Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Supplements for Weight Loss

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a magic pill that would melt the fat away?  Well, I don't have that, but there are some wonderful supplements for assisting weight loss that my customers say really help.  Some of my top selling favorites that will support your effort to lose weight AND inches include the following:

1) Caralluma - suppresses the brain's appetite.  Caralluma is a cactus like plant which contains a phytochemical called pregnane glycosides, which blocks the enzyme citrate lyase, so fat cannot be stored.  It also increases energy levels.  In 2013 a study was published in which over a 12 week period, taking Caralluma showed a significant decrease in body weight, BMI, hip circumference, systolic blood pressure, heart rate, triglyceride levels, and total fat and saturated fat intake.  Caralluma is a mild stimulant.

2) Gymnema - is an Ayurvedic herb that decreases sugar cravings and helps balance blood sugar.  This herb is very helpful in staying on track with a Ketogenic diet, especially in the beginning stages of the diet.

3) Garcinia Cambogia - 750 mg, 60% hydroxycitric acid seems to work best by Natural Factors.  Customers say it decreases their hunger by providing a feeling of fullness.  It also is thought to increase serotonin that helps appetite regulation, helps curb food cravings, and increases fat burning.

4) Essential Oils for Weight Loss
     a) The best essential oils to decrease appetite are : peppermint, cinnamon, grapefruit, rosemary, lemon, marjoram, thyme, orange, and ginger for internal use ONLY if the oil is labeled that the oil is able to be ingested and never more than 1 drop is used at a time. These oils can also be mixed with a carrier oil to be applied on the feet or to be diffused/inhaled.
    b)  Slim and Sassy by doTERRA - this is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils.  It promotes healthy metabolism, helps manage hunger cravings, and helps to calm your stomach and uplift your mood.  It is a great oil to start your day with!

Thanks for reading and check back soon for more helpful tips to living a healthy life! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ketogenic Diet and Weight Loss

When I broke my femur, I knew the inflammation and pain was the worst I ever experienced.  The doctor did not prescribe a CRP blood test which was a significant test for inflammation.  Inflammation is a contributing factor for me in weight gain and can be a contributing factor for autoimmune disease, cancer, bone loss, etc.  I found in my research that a Ketogenic diet is the best diet to fight inflammation.  Research shows that on average three times more weight is lost on a Ketogenic diet than low fat diet.  It has lowered triclycerides and blood sugar better and has better compliance than a low fat diet.  In addition, it is about equal in decreasing bad cholesterol and fat loss.  In a 20 year study of 82, 800 women which compared lower carbohydrate diets and heart disease, it was found that lower carbohydrate diets that were high in vegetable sources of fat or protein had a 30% lower risk of heart disease, and approximately 20% lower risk of Type 2 diabetes compared to women who ate high carbohydrate, low fat diets.  But women who ate low carbohydrate diets that were high in animal fats or proteins did not see any such benefits.

A low carbohydrate diet can be described as 50-100 grams of carbohydrates a day.  This amount of carbohydrates did not work for me. I had to stay under 30 grams in order to lose weight, keep my blood pressure and blood sugar normal and lose inches.  I only lost 20 pounds but went down 6 dress sizes.  My diet usually consists of 3/4 low carbohydrate vegetables and 1/4 protein source. If I do not use enough good fats (coconut oil, ghee, avocados) in my diet, I do not lose weight either.  Since my blood sugar spiked after surgery, I was told that I was diabetic and I had to use a glucometer to check my blood sugar.  I found that even low carbohydrate fruit (berries) increased my blood sugar by 30 points.  I am severely carbohydrate sensitive like many of my customers who can't lose weight.  I also drink enough pure water, never diet pop, to keep urine light yellow.  I have not had to use any pain medication except curcumin and boswellia (Europharma works best for me) since I started this diet.  My customers have asked "Can my knee pain be better in 2 weeks?" Amazing.

If I eat too many carbohydrates, I am really hungry for the next 2 days. Make sure to let your doctor know that you are on a Ketogenic diet because your diabetic or blood pressure medication may need to be lowered.Thanks for reading our blog, and if you like what you hear, make sure you LIKE us on Facebook and check out our website www.comfreycornernaturalfoods.com.

*Please note that although we are highly trained in natural medicine, we are not doctors and are not able to diagnose or prescribe.*


-A new major study-a low carb diet yet again best for both weight and health markers-Diet Doctor

-A low carbohydrate, Ketogenic diet versus a low fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia - a randomized controlled trial - PubMed - NCBI

-A randomized trial comparing low fat and low carbohydrate diets matched for energy and protein - PubMed - NCBI

-New Major Study funded by the American tax payers through the National Institute for Health oover a 1 year period.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Blends

Essential Oil Blends

Are you looking for a great way to maximize the benefits of essential oils?  Roller Bottles made with essential oils are an easy and cost effective way to use your favorite oils!  Here are some of our favorite roller blends!