New York. People suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may benefit from regular exercise and replacing high-calorie beverages with decaffeinated, diet green tea, suggests new research.
The researchers found that a combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75 per cent in mice fed a high-fat diet
Although untested in human trials, the results suggest a potential health strategy.
"Combining the two might have health benefits for people, but we don't have the clinical data yet," said Joshua Lambert, Associate Professor of Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University in the US.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a significant global health problem that is expected to worsen, Lambert said.
Because of the high prevalence of risk factors such as obesity and Type-2 diabetes, fatty liver disease is forecast to afflict more than 100 million people by 2030. And there are currently no validated therapies for the disease.
In the study, mice fed a high-fat diet for 16 weeks that consumed green tea extract and exercised regularly by running on a wheel were found to have just a quarter of the lipid deposits in their livers compared to those seen in the livers of a control group of mice.
Mice that were treated with green tea extract alone or exercise alone had roughly half as much fat in their livers as the control group.
In addition to analyzing the liver tissues of mice in the study, which was published recently in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the researchers also measured the protein and fat content in their faeces.
They found that the mice that consumed green tea extract and exercised had higher fecal lipid and protein levels.
"By examining the livers of these mice after the study concluded and by screening their faeces during the research, we saw that the mice that consumed green tea extract and exercised actually were processing nutrients differently -- their bodies were handling food differently," Lambert said.
"We think the polyphenols in green tea interact with digestive enzymes secreted in the small intestine and partially inhibit the breakdown of carbohydrates, fat and protein in food," he added.
"So, if a mouse doesn't digest the fat in its diet, that fat and the calories associated with it pass through the mouse's digestive system, and a certain amount of it ends up coming out in its faeces," he said. (IANS)
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Winter may seem magical and dreamy with all the snow blankets and cozy vibes but its winter and it's cold and the air is dry, which means our skin is parched. It may not seem like a big problem in the striking scheme of things, but it is not a problem to be ignored. Those who are suffering from dry skin know just how infuriating and challenging it is. Since dry skin is the result of many external factors, it requires good care and more effort than the average into keeping your skin healthy and soft. So, here are a few hacks to get you through the sometimes mystical, sometimes wicked season, shared by Freny Jariwala, Founder, The Secret Ingredient.
Multani mitti has been a potent remedy for years now which brings out your best skin hidden underneath. Homemade DIY face packs made up of multani mitti are very effective for dry skin when winter arrives. Apply it over your face and keep it for 10 minutes and wash away which will give you fresh and beautiful skin.
But, if you don't have time to make multani mitti face packs at home, The Secret Ingredient's Multani Mitti Soap gives you the same benefit without any hustle. Apart from drying out excess oil from your skin, this bar of soap also hydrates skin when it becomes very dry especially during winter climate.
ALOE-VERA- MAGICAL ELEMENT
Your skin is dry because it is exposed to the elements that are damaging skin cells faster than your body can repair them. While often believed to be a tonic for sunburn relief, Aloe Vera gel is the potent ingredient that is also helpful during the dry winter months. It alleviates redness and irritation related to excess dryness and makes your skin appear softer and healthier. It also decreases the signs of early-aging and treats acne breakouts.
ADD NATURAL OILS TO YOUR REGIME
A great natural oil when added to your skincare regime works as a natural cleanser and moisturizer. Just rub the oil into your skin and drape a warm, damp cloth over your face until it cools and then wipe away the excess oil. Oils such as coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, sesame oil, castor oil and Shea butter are a good choice as a cleanser because it won't strip your skin's natural oils, but it will clean your skin. You can also add TSI's organic soaps in your regime which entail natural oils and butters to keep your skin soft, smooth and healthy glowing throughout the winters.
ADJUST SHOWER TEMPERATURE
Yes, as simple as changing your shower routine can help your skin from peeling during winter season. Most people tend to take hot showers which cause damage to the skin, resulting in dry and dull skin.
So, take short showers with warm water, not hot. And add soap that is 100% organic into your regime which is gentler in skin and heals the skin.
BUFF YOUR SKIN
No matter how many serums and creams you apply, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Don't forget to gently exfoliate your skin twice or thrice a week with sugar and honey for gentler skin. Remember, when your skin is buffed, moisturizers and creams can penetrate and really get to work. You can also add TSI's Coffee Scrub Soap, if homemade DIY's are not your thing and if you are looking for an easier option.
