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Top 8 Natural Skin Care Routines For Autumn

By Theresa Harding (updated 11/22/20)

Of all the seasons, perhaps the most romanticized and hotly anticipated is Autumn. If you want to know some natural remedies for an Autumn skincare routine, keep reading, as I will share some tips that will help solve your skin issues.  The change in seasons, especially from summer to winter can bring us many skin challenges.    I discuss more about winter skin care in this blog post.  We expect orange-hued days spent snuggled under a blanket, and we look forward to wearing our favorite jumpers once again.

What may look pretty in a picture often doesn’t bode well for our skin. With a sharp drop in temperature making us switch on the heating, the autumn weather can wreak havoc on any skin type. Here are my top natural remedies for autumn skincare:

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Is Exfoliation Necessary?

I always knew when I needed to exfoliate my skin because I’d see what looked like dead skin that would appear on my skin immediately after I’d step out of the shower and dry off. Post-summer skin looks dehydrated and shallow, and exfoliation is extremely important as it gets rid of the dead damaged cells.

This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nutrition.  You could go for professional exfoliation methods such as peeling.  Sensitive acne-prone skin needs professional chemical peeling whereas normal to dry skin types do well with dermabrasion.

You can have home treatments with products that contain light peeling properties such as those which include Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Glucosamine, Retinol, or Retinoids. These products allow daily skin renewal, and fresh younger skin is seen.

Skin Care vs. Moisturizing

Hot summer causes dehydration, and thereby wrinkles and fine lines appear on the skin. So, it’s important to really take a look at your skincare products when choosing a skin care routine for autumn. The moisture lost needs to be properly replenished, before the onset of winter. Moisturize at least twice daily after cleansing.

Dry, normal, and combination skin types may use a light oil-free liquid or gel moisturizer. For drier skin types, choose a thicker cream-based moisturizer meant for dry skin.  You’ll also want to consider following a skincare treatment for dry skin to specifically address your dry skin issues.  If you have combination skin, you’ll want to follow a skincare routine for combination skin. 

Along with your facial skin, you need to take care of your body such as supporting your liver with bitter greens and clean foods without toxic ingredients, processed refined sugar, and processed foods.  Be sure to take short warm baths and apply moisturizer to your damp skin.

Skin Care Treatments

Skin Care Treatments

Skin Care Treatments

Intensive skin treatments come in the form of serums or concentrated emulsions and should be done on the damaged skin once or twice a year. Your skincare natural products that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Flavonoids, and Retinoid (Synthetic Vitamin A) are good treatments to reverse sun damage and improve skin tone. Some moisturizers also come with Vitamins.

For a better effect use both – apply serum under the moisturizer either twice daily or as a night repair treatment. You can also go for at-home treatments using masks and packs. Skin lightening treatments are very popular during Fall. In using masks, you need to exfoliate your skin (Do not exfoliate more than twice a week) and prepare it for treatment.

Skin and Sun

There’s a lot of confusion about the skin and sun where protection is a concern.  The major difference is the duration of time it takes to be exposed to the sun so that your skin can produce vitamin D without the use of supplementing.  The safe times to take advantage of the sun time is between 10am and 3pm.

Outside those times are not the best time to sunbathe because the dangerous UVB rays are strongest and should be avoided to prevent sunburn.  UVA sunrays do not cause sunburn but may penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and should be avoid for prolonged periods of time.  Although the autumn sun is not as strong as it was in summer, it is still necessary for you to use your sunscreen regularly. You can find some skincare products that contain sunscreen. A sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 is required in autumn.

Patch dryness, eczema and psoriasis, seborrhea, and pityriasis rosacea can start to flare. Even oily skin needs a moisturizer to keep oil production at bay, so use oil-free liquid moisturizers. If you have “sun spots” on your skin because of sun exposure from the previous summer, you can try exfoliation and whitening treatments. However, do consult your dermatologist before undergoing any treatment.

