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4 Benefits Of Eating Seasonal Food

Benefits Of Eating Seasonal Food

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With the changing weather across the globe, the availability of fresh produce also changes. Every season offers a variety of fresh produce that is great to start experimenting with in the kitchen. Seasonal veggies and fruits are not just delicious but are loaded with health benefits.

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Check out the benefits of eating seasonal food:

1) Seasonal produce tastes better

The taste of seasonal fruits and veggies is better than the non-seasonal variety. Fresh fruits are sweeter and perfectly ripe. Fruits and veggies that are naturally ripened on the tree and harvested at the right moment will have more nutrition and flavour in them.

The story is different for produce that travels from far away to reach you. They would have been harvested early and chilled down so that they don’t get spoiled in transportation. The chilling makes the produce lose its flavour. When they reach the destination, they are heated to ripen them artificially before they hit the market. The flavour is lost and the texture is changed this way.

2) Seasonal produce is cheaper

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The cost of the produce reduces when the farmers harvest a huge amount of the produce because it is in season. Seasonal fruits and veggies have less travelling and no storage expenses thus reducing the production cost even more. On the other hand purchasing produce that is not in season can be expensive as they are sourced from far away locations with a different climate and are stored for long periods. A big reason to buy local and eat seasonal.

3) Seasonal produce has higher nutritional value

Seasonal produce when consumed closer to harvesting has higher nutritional value when compared to non-seasonal produce sourced from far away. Vitamin C, carotenes and folate is said to rapidly reduce in fruits and veggies when they are stored for long periods of time. Some grocers may also buy out of season produce that has been radiation treated, gassed or preserved in wax to extend shelf life.

4) Seasonal produce doesn’t have overseas contaminants

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When fruits and veggies sourced from far away (overseas) you are not be aware of their pesticides, herbicides and fungicides regulations. While some chemicals are banned in some countries, they are used freely in another. Soil contamination is another issue. Certain agricultural lands have very high toxic contaminants and heavy metal because of nearby industrial sites. This can cause diseases in those who consume the produce grown in such soil. To avoid these issues, it is better to eat seasonal produce bought locally. See, there are so many benefits of eating seasonal food procured from nearby!

What you can do?

If you want to enjoy certain fruits and veggies even after they are out of season, you can buy bulk of them when they are in season and then preserve, pickle or freeze them at your own home. You can do this for mangoes, berries and the like. Buy huge batches of them and store them in your freezer. This way you know where the produce is from and can be stress-free as it is totally free of chemicals. However, it is better to enjoy the goodness of fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies bought locally.

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4 Simple Stretches For Weight Loss

4 Simple Stretches For Weight Loss

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Want to get in shape? You need to get moving! You must have heard this umpteen times but I am going to repeat it once again. Yes, you need to exercise to burn calories. It is well known that along with exercise you should do stretching too. Exercising and stretching are the 2 best things for weight loss.

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Now when it comes to the time you need to invest for a fit body, it is not much. Just invest a few hours a day and don’t push yourself beyond a certain limit. This way you will be sorted. Working out at home can be helpful on days when you don’t have the time to go to the gym.

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Are you totally clueless about working out at home? Well, you shouldn’t be if you have been reading our blog as we have been posting so much about exercises that you can do without any equipments! However, we welcome the new readers with open arms and present a few stretches that work really well in weight loss.

Here are some stretches for weight loss that you can very well do at home:

1) Stretch hands up and inhale

Stretching your hands up and inhaling is beneficial in 2 ways when done every morning. First, it releases the stress and fatigue present inside you each morning. Secondly, you burn a lot of fat when your hands are stretched upwards and you inhale and then release the breath. Do you know doing so for 20 to 30 times a day will burn more number of calories than an hour long walk will?

2) Stretch legs in different directions

If you want to get rid of thigh fat, there is a stretch for you! This particular stretch involves stretching your legs in different directions as much as possible. You need to hold this for 5 secs and later release. Keep doing this every day 25 times and see the results.

3) Run stretch

Run stretch is the best thing you can do if you want to lose weight quickly. Simply stretch your arms up, tighten your legs and then try to run slowly. Even when you run for 30 mins a day, you will be able to see a huge difference in a matter of a month.

4) Boxing stretch

When you have a lot of fat in your arms and shoulder, you can get rid of it with the help of boxing stretch. The boxing stretch is a sure shot way of losing fat. You need to try boxing with one hand after the other and keep stretching it as far as possible. This way you will surely shed weight from your arms.

So, this was all about the stretches to help you lose weight. These tries and tested stretches have helped a lot of people in shedding unwanted weight. Keep doing them on a daily basis and see the magic. Do let us know how much weight you lost!

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Winter Is The Best Time For Losing Weight – Research

Winter Is The Best Time For Losing Weight!

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Feeling the chill? The dip in temperature must have made you lazy and sleepy too! Does it make you feel gloomy? Hmm! But don’t worry as the winter is the best time to lose weight! Yes, you read that right! Winter is the best time for losing weight!

