CBD Oil for Tics & Stuttering – What Does The Scientific and Anecdotal Evidence Say?

As regular readers of our website know, we love anecdotal evidence, so let’s kick things off with a report from reddit:

ieffinglovesoup says:

So when I was 18 I had a series of severe medical incidents that affected my speech from that point until basically now (I’m 24). I have since had a very noticeable stutter when speaking that usually happened when I looked people in the eyes and had to talk to them for long periods of time (meaning more than a few sentence exchanges).

I started using full spectrum CBD tinctures about 5-6 months ago because I heard it could help with my anxiety. It did help tremendously, which is why I still take it to this day. But something I also notice is that I don’t stutter anymore. Like…at all. It was actually quite amazing to me and my girlfriend as well, and when I brought it up to my Neurologist she didn’t have much to say because she said she hasn’t studied enough about CBD.

My little theory is that I stuttered a lot because I was socially anxious, and when the CBD helped my anxiety, it also helped the stuttering.

Can anyone provide additional info/input or does anyone have a similar experience? Thanks.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Stutter/comments/ce1xwb/cbd_for_stuttering/

Further research into this user’s posts reveals that he takes about 30mg of full-spectrum CBD oil per day, which is a very modest dosage – many clinical studies use dosages of up to 600mg to test CBD’s beneficial effects on various conditions.

Now Let’s Dive Into The Science

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any high quality clinical studies that put the ability of CBD oil to abolish stutter to the test. However, we can extrapolate from other studies that have tested Cannabidiol’s ability to reduce anxiety, improve speech performance and exert other beneficial effects which we can then tie back to stuttering.

A study shows that CBD remarkably improves speech performance in people with social phobia, who were deliberately put in a ‘scary’ situation that simulates public speaking.

Effects of CBD on VAMS scores. The ‘S’ part of the graph is where the social-phobic participants gave a ‘Speech’ to an audience. Anxiety Scores were about 20 points lower in the CBD group compared to the Placebo group (The green line are people without social phobia). Cognitive impairment was also greatly reduced, which is probably what interests us when it comes to stuttering.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079847/

Let’s take a look at another anecdotal evidence:

Hi everyone, I have had a stutter since I can remember and not being able to get my words out has played a major part of my life.

I’m now 37 and have just found that vaping CBD oil has taken my stutter pretty much completely away! I stumbled across the effects of this by chance. A little story about how I first noticed major improvement was I have a Google home and would have to say ‘OK Google’ to activate it. This was hard enough for me to to get out by the time I managed to get the next word out what I wanted it to do I would go off and I would have to try start again. Also meeting and talking to new people was really difficult. Now, since I have been adding CBD oil to my normal vape juice I can just flow in conversation, which is something I have never been able to do before! My lips would tremble before I could say anything and some words were just impossible to get out. CBD oil has changed my life! Another example is I had a date at the weekend and was so nervous! Now, normally under these conditions it would have been a complete nightmare for me but I didn’t stutter or lip tremble once!

This report was edited for spelling and grammar mistakes.

https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/38310/how-to-stop-stuttering

We found a lot of anecdotal reports of Cannabidiol (CBD) getting rid of stutter. However, there were also reports from people who reported that CBD helped their anxiety, but didn’t do anything for their stutter.

It would seem that the people who had the most improvement from CBD were the ones that had social anxiety as the primary cause of their stutter.

Three Simple Liver-Detoxing Drinks That Flush Toxins From Your Liver and Eliminate Belly Fat

1. The Colorful Detox Drink

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • Half a Lemon
  • 1 Apple

Simply juice all of the ingredients and drink fast, before the antioxidants get destroyed! This detox drink contains large amounts of vitamin c, vitamin a, a nice amount of minerals, vital for a healthy skin & powerful fat and toxin-flushing antioxidants, contained in the apple and lemon. It does taste a bit strange, but is definitely not unpleasant. Drinking a glass or two a day is extremely effective for cleansing your liver, improving your skin complexion and generally improving your health & energy levels.

