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Essential Oil Misters or Room Diffusers

Essential Oil Misters or Room Diffusers have become widely popular among the natural mama and holistic healing crowd during recent years. Some of the more well-known essential oil companies offer these as a complimentary gift with their starter packs for people who may wish to become essential oil distributors.

You can also purchase an essential oil room diffuser on Amazon or at any natural products type of website or store.

Essential oil diffusers are the quickest and easiest way to improve the air quality of your home using fresh herbal, floral and spice-based oil blends. They’re ideal for cold and flu season, purifying the air with immune-boosting essential oils and delivering moisture to ease breathing. they also provide cool-mist humidification, which is actually better than traditional, warm-mist humidifiers which increase mold spores in the atmosphere.

If you have a growing collection of essential oils, you can mix and match different ones to create scents and moods as well as for a variety of holistic purposes in your home. You may find that once you begin using one of these, the compulsion to continue enjoying this fragrant, cleansing air is strong. You may even decide to buy a few of them, one for each bedroom and one for the high traffic areas of your home such as the kitchen or living room. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

Removing foul or stale odors from and detoxifying the air
Chasing away viruses, bacteria and mold spores
Changing the atmosphere of a room or floor of the house, i.e. lavender can be diffused in the evening to bring about a sense of relaxation, lemon can impart calm clarity, peppermint invigorates the senses, and rose causes loving and peaceful feelings to surface
Delivering gentle, cool humidity to help with breathing especially during cold and flu season

How to use an essential oil scent diffuser or cool mist humidifier:

Fill with purified water up to the designated maximum line. Add anywhere from 5 to 8 drops of your favorite oils. Plug in and allow the mist to purify and enhance the quality of the air in your home or office.

DIY Essential Oil Based Massage and Body Oil Mixes

Massage or body oil is comprised primarily of a carrier oil such as jojoba, olive oil or coconut oil, with essential oils added in. Coconut obviously is the most noticeable scent out of these three types of carrier oil. So if you really want your essential oils to shine through without having to compete with coconut’s distinctive aroma, then choose one of the other two.

A massage or body oil is perfect for an after-shower or bath, all-over-body moisturizer. You can use it pretty much anywhere on your body, including and especially the feet, the chest, the hands and the insides of the arms where it will absorb most readily. You may want to steer clear of oils such as lemon or cinnamon in your body oil mixes, as these may cause a burning sensation if used on the more sensitive areas, and may actually leave a temporary burn mark on the skin.

The skin is highly absorbent, so whatever your skin comes into contact with really does enter the body. If you’re planning on applying an essential oil for health and wellness purposes, a blended massage oil that you use all over your body will probably be your best bet for getting the most out of the oils’ healing properties.

Types of Body Oil or Massage Oil Mixes You Can Make at Home:

Love and Romance Blend Massage or Body Oil
Sensual Blend Massage or Body Oil
Hormone Balancing Massage or Body Oil
Energizing Blend Massage or Body Oil
Relaxation Blend Massage or Body Oil
Immune Boosting Massage or Body Oil

(See recipes below)

If you enjoy getting massaged by a licensed massage therapist, then you might talk to this person about bringing along a special, homemade blend of massage oil for her to incorporate during your next session. A massage therapist will probably be tuned into holistic cures, so he or she may really appreciate any newfound knowledge you can impart on using essential oils for health and wellness.

DIY Essential Oil Based Perfumes

Essential oil based perfumes are especially fun because they allow those of us who don’t care for the strong aroma of synthetic perfumes to indulge in our own, signature scents. They offer a more subtle option for those who like to smell good but don’t appreciate being overwhelmed by perfume from across the room. Indeed, if you’re into essential oil perfumes, only those with whom you come into close contact will be able to share in your enjoyment of these special floral, herbal and spicy mixes. If you get headaches from regular perfumes, you might try out essential oil based blends to see if you’re able to tolerate these any better.

