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Losing weight and fighting obesity, in particular, are some of the most popular subjects, as people are constantly looking for methods of obtaining great results quickly. There are tons of available diets, some of them good, some bad, but, unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for losing weight overnight. Well, except liposuction, of course, but that’s another story.
However, it appears that scientists made a surprising discovery: a simple cup of coffee can have some positive effects on humans’ brown fat functions.
To be more specific, brown fat – or good fat, as it’s also known – helps our bodies turn nutrients into energy, thus generating heat. In contrast, other types of fat, known as yellow or white fat, result from storing calories in excess.
Therefore, knowing that it’s impossible to have zero fat in our bodies, it’s obvious that brown fat deposits can actually help us have overall great health, maintain a lean silhouette, as well as proper body weight.
And how can we achieve this? Apparently, drinking one cup of coffee per day!
According to a study conducted at the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham and conducted by Professor Michael Symonds, caffeine has indeed an effect on thermogenesis or brown fat heat generation.
The study began with exposing adipocytes, the fat-storing cells, to caffeine, eventually noticing that this can significantly increase the levels of UCP1, but also boost the cells’ metabolism.
The next step was to validate the same changing on humans, so through thermal imaging, they were able to spot brown fat reserves in the human body, in the neck region, evaluating their overall heat-generating abilities.
It resulted that the effects of drinking a cup of coffee were similar to those of drinking water, but coffee can actually stimulate the temperature of the supraclavicular region. This is where a lot of brown fat accumulates, indicating thermogenesis.
“We need to ascertain whether caffeine, as one of the main ingredients in coffee, is acting as the stimulus or if there’s another component helping with the activation of brown fat. We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar,” Prof. Symonds revealed.
The conclusion of this study could be considered a great start of a revolutionary weight management regime, as well as part of a glucose regulation program, able to prevent obesity or diabetes, as soon as the team will confirm which component is responsible for storing brown fat.
Besides helping you fight obesity, brown fat has way more benefits over one’s health, improving blood sugar control and blood lipid levels. Still, until this happens some time will pass, as there’s no way of stimulating such activity in humans.
Generally speaking, the study’s conclusions are amazing, as it was the first time when it was proving that something as plain as a cup of coffee can have direct effects on brown fat functions. Obviously, the potential implications are really big, since obesity is one of humanity’s major concerns, not to mention the constantly growing diabetes epidemic. Simply put, finding a way to stimulate brown fat can be a solution for a lot of health issues.
There are definitely people out there who are excited after hearing such news, as they are planning to rely on coffee for losing weight. As for those who want slightly faster results, they can opt for something like a massage, as it was proven that it destroys fat-storing cells. But its main purpose is definitely making you feel better!
At Maria’s Professional massage you can start on the path to having a healthier mind and body. Schedule and an appointment today and begin your transformation.
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Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t necessarily have to include dramatic diet changes, strenuous workout routines that leave you dreading the gym, or personal hygiene habits that make you roar at the idea of starting your day.
Creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself can be done with simple things too, and you can start small while still seeing significant, positive changes and results.
Let’s examine 5 Easy Steps To Healthier Living, and things you can start doing today, to be a healthier, happier you tomorrow.
1. Aiming for 10,000 steps a day – There’s no doubt you can start off small, and whether you decide to invest in a step-counter at the local sports store, Amazon, or simply use your mobile device this “simple” exercise routine and goal can be set and done by nearly anyone.
Doing so will dramatically improve your health, motivate you, and give you a clearer mind which is likely to improve your performance both at work, school, and even at home.
2. Improve your sleep and stay active – Believe it or not, just 15 minutes a day of sprinting, and 10 minutes of jogging or fast walking can help you lose or better manage your weight, gain muscle, and even improve sleep and stress feels.
3. Drink more water – Consuming more water on a daily basis will not only keep your muscles in tip-top performance, but also help curb (unnecessary) hunger, promote weight loss, and an overall happier, healthier you. Drinking more water will also give you the nutrients necessary for healthier, supple, and naturally glowing skin.
4. Be positive toward others – This one is relatively simple – do good things for others! That’s right, just volunteering at the local animal shelter or homeless shelter can improve your overall mood, confidence level, and even promote a more structured, consistent schedule for your everyday life – as well as add balance.
5. Napping and improving strength – A lot of people don’t realize it, but just taking a 20-minute nap a day can provide serious rest and recovery for your mind, body, muscles, and bones.
You’re never too young or too old to reap the benefits of a nap – just make sure you turn off all electronic devices and shut the lights off first to ensure a proper rest.
Honestly, there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to improve your everyday health. Getting rid of bad habits like eating too many sweets, consuming stimulants like coffee and cigarettes, and of course, excessive drinking are also great places to start – so what are you waiting for?
Start feeling better TODAY!
In a study published June 2017 and published in BMJ Open, the health benefits of coffee are clearly shown and encouraging to those who have to have more than one cup of Joe per day.
The study entitled “Coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: a systematic review and does-response meta-analysis” shows that having several cups of coffee whether caffeinated or decaf does lead to significant drops in developing cancer.
The caffeinated coffee had higher results than the decaffeinated, but the bottom line is science has shown the beverage is far more important than previously realized. For decades the arguments regarding coffee’s benefits for health have been strongly debated. Study after study conflicted one another but this time, the data is on the table for everyone to take a bite out of.
The objective of the study was to determine: “To examine the association between coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, with hepatocellular (HCC) and assess the influence of HCC etiology and preexisting liver disease.”.
With over 1,000 participants in the study, the researchers found that having just two cups of coffee per day brought about on average, a 35% reduction in the risk of HCC. It didn’t matter if the subjects had minimal or more serious liver disease, nor the amount of alcohol consumption, the decrease in developing cancer was the same.
The strengths of the study shows that not only is this study the first meta-analysis to do the calculations to find the relative risks of hepatocellular carcinoma for those who consumed 1 to 5 cups of coffee daily, but this data should allow for the designing of an intervention strategy that is coffee based in use in a clinical trial.
Furthermore, this study is a first-time meta-analysis to discover the influence of all the main HCC risk factors that are associated with HCC and coffee. The same is for the decaffeinated coffee consumption. The study found that there is a heterogeneity between the studies included in the meta-analysis.
The results of the study have startled the public and medical community. Since liver cancer is the 6th most regularly diagnosed cancer throughout the world, it behooves other researchers as well as the medical industry to follow up on this research and see how it can be applied to the problem of liver cancer. Whether coffee diminishes the chances of other forms of cancer isn’t listed, but many feel the benefits are the same.
The compounds found in coffee are known to have antioxidants, anti-fibrotic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
What does all this have to do for the average consumer who enjoys coffee but is worried that too much might cause harm? It’s on a case by case basis as to how much coffee a person can tolerate per day. The caffeine might be too much for some and they’ll have to switch to decaffeinated or supplement their caffeinated coffee with decaf for later in the afternoon and evening. In addition, living a healthy lifestyle should boost the success of coffee on the body.
So, enjoy that cup of Joe with full peace of mind that not only are you satisfying your taste buds, but you’re preventing cancer from taking root.
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