2. The Green Tea Citrus Drink

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Another juice that has amazing detox power!

Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of green tea, cooled down
  • The Juice of Half a Lemon
  • 1 Banana Blended In

This is a bit more difficult to prepare, as it requires juicing, blending AND tea brewing! But it’s worth it – the EGCG in green tea acts together with the lemon juice to rapidly detoxify your body. EGCG is absorbed much, much better in an acidic environment and when combined with minerals (the potassium from the banana). Another huge benefits is that the juice tastes very nice – you can almost get addicted to it.

3. The Golden Liver-Flushing Drink

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Ingredients:

  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • A bit of ginger
  • The Juice of half a lemon
  • Half a cup of water

This juice not only flushes toxins from your liver, but it also prevents gallstones and cleans your bowels. It also settles down your stomach after a big meal. Turmeric is a very effective liver-detoxifying agent and is used as a hangover remedy in some countries. Again, combining it with lemon juice makes it even more effective. Unfortunately, this drink doesn’t taste that well. You can definitely improve it’s taste by adding a banana, but don’t add too much, as the sugar from the banana will slow down the cleansing action of the turmeric.

The King of Detox Drinks: The Homemade Red Tea (Great for Weight Loss)

Click here for recipe

If you’re looking for a drink that will really make you lose a lot of body fat and get rid of bloating, consider this simple regimen, centered around a very potent tea recipe. This particular recipe is very interesting and many people get pretty amazing results from it, especially considering how shockingly simple it is to prepare. There are many theories as to why this particular recipe works so well, but the most probable one is that a major cause of belly fat is toxic fat buildup in the liver, which this tea eliminates very quickly, starting a chain-reaction of beneficial processes.

How can a Liver Detox Lead to Weight Loss?

The red tea recipe linked above is often recommended not only for the well-being that comes from detoxing your liver, but also for weight loss. But how can a liver detox lead to weight loss? It’s simple – the toxins that get stored by the liver and body are almost exclusively the fat-soluble ones, and we have plenty of those in our diets or the air we breathe. The fat, containing these toxins get deposited on cell walls, mainly in the liver, interfering with hormone signaling. The fat literally acts as a barrier between insulin and the insulin receptors that every single cell in the body has. The same happens with leptin and every other metabolic signaling hormone. Since cells have many different hormonal receptors, all of them get blocked by the toxic fat, and hormonal signaling can no longer work. Because of this, the body keeps storing fat and even if we exercise, fast, eat less or try to “burn calories”, the signal to “start burning fat” simply doesn’t get to the fat-covered cells of the liver. It reaches subcutaneous fat-cells, because those are designed exactly for the purpose of energy storage. Therefore, as much as we try to starve ourselves, we never really burn off any visceral(belly) fat or the toxic liver fat that interferes with countless processes, necessary for optimal functioning. Detox the liver and all of this starts working again like magic, and the body starts getting rid of that fat. We need a lot of anti-oxidant molecules to break the chains of the toxic fat buildup, but the right combination of phytonutrients does the trick!

Since cancer and many other diseases also happen because of poor signaling between cells (in cancer, the cells “think” there’s not enough of them and start dividing uncontrollably, which is caused by signaling blockages – you can read about this in the wikipedia page about cancer), detoxing the liver is a starting point for preventing many chronic diseases as well. Insulin resistance, leading to diabetes is the same thing – fat blocks the insulin receptors and the pancreas has to secrete more and more of it, eventually burning itself out. When this happens, you become a type 1 diabetic and have to rely on an external source of insulin, i.e injections. Since the fat gets deposited to store the toxins that cannot be eliminated without a proper anti-oxidant molecule, a proper detox gets rid of it and signaling can work again!

As we all learned, visceral (belly) fat is almost impossible to get rid of through exercise and caloric restriction, as it is not stored by your body for energy, but rather as a result of toxic buildup in the gut and liver. Your liver is your main ‘metabolic organ’ – it metabolizes glucose and virtually all food that is absorbed by your stomach goes first through the hepatic vein and then into the liver.  This is why you can read a lot of stories from people that completely changed their life and lost 50+ pounds quickly after going on a long juice fast. Fortunately, getting those same results doesn’t require a long juice fast commitment, if you use a recipe, designed to quickly detox your liver and “unclog” it’s cells from the toxic buildup.