Perfume is fun to mix, but it takes about a month to age a perfume blend that you concoct at home. Aging allows the scents to meld together and the alcohol to fade, so that the end result is a more blended mix, where, from a sensory perspective, you can’t really tell where one flavor (note) of the perfume ends and the next begins.

If you’d like to experiment a bit with essential oil based perfumes at home, you may want to do a few different mixes all in one session, as you won’t be able to put them to use for quite a while after you make them.

To make perfume from essential oils, you should probably have at least a small collection of a variety of oils – some base notes, some middle and some top (see list of examples, below.) Since it really doesn’t take more than a few drops of oil to create a perfume, you can gather together some of your friends who have their own essential oil collections, and host a “perfume making party” where you can share a little of this and that to add variety and make it fun.

Each perfume blend should ideally contain a woodsy base which adds depth; a middle note; and a top note which is typically very pungent. Of course, you can make up your own recipes that do not follow this suggestion, but you’ll probably find that they don’t seem balanced without this harmonious, three-note “chord” of scents.

After you mix your perfume blend, you should add it to a dark colored bottle (you can start a collection of empty ones from essential oils that you purchase and eventually run out of). Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.

Base notes of essential oil perfumes:

Common essential oil bases for perfumes include sandalwood, ginger, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, cedar, and ylang ylang. The base note of your homemade perfume blend will contain the greatest amount of essential oil as compared to the middle and top notes. The top notes will consist of the smallest amount of essential oil.

Middle notes of essential oil perfumes:

Middle notes of essential oil perfumes carry through the mid-range, sort of like the melody in a song. Common middle-note scents are rose, geranium, lavender, rose geranium, melissa, nutmeg, rosemary, pine, chamomile, clove, clary sage, honeysuckle,

Top notes of essential oil perfumes:

Top notes take front and center in the order of which aromas hit your olfactory nerves in which order. They’re sharper to the nose, and they require a smaller amount in comparison to base and middle notes of essential oil perfumes. Some examples: bergamot, neroli, basil, coriander, cinnamon, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, lemon verbena, peppermint

Essential Oil Spritzers

Most people have a spray bottle or two hidden somewhere in a cabinet at home. Why not take yours out and fill it with a wonderfully fragranced, all natural product that will rid your table tops, counters and cabinets of dirt, odors and germs?

If you’ve always wanted to clean and freshen your home using nontoxic ingredients, an essential oil blend is the way to go. Once you start cleaning with an essential oil solution, you’ll quickly find yourself inspired to clean more. The truth is that every essential oil seems to have anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Insect pests don’t seem to care for the scent of essential oils, either. However, certain oils just seem to be especially suited for this purpose, such as lemon, peppermint, geranium, tea tree and cinnamon. Thyme oil is one of the most powerful germ fighters, and is said to be effective against staph and strep. So DO add a bit of thyme to your cleaning mix along with other oils that you enjoy the scent of.

Essential Oil Blends – Recipes to Use in Misters, Body and Massage Oils, Perfumes (where applicable), and Spritzers

Love and Romance Blend

Rose is clean, fresh and mild. It relaxes and clears the mind while delivering clarity and optimism. Mix with calming lavender and sensual, sweet jasmine for an ultra romantic, fresh and feminine scent. The following recipes will allow the rose to predominate. However, if you’re more of a jasmine gal or you’d prefer relaxing lavender to take front and center, then feel free to adjust the amounts accordingly.

Mister – Love and Romance Blend

20 drops rose essential oil
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops jasmine essential oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or even as a body spritz on a hot summer day.

Massage or Body Oil – Love and Romance Blend

30 drops rose oil
20 drops jasmine oil
20 drops lavender oil
Carrier oil of your choice

Fill a 4 oz. stainless steel squirt bottle 3/4 of the way with a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba. Drop in each essential oil listed in the above recipe. Shake well. Massage all over after a bath or massage, or incorporate into a massage for you and your partner.