Seek out shaded areas and stay out of direct sunlight to prevent harmful UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin. Shaded areas will also be cooler, reducing the need for your body to cool itself by sweating.

You can read more about the sun and skin care to protect your skin and safely get vitamin D without risking your skin health.

Skin Care and Diet

Summer means dehydration and therefore more water intake for replenishing the moisture lost, but that should not change once the temperatures drop. In fact, you should continue to drink at least eight glasses of water a day throughout the year, irrespective of seasonal changes.

This will help you to flush out the body toxins better thereby ensuring problem-free skin. Fall is a season when fresh fruit and vegetables abound, so you can include Pears, Leeks, Pumpkins, Sweetcorn, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Blackberries, Grapes, Plums and Raspberries to provide Vitamins C, B, E and A, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Bioflavonoids, Omega-3 Fatty acids etc.

Wear Light, Loose and Breathable Clothing

Wear Light Loose Clothing

Light, Loose Clothing

I’ve noticed that most blue and black colored pants cause dark spots to appear on my legs. So, I try to wear more light-colored pants to prevent dark spots from appearing. Wearing natural, tightly woven fabrics in light colors will keep you comfortable, protect your skin, and reflect the light.

Avoid synthetic, man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon as these materials don’t allow moisture to effectively evaporate, causing irritation and discomfort to your skin and allowing the bacteria that can lead to spots to breed freely.

Skin Care and Face Masks

If you must wear a face mask at any time, skincare and masks don’t go hand-in-hand, unfortunately.  The friction on your face may cause irritated and sensitive skin.  Everyone has different skincare needs so all face masks aren’t the same. 

Check the material of the mask you consider to wear and make sure that the material will not irritate your skin, causing breakouts or rashes and skin redness.   Also note that some mask materials with different colors and other added designs might not be healthy for your skin, especially if the mask has color dyes that can irritate your skin.

This is the time to really assess what materials you’re placing against your skin for long periods of time.

To prevent developing skin problems, be sure to add a Face Balm or serum prior to wearing the mask.  After removing the mask when you arrive home from work or shopping, wash your face with a gentle face cleanser of your choice.  Apply a clay face mask on your face for a skin detox to pamper yourself on your day off.  Remember that skincare is self-care and relaxation for a spa moment.

 If your ears get irritated from the straps of the mask, place tissue or cotton balls behind your ears where the band sits against your ears and that may help prevent irritation.  Many people are not in the habit of cleaning their masks often and that is key to helping prevent face irritations.

Clean your mask daily and change it often, even if it means taking 3 or 4 masks to work with you and changing them out throughout the day to keep down the skin irritation.  Moisturize your skin whenever it feels your mask might have absorbed the moisture from your face. 

The best color to choose is a white mask which will allow you to see the dirt on the surface.  The ability to see the dirt on the surface of the mask allows you to see that it’s time to replace the mask because of the dirt collected on it.  Sometimes we don’t realize the level of dirt and germs that can collect on the surface of our mask, as we unconsciously touch it to make adjustments to it repeatedly, so the white color will help you see it.

Pamper your skin as needed!  You may read this article for further reading about how to protect your skin from mask irritation.

Use a face cleanser that has natural and gentle ingredients for the face.  I love using food-based ingredients in my face wash.  Follow-up with a toner if you prefer and moisturizer.  During the Autumn season, a heavier moisturizer may be needed, so change face cleaners and moisturizers to accommodate the colder temperatures which can dry out your skin much faster.

My favorite face cleanser is the citrus face cleanser and cream moisturizer.  I enjoy using apple cider vinegar mixed with equal parts water as a toner, or I use witch hazel mixed with rose water hydrosol.  Then I follow-up my rosehip seed oil or pomegranate seed oil as a moisturizer, as it’s a great anti-inflammatory oil with vitamin A and C.

