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17 Weight Loss Tips- Simply Check Your Thyroid

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A  Healthy Thyroid Equals Balanced Weight loss

 

  1. Your thyroid dictates much of your metabolism, any malfunction or disease afflicting this area may cause you to have problems in metabolism leading to a drastic problem with your weight so you may either gain weight, lose weight, or may find that losing weight is harder than usual.
  2. Those that plan diets do not consider how their thyroid plus metabolism may affect their weight loss program. Most experts and even the media pitch in and recommend that the best way to lose weight is to cut down calorie intake.
  3. Those with a condition called hyperthyroidism suffer from an overactive thyroid leading to one having his or her metabolism skyrocket. If this is the case, then you will probably lose weight fast. This is a nice proposition for some who wish to lose weight. However, this is actually hazardous to the health.
  4. Aside from the medical difficulties such a disease brings, one will also notice weight problems as a result. These people have trouble keeping on weight and may notice weakness and bulging of the eyes. This disease may need special treatment from doctors.
  5. Hypothyroidism on the other hand works in the other direction by immediately slowing down the metabolism until the body gains weight at a regular rate. Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism causes a general weakness in the body. It too may need special treatment and may cause serious health problems if left unattended.
  6. While cutting calories can be a challenge for most people to imagine, people involved in life and death struggles head to the supermarket to make serious decisions on whether to buy that extra box of sweets, or other foods they know aren’t quite healthy for them. Then some others have exactly the opposite problem.
  7. Instead of eating too many calories which is a problem in itself, they eat too little calories instead. The key is to find the midpoint. Balance.
  8. Problem? What Problem? The problem with some is that they believe that since the experts say that they have to cut calories, cutting calories to an inordinate amount will reap greater results. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. While cutting calories helps diets, consuming too little calories pushed the body into a hoard mode, the body’s metabolism slow to adapt to the lesser amount of available energy.
  9. If your body enters this mode, your body will work at such slow metabolism that losing weight becomes impossible. The technique here is to cut calories without the body slowing its metabolism. Only then can losing weight become easier.
  10. Another problem that can arise from decreased metabolism is that when your metabolism slows due to a drastic reduction in metabolism, and then you suddenly eat a good, hearty, calorie-filled meal, you are bound to gain more weight owing to the increased surplus of energy.
  11. This is why an imbalanced meal is highly discouraged among those that seek to lose weight. The sudden loss and increase of calories will cause an imbalance in a person’s energy consumption directly affecting fat deposit.
  12. Here is a simple computation to help you get to the right amount of calories you will need per day so that you get your nutrients in the right balance.
  13. First of all, multiply your weight in kilograms by 30. If you only know your weight in pounds, divide it by 2.2 to get to its English equivalent. We divide this number by 30 because that is the number of calories you need to support your weight per pound of weight.
  14. For example if your weight in pounds is 150, divide it by 2.2. That will give you a figure of 68.18. This is your weight in kilograms. Multiply this by 30 and you will arrive at the amount of calories you will need per day to keep up 150 lbs.
  15. You may consult a nutritionist to help you come lose weight. In the end it all comes down to math. If you consume more that your body needs, it stores it as fat. Now is probably a good time to start studying the back of those grocery cartons.
  16. Try to keep your diet at a 40% protein, 25% fat, and 35% carbohydrate meals at 300 calories per meal. Spread out these meals in a day for best results.
  17. While it can be simple computation to get at numbers, do not forget the earlier mentioned fact that the body adapts to its condition. Expose it to extreme ones and you may find yourself getting results you never wanted. Consult a nutritionist for more advice.

 

Citrulline: The amino acid use for the detoxification of ammonia, a byproduct of protein breakdown, and in the treatment of fatigue.

Citrulline is a nonessential amino acid, which means that it is manufactured from other amino acids in the liver; it does not have to be obtained directly through the diet. Citrulline is found in high concentration in the liver. Citrulline is not a component of any major proteins or enzymes.  It is synthesized in the body from ornithine by the addition of CO2 and ammonia and is a precursor of arginine. Only the L form of amino acids are constituents of protein.