No matter if you use homemade remedies or hustle-free organic products, gently exfoliate, cleanse and nourish your skin throughout the winters to ensure it looks happy, healthy and truly beautiful.
- Flower Power For Your Skincare Regime
Flowers and plants are known to have innumerable medicinal and cosmetic benefits, along with captivating smells which is widely used in perfumes and beauty products.
Plants are packed with great skin benefits, and flowers and their extracts have long been used to heal common beauty ailments and other skin related problems.
Even in today's complex and scientifically advanced world, the simplistic healing powers of flowers remains unrivaled and have immeasurable benefits to health and beauty.
Plabita Sharma, Skincare Expert, The Body Shop India tells us why flowers are great for beauty rituals:
Good for skin
Flowers have natural beneficial ingredients for the skin and the body. Just as they are beautiful, they can make your skin glow.
Advocates of natural beauty
From skincare to makeup to body care, the benefits of flowers can be found in Moringa, British rose, Chamomile, Sunflower, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Criste marine.
Anti-ageing active ingredient
Plant stem cells have been reputed to have revolutionary anti-aging ingredients.
Floral ingredients are found in the purest forms of scrubs, masks, toners and face washes which leave the skin exfoliated and gleamingly smooth. Blossom quintessence, for example, lemongrass and lavender have legendary attributes.
Velvet touch skin
Flower Camellia is high in oleic acid, making it unbelievably rich with moisturising and barrier-enhancing. It is an ultimate indulgent skin hydration. The splendid velvet moisture Japanese Camellia flower extract leaves skin silky soft and subtly fragranced
Prevents premature ageing
Popular in skin refining, soothing and preventing premature ageing Dandelion extract is filled with nourishment. Washing your face with flowers of dandelion is a great cure for itchy skin or eczema. It comprised of vitamin A, C, and E, which secure skin against free extreme harm and animate collagen creation.
However, its wise to be careful before any direct application to the face or body as many people suffer allergies to pollen grains or skin irritations with direct touch of petals.
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New York, Feb 4 . Researchers have found that regular aerobic exercise not only improves physical health but also improves cognitive functioning, which might protect against Alzheimer's disease.
"This study is a significant step toward developing an exercise prescription that protects the brain against Alzheimer's disease, even among people who were previously sedentary," said lead investigator Ozioma C Okonkwo from University of Wisconsin in the US. For the study, published in the journal Brain Plasticity, researchers investigated 23 cognitively normal, relatively young older adults with a family history or genetic risk for Alzheimer's.
All patients had a sedentary lifestyle. They underwent a battery of assessments, including cardiorespiratory fitness testing, measurement of daily physical activity, brain glucose metabolism imaging (a measure of neuronal health), and cognitive function tests.
Half of the participants were randomly assigned to receive information about maintaining an active lifestyle but no further intervention.
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The other half participated in a moderate intensity treadmill training program with a personal trainer, three times per week for 26 weeks.
Compared to the participants maintaining their usual level of physical activity, individuals assigned to the active training program improved their cardiorespiratory fitness, spent less time sedentary after the training program ended, and performed better on cognitive tests of executive functioning (but not episodic memory).
Executive function, an aspect of cognition that is known to decline with the progression of Alzheimer's, comprises the mental processes enabling individuals to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.
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The participants' improved cardiorespiratory fitness was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism in the posterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain linked to Alzheimer's.
This research shows that a lifestyle behaviour -- regular aerobic exercise -- can potentially enhance brain and cognitive functions that are particularly sensitive to the disease.
"The findings are especially relevant to individuals who are at a higher risk due to family history or genetic predisposition," Okonkwo said.