 How Sleep Can Affect Your Skin

Sleep is an essential component of natural skincare. A lack of sleep can have a significantly adverse effect on our general health increasing the risk of developing illnesses like diabetes or heart disease and also mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

Sleep deprivation, even just for one night, can have a real impact on the skin too, causing you to be more prone to the premature signs of aging and increase the likelihood of breakouts. Sleep and skin aging can present themselves if there is a lack of sleep long-term. 

When we are sleeping, our skin cells have the opportunity to regenerate, restore, and renew, giving us a beautiful glow in the morning.  When there’s stress in the body, it can show in our skin.  If you feel you suffer from insomnia, find out why you can’t sleep at night.  Is it worry?  Anxiety?  A great amount of stress? 

Whatever skin care routine you choose, it’s best to address the issue and find ways to adapt a night-time ritual to help you get off to sleep for the night and wake feeling rested.  Try your best to remove any underlying issues that may be keeping you up at night so that you can get your body into that parasympathetic state of rest and digest, for the night.  No skincare products will give you the most benefits if you are sleep-deprived. So, sleep well!

What remedy works best for your skin during the Autumn season?

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References and Resources

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18348449/

https://draxe.com/nutrition/vitamin-dbenefits

https://www.self.com/story/mask-acne

https://twigandarrowsalon.com/5naturalskincaretreatments

https://www.sleep.org/how-sleep-improves-your-skin/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Steps to Natural Breast Care [A Step-By-Step Guide]

By Terry Harding          This post contains affiliate links.

For every woman, the breasts are amazing organs. They can provide nutrition for babies and enhance your beauty. They are very intimately connected with the reproductive system and continuously change during the menstrual cycle.

There are many indications of problems occurring in the breast like the appearance of lumps, swelling even in the armpits, tenderness or soreness, flattening or any change in shape, size, and texture, discomfort or burning sensation, altered appearance of the nipples or the areolar area, discharge, etc.

It is very important to know how these amazing organs work and how to naturally care for them and keep them functioning properly. This preventative self-care is critical in reducing our risk of developing breast cancer.

How to Take Care of Your Breasts

Massage is one of the most effective natural methods of breast care. A gentle lymphatic massage to your breasts should be practiced regularly. 

Doing this massage will help bring movement to the fluids, fatty acids, and other nutrients, as well as wastes and toxins in and out of your breast tissues.  Since movement is important for breast health, your body depends on this frequently.

Four steps need to be regularly followed to help in bringing nutrients to the breast and flushing the toxins out. These four steps serve a specific purpose.

The first step is a motion that helps in the draining of the lymphatic system, the second and fourth are to assist the venous system and the third step is to help strengthen the ligaments.

  • For step 1, use slow gentle, strokes away from the nipple. 
  • Step 2, use a kneading motion gentle massage.
  • Step 3, gently twist the breast both in the clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
  • Step 4, apply gentle pressure and compression to move the fluids.
  • To be effective, this massage technique needs to be followed a minimum of two times a week for 3 to 5 minutes, or 30 seconds several times a day.

Is Daily Bra Wearing Dangerous for Breast Health?

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Natural Breast Care

You must always provide support to your breasts by wearing a bra of the correct size. A sports bra should be used while participating in sports. In general, violent sports should be avoided. Swimming is a good activity for the health of your breasts. 

Also, it’s important to wear your bra for shorter periods of time in the day.  Studies have shown that women interviewed experienced higher levels of breast health than women who wore bras for longer periods of time in the day. 

Since bras are designed to prevent movement of the breast, this disrupts the normal lymphatic flow of breast tissue and the temperature of the breasts. 

Constricting the breasts for long periods of time in the day is not the healthiest environment for breast care Breasts can flourish in slightly cooler temperatures than our average 98.6 F body temperature. 

Research has also suggested that it’s best to wear wireless bras and bras without foam or thick padding for healthier breasts.