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Right from doing shivering workouts to sleeping in a room that is cold, keeping yourself cool is known to help burn the body fat. It is all based on white fat and brown fat. The white fat stores extra energy and having too much of it is known to contribute to obesity. On the other hand, brown fat is the good fat as it burns energy to help in maintaining body temperature.

Do you know that we are all born with brown fat as it is Mother Nature’s way of keeping little babies warm? However, this kind of fat is said to reduce with age. Research carried out in the US shows that increasing your level of brown fat cannot only help you lose weight but also help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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According to a research carried out in Australia to find out the impact of cold exposure in humans, sleeping in a cold environment leads to an increase in brown fat and helps in speeding up metabolism. The study involved 5 individuals who slept in rooms that were set to various different temperatures for a period of 4 months. After sleeping for a month in a room with a temperature of 19 degree Celsius, covered by a bed sheet, they witnessed a 42% increase in the volume of brown fat and a 10% increase in fat metabolism. (See I told you that ‘Winter Is The Best Time For Losing Weight!’)

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If keeping your bedroom cool does not sound alright, you can enjoy the benefits by spending a few number of hours in a cooler environment during the day. Scientists in Netherlands have discovered that feeling mildly cold (but not to the extent of shivering) can help in increasing the rate of energy burnt by 3 to 30 percent! The study also says that people should avoid being in a temperate environment. It warns that the lack of exposure to a varied ambient temperature would make the entire population prone to diseases like obesity.

In simple words, our bodies do better when they experience a change in temperature that too in winter. So, it can now be said that you turn down the heating of your room, head outdoors even when it is chilly and take bath with cold water. You should do this for controlling your weight but at the same time I would like to add that you shouldn’t end up falling sick!

Shiver workout

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Heard of it? Can you think of shivering for 10 to 15 mins? It will not be pleasant but when you do shiver for that long, scientists say that it is effective for weight loss. When you feel cold, your brown fat gets activated because it is the one that burns energy and releases heat for the body to feel protected. When that energy is not sufficient your muscle contracts mechanically or in simple words you shiver. This act of shivering generates heat.

It has been found that 10 to 15 mins of shivering that took place at temperatures between 14 and 16 degree Celsius in some volunteers was almost as effective as an hour of moderate exercise. This was in terms of increase in levels of the hormone irisin. It is produced by the muscle and it helps in stimulating the conversion of white fat (energy-storing) to brown fat (energy-burning). Scientists speculate that exercising mimics shivering as there is muscle contraction during both the processes. It has also been said that stimulation of irisin due to exercise could have been evolved from shivering.

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6 Easy Stretches To Ease Digestion

6 Easy Stretches To Ease Digestion

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Okay, so you just had a hearty lunch! Great! The problem with having an elaborate and heavy meal is that your tummy feels uncomfortable later. Here are some stretches to ease digestion! Keep reading!

1) One-legged Spinal Twist

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You can do this twist to make things move in your belly. It can even be done when you have been sitting for long hours. Here is how to do it!

  • Bend the right knee & cross the left elbow to the outside edge of your knee and look over the right shoulder.
  • While breathing keep deepening your twist. Stay in the pose for 30 secs and then repeat on the other side.

2) Knees to chest

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This stretch is great when you feel bloated, have pain due to gas or are constipated. It is a wind-relieving pose so it would be better to do it when you are alone 😛

  • Lie down face up, bend your knees and bring them to your chest.
  • Give a big hug to yourself and rock the knees from one side to another in order to massage the abdominal organs and make things move.
  • Hug the knees tightly for a few secs and release your knees away from the belly, lowering your toes to the ground for some secs. Keep alternating between the two for about a minute.

3) Spinal twist

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This move is another twist that helps get things moving:

  • Lie down face up on your bed. Bend your knees into your chest and cross them over to your left.
  • Extend the arms in a T position and gaze to your right.
  • Stay so for 30 secs or more with a feeling of your spine lengthening and twisting. You might possibly hear a few cracks!
  • Use the abs to lift the knees back to the centre and repeat the same on the other side.

4) Fish

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Another stretch for your belly!

  • Lie down on your back and extend your legs.
  • Lift your head and upper back off your bed/mat and prop your upper body with the elbows.
  • Relax the head back, opening through your throat.
  • Hold the position for about 30 secs.

5) Seated Heart opener

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This stretch helps in easing belly cramps and can be done either on the floor or on a chair.

  • Sit on your heels. Lean back while placing both your palms flat on the ground about 8 to 10 inches behind you so that your fingertips point away from you.
  • While pressing your hands firmly onto the ground, lift your chest as much as you can. Arch the back and push the hips into the heels. In order to increase the stretch, you must lower your head behind, stretching through the throat and the front part of the chest.

6) Extended wide squat

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This one is a relaxing yoga pose that provides relief from gas pains!

  • Stand with feet apart, slightly wider than hips. Bend the knees and lower your hips towards the floor. If the heels do not touch the ground, you can roll up a towel and place it under the heels for support.
  • Bring the palms together at the heart centre and press your elbows firmly against the inside of the knees. This will open up your hips even more.
  • After a count of 5 breaths, release the hands to the ground/floor and walk them away from the feet to increase the stretch in your hips and lower back. Hold for another 5 breaths.

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