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The amazing things that happen to your body when you stop drinking alcohol for a while

There are numerous reasons to stop drinking alcohol. Maybe you can’t party hard as you did before, and your hangovers are getting worse and worse. Perhaps you’ve grown a beer belly. Or, there could be a deeper reason why you don’t want your drinking to get out of control before it becomes a problem – […]

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The amazing things that happen to your body when you stop drinking alcohol for a while

There are numerous reasons to stop drinking alcohol.

Maybe you can’t party hard as you did before, and your hangovers are getting worse and worse. Perhaps you’ve grown a beer belly. Or, there could be a deeper reason why you don’t want your drinking to get out of control before it becomes a problem – unless of course it already is and you’re not aware of it. Whatever your circumstances, you came here for a reason, and you’re ready to drop the nasty habit.

Let us break down what happens to your body once you stop drinking for a while.

1. You’ll sleep better

A recent study from the journal of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research discovered that consuming alcohol before bed increases patterns in the brain called alpha waves – a type of cerebral activity that normally occurs when you are awake but resting. This, of course, means disrupted sleep.

Another review of 27 studies found that while alcohol may help people fall asleep more quickly and deeply at first, it messes up the overall sleep quality as soon as the initial ‘rest period’ is over.

You may roll around in bed at first, but if you give up alcohol, the sleep you will get will leave you feeling fully refreshed and sharp the next day.

Better sleep also means better mood, concentration, and mental performance.

2. You will lose weight

If you quit drinking and don’t even change your diet or program of activity, you’re still likely to lose weight. Alcohol contains a lot of calories (especially beer), with a single IPA containing as many as 200 calories, while a margarita cocktail contains about 300. If you start cutting all the calories that come packaged with alcohol, your weight will drop off over time. In addition, you will overeat much less. Intoxication pushes the brain’s hypothalamus into high gear, which in turn makes your body more sensitive to the smell of food. When this is combined with alcohol’s notorious ability to remove inhibitions, it leads to more eating.

3. In just a month you can lower your risk of diabetes and liver damage 

Back in 2013, 14 people at New Scientist magazine who were consuming between 8 and 64 12-ounce beers per week took a short break from drinking. Ten of them gave up on alcohol for 12 weeks, while the other four kept on drinking. After testing their blood before and after, doctors at the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London found that the abstainers’ liver fat – a predictor of liver damage – fell 15 to 20 %. In addition, their blood glucose levels – a major factor in diabetes – dropped by an average of 16 %.

4. Your brain performance will improve

Alcohol can hit cognitive performance hard, so going without can improve your concentration, productivity, and you will enjoy an all-around more active lifestyle. The brain’s frontal lobe is highly likely to suffer due to alcohol addiction, and cell recovery after you quit drinking can take years. As your brain gains its power back and you rewire vital neural pathways alcohol-free, you will enjoy improved memory, greater behavioral control, emotional regulation, and better problem-solving capabilities.

5. Your skin will look much better

Alcohol forces water to exit the body, which means it leaves you severely dehydrated. It boosts the production of a hormone that aids your body in absorbing and holding water in. This water is needed during a hangover. And in time, less water in your body inevitably leads to noticeable effects, like wrinkled and dry-looking skin, red cheeks, eczema, and dandruff. After stopping alcohol, you will see an extensive improvement in the quality of your skin.

We hope this article will persuade you to cut down on alcohol and lead a healthier life as a result. Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comment section.

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Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet https://iheartintelligence.com/lose-weight-best-diet-plans/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:05:33 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=30910 The post Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet

Your best friend’s wedding is a month away, and you just can’t seem to fit into your bridesmaid dress. GASP! Yes, all those wedding planning meetings with your bestie have resulted into this: 5 pounds of weight gain. What comes to your mind? You’d want a quick weight loss solution that does not only deliver […]

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Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet

Your best friend’s wedding is a month away, and you just can’t seem to fit into your bridesmaid dress. GASP! Yes, all those wedding planning meetings with your bestie have resulted into this: 5 pounds of weight gain.

What comes to your mind? You’d want a quick weight loss solution that does not only deliver fast results in a safe way.

Though there are really no easy way to do it, it is advised that the best way to lose weight is to do it gradually.