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Written by Angelina on October 25th, 2018

Best Foods for Cleansing Your Liver and Eliminating Belly Fat

Cleansing your liver can have countless health benefits. Stubborn belly fat is mostly a by-product of liver toxicity. This explains why it’s so hard to get rid of through exercise and caloric restriction. By cleansing your liver, you enable your body to start getting rid of it. You don’t have to consume a ton of processed foods to have toxins in your liver. Even small amounts of alcohol, processed food and even the polluted air you breathe can cause fatty deposits to form in the liver and belly fat to be stored in order to protect your body from the toxins.

Best Foods and Spices for Detoxing Your Liver

Turmeric

Turmeric is used as a hangover remedy in some countries, because it detoxifies your liver. Unfortunately, sprinkling some curry on your chicken isn’t really sufficient to produce any noticeable results. Consuming half a teaspoon a day, combined with some black pepper (it boosts the absorption of curcumin, the active chemical in turmeric) will start to clear toxins from your liver. You can add turmeric to rice or simply drink it in some water.

Avocados

Avocados contain glutathione, which is the detoxifying chemical your liver uses to flush toxins. The high monounsaturated fat content also helps to eliminate fatty deposits in the liver. Monounsaturated fats are turned into glycerides and travel into the liver through the hepatic vein. Once there, they bind to toxic fatty build-ups and flush them out.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Once ingested, it travels through your bloodstream and provides antioxidants for your body. One study even found out that sun damage is reduced greatly after consumption of tomato paste – that’s because lycopene reaches the skin as well, absorbing harmful sun radiation. In the liver, lycopene acts the same way as other antioxidants – it neutralizes free radicals, which cause DNA damage.

Cucumber Juice

Drinking a glass or two of cucumber juice each day is a nice way to detox your liver. Not only does it taste good (try it if you don’t believe me), but it is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is a great replacement for water during the summer months and cleanses your whole body.

Green Tea

The benefits of green tea are countless. The EGCG it contains also promotes the elimination of dead hepatic cells, which often contain a lot of toxins. The liver naturally eliminates those cell deposits on its own, but the problem arises when it cannot keep up with the toxins you ingest. Green tea speeds up that clearance, which quickly detoxifies your liver.

Simple Homemade Tea Recipe Gets Rid of Belly Fat by Detoxing the Liver

Simply drinking a glass of juice every day will improve your health, but it will not magically eliminate fat. If you are looking to drop a significant amount of weight just by adding a daily drink to your life, the red tea detox is your best bet(link to video). Remember that belly fat is not used by your body for energy, which makes it almost impossible to ‘burn off’. Detoxing your body is the only proven and effective way to get rid of it, after which excessive body fat is often eliminated by your body as well.

You often hear of people losing a lot of weight (50+ pounds) after going on a juice fast. Although I don’t necessarily recommend this, as it is a bit too extreme, it just goes to show that detoxing your body really does eliminate stubborn fat. The amount of fat those people lost cannot be explained by any caloric equation and is therefore NOT a result of simply eating less calories.

‘Clogged up’ liver is a major reason why many people are having trouble losing weight. Your liver is the main storage organ for glucose and if it is clogged up with toxins, your energy metabolism simply doesn’t work right. Living in todays age, we consume countless unnatural substances and toxins even with our drinking water. Our body doesn’t know what to do with them, so it puts them in our fat cells. Fat-soluble toxins cannot be eliminated by the kidneys, which is why they are stored in the fat cells of your body. This explains why some people have a lot of trouble losing weight, regardless of how little they eat – the toxic overload makes it impossible for your body to readily burn body fat for energy, without releasing all the stored toxins first.