Perfume – Love and Romance Blend

4 drops rose oil
6 drops jasmine oil
10 drops lavender oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1/4 tsp. distilled alcohol such as rum or vodka

Use a clean dropper to dispense the above designated amount of each essential oil into a dark colored bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.

Sensual Blend

Certain combinations of essential oils enhance your overall sensory experience. This jasmine and sandalwood mix puts out an exotic, intoxicating and sensual vibe. Known as a mottia attar, it’s perfect for date night on a summer evening.

Mister – Sensual Blend

20 drops jasmine essential oil
10 drops sandalwood oil
5 drops neroli oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a body spritz on a warm summer night.

Massage or Body Oil – Sensual Blend

30 drops jasmine
20 drops sandalwood
10 drops neroli
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Perfume – Sensual Blend

5 drops jasmine oil
5 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops neroli oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1/4 tsp. distilled alcohol such as rum or vodka (vanilla extract works too)

Dispense above listed amounts of essential oil into an amber bottle. Add the alcohol component. Shake well, cap tightly and store for 30 days until the oils have fully melded.

Invigorating Blend

This combination of energizing essential oils stimulates the senses, invigorates the body systems, and helps to improve mental clarity. Use at a time of day when you feel particularly sluggish. The combination of lemon and peppermint is surprisingly effective. Also makes a wonderful cleaning spray.

Mister – Invigorating Blend

30 drops lemon oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil
10 drops geranium oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a body spritz cool-down.

Massage or Body Oil – Invigorating Blend

30 drops lemon oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil
10 drops geranium oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Balancing Blend

If you suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, have perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms, experience PMS or want to improve your fertility, the balancing blend of essential oils may help.

Mister – Balancing Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops clary sage
10 drops jasmine oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.

Massage or Body Oil – Balancing Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops clary sage
10 drops jasmine oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Mister – Relaxation Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops rose oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener or surface cleaning spray. The relaxation blend is a nice fragrance to fill your home at the end of a stressful day. Plug it for an extra enjoyable wind-down during your evening yoga.

Massage or Body Oil – Relaxation Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops rose oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Immune Boosting Blends (Cold and Flu 1 and 2)

This combination of essential oils works especially well for warding off cold and flu viruses and bacteria. Use the Mister recipe to cleanse the air of your home, either in a cold mist humidifier, or if you don’t have one of these, a simple spray bottle solution will do. Spray it on surfaces and wipe down, for a clean, fresh home that’s also free of germs and bacteria. You can also use it on the bottoms of the feet, chest and neck area if you feel a cough or cold developing, or even if you’re already full-blown sick.

Mister – Immune Boosting Blend 1 (For Colds and Flu – Similar to Thieves mix)

10 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops lemon oil
10 drops rosemary oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
5 drops clove oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.

Massage or Body Oil – Immune Boosting Blend 2 For Colds and Flu, OK on Sensitive Skin)

20 drops lavender oil
20 drops thyme oil
10 drops geranium oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin. This blend does not contain lemon, clove or cinnamon, as they tend to burn the skin and may be especially uncomfortable if you’re using this on children. You can certainly add them if you’re more daring, don’t mind mild discomfort or a slight, temporary skin burn, and want to feel better fast.

When it comes to essential oils, don’t be afraid to experiment. The above recipes are merely suggestions based on the potency of certain oils and how they combine with other oils. If you’re new to essential oils, keep an open mind and see what happens.

5 Low Carb Lifestyle Ways Help You Lose Weight

Low carb diets are common in the weight loss spectrum. Many studies have shown them to result in more weight lost as compared to the standard low fat diet plan.

Going on low carb diets has so many health benefits, including the fact that they are highly effective at eliminating visceral fat, such as that in the belly, a most dangerous type of body fat.

There have been so many speculations, thoughts and ideas on why low carb diets are effective for weight loss, hopefully this article will bring some clarity.

