Is Ephedra Really Dangerous?

Ephedra has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. It has been used to treat asthma, hay fever and also contains ingredients that offer remedy to the side effects of the common cold. There are over 40 species of Ephedra, but the most common for comes from a plant known as Ephedra Sinica, and has also been used in herbal teas dating back to the 1400s by Native Americans and Pioneers. Ephedra’s popularity comes from two alkaloids, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine which have been known to stimulate the central nervous system along with bronchodilation and vasoconstriction. It has also been used in conjunction with caffeine to elicit weight loss. Effects of the misuse of Ephedra have raised concerns regarding the safety of the substance. As a result Ephedra has also been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February of 2004. Continue reading “Is Ephedra Really Dangerous?”

Lose Weight Gradually to Keep it Off

Most people are tempted to try and lose as much weight in the shortest amount of time that they can. This strategy can actually lead to reciprocated results. Studies have shown that people who lose more than 2 to 3 lbs a week tend to gain the weight back faster as soon as diet and exercise is taken out of their daily routine. Losing more weight than your body will naturally allow will also cause you to lose muscle along with fat. In fact, losing more than 3lbs per week is considered unhealthy and can lead to more serious health risks than feeling hungry and having food cravings. Continue reading “Lose Weight Gradually to Keep it Off”

Caffeine Can Help!

If you are looking for a quick diet aide to help you lose a few pounds to fit into that special dress next weekend, then drinking coffee can actually help. Although increased levels of caffeine are not recommended for long periods of time, using it as a diet aid can help you shed excess water weight and add a significant boost to your metabolism. Caffeine is already a common ingredient in most diet pills and energy drinks, but taking it in its natural sources such as coffee and tea can also add antioxidant benefits. Continue reading “Caffeine Can Help!”

5 Nutrient Rich Vegetables

The vast majority of people know that the healthiest foods can be found and consumed unaltered in Mother Nature’s garden. Fruits and vegetables are by far the most nutrient rich foods which have been known to rid our bodies of toxins repair our cells and essentially strengthen out immune systems. It has been found that although nutrient-rich foods are readily available nearly 60% of the food the average person eats is processed. By far the worst news is that 80% of people believe they are eating a healthy diet. Continue reading “5 Nutrient Rich Vegetables”