STYLECRAZE http://www.stylecraze.com India's Largest Beauty Network Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Does Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight? http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/does-yacon-syrup-help-you-lose-weight/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/does-yacon-syrup-help-you-lose-weight/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:46:52 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=288843 Do you think you are overweight? Are you on the lookout for a weight loss regimen that really works? If you have gone pillar to post and are now dejected that you cannot find a foolproof way to shed those extra pounds, then help is finally at hand. Yacon syrup gets our vote as one [...]

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Do you think you are overweight? Are you on the lookout for a weight loss regimen that really works? If you have gone pillar to post and are now dejected that you cannot find a foolproof way to shed those extra pounds, then help is finally at hand. Yacon syrup gets our vote as one of the most natural and safe ways to go from flab to fab in no time at all!

Would you like to know more? Do read this post!

Yacon – A Brief

Yacon is a plant native to South America, specifically Peru and the northern part of Argentina, and is said to be over 2,000 years old. (1) In the rural areas of these countries, Yacon is consumed as a snack and is also an important food in religious festivities. The succulent roots of this plant are the source of Yacon syrup, which is claimed to be the ultimate weight loss aid. The syrup also is considered to be a good alternative to sugar, and thus, could be perfect for people diagnosed with diabetes or insulin resistance. (2)

With all the hype surrounding Yacon syrup, it is important to figure out whether the syrup truly can help with weight loss endeavours. Continue reading!

What Do the Experts Say?

Yacon syrup made from the roots of the Yacon plant is high in a certain kind of fibre. In two scientific studies, it was found that the syrup could assist weight loss, as the fibre brings about a feeling of satiety.

However, the renowned obesity specialist Louis J. Aronne, who is the medical director of the Center for Weight Management at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College, claims that the information available from the two studies is insufficient to come to a concrete conclusion about the syrup. In fact, studies suggest that consumption of just 0.14g of yacon syrup is all you need to achieve weight loss!

In 2009, a study conducted by the International Potato Center located in Lima, Peru, found that obese women who consumed two teaspoons of the syrup on a daily basis lost about 33 pounds over a period of four months, compared to the group that was placed on a placebo and had a marginal weight gain. Both groups were placed on low-calorie diet and were made to walk for 45 minutes every day.

During the course of the Lima study, researchers found participants who were given a higher dose of the syrup complained of abdominal pain. The cause of this discomfort was found to be fructooligosaccharides, which is a kind of fibre that is difficult to digest, and hence, stays in the digestive tract for a longer duration where it gets fermented by the intestinal bacteria.

Another study conducted over a period of three months by a professor from the University of Calgary, Canada, also observed participants losing weight when they were put on a fibre that was similar to the Yacon fibre.

The Science Behind The Weight Loss:

Researchers haven’t been able to figure out how Yacon syrup facilitates weight loss. However, they claim the fibre may be responsible for boosting the production of hormones that control hunger, and this could be the reason behind satiety or suppression of appetite in people.

Nonetheless, researchers claim Yacon syrup could prove to be a potent tonic for weight loss. Researchers also believe people losing weight are the most vulnerable right after they lose weight, as the temptation to eat unhealthy foods at that point is very high. This is where Yacon syrup could prove to be an invaluable support, by making them feel full and preventing them from giving in to their temptations.

Yacon Syrup And Diabetes:

Several studies have also found that Yacon syrup can lower blood sugar levels and may also help reduce insulin resistance. However, a researcher from the Boston Medical Center, Caroline Apovian, states that the syrup may not have the ability to treat or prevent diabetes, but could be a great alternative to sugar. This said, Yacon syrup contains natural sugars, and hence, diabetics consuming it should monitor their blood sugar levels.

The Verdict:

It appears that Yacon syrup’s ability to help with weight loss is true. It can help overweight and obese people lose weight by making them feel satiated and full and reducing their inclination to binge. However, the abdominal pain caused by the consumption of the syrup means suggests that people should start taking this supplement in small doses to let their body adjust to it. Thereafter, the quantity can be increased.

