After a hard or a busy day, fatigue will wear you down, and you need to rest. Fatigue is a sign that your body is exhausted and if you don’t sleep, you will have a problem with catching up with your daily life. At times, you need more than the rest because it may be difficult even to sleep; hence you should get a good body cleanse to do away with any toxins affecting body function. Most people will take coffee to fight fatigue, but this temporarily takes away the feeling of tiredness but ultimately drains your adrenal glands. Teas are restorative long-term while providing short-term energy, which is why herbal teas are highly recommended as the best in fighting fatigue.
Herbal teas are an infusion of dried parts of a plant either from the roots, leaves, bark, seed or leaves. Studies have shown that they are effective for reducing stress and aiding sleep and fight off fatigue much better than coffee or regular tea. They contain a hydrating element which counters fatigue and concentration which is caused by dehydration, and they increase your energy levels naturally.
Ginkgo Biloba is an old surviving tree species that is well known to reduce fatigue, enhance oxygen utilization and increase blood flow to the brain hence improving memory retention and concentration. When you are fatigued, you have high amounts of oxidative stress, so when you take Ginkgo biloba, it protects the adrenal glands, liver from the damaging free radicals. Your energy levels are heightened, and it stimulates the circulatory system.
Licorice is another herb for restoration and is a well known herb that helps rebuild the damaged adrenal glands. It contains glycyrrhizin which enhances body cortisol activity, hence increasing energy and reducing fatigue. It is also an anti-stress mood booster and stabilizes your blood sugar levels, hence reduce craving for sweet and caffeine, which can cause an “energy crash” when you take them.
Ginseng is known for resilience and enhancing energy when you have stress related fatigue it increases the body’s ability to handle stress, supports a healthy adrenal function and reduces fatigue. If you are stressed then taking ginseng tea will help combat depression and reduce fatigue by increasing vitality and improving circulation.
Green tea is commonly taken for various reasons, but it has benefits in fighting stress-related fatigue, boosting your energy and improving mental focus. It contains antioxidants called polyphenols that reduce the stress hormone and protects the body against any illness related to fatigue. It is a healthy alternative to coffee as it contains much less caffeine.
You can get these teas in most local supermarkets or even order them online. Make sure that you get brands that contain the above herbs so as to get maximum benefits. Eliminate caffeine when fatigued as it will put you in a roller-coaster and embrace herbal teas to keep you refreshed and energized naturally.
Did you know that some of the spices you use at home are very effective in doing away with belly fat and help you get into shape? Belly fat is the most stubborn fat to do away with, even if you are eating well and exercising regularly. I have always added a variety of spices to my meals and drinks so as to increase the flavor and also help burn the stubborn fat.
Particular spices are meant to quicken your metabolism, have a fat burning capacity and curb your appetite hence help you in your pursuit of losing weight.
Ginger is one of the common spices that we use in our homes, and it is loaded with potent antioxidants, which help in relieving stomach upsets and also burning fat by speeding up the metabolism. Ginger can be added to soup, salad dressings and in tea for soothing digestion.
Another good spice is cinnamon which I use on almost everything. Cinnamon contains antioxidants called polyphenols which improve insulin sensitivity, stabilizes glucose levels in the body and alter body composition. It also has an excellent source of calcium and fiber, which are good for fastening your metabolism and building muscles. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your smoothie to suppress hunger and stabilize blood sugars, and this will lead to a smaller waist.
Adding a little hotness to your meals by use of cayenne pepper will also help in burning belly fat. Cayenne has a chemical called capsaicin, which boosts metabolism to burn abdominal fat and reduces your appetite. The recommended amount each day for maximum benefits is taking about 20-30 grams of which you can sprinkle on meat, fish, eggs, salsa or deserts.
Turmeric is also another great spice that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in the body. Curcumin which is a phytochemical in turmeric, curbs inflammation in the body and this gives the body's receptiveness to leptin which fastens metabolism. It also helps reduce fat in the liver by assisting the liver to metabolize other fats that have been stored from excess refined carbs and sugar.
Black pepper is known to aid in digestion, treat multiple stomach problems, increase metabolism and raise body temperature. It contains a chemical compound known as piperine which prevents the formation of new fat cells i.e. adipogenesis, and it signals the body to produce hydrochloric acid which aids in the digestion of proteins and other foods. This result to decrease in body fat, waist size, and cholesterol levels.
Finally, the mustard seed is another great spice that increases your metabolic rate by about 25% with its effects lasting to about 3 hours in the body. Mustard has a high fiber content which helps in digestion and makes one feel full for a longer period and has low amounts of calories in them. It has a plant compound called homo brassinolide which stimulates the muscle cells to increase muscle mass and lead body and also has melatonin, which stimulates the “beige fat” which burns fat and helps regulate body weight.
Toxins in your physical body and your emotional "body" are often linked. I hear often how when someone goes through the detox process, they start feeling a bunch of sad, angry or painful feelings as well. I have also experienced this myself, it is, I feel, imperative to the self-growth path.
Improved physical states are linked with better emotional health, it seems the opposite may be true as well.
Research at the University of Pittsburgh shows that when researchers studied 680 women with chest pain found those who held on to feelings of anger were four times more likely to have unhealthy cholesterol levels and higher body mass index than those who did not, both of these factors are linked to heart disease.