Citrulline exists primarily in the liver, where it is heavily involved in the urea cycle to detoxify and excrete ammonia. This unusual amino acid is formed in the urea cycle by the addition of carbon dioxide and ammonia to ornithine. Next, it is combined with aspartic acid to form arginosuccinic acid, which later is metabolized into the amino acid arginine. Citrulline is not a component of any major proteins or enzymes. This unusual amino acid is formed in the urea cycle by the addition of carbon dioxide and ammonia to ornithine. Next, it is combined with aspartic acid to form arginosuccinic acid, which later is metabolized into the amino acid arginine. Citrulline is not a component of any major proteins or enzymes.

Function and Benefits of Citrulline

  • Promotes energy
  • Stimulates the Immune system
  • Metabolized to form L-Arginine
  • Detoxifies ammonia
  • Citrulline helps the immune system in fighting infections and increases energy.
  • Citrulline, through its conversion into another amino acid (arginine) in our body optimizes blood flow. Arginine allows for increased production of nitric acid in the endothelium, to support circulatory function.
  • Without citrulline it is not possible to detoxify liver cells from ammonia, which is a waste product of oxidation process.
  • It helps maintain the acid-base balance in the body.
  • It plays an important role in the production of arginine, which stimulates the secretion of human growth hormone and prolactin. Arginine helps in bodybuilding, in enhancing blood flow and in relieving stress.
  • Citrulline promotes the production of insulin, creatine and the growth hormone.
Food source
  • Watermelon, especially the melon rind is an excellent source of citrulline. Vegetables like pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds and squashes are also good sources of citrulline.
  • Besides vegetables, fruits such as cantaloupes, honeydews, bittermelons and muskmelons also contain citrulline in substantial amounts.
  • Walnut seedlings are considered to be the richest source of citrulline.
  • Citrulline is also abundantly found in fish, meat, eggs, milk, and legumes.
  •  Foods rich in protein, also contain high amount of citrulline.

Ornithine: The amino acid that helps to prompt the release of growth hormone, which promotes the metabolism of excess body fat.

Ornithine is a nonessential amino acid and is manufactured by the body. The amino acid, arginine, is metabolized during urea production and is required by the body as it acts as a precursor of citrulline, proline and glutamic acid. Ornithine induces the release of growth hormone in the body, which in turn helps with fat metabolism. It is required for a properly functioning immune system and liver and assists in ammonia detoxification and liver rejuvenation. Helps in healing and repairing skin and tissue.

Ornithine plays an important role in the urea cycle and is the precursor of the amino acids citrulline, glutamic acid, and proline. Another primary role of ornithine is being an intermediate in arginine biosynthesis, although this is due to its participation in the urea cycle (responsible for the production of urea). Ornithine is not directly incorporated into proteins and enzymes and does not have a codon in the genetic code.

Functions and Benefits of Ornithine

  • Induces the release of growth hormone in the body, which in turn helps with fat metabolism. It is required for a properly functioning immune system and liver and assists in ammonia detoxification and liver rejuvenation. Helps in healing and repairing skin and tissue.
  •  Ornithine is necessary for proper immune-system and liver function.
  • High concentrations of ornithine are found in the skin and connective tissue, making it useful for promoting healing and repairing damaged tissues.
  • Ornithine is synthesized in the body from arginine, and in turn serves as the precursor of citrulline, proline, and glutamic acid.
  • Animal research has suggested that ornithine, along with arginine, may promote muscle-building activity in the body by increasing levels of growth-promoting (anabolic) hormones such as insulin and growth hormone. However, most human research does not support these claims at reasonable intake levels. One study that did demonstrate increased growth hormone with oral ornithine used very high amounts (an average of 13 grams per day) and reported many gastrointestinal side effects. One controlled study reported greater increases in lean body mass and strength after five weeks of intensive strength training in athletes taking 1 gram per day each of arginine and ornithine, compared with a group doing the exercise but taking a placebo. These findings require independent confirmation.
  • Ornithine aspartate has been shown to be beneficial in people with brain abnormalities (hepatic encephalopathy) due to liver cirrhosis. In a double-blind trial, people with cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy received either 18 grams per day of L-ornithine-L-aspartate or a placebo for two weeks. Those taking the ornithine had significant improvements in liver function and blood tests compared with those taking the placebo.
Deficiency Symptoms of Ornithine