The syrup can be added to desserts, mixed with smoothies or drizzled over breakfast cereals, as it has a sweet and natural taste. Yacon syrup also can be used for making salad dressings, barbecue sauces and for baking. Use it to see whether it helps you in your weight loss endeavours.

And do tell us how this post has helped you! You can comment in the box below!

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10 Best Zumba Fitness Videos  http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-zumba-fitness-videos/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-zumba-fitness-videos/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:40:05 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289463 Do you run away from rigorous workouts? Have you always felt the need for an alternative way of exercising that is both fun and less difficult? Then you have come to the right place! If you are longing for a slim and perfect figure, but don’t want to exercise or go to the gym, then [...]

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Do you run away from rigorous workouts? Have you always felt the need for an alternative way of exercising that is both fun and less difficult? Then you have come to the right place! If you are longing for a slim and perfect figure, but don’t want to exercise or go to the gym, then Zumba is the perfect choice for you. This fun-filled, fast and foot-tapping workout will help you reduce weight effortlessly.

This post talks about the top ten Zumba fitness videos, that show you how to perform this exercise the right way! Go ahead and watch them!

What Is Zumba?

Zumba can be considered a combination of Latin and international music that also involves a set of special forms of exercises. It focuses more on the fun during the workout.

The main aim behind Zumba is that in the process of losing weight, you also enjoy what you are doing. Stringent exercise routines and workouts can bore you and there are more chances that you may stop doing them altogether. Moreover, if you do not enjoy your exercises, you may not be able to get the desired results as you would lack the much-needed motivation to perform them.

On the other hand, when you start tapping your feet to the Zumba videos, you not only enjoy the dance, but also easily lose those extra pounds that you never thought you could ever lose.

So here you go! The top ten Zumba fitness videos!

1. Guide To Basic Zumba Moves:

This video provides guidance regarding the basic steps in Zumba. It is interesting to see that this dance form includes movements of the whole body. The beginning involves movement of the hips, waist and the legs. Slowly, the upper part of the body is also taken into action with the movements from the arms to the shoulders. There are also movements in the Zumba dance form that focus on your abs, hands and even fingertips. The neck and shoulder muscles also get a good workout. One thing that is evident with the basic moves is that the entire body is focused on.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzm3jO_yQno

2. 50 Minutes Latin Dance Workout:

In this video, the workout session lasts for 50 minutes, where several Zumba dance forms are performed for the overall fitness of the body. The workout begins with simple exercises, where the hands and limbs are focused on. Then it comes to the waist, , which helps in reducing fat considerably.

In the later stages of the exercise regimen, the shoulders, hands, back and even the neck are brought into action. So, in the 50 minute workout, every part of the body is worked on.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDgbBdS9W54

3. Zumba For The Beginners :

This video focuses on the exercises and Zumba dance forms for the beginners. It is true that in the initial stages, the dance and exercise steps remain simple so that the people can learn them faster. In the initial few minutes of the video, it is quite evident that the steps give an excellent workout to the limbs. Until and unless the limbs are firm and strong, they will not be able to take the body weight. So initially, the exercise focuses on the limbs, and then moves on to the abs, waist, chest, back, shoulders and so on. For the beginners, the exercises are begun on a slow note and then they pace up.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juhA4_cxUsk

4. Summer Dance Fitness:

Most of the people feel lazy to exercise in the summers. But with these interesting Zumba steps, your summer exercising can become real fun for sure. The exercises involve folding and bending of the legs, lifting and bringing down of the arms, and also sideward movements.

Along with this, the central part of the body also gets a good workout, with movements of the waist, the back, the shoulders and the chest. If you are looking to tone up your body and want to shed those extra pounds, these exercises are sure to help you. Some exercises involve balancing the whole body on the toe tips, and this improves the balance of the body to a great extent.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtq6HnH_HMo

5. Dance Workout For Just 30 Minutes:

If you are looking for some cardio exercises and workouts, following this Zumba fitness video will be of great help. In this video, the workouts mainly concentrate on the movements of the chest and arms. The arms are stretched on both sides and then lifted up and down so that the whole chest area gets a workout. These exercises are sure to take the heart rate up so that you burn down more calories while exercising.