Moisturizing for Healthy Breasts

The use of suitable moisturizers can help you reduce wrinkles. Many experts advise avoiding sudden weight variations as it leads to sagging breasts. Always opt for gradual weight loss. If you are a nursing mother, you should feed your child in a proper position.

Moisturize your breasts when you shower and when they appear dry.  Allowing them to remain dry for long periods of time may cause the skin to feel rough.

One oil that is very effective at keeping breasts supple and firm is organic, extra virgin olive oil.  It’s rich in antioxidants and fatty acids and can heal sagging breasts.

I personally enjoy a mix of olive oil and coconut oil infused with lavender essential oil.  I use this oil mix on my entire body and get great results of smooth, firm, and hydrated skin that lasts.

You can read more here on moisturizing healthy breasts if you want to learn some moisturizing oils that are best for toning and firming your breasts.

Herbal Remedies for Breast Health

Now, I love my herbs.  I didn’t know herbs could be so healing!  Foods we didn’t know are herbs actually are.  Some foods like, cinnamon and turmeric are herbs and can be used medicinally. 

I started using herbs medicinally in 2007 and I’ve gotten some really good benefits from them.

Certain herbs have various compounds that help in maintaining breast health and can be used as essential elements of natural breast care.

Gingko Biloba helps in increasing the circulation to the entire body as well as the breasts. Hence, it can help reduce heaviness and swelling in the breasts.

Also, Agnus Castus helps to balance the hormonal levels of the body and thus promote breast health as the health of the breast is directly related to the hormonal levels.

The application of Evening Primrose Oil can reduce the pain in the breast to a great extent and help in maintaining breast health.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

We all have different ideal weights for our bodies.  Try to stay in a healthy range for YOU.  Obesity raises the risk of breast cancer, especially after menopause when breast cancer most often occurs according to some research.

What Foods are Good for Breast Health?

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Healthy Breast Foods

There is research that explains the importance of diet for healthy breasts.  Your diet and lifestyle plays an important role in the health of your breasts. 

Changing our diet is the first thing I did for my family when we started on our healthy living journey.  I realized that if I wanted to see effective results in our health, I needed to change our diet and make better food choices. 

I want to encourage you to consider it too if you want long-lasting health for you and your family.  Since we were combating some health challenges, it was easy to make the changes. 

My ultimate goal at the beginning of our healthy living journey was to help my 12-year-old son eliminate high blood pressure and lose some weight.  

A healthy diet goes a long way in the promotion of breast health and is a very important part of natural Breast Care. A well-balanced diet is the key to a good life and good health.

Various nutrients available in a well-balanced diet are important in maintaining the body systems functioning properly. 

Include more raw fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants.  Especially the ones that include the 3 antioxidants that are good for breast health: lutein, lycopene, and carotenoids.

Those such foods are fresh berries, carrots, cherries, cranberries, spinach, squash, tomatoes, yams, and watermelon, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, and turnips.  These foods contain the nutrients that support the breasts.

It is best to choose organic when possible, as pesticides and herbicides are known to mimic estrogen, and can remain in the body fat when consumed.

Drink Less Alcohol

Some carcinogens can cause harm to breast health, leading to breast cancer if you’re not cognizant.  Avoid excessive alcohol, as some alcohol is known to be carcinogenic as well.

Sure, there’s a positive health buzz around booze, but a meta-analysis of 53 studies showed that women who drank more than three drinks a day had 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer as did non-drinkers. Try to keep it to one serving a day or less: 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

Practice Breast Self-Exams

We learn this habit early on at our first Pap Smear examination, so it’s a practice we should never stop doing.  In fact, we know many women have found lumps in their breasts from their own self-examination of their breasts. 

It’s a great habit to get into to examine your breasts on a regular basis.  Get to know your breasts If there are any changes in your breast tissue, you will know.

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Just remember, healthy breast care begins with how you care for your breasts in between the times you wear a bra.  make good practice of caring for your breasts often so you’ll know when there is a change in them. 

How do you take care of your breasts?  Do you have a routine that has worked for you?