  • Since the body can produce ornithine, a deficiency of this non-essential amino acid is rare.
  • A deficiency of this nonessential amino acid is unlikely, though depletion can occur during growth or pregnancy, and after severe trauma or malnutrition.
Rich Food Sources of Ornithine
  • carob, chocolate, coconut, dairy products, gelatin, meats, oats, peanuts, soybeans, walnuts, wheat, and wheat germ.

 

 

Threonine : The essential amino acid that helps to maintain the proper protein balance in the body.

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list of the hormones found in the endocrine glandes on the nervous system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Threonine is the uncharged polar amino acid. It is an essential amino acid as it is not manufactured in our body and is found in high concentrations in the heart, skeletal muscles and central nervous system. It must be provided through food to our body. Threonine is an essential amino acid that helps to maintain the proper protein balance in the body. It is important for the formation of many proteins and tooth enamel, collagen, and elastrin. It metabolizes fat and prevents the buildup of fat in the liver, and is useful with intestinal disorders, and indigestion. Antiulcer.

A precursor of the amino acids glycine and serine, threonine is present in the heart, central nervous system, and skeletal muscle, and helps to prevent fatty buildup in the liver. It enhances the immune system – aiding in the production of antibodies, and may be helpful in treating some types of depression. It also very useful indigestion.

Uses and Benefits of Threonine

  • It has also important role in maintaining the normal functioning of our various system like central nervous system, cardiovascular system, liver and immune system.
  • This amino acid plays an important role along with glycine and serine in porphyrin metabolism. Threonine is incorporated into proteins and enzymes at a molar rate of 6 percent compared to the other amino acids.
  • It is required to help maintain the proper protein balance in the body, as well as assist in the formation of collagen and elastin in the skin.
  •  It is further involved in liver functioning (including fighting fatty liver), lipotropic functions when combined with aspartic acid and methionine, as well as assisting the immune system by helping the production of antibodies and promotes thymus growth and activity.
  • Other nutrients are also better absorbed when threonine is present, and it has also been used as part treatment of mental health.
  • Threonine has also found to aid antibodies production which are major components of our immune system. These antibodies combat with various infections, microbes and foreign bodies.
  • Threonine supplements have seemed to be useful in treating various diseases due to lesion on central nervous system like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease as threonine produces glycine. Multiple scleroses symptoms have also been alleviated by the use of this amino acid. The dose of threonine may not be taken in excess amount as it may damages the liver and kidney functions.

Deficiency Symptoms of Threonine

It is a precursor of isoleucine and imbalance may result if the synthesis rate from asparate is incorrect. In humans, deficiency may result in irritability and a generally difficult personality.

Rich Food Sources of Threonine

  • Animal Sources: Threonine is present in high amount in meat, eggs, dairy products, cottage cheese, and fish.
  • Plant sources: Threonine is also present in many leafy vegetables, lentils, wheat, beans, mushrooms, grains, sesame seeds and nuts.

Tyrosine : It aids in the production of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin and hair color) and in the functions of the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands.

Tyrosine is the amino acid with aromatic side chain. It has hydroxyl group for H bonds and shows polarity. It is non-essential amino acid which means,  which means that it is manufactured from other amino acids in the liver; it does not have to be obtained directly through the diet.  It is glucogenic and ketogenic both. It was first isolated from casein in 1849 and is abundant in insulin as well as the enzyme papain and can be synthesized from the amino acid phenylalanine in the body. Tyrosine is important to overall metabolism. It is a precursor of adrenaline and the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which regulate mood and stimulate metabolism and the nervous system.