Eliminating Processed Food

Eliminating processed food will allow your body to get rid of the toxins more quickly. Simply look at food labels. Eat foods that contain basic ingredients. Avoid foods that contain any ingredient a 4-year old cannot recognize. Eating a plant-based diet helps a lot, but you don’t necessarily have to avoid meat. I still think it’s a great source of protein and eat it almost every day. However, avoid fried meat, as it is very high in nitrosamines, which lead to direct liver toxicity.

If you are not sticking to a special program for cleansing your body and instead trying to eliminate processed food and consume more healthy food without any plan, you can expect some hurdles, such as food cravings. Mild physical symptoms of sugar withdraw can also occur and headaches are common. Don’t let those small hurdles prevent you from sticking to your cleanse. The end result will be well worth it!

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Posted by Angelina on March 25th 2014

Detox Your Liver to Lose Visceral (Belly) Fat – Why it Works and How to Do It

Visceral fat is a bit different than the fat under your skin. It is not necessarily used by your body for energy and is therefore very difficult to get rid of through exercise and caloric restriction. All food that is absorbed through your stomach goes directly through your liver through the hepatic vein. Unfortunately, a lot of the food we consume today contains a lot of toxins in the form of preservatives, unnatural proteins (gluten), antitoxins and unhealthy fats. A lot of nutrition experts agree that this is the primary cause of the so-called ‘belly fat’ that your body stores in between your internal organs. This type of fat is the most dangerous, not only for your looks, but also for your health. The best way to get rid of it is not through exercise, but by cleansing your liver.

Foods that cleanse your liver

Try to include some of those foods in your diet on a daily basis. In general, foods that cleanse your liver are foods that are high in antioxidants and flavanoids. This is part of the reason why many people lose a lot of weight by drinking green shakes – they pack a powerful antioxidant punch. Here is a quick list of antioxidant-rich foods, drinks and spices:

  • Green tea
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Walnuts
  • Greens

Green tea contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that reverses liver damage and scavenges free radicals. Spices like turmeric do the same and nuts like walnut contain ample amounts of fat-soluble antioxidants, which are particularly helpful for cleansing your liver. Greens like spinach contain vitamin c and chlorophyll, in addition to dozens of other well-known antioxidant compounds.

Foods to avoid

Avoid foods that contain too much polyunsaturated oils (vegetable oil). Mono-unsaturated fat, which is the fat in olive oil is fine. Processed foods and drinks that contain fructose are the two biggest liver-killers and should be avoided at all costs. Many people look at nutrition labels and when they realize the food is low in calories they feel free to consume as much of it as they want. However, the liver-clogging action of those foods will make you store visceral fat, regardless of the amount of calories you consume.

Using This Homemade Red Tea to Kick-Start the Belly Fat Burning Process


If you’re looking to quickly detox your liver and lose belly fat, check out the four-ingredient red tea recipe here. Belly fat is closely related to fatty liver – the fat-soluble toxins that the liver processes require a strong antioxidant molecule to be converted to water-soluble ones, so that they can then be excreted by the kidneys. Without that antioxidant molecule, the toxins get stuck to a fat layer, covering each cell. This layer of fat interferes with hormone signaling, and no matter how little calories you eat, the “signal” to start burning off the fat doesn’t get through. The red tea solves this problem by rapid detoxification of the liver. Once the layer of fat is then eliminated, cell signaling works correctly and fat automatically starts to get eliminated.

As we already said, belly fat is often very stubborn and can be almost impossible to get rid of through exercise. It is extremely important to get rid of it, as it is the primary cause of many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. In fact, many studies find no link with subcutaneous fat and health issues, which may mean that only visceral (belly) fat is bad for your health. Even small amounts of it can disrupt the function of your internal organs and prevent your liver from properly metabolizing glucose. Following a detox diet is an easy and effective way to enable your body to get rid of all belly fat.

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Once Again Confirmed – Diet is What’s Going to Make You Burn Calories, Not Exercise

Take a look at this article by Vox, published in the beginning of 2019 – it explains the simple (but often forgotten) science behind how much more diet matters than exercise, when it comes to burning calories. Here’s also a much more in-depth piece (by the same author), based on more than 60 published scientific studies.