What Exactly Is A Low Carb Diet?
A low carb diet is a system of eating where carbohydrates are drastically or significantly, cut from the diet, and in the strictest plans, like the Ketogenic diet, carb intake is limited to non-starchy vegetables and some dairy. When ones diet contains fewer carbohydrates, the body no longer gets its energy from the glucose they produce and instead begins to burn fat for energy.

Starch and sugar carbohydrates are substituted with healthy fats and a moderate protein intake. Sugar, pastries, pasta, bread, cereal, beans, or any other starches are no longer allowed, as you will indulge vegetables, fatty foods such as butter, fatty fish, oils and some dairy along with eggs, steak, chicken, seafood and other protein sources.

How Does It Aid Weight Loss?
1. Triggers Ketosis: Eating a low carb diet triggers a process known as ketosis, which is where the body begins to burn fat for energy instead of dietary carbs, which is a very efficient way to burn fat stores and lose weight.

2. Eliminates water weight: People who have gone on low carb diet typically lose quite a bit of weight in the first two weeks, likely, this occurs when water that is tied to glycogen comes off the body and is actually a quite encouraging event that supports the continuation of a healthy lifestyle.

3. Eliminates insulin trigger foods: Starch and sugar carbs are insulin triggers that cause blood sugar spikes that lead to weight gain. While on a low carb diet, these insulin triggers are eliminated so the body can burn fat instead of storing it.

4. They are high in protein: Protein helps keep you full and satisfied so you naturally eat less, it also helps to increase lean muscle mass that promotes fat burning. This is one of the factors that make low carb diets effective.

5. Regulates the appetite and naturally reduces calorie intake: A low carb diet naturally regulates the appetite because all those insulin triggers foods that wreak havoc in the blood stream to cause erratic hunger and out of control cravings are eliminated.

Additionally, Researches from St. Louis and Japan (Banks WA1, Coon AB, Robinson SM, Moinuddin A, Shultz JM, Nakaoke R, Morley JE, et all) found that the hunger regulating hormone leptin is positively affected by the low carb diet’s ability to reduce triglyceride levels in the body, which allows that hormone to work more effectively in regulating the appetite.

When people embark on a low carb diet, their appetite significantly drops naturally, and they naturally feel satisfied with less food, resulting in weight loss as they naturally eat less calories and without suffering and starvation.

Are Low Carb Diets Safe?

This is a frequently asked question, which is common amongst people wanting to embark on a low carb journey. The low carb experience is not for everyone, though it is followed by thousands of people around the world, without any problems.

It may have side effects for some, while others may experience nothing. Usually any side effects are short lived. In general, statics and research shows them to be highly effective for weight loss, and to also reduce risks for cardiovascular disease better than low fat eating plans.

Make sure you understand what a particular low carb diet has to offer before choosing it.

In conclusion, low carb diets aids weight loss by triggering ketosis, a metabolic state where the body uses stored fat as its source of energy.

Low carb diets also do a great job of regulating appetite and naturally allow those following them to eat less, while feeling satisfied and this is another one of the main reasons that the weight loss is so strong and visible.

Low carb diets are not fads, but lifestyles that have helped thousands of people reverse obesity and improve their health. It may just do the same for you.

Stay well and take care!

Experience the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a health remedy that has been around for centuries. It’s derived from fermented apple juice and has a plethora of uses and benefits. This is one of those holistic remedies that people often overlook. It’s inexpensive, easily available and conveniently forgotten. Yet, it’s highly potent and will help to boost your health in several different ways, if you use it. But before even looking at the health benefits, there’s an important point to take note of.

1. How much apple cider vinegar should you consume?
This is one of those remedies that should be consumed in moderation. If you’re just starting out, you may consume one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of water daily. Drinking apple cider vinegar undiluted will weaken tooth enamel because the vinegar is acidic by nature.

After a week or so, you may consume 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water daily. Generally, mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with about 100ml of water should be enough to dilute it for consumption.

About a month of this and you may go up to 2 tablespoons a day. There’s really no need to go above 2 tablespoons and it’s not recommended either.