Tyrosine, a parent amino acid for skin, hair, and eye pigments, is involved in syndromes, known generally as oculocutaneous albinism, that are characterized by the failure to form melanin pigments, resulting in partial or complete albinism. It is also the precursor amino acid for the thyroid gland hormone thyroxin, and a defect in this may result in hypothyroidism – an enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter), severe growth failure, and retardation of central nervous system development. A deficiency may also have symptoms of low blood pressure, low body temperature (including cold hands and feet) and “restless leg syndrome.”

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of Tyrosine

  • Tyrosine acts as a mood elevator; a lack of adequate amounts of tyrosine leads to a deficiency of norepinephrine in the brain, which in turn can result in depression.
  • Helps in suppressing the appetite and reducing body fat, production of skin and hair pigment, the proper functioning of the thyroid as well as the pituitary and adrenal gland.
  • It aids in the production of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin and hair color) and in the functions of the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands. It is also involved in the metabolism of the amino acid phenylalanine.
  • Supplemental L-tyrosine has been used for stress reduction, and research suggests it may be helpful against chronic fatigue and narcolepsy. It has been used to help individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, low sex drive, allergies, and headaches, as well as persons under­going withdrawal from drugs. It may also help people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Tyrosine and tryptophan have with been used with some success in the treatment of cocaine abuse and in another study it was combined with the antidepressant Imipramine to treat chronic cocaine abuse where it was reported that the combination blocked the cocaine high and prevented the severe depression that accompanies withdrawal.
  • Tyrosine is known for giving lots of important products to our body. It gives rise to catecholamine e.g. adrenaline and noradrenalin and dopamine. They then function as neurotransmitters in our brain. These are important in maintaining the good balance of moods in person. If there deficiency occurs then this result in depression in a person. Dopamine further has another important physiological role in our body i.e. it stimulates the myocardial activity in the heart means it performs an isotropic action. Since it is a neurotransmitter in the brain, in case of its deficiency in the basal ganglia, an extra pyramidal disease called Parkinsonism occurs. It also acts as a prolactin release inhibiting factor in the anterior pituitary gland.

Deficiency Symptoms of Tyrosine

  • Symptoms of tyrosine deficiency can also include low blood pressure, low body temperature (such as cold hands and feet), and restless leg syndrome.

Rich Food Sources of Tyrosine

  • Natural Food sources of tyrosine include almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
  • Animal sources include chicken, turkey, dairy products like yogurt, milk, cheese, and in fish.

Sulfur : Sulfur foods are important as this mineral is present in every one of your cells.

Sulfur from foods is absorbed as an organic compound and after metabolism; it is converted into inorganic sulphates and excreted in the urine. Sulfur is necessary for proper liver function and protein absorption. It gives one smooth skin, glossy hair and hard nail. Sulfur is found in the amino acids cysteine, cystine and methionine. Sulfur is also found in cells, hemoglobin, collagen, keratin, insulin, heparin, hair, skin, nails, among many other biological structures. Sulfur is necessary for synthesizing collagen. It is required for the metabolism of several vitamins including thiamine, biotin and pantothenic acid. It is also required for cellular respiration. Sulfur is a component of biotin, insulin, glutathione, thiamine, coenzyme A. Helps in carbohydrate metabolism, helps detoxify by converting toxins to nontoxic forms. Sulfur aids in bile secretion in the liver.