The Plan

Yes, the goal is to lose weight. Now, think about how you’re going to get there. Before making a plan, it’s best to know the factors that may significantly affect your weight loss.

  • Your metabolism— the process where you can tell how well your body burns calories into energy matters.
  • Your mood— even the simplest trigger can matter since your mood can trigger you to when and what to eat
  • Your food choices— you might be eating too much sugar or too much carbs! That’s why you’re gaining a few pounds. It’s better to eat a little bit of everything but never deprive yourself.

After that, it’s time to build the plan:

Eat your Breakfast:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that is what keeps you on the right track to start your day. Aim to eat as much as 400-500 calories every morning of a balanced meal to fill you up.

Junk the Junk and Ear Real Food:

Ditch the processed and packaged food and go for real, natural food. Choose the food with less sodium because where salt goes, water follows.

Go for Some Spice:

Not only are you getting a lot of flavor— spices turn up your digestion that causes calories to burn.

Have Some Cuppa:

It’s always good to boost your day with a cup of coffee. Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants which protect the cells in your body. If you don’t fancy coffee, go for some herbal tea, green tea in particular.

Skip the Sugar and Go for Water:

Monitor your juice, soda and sweetened beverage intake, they’ll cost you extra calories – 100 at the very least. What’s worse is that you end up eating food while drinking as well. Water has ZERO carbs and ZERO calories while flushing out toxins and well as boosting your metabolism.

Exercise:

This is, by far, the most strenuous thing to do. Any workout will burn calories, but learn to use more calories by doing exercises regularly. The more activity you can do, the more your body demands energy, the more energy is demanded, the more calories you burn.

Don’t Fast:

Think of it this way: you gain pounds by eating, so by NOT eating, shouldn’t you lose a few pounds? Fasting is not a long-term solution to losing weight. It’s better to have a plan and stick to it, taking into consideration the factors that affect your overall weight loss.

Don’t Skip your Meals:

Skipping meals is bad. If you’re busy and it would be impossible to eat on time, snack on a piece of fruit or an energy bar. If you let your body go hungry, you may end up binge eating. Remember small frequent feedings.

Get Some ZZss:

Sleep. You might think that lack of sleep may make you thin; it doesn’t. A lack of sleep slows down your metabolism and makes you feel even hungry.

Bottom line is, various weight loss plans promise dramatic and effective results in a short span of time. Who hasn’t thought about losing weight FAST? Wouldn’t it be nice to do everything that way?

Losing weight can boost one self-confidence and can motivate people to do better; however, it is not one for long-term. Those crash diets will never sustain you and your overall health.

Stick to a healthy diet plan that gives nutrients and not just excess calories. Calories are good— but an excess can be bad. Be a mindful eater and start thinking of your meals.

Wrapping it up

Why would people want to lose weight? Reasons such as health concerns, physical appearance, mood, and fitness, would prompt people to lose weight.

  • Stop hunger. Remember that you don’t need to fast or go super hungry just to lose weight. Eat regularly, and you’ll find yourself losing weight in no time.
  • Another quick weight loss tip is to increase your activities. Step up and do some exercises to burn calories. Either you do cardio workouts or take a 45-minute walk; regular exercise can do so much.
  • Sleep. Catch up on your Zzz’s, and you’re sure to avoid midnight munchies time and boost your metabolism.
  • Drink water and avoid sugary drinks. Go for something that’s carb and calorie free. Water flushes out toxins as well. If it’s too plain, go and add a lemon wedge for flavor.
  • Stick to a healthy diet plan that works for you. Don’t go for a diet plan if you’re unhappy with the food you will be taking.
  • Lastly, supplements may aid in helping you attain the weight loss fast. Supplements such as Phenocal may help burn fat. In looking for supplements that work, it’s best to find ingredients that are natural and not synthetic. It offers a weight control compound that goes well with a healthy diet plan and exercise. It’s nice to look for a product to INCLUDE in your diet and not just be the MAIN reason for your weight loss. Avoid slimming pills and just go for those that go hand in hand with all of your regular fitness routines.