References and Resources

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28585217/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6278308/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5982158/

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/magazine-essential-oils-that-keep-your-breasts-healthy-and-firm/

 

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WOMEN BREAST HEALTH AND BRAS

By Theresa Harding

While an estimated 90 percent of North American women wear a bra every day, have you ever wondered if they’re really necessary? And if so, does the type of bra you wear matter to your health?

The Use of Bras

Wearing a bra is said to help prevent sagging, improve posture, reduce back pain, and maintain healthy breast tissue. But according to history, bras were created for fashion, not function.

Wealthy women in the 14th century primarily wore corsets to help elevate, reveal, and enhance the appearance of their breasts. And as fashion evolved, so did bra-like garments, like the push-up bra and the strapless bra.

While bras are still worn for aesthetic purposes, they’re also said to be mandatory for maintaining and supporting a healthy bosom.

What Researchers Say About It

But some researchers suggest that wearing a bra isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, according to a study done in France (called the “marathon experiment”), the trusty brassiere could be a false necessity: It does more harm than good.

While there are non-beneficial—effects of bras, there’s still a lack of evidence that wearing a bra is guaranteed to damage your lady lumps, such as promoting breast cysts.

As long as they’re properly fitted, bras can still prevent discomfort from movement and back pain, especially in bustier women. Some women even find that wearing a bra is more comfortable than going braless.

Even if just the strapless bra is considered.

Is Wearing a Bra Risky?

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Breast care and bras

According to Lu Chen, MPH, a researcher in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “women don’t need to remove their bras to improve breast health”.

They can continue to wear the push-up bra or the strapless bra, without worrying about causing the growth of breast cysts.  A lot of researchers have also discredited concerns floating around the press that the supportive undergarment was linked to breast cancer.

So if wearing a push-up bra, strapless bra, or even a backless bra helps you feel supported and gives you the lift and look you desire, the choice is yours: Wear a bra or don’t. Just don’t fear the thought of promoting breast cysts or any other related issues from wearing them.

Luckily, there are ways you can promote better breast health when choosing a bra.

Tips to Improve Your Breast Health

It’s important to get fit by doing some form of exercise daily.  The benefits of exercise are that it helps shrink fat cells which helps the body produce less estrogen.  Too much estrogen contributes to the risk of breast cancer.

Practice monthly breast exams to become familiar with your breasts.  Regularly examining your breasts will help you notice when there is a change in them.  Some women normally have lumps or fibrocystic breasts.

If that is you, it’s important to examine them so that you don’t know what your breasts feel.  If there is a change in them, you will notice the change and can take action with your doctor to further investigate.

Since your body naturally changes as you age, your bra size can also fluctuate. For this reason, it’s important to get measured each year—or any time your bra feels like a nuisance.

Choose the Right Bra Style for Your Cup Size

Between soft cups, sports bras, wireless, bandeaus, full cups, and push-ups, choosing a bra can be difficult. But the best bra style for you will depend mostly on your cup size.

Even if you’ve had a mastectomy, there are mastectomy bras for you as well.  You can get more information from your doctor, or search online for bras specifically for this purpose.

Lingerie experts recommend bras with minimal support for a smaller bust, such as bandeaus or wireless bras. That’s because additional underwiring and padding may be uncomfortable, dig into your skin, and look bumpy under clothing.

Larger busts can benefit from the extra coverage of full-cup bras, which keep breasts in place and prevent wardrobe malfunctions. The best way to find out which bra styles are right for your bust is by consulting with a bra-fitting specialist at a lingerie store.

Avoid Wearing a Bra to Bed

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Wearing bras to bed

While some women swear that wearing a bra to bed maintains shape, it may also promote swelling, cause a build-up of fluid, and prevent natural detoxification—by restricting blood flow and lymphatic drainage.

Since there’s no proof that bedtime brassiere-wearing can save you from the droop, it’s best to err on the side of caution: Avoid the potential health risks of wearing a bra to bed.