Now let’s look at the health benefits of this miraculous ‘potion’…

1. Lowers blood sugar levels
This is a very powerful benefit and is fantastic for people suffering from type-2 diabetes. Apple cider vinegar helps to improve insulin insensitivity. Coupled with a low-carb diet, it can help to reverse diabetes. It’s best to speak to your doctor first before you try this remedy. It’s safe but you should get professional medical advice.

2. Aids in digestion
Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics which will help with the digestive process. Not only will it regulate your stomach acids, but will improve your gut health too.

3. Improves heart health
Studies show that regular consumption of apple cider vinegar helps to keep your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels low. This will help to prevent strokes and cardiovascular disease.

4. Better weight management
Want to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar will give you that edge you need. It’ll curb your appetite and since it keeps your insulin levels stable, you’ll eat less and your body will not be storing fat so easily.

5. Has anti-cancer properties
Apple cider vinegar helps to maintain the pH level in the body. The general idea behind the anti-cancer theory is that cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Since the vinegar alkalizes the body, the cancer cells will not be able to grow.

While there is debate in the medical community about apple cider vinegar’s efficacy, the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t hurt to consume some daily. After all, it’s also anti-bacterial in nature and will help to destroy any pathogens in your system. Besides these ‘internal’ health benefits of apple cider vinegar, it can be used for treating several other maladies too.

Suffering from acne? Apply some diluted apple cider vinegar to your face and wash away after a few minutes. Apply it on your hair to strengthen the follicles. If you have a wart, apply some undiluted apple vinegar on it for a few days and the wart will shrink and die off.

This is a highly versatile ‘supplement’ that can be used to treat migraines, sinuses, bug bites, nausea, gout, hypertension, and much more. Do your research and discover how you can use it in your daily life to improve your health. A bottle of apple cider vinegar is one of those holistic health remedies that should always be a part of your medicine cabinet. Do give it a try today.

10 Causes Of Out Of Control Hunger

 

A healthy picnic

Introduction

“Hunger is the physiological need for calories, water, and salt, and it’s driven by a mix of factors, including your diet, appetite hormones, and emotional factors, such as stress,” says Maggie Moon, RD, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist and owner of Everyday Healthy Eating.

If you’re one of those people who are always thinking about food, this may seem like a natural thing to you. However, thinking about food constantly because you’re hungry may show a bigger medical issue.

10 Causes Of Out Of Control Hunger
There are several conditions or issues that cause constant feelings of starvation, and this is something you should definitely investigate with your physician. Here are some of the common problems related to the experience of chronic hunger.

Dehydration
Many times people have dehydration when they are experiencing hunger symptoms. The truth is that with chronic dehydration the symptom for thirst is misunderstood. Always being hungry combined with not drinking enough fluids, or having enough electrolytes, in your body could mean that you’re suffering from moderate to mild dehydration.

The easiest way to check if you’re dehydrated is to look at the color of your urine. Cleared to light yellow is a fully hydrated person. Moderate to dark yellow means you need to drink more water. If your urine is orange or dark brown, you should seek immediate medical attention because this is a symptom of extreme dehydration.

“Mild dehydration is often masked as feelings of hunger, when really your body just needs fluids,” says Alissa Rumsey, RD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Our brain mistakes our thirst for hunger since both are controlled by the same part of the brain, the hypothalamus. A study carried out by the Journal of Physiology & Behavior found that we mistake our thirst for hunger 60% of the time.

Water is crucial for carrying nutrients to where they need to go, and lack of water means lack of nutrients, which makes our body think it’s running low on fuel and strikes up ‘hunger pangs.’

Hyperthyroidism
If you’re eating more than usual, constantly hungry still losing weight, then you could have a problem with your thyroid. Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid speeds up everything the body does. This means all of your metabolic processes will run faster than they normally would. As a result, you will find yourself with an insatiable hunger.

