6 Ways to Detox and Lose Weight

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1. Drink Warm Water

Drinking warm water is a practice of Indian Ayurvedic medicine. And just by doing so will improve metabolism, making it easier for your body to burn fat.

In particular, here are 3 reasons why you can slim down by simply drinking warm water.

1. Boosts Blood Circulation

Your organs such as your stomach warm up. This will improve the blood flow immediately.

When your organ temperature goes up by 1 ℃ or 33.8°F, your base metabolism, or total number of calories your body needs to perform basic, life-sustaining functions, go up by about 10 to 12%.

Thus, you can increase fat combustion. As a result, your body becomes less prone to gaining weight.

2. Promotes Visceral Function

When your organs are warmed up, they become more active. This will promote digestion and the ability to detox.

Once toxins are discharged from your body, your liver and kidneys become more active, contributing to cleaning up the “house”.

As a matter of fact, I drink a cup of warm water first thing in the morning. I started doing so, because I used to have chronic constipation. But ever since I started drinking warm water rather than cold water, my stomach is no longer bloated or constipated.

3. Improved Urine Output

Blood and lymphatic circulation is also improved.

Lymphatic liquid is the “garbage collector.” So, if the lymphatic liquid can flow smoothly, waste matters can be collected and discharged more easily. Naturally, the more you throw away, the lighter you become.

Moreover, drinking warm water is also expected to alleviate constipation or swelling.

A cup of hot water

2. Drink Spiced Warm Water

You can add spices into warm water before drinking for better results.

As you may already now, spices have many benefits such as…

  • Promoting blood circulation
  • Burning fat
  • Improving digestion
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Activistes metabolism
  • Detoxing

and many more.

So, adding spices to warm water would have a synergetic effect.

3. Fast

“Fasting” is to fast, or stop eating for a certain period of time. For example, you can simply skip a meal of a day, breakfast, for example. Or, you can reduce the number of meals to one or zero a day. Even more, you can choose to eat significantly less than you normally do.

By intentionally cutting down on food intake, your body can direct its energy from digesting to detoxing and repairing.

This will assist detoxing of your body. The more you declutter and dump garbage, the lighter your become, and the more space you would have. Thus, you naturally lose body weight.

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4. Eat Food that Burns Fat

Some foods boost metabolism, suppress blood sugar from rising, and contribute to burning fat. So adding these to your daily diet may be effective in detoxing and losing weight.

Here are some examples of those fat burning food:

  • Turmeric
  • Almond
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Pineapples
  • Chili peppers
  • Salmon

A hot tub

5. Take a Hot Bath

Try to make it a habit to soak yourself in a hot tub on a regular basis.

This will stimulate your sweat glands, making it easier for you to sweat.

The purpose of sweating or perspiring is to discharge body heat, so that our body and brain can cool off. It’s the homeostasis at work, trying to stabilize the body temperature.

Moreover, sweating can support removal of toxins from the body.

6. Go For A Walk

Walking increases your heart rate and advances blood circulation. As a result, it strengthens your heart and cardiovascular health overall.

Conclusion

Detoxing and losing weight can be done in many ways including the ones suggested above. I suggest you try them out!

6 Things You Can Do to Improve Sleep Quality

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Getting quality sleep is crucial to wellness, living a healthy life. And yet, many people are having difficulties trying to get good nights sleep. What can be done to improve your sleep quality and get well rested? Here are 6 tips on how to improve your sleep quality.

1. Dim the Lights Before Bedtime

When your brain senses light, your sympathetic nerve that controls wakefulness will become active. As a result, your biological clock can be thrown off balance. Then, falling asleep may become difficult.

For a good nights sleep, it is important to

  • Dim the lights in the room
  • reduce the amount of light that your eyes see
  • maintain the cycle of your internal sleep clock

In particular, finish working on your PC or mobile devices at least an hour before your planned bedtime.

The blue light emitted from displays increases alertness, rather than making you feel sleepy. It delays the release of sleep inducing chemicals.

2. Choose The Right Pillow And Mattress For You

Not having the optimal pillow and bed mattress for you can prevent you from relaxing and getting quality sleep. This can take a toll on your body. As a result, you may not feel well rested.

If your pillow is too high or too low, your airway and blood vessels may be compressed. So, it is best to select an optimal pillow that allows you to maintain the same posture as when you’re in an upright position.

When it comes to selecting mattresses, you may want to take into account your body type as well as your sleeping patterns.

Memory foam mattresses suit well for those

  • who toss about less frequently
  • short sleepers” who get only 3 to 4 hours of sleep
  • with lower backaches
  • couples

High resilience foam mattresses, or hard mattresses, are said to be suitable for

  • athletes and muscular-built people
  • those who are sensitive to heat
  • those with medium to heavy body weight

But it all boils down to choosing the most comfortable hardness for you.

3. Reduce Noise in the Bedroom

It is difficult to fall asleep, let alone relax, in a room that is noisy. Ambient sound of 40 decibels or higher can increase your alertness. This is obviously counterproductive.

Using sound-proof or blackout curtains can also help to reduce noises.

Wearing earplugs is also effective in shutting out noises.

4. Listen to Relaxation Music

Listening to relaxation or meditation music can be a good way to relax and calm your senses.

One thing you want to be aware of is to choose something that doesn’t come with lyrics.

Songs with lyrics stimulate the language area of the brain. This can heighten your alertness.

If you fall asleep while playing music, the sound can prevent you from sleeping soundly. So setting the timer to stop playing the music may be a good idea.

On the other hand, if you are waking up at night frequently because of anxiety or stress, you may want to play so something that runs for 7 to 8 hours. They are readily available on YouTube.

5. Take A Warm Bath

Woman taking a hot bath

Drowsiness will creep in spontaneously by taking a bath about an hour before going to bed.

This is because the core temperature of your body will rise, and then drop suddenly, once you get out from the tub.

The body is innately equipped with what’s called the “core temperature rhythm”. It is designed to peak at around 9 o’clock at night and then descend afterwards.

By taking a bath around this time of the night and raise your body temperature, your body will try to bring it down to the original level. This causes a sudden drop in body temperature, making it easy for you to fall asleep.

A word of caution: it takes about an hour for the core temperature to drop, so it is counterproductive to take a bath immediately before going to bed.

6. Finish Dinner At Least 3 Hours Before Bedtime

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A type of hormone called leptin secretes when your stomach is full. This hormone causes drowsiness. But try not to sleep at this timing.

This sleep-inducing leptin also promotes digestion in the stomach. So the body would not get enough rest, resulting in poor quality sleep.

It takes about three hours for the food to be digested, so eating dinner at least three hours before your bedtime is ideal.

You would also want to be careful of what you eat for dinner. Fatty food takes longer time to digest. When you have dinner later at night, something that is easy to digest like soup would be stomach-friendly.

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