Conclusion

Losing weight is not a walk in the park, and it certainly is not as easy as it looks. With a combination of all the diet meals, exercise, and supplements— you can cohesively make a plan that works for you, your body type and metabolism.

Author Bio:

Ella James is an independent researcher and writer. She has contributed to many online websites related to general health and fitness. Her interests include reading and writing about day-to-day health, fitness, and skin care problems. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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The FDA Just Approved This Horrific Weight-Loss Device https://iheartintelligence.com/weight-loss-device/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:10:56 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=19168 The post The FDA Just Approved This Horrific Weight-Loss Device appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

The FDA Just Approved This Horrific Weight-Loss Device

The weight-loss device, AspireAssist, was approved by the FDA last week, and has left more than a few doctors feeling appalled. Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt! If you haven’t heard of AspireAssist, you might be wondering what the big deal is. What could possibly be upsetting enough to get nearly 1,000 doctors together with a […]

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The FDA Just Approved This Horrific Weight-Loss Device

The weight-loss device, AspireAssist, was approved by the FDA last week, and has left more than a few doctors feeling appalled.
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If you haven’t heard of AspireAssist, you might be wondering what the big deal is. What could possibly be upsetting enough to get nearly 1,000 doctors together with a unified purpose of suing the FDA?  The group of 750 doctors, coordinated by Joseph Gutman, an endocrinologist and diabetologist in Pembroke Pines, Florida, want the FDA to take the device off the market. According to these doctors, the device is dangerous- for both mental and physical reasons.

AspireAssist is a weight-loss device unlike any other, and at first glance, it seems to merely be ‘mechanized bulimia.’ The FDA press release describes the process as such: “To place the device, surgeons insert a tube in the stomach with an endoscope via a small incision in the abdomen. A disk-shaped port valve that lies outside the body, flush against the skin of the abdomen, is connected to the tube and remains in place. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes after meal consumption, the patient attaches the device’s external connector and tubing to the port valve, opens the valve and drains the contents. Once opened, it takes approximately five to 10 minutes to drain food matter through the tube and into the toilet. The device removes approximately 30 percent of the calories consumed.”

That’s right, the AspireAssist’s purpose is to remove food you have already consumed via an alternative route to the natural exit port our bodies are equipped with. Bulimia is simply too messy, and can cause catastrophic damage to your teeth and gums. Might as well have an eating disorder the “correct” way- the way in which the FDA can profit.

Joseph Gutman told The Verge, “This is the first time that I looked at a device that was approved by the FDA and I am absolutely, utterly, and totally appalled that it was approved. It is the most pathetic exhibition of ignorance on the part of our agency, the FDA. It is nothing but a bad trick. It’s like a bad joke.”

“Instead of throwing up through the throat, you throw up through the tube,” Gutman says. “This is mechanized bulimia. It’s a device that makes bulimia okay.”

It’s easy to see why Gutman is concerned. Besides the obvious implications of contributing to a bigger problem, the device has several physical side effects, including death. Merely having the gastric tube implanted can cause “sore throat, pain, abdominal bloating, indigestion, bleeding, infection, nausea, vomiting, sedation-related breathing problems, inflammation of the lining of the abdomen, sores on the inside of the stomach, pneumonia, unintended puncture of the stomach or intestinal wall and death.” The abdominal opening, or port valve, has it’s fair share of horrible risks as well, as does having the port valve removed. Persistent fistula, an abnormal passageway between the stomach and the abdominal wall is just one of those risks.

After only a year of testing AspireAssist with a small clinical trial  of 111 participants, the FDA determined the device to be safe, causing the experts to worry about unknown long-term effects. “There’s no scientific basis in the long term as to what this does,” Gutman says. “The studies are incomplete.”

The company that developed AspireAssist, Aspire Bariatrics, says the device must be accompanied with healthy lifestyle choices in order to properly work. The ‘lifestyle program’ they implement in a mandatory fashion requires that one chews their food 55-75 times before swallowing. They believe this leads to an effect of feeling fuller, sooner, and with less food. In fact, the company says the device won’t contribute to eating disorders because of this one aspect.

Doctors like Gutman are not so easily convinced. “I think that the logic of the device is insane. I don’t think it makes any medical or physiologic sense,” he says. “It’s crazier than Trump for president.”