You may read here for more about whether or not it’s safe to sleep with a bra on.  Just be aware of your body and stop if it becomes uncomfortable.

Choose Comfort over Couture

While there’s no harm in occasionally swapping your regular intimates for seductive lingerie, it’s important to ensure that you prioritize sensibility over sexiness.

Even if it’s not the sexiest-looking garment, a properly fitted, comfortable bra can be life-changing when it comes to feeling cozy and relaxed every day.

What is your experience with Bras?  Do you see any type as risky to your health?

Resources and References

https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2020/breast-cancer-survival-exercise

https://greatist.com/health/sleeping-in-bra#does-is-cause-cancer 

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

 

 

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Should You Consider a “Diet Plan” for Weight Loss or a Lifestyle Change?

By Theresa Harding
When I decided that I wanted to lose weight, I started off thinking that I needed to find weight loss solutions. After experiencing the yo-yo effect of losing weight and gaining it all back again, I learned that for me, I wanted the long-term plan and not just the rapid weight loss. I decided on the lifestyle change. In my personal experience, I studied how food affects the body and what I needed to eliminate from my diet, and that’s when I saw the progress with weight loss-long term. I also incorporated a meal planner to help me stick to my diet goals.
A diet plan consists of temporarily changing your eating habits to promote a certain outcome — commonly weight loss — before returning to your previous eating habits.

Your Diet

For example, if you have heart disease or diabetes, your doctor may instruct you to go on a special diet, with the help of a meal planner to help prevent a medical emergency. You might otherwise choose to whip it up with bacon and cheese omelettes or doughnuts and hot cocoa, but your special diet may prohibit these foods. You might cheat sometimes, but most of the time, you stick to your diet…even forever, if it staves off disease.
The same goes for weight-loss diets. If you eat more than your body burns (and let’s face it, that’s easy to do when you’ve got tasty food always available, just waiting for you to have another helping), and you could stand to lose a few pounds, you may decide to go on a weight-loss diet as your weight loss solution while you try to achieve a rapid weight loss.
People like to say diets don’t work, but they do work in some. Thousands of studies show they help people lose weight and regain health, and several studies have demonstrated that it doesn’t matter which weight loss diet you choose. Low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat, they all work for many people much of the time.
On the other hand, a lifestyle change consists of adopting healthy overall habits that promote long-term weight loss solutions.

A Lifestyle Change

For many people who want to lose weight or get healthier, but don’t like the restrictions of a diet, lifestyle changes make a lot more sense. They are also good for people who can’t bear to go on another diet to achieve rapid weight weight loss, or who have bad associations with dieting, or who just can’t stick to a diet. If it’s just a lifestyle change, it may seem less threatening or restrictive.
In addition, diets focus on food intake, while lifestyle changes incorporate what you eat along with other factors that affect weight and health, such as physical activity.
So you see, the differences aren’t so obvious, but there is a difference, and here’s what it is: One or the other is likely to work better for you.

It is up to you to choose a diet plan, as long as it’s a healthy one, or make lifestyle changes that you know are good for you. Do what works with your personality, your work life, and your personal life, and you’ll have the best chance of sticking with it. There is no one size fits all diet plan.

Who Wins, in Your World? Diet? Lifestyle?

Most nutritionists suggest changing your lifestyle is more efficient and healthy rather than just dieting for a certain amount of time. A diet is a systematized, temporary lifestyle change whereas changing one’s lifestyle is an attempt to keep up similar habits for a prolonged period of time. When trying to choose between a diet or a full lifestyle change, do what works best for your personality, personal life, work life and/or anything that will give you the best chance of sticking to it. Even adding a meal planner may help you be more organized with your food intake. Both give you an opportunity to be healthier, feel better and help you move towards your weight loss goals.

What do you prefer for better results? Diet? Lifestyle Change?

