Bloating, gas and abdominal discomfort are some of the most common complaints that everyone has. Often people are surprised to find out that these symptoms are often related to their food choices and not the amount of food on their plate. That’s not to say overeating won’t lead to a feeling of fullness and discomfort but for the person that eats well, is mindful of their hunger cues, and lives an overall healthy lifestyle, chronic bloating can be really frustrating. Fortunately, with a little self-awareness and a few tweaks to your food choices, you won’t have to suffer forever.

Bloating can be described as the feeling that there is an inflated balloon in the abdomen. It is a commonly reported symptom and is sometimes associated with distension, or the visible increase in the width of the area between your hips and chest (abdominal girth).

Both bloating and distension cause discomfort, and sometimes pain, and have a negative impact on the quality of life for some individuals. The symptoms may be linked with other gas related complaints, such as burping or belching (eructation), swallowing air (aerophagia), and passing intestinal gas (flatulence).

Some of the causes of bloating might be:

You Eat Too Fast

The pace of life has us all in a hurry, but if that leaves you wolfing down your meals, be warned: besides food, you’re also swallowing gas-producing air, which balloons your belly. Trapped air isn’t the only bloat trigger here.

Dehydration

We’re always told to drink our two liters daily but who knew it could ward off the bloat, too? “Drinking lots of water can potentially reduce the likelihood of bloating because dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can halt digestion,” explains Dr Akbar. She goes on: “When your body attempts to counter-balance the effects of being dehydrated, it holds on to excess water.” Cue: a big round belly.

Rule Out Wheat Allergies or Lactose Intolerance

Food allergies and intolerances can cause gas and bloating. But these need to be confirmed by your doctor. Many people self-diagnose these conditions and unnecessarily eliminate healthy dairy and whole grains from their diets. If you suspect you have an allergy or intolerance, see your doctor for tests.

You may benefit from reducing the amount of the suspected food or eating it with other foods. In the case of dairy, it can help to choose aged cheeses and yogurts, which are lower in lactose.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Could be the cause if: You are ­premenstrual or in the early stages of pregnancy. During pregnancy, and just before your period, levels of the hormone progesterone are raised. This can slow down gut motility or movement, which means food passes more slowly through the body, leading to bloating and possibly constipation.

But you can beat the bloat. Exercise can help improve gut mobility and walking for 30 minutes a day could be enough to make the difference.

Decrease Your Sugar Intake

Whether you have FODMAP sensitivity or not, it is a good idea to limit the amount of sugar you consume. Excessive added sugars in the diet have been linked to many diseases as well as obesity in general. It is common knowledge that artificial sweeteners can cause abdominal discomfort so it is a good idea to ditch them as well. Plus, gas causing bad bacteria and yeast feed on refined sugars, which can exacerbate bloating.

The term “bunion,” as it is popularly used, describes a variety of painful deformities of the base of the big toe, which sticks out. In the most common type of bunion, called hallux valgus, the big toe turns inward from its normal position and angles toward the second toe. In another type, the dorsal bunion, arthritis of the big toe causes pain and, sometimes, a bump on the top of the big toe joint.

The common bunion is frequently associated with an inward displacement deformity of the big toe that is medically referred to as a hallux abducto valgus deformity. Bunions are categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. A bunion at the base of the smallest (fifth or little) toe is referred to as a tailor’s bunion or bunionette. This is because this bunion was noticed to be associated with pressure on the little toe of old-fashioned tailors when they sat cross-legged for hours at their craft.

When you experience pain in the joint of your big toe and it has an unusual shape, especially if it bends in towards your other toes, it is likely that you have this condition. A bulging bump on the inner edge of your foot, swelling, and thickening of the skin at the base of the toe are all physical signs that indicate it as well. If you have doubts or are simply unsure, an X-ray will clearly show whether you have this abnormal joint or not.

All bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected. But there are some measures you can take to be more comfortable or to slow a bunion’s progression:

  • Using enameled pot pour approx of 300 ml water on a tablespoon of bay leaf and cook this for 5 minutes

  • Use a thermos to collect the mixture and leave it to ferment till the morning.