Uses and Benefits of Sulfur

  • Sulfur disinfects the blood, helps the body to resist bacteria, and protects the protoplasm of cells.
  • It aids in necessary oxidation reactions in the body, stimulates bile secretion, and protects against toxic substances.
  • Because of its ability to protect against the harmful effects of radiation and pollution, sulfur slows down the aging process.
  • It is needed for the synthesis of collagen, a principal protein that gives the skin its structural integrity.
  • Needed for hair, nails, insulin, cartilage, and blood. Aids digestion and elimination. Oxidizing agent in hemoglobin.
Sulphur Deficiency

  • The deficiency of sulphur will affect healthy growth of hair and nail.
  • Impurities in the blood due to inhibited liver function
  • Sulfur is also very important in protecting your body from harmful toxins and heavy metals found in our environment.
  • Fatigue and Sluggishness
  • Increased Aging of Skin
  • Inability to Digest Fats
  • Dermatitis & Eczema
  • Varicose Veins & Poor Circulation
  • Joint Problems like Arthritis
  • Parasitical Infestations
  • Increased Allergies

Rich Food Sources of Sulfur

Asparagus, kale, turnip, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, durian, dried beans, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, garlic, horsetail herb, hot pepper, horseradish, green leafy vegetable, mustard greens,  flax seeds, sunflower seeds, onions, raspberry, kelp, broccoli, lettuce, watercress, wheat germ, etc.

Drinking Water and Weight Loss : How To Lose Water Weight

What Is Water Weight?

To put it simply — It is the amount of water that the body holds on to. The tissues of a body can retain water molecules and this increases weight in them. It makes all the tissues look like they are bloated. The fingers, the ankles, the ribs, the face, the STOMACH, etc… they all look puffy. This means that the body will retain some extra pounds in the body, and there are a few reasons as to why a body gains these pounds from water.


Common reasons for increased water weight


1. Dehydration: The hardest concept to understand about this is that more water equals less. The simple explanation is that whenever dehydration takes place in a body, it means that the body comes into a sort of panic control mode. The next time you decide to drink some water, the body clings on to it; and hence, the body gains a lot of water weight. Basically, you drink water to lose weight.

2. Inactivity: A person sitting around idle doing nothing will cause the body to stick to a lot of extra water. Only by the regular movement of the body parts can the water be eliminated from the body causing water weight loss.

3. Hormonal Imbalance: During the period of menstruation, the hormonal imbalance causes the body to stick to a lot of extra weight, causing the process of stopping water retention to be a difficult task.

4. Side effects due to medication: Some of these drugs, like estrogen, causes you to hold on to a lot of water as a result of a side effect — Also making weight loss more difficult than it should be.

5. Sugar Levels in the body: The excess of sugar levels inside the body of an individual causes the insulin levels to be blocked, which then no longer allows the water molecules in a body to be flushed, thus making weight loss incredibly hard to get accomplish.

6. Salt content in the body: If the salt content in the body gets as high as possible then the flushing of water molecules become a bit too difficult which will then increase the overall water mass in your body.

How can drinking water and weight loss possibly be connected you ask? Weight loss is much more than calories in, calories out and water plays a big and crucial role in metabolism and hunger. Plus, drinking water to lose weight is easy!

Drinking water and weight loss – Raise your metabolism with water If the subject of metabolism is a little fuzzy for you, you’re probably not alone. It’s important to realize your metabolism isn’t a living breathing thing in your body, it is the result of many things going on which amounts to how fast waste can move through and out of your body and how efficiently your organs are performing.

The kidneys need sufficient water to function properly and if they aren’t allowed to meet their quota then the liver has to pick up the slack. When the liver is doing double the work it can’t concentrate on its main job: metabolizing fat. It still works on this, but now it can’t do it as quickly or as efficiently.

So, by drinking enough water you allow your liver to put all its energy into metabolizing fat and you can amp up your metabolism and avoid storing fat.

Drinking water and weight loss – Is it fat or are you just bloated?

Water weight tends to be another subject that the facts are unclear on, but chances are you are storing some water or possibly a lot.

Many people mistake water weight for fat because water weight will make you look bloated and puffy.

to better understand why the body stores water and how to lose it.

But simply put, you can lose water weight simply by drinking more water because the new water will flush out the old water that the body has been holding onto in survival mode.

It is also a good idea to stop eating salt and eat more raw, water rich foods.

Drinking water and weight loss – Are you really hungry or just thirsty?