The conclusion is clear – physical exercise accounts for a relatively insignificant amount of the calories you burn daily. Or, as I’ve been saying for years – it would take you up to an hour of brisk walking to burn off the energy in a serving of ice-cream.

Here are the most important points from the article:

  • You cannot outrun a bad diet
  • after a certain amount of exercise, you don’t keep burning calories at the same rate: Total energy expenditure may eventually plateau
  • Exercise is excellent for health, but it’s not important for weight loss. The two things should never be given equal weight in the obesity debate
  • “Pretend you didn’t exercise at all,” – “You will most likely compensate anyway, so think of exercising just for health improvement but not for weight loss.”

Keep in mind – this only applies to the caloric model of weight-loss and doesn’t take hormones into account

Of course, there is much more to health and weight loss than calories. The caloric model clearly doesn’t explain why some people(particularly the young ones) can stay thin even when eating in a caloric excess. There are many other factors, like leptin sensitivity, insulin secretion, diurnal variation of cortisol, water weight storage due to ADH reductions and many, many more. If you like to read more on those topics, take a look at my other articles, concerning those topics.

Those 14 Simple, Science-Based Weight Loss Hacks Actually Work – Implement Them Daily to Steadily Lose Weight!

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Topical Ginger + Lemon Compress

This is an interesting one – most scientists agree that the only way to lose weight is from your whole body – you can’t do anything ‘local’ to your belly that will make you lost weight just from there. However, topical ginger compresses seem to be the exception. That is due to the high absorption of compounds, known as gingerols from topical preparations of ginger. Lemon seems to speed up the process even more, by adjusting the Ph. (Study)

How to use:

  1. Make a thick paste out of dried ginger powder or use fresh ginger juice
  2. Add a few drops of lemon juice to make the Ph acidic
  3. Apply to skin and cover with kitchen wrap to prevent drying
  4. Keep it on for a few hours daily & notice the difference!

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Use a Daily Liver Detox Drink to Free Up ‘Stuck’ Fat-Soluble Toxins

Detox drinks – this is actually not a “slow and steady” weight loss hack, because with the right detox drink, you can actually lose weight very quickly. I’ve talked more about this before – combinations of certain antioxidants can quickly make liver toxins water-soluble, which enables your body to get rid of massive amounts of visceral belly fat. The studies on this topic are complex and not specific to the direct effects of detox compounds on fat reduction. 1,2,3,4

Here’s a good recipe for starters:

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Ingredients:

  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 Oz of Fresh Ginger Juice or a teaspoon of dried ginger powder
  • The Juice of half a lemon
  • Half a cup of water

This is very similar to the topical recipe above – it contains ginger, acidified with lemon juice. The potent combination of gingerols and curcumin does wonders to detox the liver from stuck fat-soluble toxins. Study


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Use Liposomal Turmeric

This is one of the most effective way to lose weight with little effort. Although there are some miracle detox juice recipes out there, that will certainly kick-start your metabolism quickly, liposomal turmeric close in effectiveness, and a bit more convenient – instead of preparing juices, you just consume a few drops from a bottle!

What about regular, turmeric powder? Turmeric powder is often recommended as a weight loss aid – and although it is modestly effective for fat loss (study 1, study 2, study 3), it doesn’t even come close to Liposomal turmeric, which is hundreds of times more bioavailable and reaches deeply into the toxins stored in the fat layers of the liver.

Remember however, that not all Liposomal turmeric is created equal! You need the unoxidized type, like Pura Thrive. The way liposomal turmeric works is not dependent on caloric expenditure. Which is good, because trying to lose weight solely by burning calories is quite the uphill battle. But that’s a topic for another article!


