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Grapefruit scent can lead to weight loss?   Leave a comment

Can the scent from grapefruit really lead to weight loss? It is true that smell affects our sense of fullness. Dr. Hirsch, a neurologist, psychiatrist and the founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has conducted several studies on smell, taste and appetite. In the early 1990s, he gave 3,193 patients inhalers containing aromatic ingredients, which they inhaled whenever they were hungry. They were instructed to keep their normal diet and exercise routines, and each month for a period of six months they were given new inhalers. The participants lost an average of 5 pounds a month. “A large part of the reason that you feel full is your brain interpreting that you’ve smelled it and tasted it,” said Dr. Hirsch.

It would be inconvenient to smell a grapefruit any time you felt hungry.  What about a bottle of grapefruit oil? That would be really convenient.  Any time you felt hungry you could bring it out a take a whiff.   Or the grapefruit oil can be put in a Whiffer™.  A Whiffer™ is a beautifully designed necklace that allows you to put drops of the oil on a wick and wear it all day long.  Other oils to suppress appetite are peppermint,  orange, and tangerine.

Whiffer

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Posted February 12, 2011 by Sunflower in Natural

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Diet Sodas Leads to Heart Disease?   2 comments

A new study suggests that diet sodas lead to heart disease and vascular events.  Could it be the sodium content? Most diet sodas contain 35mg of sodium in 8 oz, so in a 12 oz can of soda that’s 52.5 mg.  Diet soda drinkers drink about 5 0r 6 cans a day.  That would add up to ~300 mg sodium daily.  A healthy amount is 3,000mg total.  So the sodium amount is not that high, but definitely something to watch.  Also the caramel color of some diet drinks may lead to vascular events like a stroke. Overall diet drinks are a poor choice for hydration.  Most people drink them for the taste and caffeine pick-me-up.   The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can actually have an opposite effect of weight loss by increasing sugar cravings.

I have always been a proponent of water and herbal teas, which are a great way to hydrate the body naturally. Some even contain  a small amount of caffeine.  Quench your thirst with wonderful herbal teas like chai, green tea, and chamomile.  Give the body what it really thirst for.  Don’t sabotage your weight loss efforts by drinking beverages that will make you crave more sugar.  Add a small amount of natural sweeteners to herbal teas like stevia, agave, or honey.

Posted February 10, 2011 by Sunflower in Health, Women

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Posted February 10, 2011 by Sunflower in Health, Women

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