Sometimes it’s actually hard to tell the difference and you can mistake one for the other. This is because the body knows food contains water, so if it can convince you to eat something it thinks it might get the water it’s actually after.

The problem often is that if you eat cooked food that has been dehydrated of its water then you’re making the problem worse. The body has to then supply the water to digest and metabolize any food that is void of the water nature created it with. Now you are even more dehydrated and will continue to eat but still receive no satisfaction.

The solution is to make sure you are always hydrated. Drink much more than the recommended eight glasses a day – 3 to 4 liters is best, depending on exercise levels and sweating, etc. – and stay away from cooked and salty foods the best you can. Your pee should be always be clear and going to the bathroom up to ten times a day isn’t too much. Your sleep might be interrupted a few times in the course of the night but it is for a good cause!

Drinking water to lose weight is easy so pour yourself a nice cold glass, squeeze in a lemon, and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Lose Water Weight

Want to lose up to ten pounds in one week? The key to learning how to lose water weight is knowing what to eat. The body holds onto water to dilute toxins so the only way to lose water weight is to stop eating the foods that are poisons to the body.

Some people are holding up to 15 pounds of weight just in water! This leaves you looking puffy, bloated and swollen. Remember…the solution to pollution is dilution and this is why water and weight loss are so closely connected.

Here are the ways for how to lose water weight quickly.

No more salt, not even a grain

Banning salt from your diet is the number one way to easily shed water weight. Salt is not healthy and is much different from organic sodium found naturally in foods. The body always treats it as a toxin, no matter what form it is in (sea salt, kosher salt, etc.). Ever notice how thirsty you are after a salt laden meal like Chinese take out?

Losing water weight suddenly becomes effortless when you learn this, but it will take some exertion on your part to keep it out of your mouth.

Salt is in virtually everything that has been prepackaged, pre-made, or served in a restaurant, and this is why we unknowingly consume so much of it. The kidneys can only filter out up to a couple hundred milligrams a day so what happens to the rest?

Between breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks people can easily take in thousands of milligrams of sodium from salt. What the body can’t get rid of right away it will store in the body, mostly in the tissues where water can dilute it so that the organs are not harmed. This is why people who eat a lot of salt have swollen eyes with bags under them, swollen bellies and ankles and a host of other symptoms.

Get the sodium your body needs from organic sources such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and mangoes. Salt is inorganic and toxic to the body. Leave it in the ocean.

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Eat less cooked and more raw

Raw food comes in the package nature intended. It is full of water and nutrients and nothing has been fooled around with. But take cooked food that has been heated and stripped of its water content, and the body runs into a problem.

The body must have water to digest food, utilize nutrients, virtually every process carried out by the body. This is why raw food is packed with water. Mother nature already knows this but we have forgotten.

So when cooked food enters you and there is no water, the body must supply it. So it in turn robs itself of water from other places but there is a price to be paid.

Now you become dehydrated and thirsty and the next time you drink any fluids the body is going to remember what it went through and try to protect itself in the future by holding onto any water you give it so that it is not strapped in a future emergency.

The same goes for other toxic “foods” like vinegar, garlic and onions, and alcohol.

Never underestimate the brilliance of your body. The name of the game is self preservation.

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Drink more water!

If you are looking for ways to learn how to lose water weight then don’t forget to simply drink more water so that the body knows it doesn’t have to hold onto it. When the body finally sees that water is plentiful and there won’t be a drought, it will flush the stored water out and use what it needs.

How much water is enough? Your urine should always be clear. If it is yellow, then you are already dehydrated. Strive to pee up to 9 to 10 times a day. It may seem like you are always hitting the toilet but it is a small price to pay for optimum health and the chance for the body to heal.

And remember, after a long night of sleeping, always drink 2-3 big glasses of water upon rising.

If you’ve always wondered how to lose water weight, then start eating the foods that let all that bloat go. Your face will look slimmer, your belly flatter, and you’ll be lighter and happier.