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Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice

Drinking acidified water is proven to help weight loss(studies). But the real proof comes not from the small amount of studies showing modest results, but from countless unbiased anecdotal reports of people steadily losing weight just by drinking a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar a day. This also helps all sorts of health ailments, including acne (link). The best explanation as to how apple cider vinegar works is the following video by Dr. Eric Berg:

The acetic acid in the vinger mobilizes minerals and stops the detrimental effect of cortisol on fat loss. It’s worth mentioning that regular vinegar should work just as good as expensive apple cider vinegar, containing the mother. Some people claim that the mechanism through which ACV works is the vinegar bacteria consuming certain sugars before they are absorbed – but this doesn’t really make sense, as sugars are absorbed in the gut in as short as 5 to 15 minutes. The fermentation process, through which acetic acid bacteria metabolize sugar, on the other hand takes many days.


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Use Butter to Provide Satiety (But Don’t Mix it With Carbs)

This is a bit counter-intuitive, as butter is one of the most calorically dense foods around and most of it is saturated fat. Still, studies show it provides a lot of satiety. It is also non-insulinogenic. So, if you need a quick way to feel satiated, eating a small block of butter may be the simplest solution. Careful here! Combining butter with even small amounts of carbohydrates or protein will likely make it more fat-storing than satiety-providing. Eating butter with some toast is one of the best ways to stall your weight loss progress.


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A Psychological Trick – Using Smaller Blue Plates is Surprisingly Effective

This is a weird one, but the studies don’t lie – putting your food on a smaller plate makes you fuller quickly, and ‘tricks’ your brain into thinking you have finished a bigger portion. In fact, this is a trick restaurants use to increase your appetite beyond your food requirements for the visit. Using plate of color that is contrasting with the food will help further – the best way is to simply use light blue plates, because there aren’t any foods that are blue in color 🙂 Also, you feel fuller when you switch between multiple plates when eating, as opposed to eating everything for a single plate.


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Lowering cortisol will lead to  loss of facial and belly fat, if part of the reason you are gaining weight is because of stress. The extreme example is people with cushing’s syndrome, which is a disease of excess cortisol. Putting on abdominal, facial and cheek fat is one of the first things that happen in people with this disease. Resolving the high cortisol levels leads to quick weight loss. You don’t have to have the extremely high cortisol levels seen in cushings disease for your body to put on fat – even modest spikes in cortisol will make your body ‘hold on’ to any fat it has.

Now, lowering cortisol is easier said than done and the mechanics of that warrant a separate article. Since cortisol is a stress hormone, every relaxation technique lowers it a bit. Meditation works, and so does exercise – despite spiking cortisol in the short term, it lowers it long term.

One of the best supplements to lower cortisol is Rhodiola Rosea – in this remarkable study,  you can see the astonishing results rhodiola has on cortisol levels. It lowers them almost 3-fold in just 2 days and completely prevents cortisol spikes during immobilization tests in rabbits. Reading reviews on Rhodiola supplements, you will notice a lot of people report belly fat reduction in addition to general weight loss. So, if you want to lose weight and at the same time feel stressed out, there might be a connection there! Taking rhodiola may prove to be a simple solution.  Interestingly, this effect will be much, much higher when rhodiola is combined with a good detox drink (see #2).

Rhodiola Rosea, the herb that cuts the stress-induced cortisol spike by 300%


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Use Hot Spices – They Increase Resting Caloric Expenditure

Chili contains capsaicin, which is a thermogenic agent. Hot foods aren’t called hot for no reason – they actually boost your body temperature, so it’s not just a perceptual thing. Just like we explained in trick #1, producing heat burns calories – and more of them then exercising. More than 50% of your daily caloric expenditure simply goes towards heating your body, regardless of how much you exercise. There aren’t any specific rules here – we can’t tell you how many lbs of fat you will shred by eating one chili pepper a day, but we do know it WILL make your body burn fat.

Everything about how chili works to make you lose weight is explained in this study(Conclusion of the study: “in summary, capsaicin plays a critical role in human and has multiple benefits for metabolic health, especially for weight loss in obese individuals.”)