The exercises are not difficult, and involve very basic movements. The best thing about these exercises is they can be started at a low intensity, and can be gradually sped up.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwzwD6OePGQ

6. Zumba Classes For Just 16 Minutes:

Many women take their health for granted and end up looking fat and feeling weak. If you are one among them, it is time you start working out as soon as possible with these Zumba fitness exercises. This video shows exercises with which women can lose weight effectively via exercising. The steps in the exercise are quite rigorous, leading to intense sweating – which means calories are being burnt effectively.

Women can easily perform these exercises at home by following the instructions in the video and get back to having a great figure in no time.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTdymYTKjfI

7. Zumba Exercise For Overall Fitness:

The human body is like a machine. It is important to take care of every part of it to ensure overall fitness. In this Zumba fitness video, the exercises that are shown help in maintaining a fit and healthy body, as every part of the body is involved in the workouts. The exercises include stretching, cardio workouts, crunches and other forms of movements leading to an overall fitness and flexibility of the body.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA4rvGLOyKA

8. Fight Fat With This Zumba Video:

Deposition of fat in the abdominal area is a common issue many men and women face. Watch this Zumba fitness video to get an idea about dealing with that stubborn belly fat in the most convenient way. The exercises that are shown in the video concentrate on the waist and the abdomen area, along with the thighs and the arms. Doing these workouts on a regular basis will help you lose fat effectively.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvclqM4YnoM

9. Easy To Do Exercises At Home:

It might not be possible for everyone to go and join some aerobic or Zumba class for working out regularly. This video concentrates on the various Zumba fitness exercise programs that can be done easily at home. The exercises are simple and need no special guidance; just following the video properly is more than enough.

With these exercises, a complete exercise routine can be prepared and followed. It has been seen that people practising these exercises on a daily basis have become fitter and healthier leading better lives.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvnaEAkr9vc

10. Dance Workout:

If you love to dance and workout at the same time, this video will be perfect for you. Involving overall body movements, this dance workout will include all the body muscles. All kinds of exercises are included in the workout session.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9azxXWUlglU

So, dance your way to fitness with these Zumba fitness videos! And also let us know how this post has helped you. Leave a comment below!

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10 Amazing Health Benefits And Nutritional Value Of Fava Beans http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/health-benefits-and-nutritional-value-of-fava-beans/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/health-benefits-and-nutritional-value-of-fava-beans/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:32:08 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289469 Have you ever wondered how beneficial fava beans are? And do you know that they can be consumed without having to worry about weight gain? A master source of protein and soluble fiber, these beans are free from saturated fat, making it a good delicacy to be enjoyed along with many other benefits. And would [...]

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Have you ever wondered how beneficial fava beans are? And do you know that they can be consumed without having to worry about weight gain? A master source of protein and soluble fiber, these beans are free from saturated fat, making it a good delicacy to be enjoyed along with many other benefits.

And would you like to know what these benefits are? Go ahead and read!

1. Good For The Heart:

1 cup of fava beans yields 36 grams of soluble fiber. Studies suggest that ingestion of soluble fiber laden foods can help in keeping the levels of cholesterol, as well as blood sugar under control [1]. These fiber variants also help in lowering the levels of low-density lipoprotein or the bad cholesterol, and thus shield your heart.

2. Aids In Weight Loss:

You get about 40 grams of protein from 1 cup serving of fava beans. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who consumed a meal rich in high protein and high fiber were able to see better results than those who were on a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. The total fat loss was also higher while there was a dip in the net cholesterol levels. [2]

3. Packed With Nutrients:

Fava beans are laden with nutrients in abundance. The broad beans are treasure troves of assorted minerals and vitamins. Some of those include magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, phosphorous, vitamin B1, and thiamin, with just ¼ cup yielding 10% to 19% of recommended daily allowance.

While vitamin B1 is essential for the normal functioning of your central nervous system, copper plays a vital role in keeping your immunity, bloodstream, and bones balanced and healthy.