  • In the morning, strain the mixture from the bay leafs and drink the tea from it during the day (in small sips)

  • You should do this few days in a row (3 days). Prepare new drink each night.

  • Repeat it again every 7 days.

Most likely side effect from this will be, frequent urinating – this is result of the salt dissolving and being thrown out of the system.

By the end of 14 days, bunion removal should be start and you should feel pain relief

This process of bunion removal is actually naturally dissolving stones by converting them into sand. The whole process will take about 2 months until the bunion removal process is finished you will be pain free completely.

Another great tool for relief from painful bunions, joints and other phenomena of this kind is iodine with aspirin.

  • Mince 5 pills of aspirin or Andol (200 mg) and put them in 10 ml of iodine.

  • Stir until the aspirin gets dissolved in the iodine and becomes colorless.

  • Smear your painful areas with this solution (ankles, aching joints, and other growths) every night. After that, be sure to warm up the place overnight. You will quickly feel the positive effects.

A pit detox is a real phenomenon that some may experience.

If you’re used to conventional deodorant or antiperspirant, the switch to a natural product can bring about redness and itching in the armpits. You may also notice increased odor. This makes sense because conventional deodorants and antiperspirants have been clogging your sweat pores and preventing sweat and toxins from being released. One of the things they don’t tell you about conventional deodorants is that they interfere with your body’s natural process to remove bacteria. Not to mention the whole connection to breast cancer thing. So, when you switch to an all-natural deodorant, which doesn’t use anti-perspirants or other chemicals, your body will need some time to detox. Once you’re all detoxed up, your body will naturally correct the bacterial imbalance in your armpits, and your sweat won’t smell nearly as bad!

The body odor that is emitted is caused by bacteria living in the moist areas of your skin reacting to perspiration. These bacteria feed on the substances in your sweat, like fatty acids, creating an odor. Your diet can also play a role in what odors are released with your sweat.

Now that your sweat pores are no longer obstructed by chemical-laden particles, you’re free to release moisture and toxins, and any subsequent odors, as intended.

In some instances, bumps may appear and the lymph nodes located under the armpits may swell during this detoxification phase. And don’t be surprised if this happens in just one pit.

Many breast cancers develop close to the armpit area, which raises concerns about the products that we use daily on our skin in this area of the body. Rather than being fearful of the deodorant, lotion, sunscreen or fragrance products that you use, become educated about their ingredients and learn what to avoid the next time you need these items.

Although our skin care and hygiene products are tested for safety, more people are choosing to avoid ingredients that are even remotely associated with cancer. Applying products like deodorant, sunscreen, and body spray to the thin skin of the armpit could provide a way for harmful chemicals to get to the estrogen receptors under our skin.

Cancer can happen in almost every organ and tissue in the human body. Genetic mutations or cellular damage cause changes to our cells which makes them multiply abnormally in tissues and form tumors.

How to make the armpit detox:

  1. 1 tablespoon Bentonite Clay

  2. 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. 3 drops Rosemary essential oil

 

  • Mix the ingredients together with some water to make a paste.
  • Apply a thin layer to your armpits and leave for fifteen minutes before rinsing off in the shower and drying thoroughly.
  • Continue doing this until your body odor has regulated or until you are able to use a natural deodorant with no reaction.

It’s important not to use conventional aluminum-based deodorants during this time, so only use natural deodorant if you need to.

No one wakes up feeling amazing. Mornings are characterized by sluggishness and fatigue. If you’re unlucky, the condition might persist throughout the day. Some people turn to energy drinks or non-natural remedies and end up feeling worse than they did originally.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar  has a long list of uses, especially for those who prefer to use natural remedies. Not all apple cider vinegar is created equal, so make sure you buy the organic, raw, unfiltered kind. The nutritional benefits haven’t been filtered out, so the unfiltered particles will provide your body with the most benefits. Apple cider vinegar contains bacteria known as acetobacter. This is a “friendly” bacteria that breaks down food in the gut.

The antibiotic properties of apple cider vinegar can help improve the acid content in the stomach, reducing heartburn and acid reflux. There are several antioxidants in apple cider vinegar that work to keep the body healthy, including catechin, gallic acid, caffeic and chlorogenic acids. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can even increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the food you eat to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your leafy greens!

