Lots of anti-oxidant/nutrient/healthy habit info:
These come from magazines that don't provide a lot of sources or details other than maybe a vague statement like 'a British study found that...' they are those cheap weekly magazines you see at the checkout stand: For Women First and women's world. If you see something that interests you, do your own research on it, or just eat the food/spice. they are good for you. Also, lots of them are fairly common knowledge. I'm paraphrasing and putting my own comments in italics.
Instant energy lift:
Indian technique called Anuloma Viloma or sun/moon breathing: Hold one nostril closed and inhale deeply (from the diaphram) through the other one for 3 seconds. Switch nostrils to exhale through the other one in a short burst. Alternate. This supposedly energizes both sides of the brain as well as increasing oxygen to the brain. Also, inhaling through the nostrils spreads nitric oxide throughout your body which relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
Destressing Yoga pose that relaxes shoulders and spine- Extended Puppy pose: Get down on all fours and then walk your hands forward until your forehead touches the ground. Hold and breathe.
Capcaisin boosts metabolism up to 20% for up to 30 minutes.
Onions are loaded with chromium which helps with fat-storage hormones.
Allicin in garlic may prevent pre-fat cells from turning into fat cells.
Parsley and cilantro are loaded with antioxidants that researchers have linked to low body fat (they didn't say what)
The scent of cinnamon increases energy, alertness and focus,, releases frustration - use it as a wake up
The first sign of dehydration is fatigue.
Essential oils in mint offer antispasmodic properties that ease PMS cramps.
Sage revs brainpower - suppresses acetylcholinesterease, an enzyme that inhibits the brain's ability to process messages. Add a leaf to a cup of tea and steap for a few seconds
Inhaling scent of lavender boosts concentration.
scent of thyme increases feel-good neurotransmitters.
Lemongrass stimulates fat-flushing liver enzymes. Add a 1" piece to a cup of tea.
Oils in basil have powerful anti-microbial action.L-theanine
in green tea boosts alpha-waves by 38 percent and feel-good nerotransmitters by 87 percent. also boosts activity in occipital region that governs focus. And increases GABA which reduces sleep-disrupting beta brain waves. - Kyoto women's U in Japan.
It takes 12 hours for the liver to metabolize caffeine. Have your last high caffeine source before noon.
Lots of Vitamin C is needed to metabolize cigarette smoke (which probably applies to other pollutants.
Your body needs more C when under stress and more C helps the body deal with stresses, helps adrenal function, etc. Is essential for making carnitine which has a role in burning fat for fuel. This is all actually common knowledge.
Omega 3s switch on uncoupling-protein -3 which increases thermogenesis - the rate at which calories are used to generate energy. Activate PPARS-receptors inside the cell nucleus that help lower blood sugar, decrease fat srotage and increase burning of fat (and PPARs might affect hyperkeratinization, one of the things I haven't gotten around to researching further
Epicatechin (in cocoa) boosts nitric oxide
cinnamaldehide prevents yeast overgrowth
flavanoids strenghen vein valves that direct blood flow - helps vericose veins.
Nutmeg boosts seratonin.
Ways to feel happier in a flash:
look at a tramquil scene - painting, picture, computer wallpaper, fish tank etc
Yawn - saturates the lungs air sacs and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous systme to release dopamine, seratonin, and GABA - feel good neuro-transmitters.
Inhale vanilla, apples
Stimulate nerves at hairline and behind ears by brushing your hair upside down.
Sing an inspirational tune - or hum which boosts nitric oxide.
Boosts oxytocin - help some one, get a hug, pet your pet
consume some selenium
Walk around the block - boosts beta waves
Get more light exposure
hold your head up - the brain uses body cues to gauge how you should feel and alters neurotransmitters.
consume some tryptophan to boost seratonin
Block out noises
Capsaicin stimulates endorphins
go to be by eleven pm. If not earlier.
Laugh. Even forced laughter stimulates endorphins.
rapid thinking stimulates domamine - play a fast paced game, watch a familiar TV show in fast forward (from studies involving watching I Love Lucy)
The scent of peppermint reduces road rage - it both makes you feel calmer and more alert and focused.
Tyrosine - amino acid that ups levels of domamine and norepinephrine, yogurt, eggs are good sources
a little alcohol enhances some antioxidant activity in berries.
Fermented cheese is high in K2.
1) do intervals, not prolonged cardio.
Crunches only engage teh outermost layer of mucle fibers in the upper abs. (and like I've been saying, are mostly wasted effort) Bicycling and leg lifts engage far more muscles.
2) Rule of thumb for the ladies and others just getting into weight training - choose a weight you can only lift 12 times without rest.
Magnesium inhibits histamine surges
Quercetin also blocks histamine release
Got to bed by 11 - 'sleeping during the pre-midnight hour is the key to revving your body's production of appetitie-controling hormones, infection-fighting immune cells and mood-boosting seratonin.' Tweak your bedtime gradually. It probably won't work to try to go to bed several hours earlier.cocoa/cacao
lowers blood pressure and ldl cholesterol -by relaxing blood vessels, reducing inflammation and reducing liver's production of cholesterol.
sharpens memory and concentration (and energy) by opening up blood vessels improving blood flow.
cocoa contains theobromine and phenylethylamine, compounds that stimulate the brain to make more mood boosting dopamine and seratonin.
Dry brushing for the first 90 seconds before adding toothpaste reduces far more plaque and bacteria
Consuming calcium and magnesium together 30 minutes before bedtime helps most people fall asleep faster. Magnesium relaxes muscles as we all should know by now
, but it says that calcium and magnesium work 'hand-in-hand to relax muscles and nerves and dial down stress hormones' so say UCLA researchers.
A couple or whole grain crackers and an ounce or two of cheese triggers a surge in seratonin in as little as 20 minutes. Perhaps you can find better alternatives..
That's it in the magazines i stole from a waiting room. I was sure there was more. Something about cloves which I know are loaded with antioxidants. you can taste them. Bite into one. They extremely spicy.
Looking at desert can make you eat more. It probably stimulates insulin release as well. Just thinking about food, and sweet flavors even in zero calorie sweeteners can stimulate insulin.
synthetic estrogens in BCP can increase feelings of jealousy. Which isn't good for stress
Edited by alternativista, 01 April 2012 - 02:04 PM.