Magnesium and phosphorus are essential for maintaining the blood pressure levels and bone health, while iron is the oxygen transporter. [3]

4. Good Source Of Folate And Manganese:

Fava beans are a super good source of manganese and folate. While the former plays a quintessential role in protein and carbohydrate metabolism, folate is known to be required for cardiac health, immunity, and synthesis of red blood corpuscles. [4]

5. Aids In Combating Depression:

Yes, this broad bean could help in combating depression. According to studies, the beans, packed richly with the amino acid dopamine, can do wonders in improving your mood and thus help in alleviating depressive conditions.

6. Helps In Avoiding Hungry Pangs:

Fava beans are loaded with a good dose of protein and fiber. Studies suggest that fiber and protein help in keeping you fuller for a longer time [ 5]. It is comparatively a low-calorie delight, with ½ a cup of boiled fava beans giving just 95 calories. Smash a handful of cooked beans with spices of your choice and use it as a spread on your whole grain toast for a tasty snack.

7. Good For Pregnant Women:

Pregnant women need iron and calcium [ 6]. Fava beans are an ideal food that a woman can enjoy during pregnancy and lactation. While the beans meet about 14% of RDA of iron, they are also known to render adequate amount of calcium. The constipation experienced during pregnancy is also kept at bay as these beans are laden with soluble fiber. It also easily fills a pregnant woman up and gives her sufficient energy.

8. Good For Treating Parkinson’s Disease:

Fava beans are good sources of levodopa. Levodopa is the same chemical you can find in drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease [ 7]. While the amount of this chemical could vary depending on the type of fava beans, 3 ounces of fresh, green fava beans roughly yield 50 mg to 100 mg of this chemical.

According to studies conducted on the impact of this legume on Parkinson’s disease, the pods could offer relief from the symptoms of this condition in a better way than traditional drugs. People who are suffering from this mental disorder could include about 4 ounces of these beans a day for better coping up with the condition.

9. Good Source Of Vitamin C:

Fava beans are a good source of vitamin C. And, this vitamin, as all of you know, is a very powerful antioxidant. The antioxidant nature of vitamin C helps in eliminating the free radicals, which, when left unharnessed, induce oxidative damages [8]. These oxidative damages further trigger the onset of premature aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles, various types of cancers, and even weaken your immune system. 100 grams of the raw beans give you 1.4 mg vitamin C.

10. Helps In Maintaining The Balance Of Fluids In Your Body:

Being a good source of potassium, you can always rely on these variants of beans maintain the balance of the pH levels in your body. Adequate levels of potassium are essential for the normal functioning of body cells, rhythmic heartbeat, and muscle functioning [9]. Just ensure that you are not exceeding the allotted limit or falling short of it.

Now that you know about the goodness of fava beans, here is a sneak preview into the nutritional facts of these protein rich foods.

Fava Bean Nutritional Facts [10]

Fava beans, mature seeds, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 341 kcal
Carbohydrates 58.29 g
Dietary fiber 25 g
Fat 1.53 g
Protein 26.12 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) 0.555 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.333 mg
Niacin (B3) 2.832 mg
Vitamin B6 0.366 mg
Folate (B9) 423 μg
Vitamin C 1.4 mg
Vitamin K 9 μg
Minerals
Calcium 103 mg
Iron 6.7 mg
Magnesium 192 mg
Manganese 1.626 mg
Phosphorus 421 mg
Potassium 1062 mg
Sodium 13 mg
Zinc 3.14 mg

Have you ever tried fava beans in your food regimen? How do you use them?If you are new to fava beans and its health benefits, then just start using them right away and reap the goodness for a better health.

And share your views with us in the comments section below.

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5 Effective Yoga Poses For Constipation http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-yoga-poses-for-constipation/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-yoga-poses-for-constipation/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:25:36 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289504 Have you ever tried any natural remedies for constipation? How did they work for you? Well, if you have constipation and are wondering how to get relief from it, yoga might be just the thing for you. From physical benefits to psychological calm, yoga can do everything for you. In fact, it might just help [...]

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Have you ever tried any natural remedies for constipation? How did they work for you? Well, if you have constipation and are wondering how to get relief from it, yoga might be just the thing for you. From physical benefits to psychological calm, yoga can do everything for you.

In fact, it might just help you cure constipation. How? Read on and find out what yoga poses can solve this problem.