 

Honey

Honey’s use as a soothing agent goes back a long way in human history. The ancient Egyptians used it to dress wounds—it contains agents that help fight off infections. It’s also used as a contemporary at-home cure for sore throats. However, there are additional, less-known health benefits attributable to honey.

Honey contains natural carbohydrates and sugars that can be absorbed quickly by the body. Drinking it first thing in the morning gives you the boost you need to start the day off right. Honey also supports the immune system. Its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties inhibit the development of viruses and bacteria. When you’re buying honey, go for the organic honey.

The combination of acv and honey is perfect in the fight and prevention of infections thanks to its active compounds. In the same time it is great for the overall health and wellbeing of your organism because it kills bacteria which cause inflammations, infections and various diseases and many more benefits.

  • Eliminates pain in the joints so it is perfect for people with arthritis.
  • Eliminates acid and heartburn
  • Helps with digestion and constipation
  • Reduces cholesterol in the blood thus decreases blood pressure
  • Helps in the fight with extra weight
  • Great medicine for sore throat
  • Energy booster
  • Gives glow to the skin making it better and healthier
  • Eliminated bad breath
  • Helps with inflammation

How to make it:

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar (half to 1 tablespoon) and raw honey (half to 1 tablespoon)

  2. Dissolve in a glass of water (10-20oz). 

  3. Take it once or twice daily.

You may find the taste quite strong and difficult to consume, but once you become aware of its benefits, this will sure become your everyday routine.

Warning: High amounts of apple cider vinegar may may interfere with diuretics, laxatives and medicine for diabetes and heart diseases. Talk to your doctor before consuming ACV daily.

You may think oils will lead to breakouts and leave a greasy, heavy film on your skin. Wrong. Naturally derived facial oils are actually:

  • Lightweight
  • Absorb quickly
  • Leaving no shiny, greasy residue

Facial oils penetrate deeply into skin to provide long-lasting hydration.

Extra virgin coconut oil happens to be very rich in antioxidants that prevent free radical formation (free radicals cause skin to lose elasticity). And because its molecular structure is relatively small, these benefits penetrate deep into underlying tissues that most moisturizers can’t reach. Coconut oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores.

It contains saturated fats so predominantly, these saturated fats are medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on skin. When ingested through the regular consumption of coconut oil, these fats deposit under the skin, thus keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone and reducing the appearance of the pores.

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a natural substance that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. This alkaline substance has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a powerful medical tool effective at combating everything from colds to oral problems to skin issues.

Baking soda is effective when used for short periods. However, excessive use can damage your skin and hair. Also, you should do a patch test to determine whether your skin is sensitive to it.

All natural, non-toxic, simply derived face wash can provide all the cleansing power your skin needs without aggravating or over-drying it. This homemade concoction has just two ingredients and you can mix it up tonight at home
You can create an easy skin cleanser with just these two simple ingredients. Baking soda on its own is a remedy against acne. It regulates the pH level of the skin and helps in healing breakouts. Coconut oil has strong healing, moisturizing and antibacterial qualities that beneficially affect the skin while nourishing it. Mixing these products together creates a safe combination, even on sensitive skin. Keep in mind that wet-milled traditional virgin coconut oil will provide the best results.

You’ll only need two ingredients:

  • Coconut oil

  • Baking soda

To determine the amount of each needed, you first need to know what your skin type is and what results you are going for. For more sensitive skin, use at least a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil to baking soda. If you need more of an exfoliate, use a 1:1 ratio.

Mix it together well and then massage it gently onto your face in circular motions. You can leave it on for a couple of minutes as you would a facial mask, or you can wash it off immediately using warm water.

After using this you’ll notice your skin is smooth, calm, and polished. The combination of baking soda and coconut oil is effective at treating and fading acne scars, redness, and breakouts. It also works well at exfoliating rough, dry skin, leaving it moisturized and clean.

