Wish you could enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving fare without worrying about a few extra pounds sneaking on? You can! My favorite supplement for weight loss during the holidays and beyond is African mango seed extract. In one study, women who supplemented with it had a significantly smaller waist after two weeks, and they lost 14 times more weight than those who skipped the extract. Compounds in African mango curb appetite and flip a switch in the brain that stops the creation of fat cells. The study-proven dose: 150 mg. twice daily.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).
Youthful radiant skin really does start from within! The key? Shoring up your stores of the healthy fat gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The nutrient keeps cellular membranes from drying out, so skin stays smooth and supple. It can even help soothe conditions like eczema and psoriasis that tend to flare up at this time of the year. In fact, Italian scientists found supplementing with GLA cuts eczema symptoms by up to 90%. I advise taking two capsules of UNI KEY Health GLA-90 twice daily. For 15% off, use code glaww15 at UNIKEYHealth.com.
There’s one essential nutrient that can thwart viruses from spoiling fall fun: selenium. Your immune system requires selenium to produce proteins that prevent viruses from mutating in the body. And without enough, it can’t fight off infection. To sidestep viral infections, I advise taking a 200-mcg. selenium supplement (like Nature’s Bounty Selenium, Vitacost.com) or eating at least 16 oz. of selenium-rich foods like tuna, cod, turkey, lamb or mushrooms daily to keep level optimal.
Urinary incontinence affects 50% of all women, and there’s a surprisingly common cause: constipation. When not eliminated regularly, the adult colon can hold up to 25 pounds of waste, which causes downward pressure on the bladder that can lead to leaks. To get things moving and strengthen your bladder at the same time, spend 10 minutes stretching daily – especially any move that stretches the inner thighs. Not only does this increases bladder control for 66% of women, it also speeds digestion to clear up and prevent leak-triggering constipation.
If you’re one of the millions of women for whom the cold, damp weather triggers sinus pressure and pain, horseradish can help! It’s rich in a natural sinus-clearing chemical similar to the one found in drugstore decongestants, plus antibacterial compounds that help prevent infection. And if the bold flavor makes your nose run, that’s a good thing! It helps drain excess fluid to relieve pressure. Try grating 1 tsp. of fresh horseradish root and chewing it thoroughly for 1 minute. Tip: If the flavor is too strong, add it to a salad dressing or sauce instead.
Cozying up with a warm cup of tea each morning cuts your risk of heart disease in half. But for an even bigger health boost, consider trading black tea for a hawthorn berry brew. Research shows the fruity sip lowers high blood pressure and noticeably increases blood supply to the heart. Plus, a study published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology suggests hawthorn berry extract lowers artery-clogging “bad” LDL cholesterol by 50%, protecting against heart attack and stroke.
Here’s another reason to enjoy a juicy steak or burger: Doing so can protect your memory and keep your thinking sharp well into your golden years. Eating protein at every meal helps prevent insulin spikes, which suppress the thyroid, say researchers at Tufts University. A slow thyroid can cause frustrating “senior moments,” so keeping it functioning at its peak wards off brain blips. Plus, protein is rich in tyrosine, an essential building block of thyroid hormones. The study-proven dose: 1 oz. of nuts, 1 egg, or 4 oz. meat, poultry, or fish.
If you’ve been feeling tired and mentally foggy lately, help is here! As many as 80% of us have fat buildup in our liver, triggering a pileup of toxins that leaves us exhausted. The good news? Bitter foods help restore function to this hardworking organ by boosting the production of key compounds that flush fat from the liver. And it’s easy to get the benefits! Simply enjoy at least 2 cups of bitter greens – like arugula, mustard, and dandelion greens, chard, or watercress – each day.
Great news: You can enjoy an autumn stroll in the woods without worrying about Lyme disease. Ticks love to hide in fallen leaves, and many carry Lyme disease. The condition can cause severe joint pain and may even increase Alzheimer’s risk. Luckily, using a safe, non-toxic insect repellent like lemongrass oil can protect you from the pests and stop trouble before it even starts. Just mix 12 drops of lemongrass oil with 1 tsp. of sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Apply liberally to the skin, especially the lower legs and ankles, before going outside.