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Multiple Food Sensitivities and Weight Gain

By Theresa Harding (Updated 5/13/19)       

One of the many challenges to my weight loss efforts was trying to figure out why I was always feeling bloated.  It seemed like, the more careful I was at selecting my snacks, the more I was feeling bloated after snacking on my favorite treat.

I always noticed that I would feel bloated after eating my favorite blue corn tortilla chips, and this caused me to increase weight in return for my indulgence.  This was my favorite snack.  I figured it’s only a snack, so why would I feel bloated only after eating a simple snack?

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I did consider at one time, to see my doctor for food sensitivity testing, but I never did.  Then I started taking digestive enzymes to help alleviate the bloating.  For a while, I did get some relief, but I continued to eat the corn tortilla chips because I craved them all the time.

Well, after doing more research, I learned that I am now sensitive to this snack food.  So, I no longer eat blue corn tortilla chips for a snack.  I’m also happy to say that my midsection does not inflate anymore, lol!

Whether it’s low fat, low carb, low GI – most of us have tried, and failed, to lose weight at some point.  Some of the weight gain problems could be much more deep-rooted – multiple food sensitivities.  According to medical estimates, food sensitivities affect 75% of the population, having a profound impact on their health and weight.

How it Affects the Gut Lining

Multiple food sensitivities can damage the gut lining.  Damage to the gut can lead to a leaky gut, allowing food particles to be exposed to the gut’s immune system.  This then triggers a system-wide immune response, leading to inflammation all over the body and producing obesity by increasing insulin resistance.

Inflammation from any cause — infections, food sensitivity, or a high-sugar, bad-fat diet — will produce insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels, and an increase in weight.  Since insulin is the hormone that signals your body to store more fat — mostly around the belly.

In his article, “Wheat Disorders, Dr. O’Bryan shares information about wheat and gluten sensitivity and how it can lead to intestinal symptoms and cardiovascular disease.  You can read more about this on his website.

Symptoms of Food Sensitivities 

Food sensitivities, also referred to as food allergies or food reactions can result in digestive disturbances such as gas, belching or bloating after meals. They can also cause symptoms not related to the digestive system including headaches (including a migraine), joint pain, arthritis, hyperactivity, skin rashes, asthma, dry cough, wheezing, diarrhea, kidney damage, and elevated liver enzymes.

Food sensitivities can make you feel lethargic, sleepy, or low in energy, especially after eating. They can also be responsible for mood swings and cravings.  No one ever thinks about getting tested for food intolerances to find out the underlying cause of their weight gain.

Food Cravings

Multiple Food Sensitivities and Weight Gain

Food Sensitivities Can Be Your Food Cravings

I always craved the blue corn tortilla chips all the time, even though I would feel bloated while eating them.  They were my guilty pleasure.  Unfortunately, the foods that most people crave are also the foods that they are likely to be sensitive to.

Some people feel that they are addicted to their problem foods, but it is not the food itself, it’s the endorphins—the body’s opium-like painkillers which are triggered by the problem foods—that they are addicted to.   Because of the cravings associated with food sensitivities, there is a tendency to overeat and increase weight, which is likely to be a problem.

For underweight individual’s,  some food intolerances may have the opposite effect, making it difficult for them to gain weight. Both overweight and underweight individuals often find it easier to reach and maintain their ideal weight.  This is because their intolerances are properly addressed through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

You can find out now, what foods to avoid by simply seeing your doctor for food sensitivity testing.  This might be the solution to your weight gain.

Common Food Intolerances and Food Sensitivities

These are the top foods to which people are sensitive. Some of the common food sensitivities are;

  • GMO, genetically modified Organism, foods.
  • Gluten (in wheat, rye, barley, and some oats).
  • Dairy
  • Corn
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts).
  • Nightshades are a family of vegetables that include potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams), tomatoes, peppers (green, red, yellow, orange, jalapeno, chili, and pimentos), eggplant, tobacco, spices (from peppers like cayenne, chili, red pepper, curry mixes, paprika)
  • Citrus
  • Yeast (baker’s, brewer’s yeast, and fermented products like vinegar)

Common Reasons for Food Sensitivities and Food Intolerances

There are also common reasons why most people suffer from multiple food intolerances. The reasons are related to too much of one food, Leaky gut syndrome, Deficiency of Probiotics, over-worked immune system, and Genetics.