 

Many people mistakenly believe that the Amish live an eighteenth century life because they dress old fashioned and use a horse and buggy. The Amish are open-minded to alternative medicines—chiropractors and reflexology, natural and home remedies—and often use traditional medicine as a last resort. The Amish have a profound respect for the human body and maintain an acute awareness for health. They believe the physical body is the “temple of God.” This consideration for physical needs manifests in a variety of folk remedies. Their treatments consist primarily of herbs, flora and other organic means.

The particular traditional Amish remedy presented in this article has been used for centuries in the treatment of conditions like hypertension (high blood pressure) arthritis, colds, ulcers, asthma, infections, and even cancer.

It is considered to be one of the most potent combinations that give your immune system a boost and protect you from various diseases.

This remedy acts as an antiviral, anticancer, and antibacterial agent and it is very effective in strengthening the immune system and in reducing both blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Once you try it, it will definitely become one of your favorite beverages.

The remedy should be consumed for two weeks in a row. It is recommended to take it in the morning before you eat or drink anything else. Your cholesterol and blood sugar levels will experience a significant drop within those two weeks. Make sure you don’t overdo it and don’t take it more than three times daily.

Ingredients: (Enough for one dose)

  • 1 knob of fresh grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

  • 1 fresh garlic clove, grated

Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until you get a homogenous mixture.

Put the mixture in a jar and store it in your fridge.

Why does this remedy work that well? The key are its powerful ingredients.

Ginger

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesitydiabetes, disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from its powerful healing compounds, which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.

This means apple cider vinegar naturally provides numerous benefits related to skin, digestion and immunity health without any side effects.

Raw Honey

Raw honey contains natural sugars 80 %, water 18 % and minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein 2%. It’s not surprising that honey has been called “the perfect running fuel.” It provides an easily absorbed supply of energy in the form of liver glycogen, making it ideal for energetic morning starts and as a pre- and post-exercise energy source.

Lemon Juice

It is packed with vitamin C, flavonoids, and dietary fiber, all of which have all been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol levels in the body.

Garlic

Raw garlic lowers glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, which makes it an effective preventative measure against atherosclerosis.

You know they’re a cheap source of complete protein, meaning they contain the full spectrum of amino acids — in fact, eggs may be the most bioavailable and easily absorbed form of protein you can eat.

Eggs are typically associated with B-vitamins, and they’re a great source of vitamins B1, B2 (riboflavin), B6, and B12. Eggs also contain a lot of choline, a “vitamin-like” essential nutrient that’s similar to B-vitamins and is sometimes used by athletes to delay fatigue in endurance sports. (It’s also been linked to lower incidences of certain mental illnesses.) Eggs are also an excellent source of zinc, which optimizes testosterone production, and a pretty good source of magnesium, which is linked to improved intra-workout recovery and better quality sleep.

What people don’t often associate with eggs is the abundance of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are concentrated in the yolk.

In the past it was thought that people should limit the number of eggs they eat because they contain cholesterol, but current evidence suggests that dietary cholesterol does not increase the risk of heart disease in most healthy people. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol (215 mg for a large egg, and the American Heart Association recommends only 300mg/day); an egg white (albumin) is fat free and contains only 10 calories.

Some of the benefits of eating eggs are:

They Keep You Full

Eggs have a high satiety index, meaning they make you feel full for longer. One large egg supplies 6g of high quality protein and a large variety of essential nutrients, with the exception of vitamin C. This is why teaming up a fruit or orange juice with an egg and whole-wheat/low GI bread provides the perfect breakfast to perform well in a challenging environment

Boost Your Weight Loss

Did you know that eating eggs can help you lose weight? This might come as a surprise to those who think of eggs as ‘fattening’ or ‘unhealthy” but a study carried out by the Rochester Center for Obesity Research found that eating eggs for breakfast helps limit your calorie intake all day, by more than 400 calories. That means you could lose three pounds or more per month.

Despite the health recommendations of the past, there’s no evidence that eating eggs will increase your blood cholesterol levels.

Good for Eyesight

Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids, which essentially works towards keeping the eye vision healthy. These compounds safeguards eyes from cataract, macular degeneration, and ultra violet rays.