WebMD says that if your hunger pairs with moodiness, fatigue, brittle nails, or hair loss you could be displaying all the signs of hyperthyroidism. Having tests run by a doctor for thyroid function is the only way to be sure that you do not suffer from this medical condition.

Your Hormones Are off
Besides hyperthyroidism, several hormonal conditions can affect your metabolic function. Women’s Health Magazine points to conditions like prediabetes and diabetes, hypoglycemia, and other insulin and glucose related issues as the main sources of hunger spikes.

Sometimes hunger hormone responses are controlled through specialized diet. If your hunger is caused by a high-refined carbohydrate diet, a nutritionist may recommend that you reduce your carbohydrate intake. In fact, eating refined carbs, such as white starches, and sugar is known to cause out of control cravings and erratic appetite.

Reducing carbohydrates has an effect on insulin output and uptake in your metabolism. Your hormones handle many things in your body and shouldn’t be ignored.

You Skip Meals
If you skip meals in an effort to burn off some fat, you are making a mistake. When you skip a meal, your body goes into “storage” mode and locks down on the fat cells in case there’s a bout of starvation going around.

Also, ghrelin, the hormone responsible for stimulating your appetite, goes into overdrive when you leave your stomach with no food for a long time. A rule of thumb is not to go without food for more than 4 or 5 hours, and opt for healthy snacks.

You’re Not Sleeping Well
Sleep is one of the biggest regulators of hormones. Hormones such as those produced during stress (cortisol) relate directly to your sleep cycle. In addition, sleep affecting hormones it can also cause you to have a larger appetite.

WebMD notes that craving high fat and high calorie foods are symptoms of being overtired. Along with craving foods that are bad for you, you may notice a change in mood, clumsiness, difficulty focusing and weight gain.

If you’re having all the symptoms and aren’t sleeping your eight hours every day, it may be time to add some extra sleep into your daily schedule. Once you do, you should see an immediate decrease in stress responses due to lack of sleep.

You Rush Through Meals
When you don’t use your five senses while eating, you’re likely eating more than people who pay attention to their food. Even listening to the crunching of your food registers with your brain on some level, allowing for the hormone leptin, which is responsible for the sense of being full, to start working after nearly 20 minutes of eating.

But if you’re distracted watching TV, or playing on your phone, or working on your laptop, your brain doesn’t register that you’re eating and you end up eating almost 40% more than you should.

Take your time and practice mindful eating. Our busy lives dictate that we do everything in a rush. We rarely have time to think and reflect, let alone take our time when eating. You should spend around 20-25 minutes eating since the hormone leptin starts kicking in after about 20 minutes, giving that feeling that you’ve had enough to eat.

Studies show that people who eat quickly consume 60% more calories than those who take their time with their food.

Too Many Carbs
Eating a meal full of carbohydrates means you’re flooding your bloodstream with sugars, especially glucose, which then alerts insulin to be released in huge amounts to take in all that glucose. And since insulin moves fast, it will take away the sugar quickly, leaving you with a sudden drop in blood sugar levels.

This triggers hunger pangs and out of control cravings. Steer clear of refined carbs, including sugar, white breads, rice, and pasta. Opt for whole grains and eat a clean diet filled with whole food, which will also improve digestion and boost metabolism.

You’re Stressed Out
Usually when we’re stressed, we lose our appetite. However, that’s only temporary, because prolonged stress increases the release of the hormone cortisol, which triggers our sense of hunger. What’s more is that cortisol takes out lipids from our bloodstream and stores them in fat cells, adding on the pounds, thus increasing stress levels even more.

Not Enough Protein
Lean protein takes some time to fully digest, which means you feel full longer. What’s more is that lean protein provides your body with an appetite-suppressing effect.

Protein comes in many forms, such as eggs, meat, poultry, and fish. However, there are also other sources of protein, which you can consume any time of the day, such as quinoa, hummus, and peanut butter.