If you are overweight and can’t seem to lose that last ten pounds, multiple food sensitivities are likely part of the problem. They are the cause of inflammation, which is the underlying cause of weight gain. You can lose a significant amount of weight just by eliminating foods from your diet which you are sensitive.

It is also recommended to short-term, eliminate dairy and gluten because, both dairy (milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt) and gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye, some oats, spelled, triticale, and kamut) are linked to insulin resistance and, therefore, weight gainTemporarily cutting them out of your diet, allows the inflamed gut to heal.  This one move may be the single most important thing you can do to lose weight.

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The Correlation Between Weight Loss and Green Tea

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By Theresa Harding          This post contains affiliate links.

Maintaining the proper weight is key to a healthy body. Why? Obesity and overweight have been linked to the development of life-threatening diseases. Such diseases include Diabetes, High blood pressure, Kidney disease, and heart diseases just to name a few.

That said, it is imperative to maintain proper weight. And in order to do this, some have ventured into weight loss programs. Weight loss may be easier for some than it is for others.

Yet, weight loss requires more than just exercise. It calls for the right diet that will compliment your weight loss program. Admittedly, the right diet and proper exercise will make your weight loss journey more effective.

Speaking of diet, Green Tea is one addition that many swear by. What is more, various studies have shown its effectiveness in aiding weight loss. Yet, this begs the question, how exactly does it do this? Let us take a look at how and why weight loss and green tea go hand in hand.

How Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight 

Green Tea is known to increase your metabolism. In a small study, green tea appeared to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation during a small study published in the  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Metabolic rate can be described as the rate at which calories are burned by our bodies. So, the faster the rate, the more calories burnt.  Simply put, the faster your metabolism, the better.

Various studies have revealed that green tea leaves have the ability to boost metabolism. According to Abdul G. Dulloo, a researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Green tea contains thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the process in which the body burns calories.

Green tea leaves also contain a substance known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). This is a form of antioxidants that play a role in increasing metabolism. The drink also contains some amounts of Caffeine. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, the combination of both caffeine and EGCG increases metabolism.

 

Green Tea Leaves Increases Fat Burning Process

Yes, the best green tea does aid in the fat-burning process. As previously mentioned, green tea increases thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the increase in calorie or fat burning process.

But, what aids this process? Studies have revealed that it is because of the polyphenols contained in the green teaPolyphenols are also referred to as catechins. The highest catechin is the EGCG; however, it contains other catechins such as Epicatechin and  Epigallocatechin just to name a few.

These catechins inhibit the enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase, also known as COMT. The COMT enzyme breaks down Norepinephrine, a hormone that increases the fat burning process.

However, COMT lacks the ability to interfere with the effectiveness of Norepinephrine in the presence of catechins.

Green Tea and Exercise

Weight Loss and Green Tea

We’ve already seen that green tea has a tremendous effect on the fat-burning process. Yet, the good news does not end there. Studies have revealed a correlation between the best green tea (organic is the best choice) and exercise. Especially when it comes to the effectiveness of the exercise.

According to a certain study, men that used green tea extract, and still exercised lost a lot of fat. The study states that the men lost at least 17% more fat, as compared to the men that were not taking the supplements. Note, that even though they did not take any supplements, they still exercised and lost some weight. The supplements only made exercise more effective.

As always,  if you want to see results in weight loss, you must remember, consistency is key.  You must be consistent in whatever remedy you choose for your self.  Just remember to always seek your health care professional before trying anything new in your diet.

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