Cleansing your body may bring old emotional scars to the surface, which may be why you overate, self-medicated or indulged in junk food to begin with, to numb the pain.
Want to find out how to break the cycle and release these toxic emotions?
The biggest factor in breaking the toxic emotional cycle is awareness. Becoming aware of your emotions and being able to feel them without over reacting (sometimes much easier said than done!) is the key to moving through intense emotional times.
John Gray, expert in relationships, talks about feeling our emotional "soup pot" and being able to identify which feeling is bothering you and letting them be felt. Most of us are very afraid to feel our own emotions because we don't trust ourselves and our own reactions, we are afraid we will act on them, maybe irrationally. This comes from authority figures over controlling our feelings during most of our life and learning we shouldn't be trusted with our own emotions.
This is why most people choose to repress feelings, we disconnect and stuff them away. Dr.Gray actually says the truth is exactly the opposite, that feeling the feels causes us NOT to act or over react (as in these Doritos have met their match act) to our emotional states. Feeling our feelings causes them to just go away.
The most recommended tool I have found and also the most effective for releasing stuck emotions is meditation, for as little as 5 minutes per day or whenever needed it, can powerfully change any state. Just by closing your eyes and bringing awareness to the fact that you aren't your current feelings, allows you to feel them and let them pass. I find this particularly effective while showering or bathing. There are many different ways to meditate, google a couple and see what works for you. You may hate one method but love another. There is no right way.
Aromatherapy is also a powerful way to release and soothe stored emotions; releasing is made easier with eucalyptus oil, breathing through intense emotion is aided by the King of oils- Frankincense, Forgiveness is aided by Helichrysum, deepen your acceptance of circumstances with Roman Chamomile and increase self-love with Bergamot. Always remember to dilute topical oils with a carrier oil to avoid injury.
Herbal teas are similar in that they release the volatile oil in the leaves and soothe you internally, my recommendations go to chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, green tea and passion flower.
Yoga and deep stretching can also help release toxic emotions and aid physical detox, as can infrared sauna and hydrotherapy, where hot and cold waters are intermittently applied to the body to draw out heat and toxins.
Sometimes periods of silence can help, other times sound bathing with music can also help. If you are going to start a detox program, be aware that deep emotions may surface and need to be dealt with. If you have experienced trauma you may need a professional to help guide you through, that's one of the bravest things you can do.
People who have successfully transformed their bodies call it a “lifestyle.” You really have to change your view on what you are going to do every day, we repeat habits daily because we know the long-term payoff, the benefits out-weigh the irritation of having to repeat tasks daily, like brushing your teeth.
The easiest path to change is to make it non-negotiable. You just decide that these new habits are going to take priority over other things, and you change your lifestyle to reflect these new priorities. You are going to have to weigh the pain of staying the same against the pain of change and see if you can convince yourself that the effort is worth it.
My job is to help you see that these changes have REAL benefits in your life, that you can feel great, look great and enjoy life on your terms. Of course you will not be perfect, so get that out of your head, seriously, this is not about perfection. This is about decision, loving yourself enough to become a priority to YOU!You will never regret working to make yourself better, I’m here because you needed to hear these words from someone who has been there- you deserve better, you deserve to live your best life. You deserve to treat yourself better, because if you can’t do it, who will?Whoever has mistreated you, abused you, hurt you, ignored you, forgive them and move on. Forgiveness will give you your life back, your strength back and stop your victim mentality.Forgiveness is NOT FOR THEM, ITS FOR YOU. It does not make what they did ok, it makes it ok for you to live your life.
You have to decide you are worth more, before you can get more, decide that you want to change, that it is a done deal, that you are going to change some priorities, ask the Universe, God or Your Higher Self for help, knowledge and strength if you want to. Don’t put this responsibility on to someone else, a partner, family member, lover, child or anyone else, this is your decision and only you can change.To get a little "woo" on you, the full moon and Spring equinox are coming up, the moon signals a time to let go, move on and let new doors open, the equinox is a time of rebalancing. The start of Spring, all things begin anew, equal and balanced again. Whatever storm you passed through in Winter, you can now know that universal forces will rebalance injustices, repurpose resources and renew life. It's a great time to commit to yourself.This comes directly from my heart, in true knowing that you deserve the absolute best in life and I want you to have it.Jennifer
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During the Body Breakthrough Program I want to emphasize how important it is that you set POSITIVE goals.Most people say they want to start eating healthy, but what they're saying to themselves in their mind is "so I don't get FAT."That's a negative goal, because it focuses your energy and attention on what you DON'T want.You need to take special attention to focus on what you DO want.99% of people never really think about what they DO want, they just live in fear of what they don't want.Take the time to really think about what would make you completely happy. Can you envision how you would live if you were at your dream weight, feeling healthy, alive and free?What would you do? How would your life change? How would you FEEL?No detail is too small, every single thing helps your brain know its goal, and really when you get super clear on a positive goal and you empower yourself to have it (We talked about that yesterday) it will start happening much more quickly.If fear comes up while you're doing this, that a sign that you have a block or cross purpose that's holding you back. Ask yourself what you would need to get over this fear!Here's to an amazing 2017!Jennifer