The FDA, and the companies they approve, make their profit from illnesses- not cures. Eating healthier foods, doing moderate exercise, and yes, even chewing your food more, will help you lose weight. It won’t happen overnight, but nothing worthwhile ever happened instantly.

Currently, there are over 79 million Americans suffering from obesity, so it’s easy to see how something like this could get approved as a ‘medical device.’ Just for a moment though, can we be honest about this whole thing?

We, as a society, have an image problem. We focus more on being thin than we do on being healthy. We want to be liked and loved for who we are, yet we believe our outward appearance reigns supreme overall. We are constant contradictions who lack convictions; following matchstick gods until they burn us all with their flames.

*This piece was written by Raven Fon and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and beliefs of I Heart Intelligence, or any member of the I Heart Intelligence staff.*

Image courtesy: Aspire Bariatrics

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Here’s Why You Should Keep Your Goals To Yourself https://iheartintelligence.com/keeping-goals-secret/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:19:44 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=12523 The post Here’s Why You Should Keep Your Goals To Yourself appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Here's Why You Should Keep Your Goals To Yourself

We’ve all done it at least once, come up with that great idea or plan and exuberantly have told everyone we know about it. I’m going to write a book, get fit at the gym for that marathon, start a new inspired school for the town! No harm in sharing the excitement right? Shouldn’t you announce your goals, […]

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Here's Why You Should Keep Your Goals To Yourself

We’ve all done it at least once, come up with that great idea or plan and exuberantly have told everyone we know about it. I’m going to write a book, get fit at the gym for that marathon, start a new inspired school for the town! No harm in sharing the excitement right?

Shouldn’t you announce your goals, so friends can support you?

Isn’t it good networking to tell people about your upcoming projects? Shouldn’t you visualise the goal as already yours and state your intention in lines with the ‘law of attraction‘?

Don’t do it! Tests done show that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen. Announcing your plans to others simply satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.

NYU psychology professor Peter Gollwitzer has been studying this since his 1982 book “Symbolic Self-Completion” and recently published results of new tests in a research article, “When Intentions Go Public: Does Social Reality Widen the Intention-Behavior Gap?”

He stated that in 1933, researchers found that if a person announced the solution to a problem, and was acknowledged by others, it was now in the brain as a “social reality”, even if the solution hadn’t actually been achieved.

(Take) a mother who talks about all the great things she’s going to do for her kids — help them do better in school, get better test scores, give them extra training — while all the other mothers nod in approval,” says Gollwitzer. “The chances are high that she won’t do as much as she could to achieve those goals because she’s already viewed as an ideal mother just by sharing her wonderful intentions.

He explains the intentions function as a symbol of possessing the desired identity. This is evident in the statement of a “high-order goal,” such as losing weight to become a healthier person, but not in planning to drop three pounds to fit into a dress.

Whether you plan to cure cancer, lose weight or be the world’s best parent, results of a the study suggest you’d do well to keep your mouth shut about it. And not just to avoid annoying other people either.

Researchers report that when dealing with identity goals — that is, the aspirations that define who we are — sharing our intentions doesn’t necessarily motivate achievement.

On the contrary, a series of experiments shows that when others take notice of our plans, performance is compromised because we gain “a premature sense of completeness” about the goal.

In a time when funding is scarce and we often have to go public with our plans in order to get them off the ground and over sharing on Facebook is rife, the decision to reveal all needs to be carefully considered as a longterm tactic.

In the research four different tests of 63 people found that those who kept their intentions private were more likely to achieve them than those who made them public and were acknowledged by others.

It may seem unnatural to keep your intentions and plans private, but try it. If you do tell a friend, make sure not to say it as a satisfaction “I’ve joined a gym and bought running shoes. I’m going to do it!”, but as a high order goal and in dissatisfaction “I want to lose 20 pounds, so kick my ass if I don’t, OK?”

So this New Year when you are setting your new goals and plans. Keep them to yourself. Follow this and success could be just a shhhh away.

Have you ever announced your great plans and never completed them? How did it make you feel?

What are your tried and tested secrets of completing goals? You can share that, at least, with us below..

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