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Green Tea – Proven to Prevent Fat-Storage and Induce Fat Loss

No health article is complete without mentioning green tea – yes, it is often mentioned for it’s cancer-prevention benefits, antibacterial effects and countless others. But when it comes to weight loss, it really does work. The EGCG it contains prevents storage of polyunsaturated fatty acids and induces lipolysis. We won’t explain a lot here, because there are countless articles around about green tea and it’s weight loss effects. So, as a long-term weight loss strategy, simply drinking a cup or two daily is perfect!

Here are a few studies, if you want to read more on green tea’s fat-burning effects: 1, 2, 3.  Like with all tightly-controlled health studies on pubmed, the results shown are somewhat modest – over a 4 month period, people drinking green tea daily lost about 7 pounds more than those who didn’t.

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Drink Cold Water on an Empty Stomach – Reduces Appetite and Burns Heat Calories

Cold water on an empty stomach – this is the simplest and most boring one! Also, maybe the least effective. The food calorie is a unit that measure the amount of energy to heat 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius. This means that 1 liter of water that is 15 C colder than your body(cold tap water) will burn you 15kcal – which is 2 grams of body fat. On a pure physics level that is not very impressive at all. However, many people report good results with a daily glass of cold water in the morning – perhaps there is more to this than pure heat and energy physics. The satiety that the water provides, combined with the cold stimulation of the stomach nerves may lead to a bit of a compounding effect. However, do not go overboard with the water – some people claim that excessive water intake may actually slow down your metabolism (link).

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Add Cinnamon to Carby Meals or Daily in the Morning

Although it’s not completely clear how it works, cinnamon is proven to lower blood sugar. Possible mechanisms include boosting insulin, increasing insulin sensitivity and slowing down carbohydrate digestion in the stomach. Study. There is lots of anecdotal evidence that cinnamon helps people with Type 2 Diabetes by lowering their blood sugar. It can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Cinnamon can be incorporated in your life in two ways – as a drink or as a food additive.

As an additive it can be added to coffee, rice meals, pasta and virtually any carby meal out there. As a drink, you can simply mix cinnamon powder with some water and add honey! You can add cinnamon powder to almost anything sweet and it will not only not hurt, but actually improve the taste!

Cinnamon Tea With Lemon – Simply Boil Some CInnamon, Strain and Add Honey and Lemon

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Eat Legumes Every Day

This is a very interesting one – eating a serving of beans, such as lentils, lowers your blood sugar spike even from a meal eaten 24 hours later! This is called “The second meal effect” and is due to propionate being released in the gut, plus a few other mechanisms that are not totally clear. Here is a good video explanaion of the amazing effect beans have on the meals after that:

Even more interesting, this study concluded that legume intake was the most disease-protective factor of all in an elderly population. Beans are also a major part of the slow-carb diet. Although they contain a lot of carbohydrates (just as much as rice, in fact), they barely increase your blood sugar – the effect on blood glucose is extremely soft and slow.

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A Simple Morning Walk

This is a self-explanatory one, and we won’t even include any studies here. A morning walk improves circulation, makes you feel good, burns calories and is a nice start of any day. When you start moving on an empty stomach, your body has no choice, but to burn fat, because your glycogen stores are depleted during sleep. Also, the meal following your walk will be going towards replenishing the glycogen stores in the liver and not towards putting on more fat! So that’s really cool 🙂

Starting your day with a walk can also lead to increased energy levels through the rest of the day and morning exercise is one of the most important things, according to the Miracle Morning Book by Hal Elrod.

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Drinking Coffee Before a Workout

Coffee lowers your appetite, increases your metabolism (although this effect may diminish for long-term drinkers) and has many health benefits. You will be hard pressed to find a study that shows negative health effects from coffee consumption. It contains soluble fiber, antioxidants, inulin, increases insulin sensitivity and burns fat. Most people think coffee is just caffeine with added taste. Not so. In fact, there are many compounds responsible for the fat-burning effect of coffee, apart from caffeine. The main one, being chlorogenic acid (study).

Caffeine increases the amount of calories burned during exercise by about 20%. Adding cinnamon to coffee will boost it’s weight loss effects, as explained in #11.