Contain Choline

Choline is a vital nutrient that most people simply don’t get enough of.  It helps your body in a number of ways, including brain development, liver and nervous system function, muscle function and building cell membranes.

Can Cut Heart Disease Risk

When buying eggs, look for varieties that are enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. These will reduce the levels of triglycerides in your blood, which are known to increase your risk of heart disease.

Eating five omega-3 enriched eggs per week will help you cut triglycerides by as much as 18%.

Hyperpigmentation is due to the presence of excessive melanin in the skin cells. Melanin protects our cells against stresses that involve cell damage. UV radiation from the sun, reactive oxygen species, high temperatures and chemical stresses are all culprits that stress and damage skin.
Keep in mind that you won’t necessarily see hyperpigmentation come to the surface of the skin right away. This means that in some cases, we won’t know the exact cause of your hyperpigmentation.

It arises from various causes, which include:

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

  • Melasma – darkening of skin over the forehead and cheeks, in pregnancy, or when using oral contraceptives

  • Induced by medications such as minocycline, imipramine or amiodarone

  • Endocrine disease such as Addison’s disease

  • Accumulation of iron in the body

  • Tanning due to ultraviolet or sunlight exposure

  • Other conditions such as age spots, acanthosis nigricans, and lentigines also cause darkening of the skin in specific places.

Here are some tips and remedies on how to get rid of your hyperpigmentation:

Don’t Pick Your Skin

As tempting as it might be to scratch a mosquito bite or squeeze a stubborn blackhead, think back to your mother’s warning — “Don’t pick!” — and pay attention. Scratching and picking at a spot will only increase the inflammation that’s responsible for skin discoloration.

Apple Cider Vinegar

We have been using apple cider vinegar for a lot of things such as help in digestion or weight loss. But believe it or not, its acetic acid component can also address melasma like a charm.

To use apple cider vinegar to lighten melasma, mix equal parts with water and apply it on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Wait for it to air dry before you gently rinse it with warm water. Follow this routine 1-2 times a week and never forget to use serum and lotion right after.

Turmeric

Turmeric has a wide variety of beauty- and health-related benefits. Here is a simple recipe on a turmeric mask for your hyperpigmentation:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 2-3 tablespoons gram flour (also known as chickpea flour or besan)

  • 1/2 teaspoon oil, I would use almond oil, as it absorbs well into the skin

  • Approximately 1/2 tsp milk, enough to form a paste

  • Lemon Juice, or cucumber juice if you have sensitive skin

Mix the gram flour, turmeric, the oil, lemon juice and milk until you create a smooth paste.

Apply this to the affected area and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Wash away with luke warm water and pat the face dry with a clean towel.

Maximize Moisturization

While your primary goal with hyperpigmentation is to lighten the dark spots, an effective over-the-counter product should contain ingredients that benefit the skin in other ways. In addition to addressing the pigment issues, a good product will have moisturizing agents like glycerin or hyaluronic acid, and maybe even a retinol to boost cell turnover.

Raw Potato

Potato is rich in an enzyme called catecholase which has been known to improve the tone of your skin. You can cut a piece of potato and rub it directly on the dark spots or you can mash a potato, squeeze the juice out, and apply it on the dark spots with the help of a cotton ball. You can use this remedy two to three times a day for about a month to get a noticeable difference.

Antibiotics are mainly prescribed doctors to fight infections and in many cases it can save lives, However most antibiotics are quite expensive and can weaken your natural immune system. And the problem lies in the fact that over the years the microorganisms, now called ‘super bugs’ have become resistant to antibiotics and their effects.

There are three major factors which brought to the development of this antibiotic resistance. They are:

  • Antibiotics are often prescribed for viral infections, against which they have no effect.

  • Antibiotics are often prescribed to kill a large spectrum of various bacteria and not killing more specifically the bacteria responsible for the disease.

  • Incorrect use of antibiotics

 

The nature is not short of powerful antibiotics that are as great as chemical antibiotics with no side effects at all, Read on this article to find out the top most powerful natural antibiotics that can help you live a healthier life.