Natural Ways To Manage Obesity And Boost Immunity
Meeting someone who never faced constipation is akin to a miracle in the modern world. In fact, we adults have almost grown insensitive towards our constipation. It is a parasitic companion that has been with us all through our lives and shows no signs of a goodbye.Of course, the inconvenience caused by constipation can remain quite minor but ignorance can make it just worse.People can feel highly uncomfortable due to constipation and it can lead to other health problems as well. It is often suggested that a healthy digestion in the key to a healthy body. When you are constipated, your body’s system is thrown off balance and your mind’s priority to digest the nutrition received from food and remove the waste as soon as possible gets stuck. this can make you sick in the long run.Do you think that we can be wholesome individuals in such a case? Even Ayurveda does not believe so.So, what is the Ayurvedic point of view on constipation? Simply put, it is an inability to pass stool on time or passing dry stool. Any kind of difficulty in passing stools or feeling that your intestinal tract is not clean even after using the toilet are some of the common notions associated with constipation. Acidity and gastritis can also be related with this common ailment.People who feel constipated may also feel bloated at times. Sometimes, a period of constipation is followed by a period of diarrhea, also known as irritable bowel syndrome and this cycle continues for many years. Let us take a look at what causes constipation in the first place.The primary causes of constipation could be listed as follows:
Lack of Fiber
If you are not consuming enough fiber or roughage, then constipation is bound to follow. Ideally, our diet should contain at least some roughage that helps the bowel movement so that the stool is passed easily and without any discomfort.This roughage also helps in cleaning up the intestines and keeping them healthy. Lack of roughage on one hand and excessive use of deep fried, heavy, drying food, on the other hand, could be the culprit.
It is no wonder that many people are not drinking enough water. Lubrication is important for the intenstines as well as the colon as it helps in letting these two work properly. When you are dehydrated, the body will naturally have issues in movement.This would be causing pains and aches in your stomach as the food moves through the intestines and would cause severe discomforts and even cuts or bruises when passing stools.
Medical conditions and medications
In the case of a sluggish thyroid or other hormonal issues or some neurological disorders, problems with the bowels are common. Metabolic disorders are also the culprits in this case.The medications commonly prescribed for pain can also cause constipation. In fact, it is a common side effect of many medications.
Avoiding the Urge
When you naturally want to release the bowels, you may delay the urge for several reasons. However, doing so repeatedly could be the reason why your body is now constipation. It is considered a very unhealthy practice in Ayurveda.
Excessive use of laxatives
People who are constipated often resort to different types of laxatives. They are good if used sparingly. however, if you use them regularly or almost daily, then you are allowing your body to totally depend on such external support. This leads to more problems in the future as constipation only increases.
Erratic sleeping and waking schedules will make it difficult for you to make a proper bowel movement schedule. Ideally, there should always be a definite time for passing the bowels. When our toilet schedules are erratic, undefined and totally confused, constipation is bound to happen.Follow these tips and also consult an Ayurveda expert for complete medical guidance and remedy.Image Credit: wikimedia
Although obesity can occur because of a sedentary lifestyle, excessive intake of fast food or simply because of hormones and genetics, we should be aware of the fact that it has become an epidemic. However, managing obesity is very simple. A few small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make all the difference that you need in order to lose weight and become healthier.
Here are a few great natural ways in which obesity would say goodbye.
There is nothing that works quite like green tea when it comes to the treatment of obesity. In fact, Green tea can provide you the fastest results in weight loss without any extra dieting or exercise. Therefore, you must consume Green tea at least twice or thrice in a day. If you exercise and make a few dietary changes along with it, results would be visible in less than a month. It also boosts memory and improves immunity.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to be a very good drink for those who want to lose weight. You can take one teaspoon of apple cider mixed in a glass of water every day on an empty stomach. Take this for two to three months regularly for good results. The tastes of this drink could be improved by including a few drops of lemon juice. Apple Cider also helps lower the blood sugar levels
You must have heard this a hundred times before but mixing a little bit of honey with some lemon juice and a glass of lukewarm water will be very beneficial in losing weight. When you drink this first thing in the morning, you will certainly witness weight loss in two to three months. Raw honey is an antioxidants powerhouse and it also helps you sleep better.
Say No to Cold Water
You must always avoid drinking cold water. Instead, drink either warm water or water at room temperature. When you drink warm water, the Fat in your body is directly targeted which can lead to effective weight loss. Also, avoid drinking water with meals. If you have to drink water, wait for at least 30 minutes after the meal. Taking lukewarm water helps increase blood circulation and reduces the effects of ageing.
Nothing works like mint when it comes to weight loss. The best thing about mint is that it increases your metabolism and also helps in better digestion. As a result of this, you are able to get maximum nutrition out of your meals. Just drink a glass of lukewarm water with some mint leaf juice 30 minutes before or after the meal to get the best results. Mint also soothes the stomach and hence is beneficial in ulcers too.
Now that you know these Ayurvedic secrets, try these remedies for a month and see the changes yourself. Stay Nirog!