, which contains compounds known as agavins. These natural sugars are not digestible and in fact can be considered a form of dietary fiber. As a result, they are not rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream as is the case with other forms of sugar such as glucose. Agavins are not the same as agave nectar or agave syrup, which in fact exerts a notable effect on blood sugar. This means that agavins do not trigger a appreciable rise in blood glucose, but instead serve to regulate it.

      As they are non-digestible, they are also low in calories. Researchers investigating the effects of agavins on the body found that not only do they regulate blood glucose, but they also increase production of a hormone known as GLP-1.

      Enhanced GLP-1 production is a desirable outcome for those who want to lose weight because it slows the rate at which the stomach empties. When an individual’s stomach holds onto food for longer, they can happily go for longer periods of time without eating. This in turn reduces the drive to eat, and serves to keep the total ingested quantity of calories down.

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      Combined with sensible food choices and regular exercise, this can contribute to weight management. Most people can ingest agavins with no negative side-effects, which means that they hold potential as a standalone supplement for those looking to shed pounds.

      In support of this theory, researchers presenting at the ACS conference discussed experiments they had carried out with mice. They experimented with the effects of agavins, aspartame, fructose, sucrose, and agave syrup on the animals’ weight and blood glucose levels. The results were clear: mice who were administered agavins consumed less food, weighed less, and had lower levels of blood sugar compared with those who were given other forms of sugar and sweeteners.

      This study represents the first attempt to evaluate agavins as sweeteners in spite of their lower sweetness compared to sugar,’” said lead researcher Mercedes G. López, Ph.D.

      Whilst agavins do not taste quite as sweet as the other sweeteners evaluated in the study, they are unlikely to cause the side effects which is sometimes seen in those who consume other sweeteners such as aspartame, which can trigger headaches in some people.

      Agavins are also thought to be beneficial in encouraging important, health-promoting bacteria in the mouth and digestive system. The maintenance of such bacterial cultures in the body is vital for general health and wellbeing.

      How Often Should You Reach For The Tequila?

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        Whilst excessive alcohol consumption is never a good idea, enjoying a few shots of tequila on an occasional basis may actually come with health benefits. A shot of tequila with dinner may help you regulate your food intake and blood sugar levels, in turn reducing your risk of diabetes, obesity, and other related conditions.

        Featured photo credit: Tequila sunrise/Christian Benseler via flickr.com

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        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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