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The Power of Acai Berry For Weight Loss is Just too Overrated!

The Power of Acai Berry For Weight Loss is Just too Overrated!

The Acai berry is one of the latest super foods to have been brought to public attention. It is considered a super-food due to its status as a powerful antioxidant. It has become quite famous by those seeking to lose weight, as they have been told it has unique properties to help people lose weight.

The truth, of course is far more complicated, and needs some considerable investigation.

The weight loss myth: Acai berries are in fact not the best food to help you lose weight

According to the US National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Sciences, very little research has actually been done to conclusively examine the health effects on people from Acai berries.[1] If this is the case then, why are there so many Acai berry supplements and sites touting the semi-miraculous weight loss properties of the Acai berry?

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Ultimately, and unfortunately this boils down to lies and deception. The deception is so severe that the Federal Trade Commission has been hard at work shutting down websites that deceive customers by suggesting that the Acai berry will make them lose weight.[2] It is possible that weight loss benefits of Acai berries could be revealed in the future, after further investigation, as of right now, no real benefits have been found. So it seems these websites and companies selling the idea that Acai berries are great for weight loss, are merely seeking to build the market for Acai berry products, and not help people lose weight.

When Acai berry juice was tested on rats to investigate weight loss claims, researchers noticed no difference at all between rats who were given Acai berry juice, and those who had not.

Whilst it is true that Acai berries are an effective antioxidant, and as such they can help cleanse the colon, helping the digestive system, and protect cells from damage it is no better for burning fat than any other berry.[3] Ultimately, it remains the case that there is no food that makes you lose weight by itself. The key to weight loss is balancing a healthy died with exercise.

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That said, there are other substances available which have far more effective weight loss properties, such as green tea. Green tea is a great metabolism booster, which means which means, while your body is feeling the effects of the green tea (specifically the caffeine) the body becomes much better at burning fat.

Also, some studies have shown that consuming green tea can lead to a real reduction of abdominal fat.[4]

Green tea also helps cognitive function. Partially this is due to the presence of caffeine, but when this is combined with the amino acid L-theanine (which alone can help fight anxiety and increases dopamine production) the two work in synergy to help improve brain functionality. The effects on the brain are so potent that in can even help fight brain degradation and Alzheimer’s condition in age.

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Green tea has also been shown to decrease blood sugar levels, which means it could effectively combat type 2 diabetes. A study in Japan showed that those who drank green tea in high quantities had a 42% decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Of course, like Acai berries, green tea is a fantastic source of anti-oxidants and as such can function as a more affordable substitute for Acai berries, if your intention is finding a fantastic anti-oxidant.

Best of all, green tea is far cheaper and more easily accessible than Acai berries.

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Acai berries aren’t useful for weight loss but they’re nutritious and anti-aging

Though Acai berries aren’t useful for weight loss, Acai berries are none the less extremely nutritious.

So nutritious, I believe its super food status is earned. Acai berries are good sources of:

  • Fiber, which is good for digestion.
  • Healthy fatty acids which help maintain a healthy heart and nervous system.
  • Amino acids, which help in energy production and muscle performance
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin A
  • Calcium, which help maintains health teeth and bones
  • Magnesium, which helps maintain blood pressure, and glucose levels, as well as help in energy production.

On top of this, Acai berries are a manganese powerhouse.[5] Manganese is a hugely important chemical. It is used in the maintenance and building of the bone structure, assists in the running of the metabolism, the absorption of calcium and maintains the healthy running of the thyroid and sex hormones.

Although the reputation Acai berries have for weight loss is undeserved, the reputation as something which can keep your skin healthy and fight the signs of aging is very much deserved. The reason for this lies in its high density of antioxidants. When people develop oxidation stress, where the body has trouble detoxifing the body due to a an abundance of free radicals (a form of molecule combated by antioxidants), this oxidation can show itself in skin degradation and the appearance of aging. The antioxidants fights the oxidation and the presence of free radicals, and in doing so, fights the related signs of aging.

So, with all of this considered, consuming Acai berries could be extremely good for your overall bodily health. However, the same could be said for other, and much cheaper berries like blueberries and cranberries. But if you feel like you might enjoy Acai berries, go ahead, there are far worse things you could consume. However, though Acai berries are extremely nutritious, they do not have miraculous weight loss properties.

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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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