Medications
Some medications could be increasing your appetite. The scientific explanation is that any type of medication you ingest is a chemical, which goes into your body and can create a discrepancy in your body’s natural chemical balance.

Final Thoughts
While there is no one for sure answer as to why you are always hungry, these things are the top contenders for chronic hunger symptoms. The best thing that you can do is start by drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep. If you’re doing both of these then you may have a problem that should be addressed by your physician.

If all of your blood work shows normal hormone levels, your hunger may be psychological appetite rather than real hunger. Learning to control your appetite can be done through support groups like overeaters anonymous and through mindful eating techniques.

Learning how to control your hunger in the absence of physical ailment will help you succeed in not thinking about food all the time.

Disclaimer: This publication is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Medical advice should always be obtained from a qualified medical professional for any health conditions or symptoms associated with them. Every possible effort has been made in preparing and researching this material. We make no warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability of its contents or any omissions.

Is A Low Carb Diet Safe For Children?

Opinions about whether a low carb diet is safe for children are varied. Some people believe that children benefit from low carb diets as they reduce their consumption of wheat and sugar.

These people believe parents don’t need to be so strict about having a child in a healthy weight range. This because children’s insulin sensitivity is more sensitive than of adults to handle carbohydrates with efficiency.The thought that low carb diets are safe
For people that feel that children are safe with a low-fat diet, they should think about what foods are beneficial for children, things like foods in their lunch boxes.

They think families of kids eating regular carb diets just put two slices of bread, peanut butter, or salami and thats good for a childs lunch. Think again because wheat in a sandwich is 80 percent carbohydrates, meaning they’ll shortly be hungry again.

People feeding kids with a low carb diet take out the bread in a childs meal but keep those parts that are nutritious, such as salad, mayonnaise, plus cheese with meat. These people feel that a child will not be depleted of nutrients by giving up the carbs. For them, bread is a filler unnecessary in a childs diet.

These people believe that eating a low carb diet high in good fats, proteins, and vegetables will make up for those vitamins or fibers found in high carb diets.

While many people have been told to eat whole grains, scientific evidence shows that when whole grain flour is converted into white flour, there’s a decrease in diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. By eating more vegetables in a low carb/high fat diet, a child will get a benefit from this and that makes up for loss of vitamin B and fiber that occurs when they stop eating wheat products.

Beginning A Low Carb Diet
Beginning a low carb diet isn’t really hard. The coming after tips are recommended when getting a child on a low carb diet.

Think of how many vegetables are in a children diet. A good low carb diet should incorporate plenitude of carb-rich vegetables. The same is true for healthy fats.

Just exclude foods made with flour and sugar, as they’ve no nutritional benefits. Use cold meat as a wrap. Wrap a slice of beef roast or ham and put some vegetables and cheese inside. Roll them up as you would a wrap, and now you have a healthy low carb meal.

Begin slow. If you’ve kid that are a fussy eaters, or will not want to go low carb now. Change only one thing at a time, such as taking out bread first but keeping everything else the same.

Get a lunch box with small compartments in it. Besides a lunch box, use a tackle box with small compartments to arrange low carb foods in them.

Think of what you would normally put into a sandwich and give your child that without bread. Children will enjoy picking through sandwich fillers and grazing on low carb foods. Low carb diets are extremely popular.

Use high fat, high protein foods while getting rid of the legumes, fruits, and grains that add to the carb count in high carb diets. Your teenagers might be particularly interested in low carb diets as they promise some sort of weight loss.

The View That Low Carb Diets Are Bad
Those that think that low carbs are bad for children report that the wheat in carbohydrate-containing foods causes poor absorption of vitamins and leaky gut syndrome. Wheat contains gluten and amylopectin, which can cause allergies in children. Bread and similar products, like wraps, are highly processed and provide little nutrition. Wheat has a high glycemic index that leads to a rapid influx of sugar into the childs bloodstream.

