Coffee and Chocolate gets the thumbs up
Your Brain Needs Coffee And Chocolate
Is this the best news ever or what? Okay, while we’re not telling you to go home, sit on the couch and overdose on chocs (wouldn’t that be nice?), we are sharing some interesting information on the two things most of us love most. According to All4women.co.za, science is proving that cocoa and caffeine are indeed the best marriage ever. A study conducted by Clarkson University researcher Ali Boolani showed that our two favourites boost attention and eases anxiety. “It was a really fun study,” Boolani says. “Cocoa increases cerebral blood flow, which increases cognition and attention. Caffeine alone can increase anxiety. This particular project found that cocoa lessens caffeine’s anxiety-producing effects — a good reason to drink mocha lattes!”
Foods which harm your memory
While some foods boost memory, others may harm it. So if you’re suffering from memory loss or showing signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, it might be time to avoid the following foods, according to iviproucts.com:
1. Trans Fatty Acids: These include processed foods, bakery goods, potato and corn chips and salad oils.
2. Saturated Fats: These are found on meat, chicken skin, full-fat dairy products and butter. Research shows that a regular consumption of saturated fats is associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory over time.
3. Sugar, Syrups And Simple Carbohydrates: They all increase the risk of insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome, say experts.
5 Ways To Get Lean
Bodybuilding.com shares some great ways to get your body looking nice and lean.
1. Start doing some resistance training – that includes lifting weights and allowing your muscles to get bigger and stronger. No, that doesn’t mean bulky, ladies.
2. Add more fibre to your diet – your body needs fibre (both soluble and insoluble) to slow down digestion, keep you full for longer and lower blood cholesterol.
3. Combine macronutrients wisely – if you’re trying to get lean, don’t stick to a carb-only meal.
4. Don’t overdo the cardio – while it’s great for shedding kilos, experts say ‘if you run for hours, your body will eventually adapt by becoming very fuel-efficient’.
5. Track everything you eat and do – measure your body fat and weights and make notes.
Boost Your Metabolism
Kick-starting that metabolism of yours isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are nine easy ways to help you boost things up a bit.
1. Build muscle – strength training is a great way to get that metabolism into gear.
2. Step up your workout – we’re not saying overtrain, but include high-intensity exercises into your fitness programme.
3. Drink loads of water – being dehydrated will result in your metabolism slowing down. If you can’t drink the recommended amount of water, enjoy fruits and veggies which natural contain water.
4. Snack smart all week – plan those snacks and their portions, and keep them healthy to avoid binges.
5. Add spices to your meals – according to experts adding some chili pepper can boost your metabolic rate.
6. Enjoy more protein – it allows your body to burn more calories.
7. Have a cuppa – black, that is. Black coffee (in moderation, of course) may have a short-term rise in your metabolic rate.
8. Enjoy some green tea – it also revs up the metabolism for a few hours.
9. Avoid crash diets – too little calories will slow down your metabolism and backfire in the end.