You’re probably familiar with chlorophyll as the chemical that makes plants green, but did you know that you can drink it too? Yep, people are drinking chlorophyll-infused water on the premise that it provides health benefits including reduced inflammation and weight loss.
So should you try it? Does it really work? We break down the super ingredient below.
What exactly is it?
“Chlorophyll water is pretty much exactly what you think — water mixed with chlorophyll along with natural flavors and sometimes sugar,” explains registered dietitian Summer Yule. “There are a large number of health claims being made about this product, such as that it can help with weight loss and cravings, that it has anti-inflammatory benefits, and that it promotes healthy and youthful skin,” says Yule.
Where can you find it?
You can buy it in some health food and vitamin stores, order it online, or make your own. Additionally, Yule points out that you can get chlorophyll from vegetables, which have an added bonus of fiber and micronutrients. Yule recommends getting most of your chlorophyll from dark leafy greens like spinach, collard greens, and kale, instead of relying only on chlorophyll water.
Does it really work?
“There’s some research suggesting that chlorophyll can help with weight loss and acne, and one study even found that it can reduce your ingestion of the cancer-causing compound aflatoxin. Chlorophyll also provides antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage. “Still, most research on chlorophyll’s benefits have either been done on animals, been conducted in vitro, or involved a small number of people.
Should you try it?
“There are very few potential side effects to consuming chlorophyll and many potential health benefits. If you want to try chlorophyll water. The only caveat is that the effects of chlorophyll on pregnant and breastfeeding women haven’t been studied, so we recommend talking to your doctor before trying it.
Starbucks’ winter drinks, cookies, and pie – oh my! The holiday season is the perfect excuse to indulge in treats, but that food coma can do some serious damage to your workout and wellness goals.
Lucky for you, I have come up with secrets on how to stay healthy and fit throughout the holidays (even when winter tempts you into canceling your workout).
Make it a daily challenge
“A daily challenge is a healthy, fun way to reward yourself, and micro-goals are the key to creating a healthier lifestyle,” “My favorite challenge is to commit to 10 minutes of exercise each day for two weeks. Chose three to five moves and perform each for 15 reps. Repeat that three times for an amazing 10-minute workout!” My favorite one is planks!
Go for the gut
“Make it a habit to protect your gut during the holiday season. Drink at least one beverage a day that will alkalize when consumed, such as kombucha, alkaline water, or apple cider vinegar”.
Avoid the full-belly sleep mode
“Enjoying rich, heavy food and drinking with friends and family can lead to some serious bloat or a Thanksgiving food coma”. “While going to the gym or doing a full-on workout is out of the question, the best thing we can do for our bodies is to keep moving. Stretching or sit-up exercises are great for digestion and kicking your body out of full-belly sleep mode!”
Take the stairs
“There’s a reason why stairs are a great workout — it helps build muscle tone and enhance the flexibility of muscles”. “Have a walk-up apartment or a second floor home? Excellent! Try to pick up the pace a little bit as you come home at night. Is your office on the fifth floor? You know what you have to do. It’ll also feel pretty cool as it gets easier and easier to climb those steps – that’s you getting stronger.”
Swap holiday coffee for matcha tea
I encourage you to swap your peppermint mocha for something a little bit lighter. “Matcha tea is a green tea that’s rich in antioxidants, which are known to prevent cancer and are anti-aging. In addition, matcha tea is a source of L-theanine which is a natural anxiolytic, meaning it can be helpful in managing anxiety.”
Dance it out
Take advantage of every holiday party this season by busting a move. “Put on your favorite seasonal tunes and dance until you get your sweat on,”.
“Spending 10 minutes a day meditation can reduce stress, increase creativity, improve sleep, and promote ease in relationships”. “You can use an app for a guided experience or set a timer and meditate in silence”. Also, there are many videos on youtube to help teach you how to meditate or to help you learn to keep your focus on you and your breathing.
Foam roll your way to wellness
“Foam rolling is a great way to release muscle tension because it improves your body’s range of motion. It doesn’t require any special focus, so it’s perfect to incorporate with evening relaxation. “After turning on your favorite holiday movie, grab the roller and spend five to 10 minutes rolling your glutes, legs, and back. Might as well get in some stretching or core work while you’re watching Netflix or your favorite program!”
When we published the slideshow 8 Warning Signs of Depression You Shouldn’t Ignore, our audience (you) connected very strongly with it. In our continued effort to spread the word on this important mental-health topic, we created an infographic to make pinning and printing that much easier:
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Mental health care needed before, after bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is the most effective weight-loss option for people who are severely obese. However, the surgery involves substantial risks and requires a lifelong commitment to behavioral change. Therefore, you must be prepared mentally as well as physically before surgery.
Many why they have to see a mental health professional before getting bariatric surgery.
The value of the preoperative psychosocial evaluation for surgical candidates is well documented. A National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel concluded a few years ago that a psychiatric evaluation was not needed in every case but should be available if indicated.
More than 80% of bariatric programs require such evaluations. In addition, major insurance companies in the United States require a “comprehensive/presurgical psychological/psychiatric evaluation as part of a mandatory work-up before approving surgery”.
For example, if you are participating in any eating disorder behaviors, (for example, skipping meals, emotional eating, binge eating, or night eating), It can raise the the awareness and help you get control of these behaviors before surgery.
Also, can assist in anticipating difficulties that might arise as your lifestyles change, including ways in which your body image changes will affect work and social relationships. This is different from the pragmatic approach of the surgeon and nutritionist, whose roles are more circumscribed.
Because of the uniqueness of each individual, different lifestyles and backgrounds, and continued stressors, the mental health provider specializing in bariatric care also is uniquely positioned to assist you in coming up with a plan that will work for you.
But what happens after the you have the surgery? Theoretically, before surgery your to be prepared for the psychological and physical transformation you are likely to undergo. Just as the surgery is a procedure, the postsurgical period is a process. In light of this, I would submit that you should be under the care of mental health professionals after surgery.
One of the main psychological issues that often arise with you is distress around the excess or loose skin that is left behind after excess weight loss. But this is certainly not the main psychological issue faced. Several other postsurgical psychological issues also can arise around navigating in daily routines and around relationships, for example. For us with morbid obesity and psychiatric disorders, particularly those with personality disorders, greater difficulties can be seen in “adapting to the new demands, including the need to cope with stress and other problems in a new way, to relearn how to eat, distress over weight loss plateaus, failure to achieve a normal-looking body, etc.” You have to be prepared for these changes and challenges before surgery and help them process the implications after your procedures.
Postsurgical work with that also might help you adapt to your new lifestyles so that a large portion of the weight stays off. Investigators in the Swedish obese subjects intervention study found that a significant proportion of bariatric surgery patients experienced “considerable weight regain at the 10-year follow-up”.
Despite your best efforts to get educated about body image issues before surgery, some would benefit from psychosocial interventions in this area after surgery.
Surgery is only the beginning of a new healthy life. You might not necessarily be prepared for the way in which these changes will affect your live and relationships. Mental health professionals can help integrate these issues for the you by providing psychoeducation and preparing you for what to expect during both the preoperative and postoperative periods. In short, the work that has to be put in by you, your surgeon, nutritionist, a good support system, friends and and family is essential to your long-term success and quality of life.