Honey

Natural honey that is produced 100 percent by honey pees was shown to be very effective as a natural antibiotic for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Unlike chemical antibiotics, honey if taken daily it helps boosting the immune system and protect your body against seasonal cold and flu and other infections.

Garlic

Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic! And more, it doesn’t kill healthy bacteria. Unlike chemical antibiotics, garlic is an effective natural antibiotic and is also a great antifungal and antiviral. Garlic can help staph and strep infections. Interestingly, these germs are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Just a few cloves of garlic daily is said to prevent various bacteria and virus related illnesses plus speed recovery of infections.

For garlic to be effective, it needs to be taken raw. Some also believe that it should also be crushed and exposed to air for ten minutes before it’s consumed. Air exposure is said to activate its germ-killing compounds.

Habanera Peppers

Habanera Peppers can be used for treating a variety of disorders. Due to capsaicin, these peppers can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, fight obesity and even prevent prostate cancer.

Turmeric

Along the culinary properties, turmeric abounds in many healing qualities. It is a powerful antibacterial agent that prevents many infections.

 

Horseradish

Horseradish is naturally antibacterial and anti-parasitic, and it stimulates your immune system. It has warming properties and acts as an expectorant, so it’s a potent herb for your sinuses and lungs. It helps open up your sinus passages and increases circulation there, which is where the common cold and influenza commonly begins.

Colloidal Silver

This natural antibiotic reduces the oxygenation ability of one-celled bacteria, causing them the inability to multiply. Colloidal silver is used most often as an extract, and is particularly effective in treating bacterial infections of the mucous membranes.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Acrylic and lauric acids found in coconut oil are well-known as antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal. You can incorporate extra virgin coconut oil into your diet by using it as a cooking oil, or simply taking a tablespoon per day.

Coffee is more than caffeine in a cup. It also has potential health benefits too. The consumption of coffee goes back centuries.In 17th century England the popularity of the drink gave rise to a number of coffee houses which were dubbed ‘penny universities’, because with one penny a person could buy a cup of coffee and have intellectually stimulating conversations with other people

Although coffee is famously known for its caffeine, she has a much more impressive side. It’s one of the riches sources of Chlorogenic acid (part of the phenolic acid family/antioxidants) which reduces oxidative stress and inflammation. Coffee also appears to increase insulin sensitivity which means a lowered risk for type 2 diabetes. This is also suspected to be due to Chlorogenic acid.

A recent study has found caffeine has the same effect on the body’s cells as muscle contractions caused through exercise. And though they don’t recommend anyone opt for coffee over fitness, they are currently looking at more ways caffeine positively influences DNA. As an added bonus, caffeine has been shown to reduce pain during exercise which may help you get through that last set of lunges.

Many of us love coffee because it has the ability to keeps us on our game, but studies show that caffeine has a positive effect on memory and thought processes, too. In fact, a study that looked at mice with the equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease (who consumed caffeine-laced water) experienced a decrease in the levels of a protein in the brain that is associated with the disease.

Mix these 3 ingredients into your coffee and burn more fat:

Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains saturated fat. The fats in coconut oil are mostly medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Here’s what you need to know.

They don’t require bile to be broken down because they’re shorter than other fats and they’re transported directly to the bloodstream through your portal vein. All this means is that you can quickly get energy from medium chain triglycerides and your body won’t add them to your love handles (unless you’re consuming an overabundance of calories).

Honey

Honey technically has more calories than sugar. A teaspoon of honey has about 21 calories, while one of white sugar contains around 16 calories. The sugars in honey taste sweeter than those in white sugar, so you may use less honey than sugar when sweetening your coffee.

Because the sugars in honey are processed faster, they’re less likely to be converted into fats and stored in your body.

The sugars in honey have a lower glycemic index than those in white sugar, which means honey will have less of an effect on blood-glucose levels.

Cinnamon

One study found just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon can slow the speed at which the stomach empties following a meal, which can help control sharp rises and falls in blood sugar levels. Softening these sugar spikes can theoretically reduce cravings.

Excess sugar in the blood is normally converted to fat, adding to the existing fat stores. Cinnamon increases the metabolism, which means one would utilize more sugar, leaving little for storage.