Some people believe that children need carbohydrates. Experts feel that about half of all the calories children eat should come from carbohydrates. According to these beliefs, the bodys preferred energy source is carbohydrates in the form of yogurt, milk, vegetables, fruits, and grains. They dont however believe that you should give children the carbs found in baked goods, candy, and sugary beverages. Instead, they should eat healthy carbs, such as those found in fruits and vegetables.

You do not need bad carbs to stay healthy.
Those who believe that low carbs are bad for you think that drastically lowering the carbs in a childs diet may be bad for them. Cutting back on carbs can lead to several types of nutrient deficiencies, and is low in vitamin B and fiber.

Additionally, when you lower the high carb foods in your children diet, there isnt much left for them to eat. Children load up on fat and protein to make up for the lack of carbohydrates. Low carbohydrate diets can lower a childs energy level, which can be problematic for children who are athletes.

5 Wonderful Ways CBD Oil Will Benefit Your Dog’s Health

CBD oil (cannabidiol) is all the rage these days and is now legal in 50 states in the US. Thousands of people are starting to realize just how potent and versatile this remedy is.

The amazing thing about CBD oil is that it’s great for dogs too. There are several health benefits that can be accrued by giving your dogs a taste of this miracle remedy.

* What to look out if you are purchasing CBD products?
The 3 most common ways to ‘administer’ CBD oil to your dogs will be to either mix it in your pet’s food or to dilute the CBD oil in their drinking water. The latter method is not so effective because the water may spill or your dog may not drink up all the water.

Another way to get cannabidiol in their diet will be to feed them dog treats that have been infused with CBD oil. Of course, you’ll need to purchase these special treats from a reputable store.

Do note that when purchasing these treats, ALWAYS make sure that the CBD is sourced from organically grown hemp and NOT marijuana. It should be produced from the whole plant instead of only deriving the oil from the seeds.

Make sure the CBD is third-party verified and extracted naturally with CO2. Avoid products that use ethanol or other methods to produce the oil

*Health Benefits of CBD oil
Now let’s see how this fantastic remedy will work wonders for your dog’s well-being.

1. Anti-inflammatory
CBD oil reduces inflammation in your pet. If your dog has severe inflammation, it may feel lethargic and be in pain. The CBD oil will reduce the inflammation and restore your dog to good health

2. Prevents cancer
Unfortunately, cancer can afflict dogs too. There’s nothing worse than seeing this nasty disease taking a toll on your best friend’s health. CBD oil will mitigate the problem and prevent cancer cells from ravaging your dog’s system.

Ideally, you should give your dog CBD treats when it’s in good health. Prevention is better than cure. Regular CBD treats will help your dog build up its immunity against these harmful diseases.

3. Reduces anxiety
You’ll notice that a lot of the CBD oil health benefits that apply to humans can be applied to dogs too. Just like how we feel calmer and more relaxed when we consume this oil, dogs feel the same way too.

It will help prevent anxiety from affecting them adversely. Sometimes loud sounds like thunder, fireworks, and other triggers may make your dog panicky and anxious. CBD oil will help to calm it down.

4. Helps reduce pain
Older dogs that have arthritis, joint problems, sprained ligaments and other painful conditions will find pain relief when they consume CBD oil.

5. Curbs nausea and prevents seizures
If your pet keeps throwing up often, CBD oil will remedy the problem by preventing nausea. Some dogs are also prone to seizures. Cannabidiol is highly effective for treating seizures.

There are many videos online showing how dogs that used to be plagued with seizures are now perfectly healthy after being on a regular diet supplemented with CBD oil.

6. Other benefits
Besides the major health benefits above, CBD oil also ensures that your dog’s skin and coat will be healthy. If your dog has a poor appetite and is constantly tired and listless, CBD oil will not only increase its appetite but also boost its energy levels. Next thing you know, your dog will a bouncing furry bundle of joy.

CBD oil is a natural, holistic remedy and will benefit your dog greatly. Do give it a try and see how it improves your pet’s health. It has to be seen to be believed.

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