1. Wind Releasing Pose/Wind Removing Pose/Wind Liberating Pose (Pawanmuktasana):

Wind Releasing PoseWind Removing PoseWind Liberating Pose

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This is another effective pose that helps overcome problems like constipation, indigestion and other stomach disorders. The name of the asana indicates its primary purpose; to make you break wind and relieve bloating. (Pawan: wind, Mukt: release Asana: pose).

Pawanmuktasana: How To?

  • Lie on your back.
  • Holding your right knee, bring it up to the chest.
  • Rock sideways gently to massage your abs.
  • Take deep breaths and release the right knee.
  • Switch sides and repeat the motion.
  • Rest for 5-10 seconds and repeat.

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Why Pawanmuktasana?

  • This asana is excellent for curing constipation.
  • Pawanamuktasana helps overcome gastrointestinal problems
  • It helps tone your abs.
  • Helps cure irregular periods and boosts your reproductive health.

Keeping Safe While Performing Pawanmuktasana:

Don’t perform this asana if you are:

  • Ø Hypertensive
  • Ø Pregnant
  • Or if you have:
  • Ø Slip disc
  • Ø Stomach Ulcers

2. Plow Pose (Halasana):

Plow Pose

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Halasana or plow pose is one of the best poses for stimulating digestion and boosting appetite. It has other benefits as well, such as helping you tone your abs and legs. The plow pose also helps treat constipation.

Halasana: How To?

  • Begin by lying down on a yoga mat. (lie on your back)
  • Now extend your legs above your stomach.
  • Keeping your legs extended, try and fold them over your head, with your toes placed just beyond your shoulders.
  • Hold this position for around 20-25 seconds.
  • Consider bending your knees when you are extending your legs over your head to make the routine simpler.

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Why Halasana?

  • Improves digestion.
  • Increases appetite.
  • Helps you develop abs.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Helps cure menstrual disorders.

Keeping Safe While Performing Halasana:

As beneficial as it may seem, there are some cautions you should exercise when you perform the halasana.

  • Ø If you suffer from heart problems, hypertension or back pain, don’t practice the halasana.
  • Ø You should practice this pose in the presence of experts.
  • Ø Don’t practice this asana when you are pregnant.

3. Triangle Pose Or Trikonasana:

Triangle Pose Or Trikonasana

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This is another effective pose for boosting digestive health. Trikonasana helps activate your metabolism and also promotes weight loss. It has been found effective in reducing the symptoms of constipation.

Trikonasana: How To?

  • Bend your torso forward at the hip and straighten your right leg.
  • Hold your left shin with your left hand.
  • Extend your right hand towards the ceiling.
  • Turn your head and look at your right hand.
  • Hold the pose until you feel a stretch in your legs.
  • Switch to the other side and repeat.

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Why Trikonasana?

  • This asana helps relieve constipation and clears bloating.
  • Trikonasana helps strengthen your hips, legs, thighs, back and arms.
  • It helps reduce your blood pressure, stress and anxiety.
  • It helps cure indigestion.
  • Trikonasana helps improve your balance.
  • It helps improve concentration and focus.

Keeping Safe While Performing Trikonasana:

Like most yoga poses, you should exercise caution in certain conditions, including:

  • Ø Don’t perform the Trikonasana when you suffer from low or high blood pressure.
  • Ø If you suffer from back problems or spinal cord injuries, refrain from performing the Trikonasana.
  • Ø Always practice this asana in the presence of a qualified instructor.
  • Ø Don’t perform this asana if you are a pregnant woman.

4. Child’s Pose (Balasana):

Child's Pose

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The child’s pose or Balasana offers many health benefits. Balasana promotes digestion, eases bloating and constipation, while keeping your abs toned. Balasana also helps stimulate the nervous system and reenergize the body.

Balasana: How To?

  • Begin by kneeling down.
  • Slowly rest your butt on your heels and bend.
  • Bend your torso at the hips and keep going forward until your forehead touches the ground. Your torso would be over your thighs.
  • Remain in this pose for 15-20 seconds.

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Why Balasana?

  • Apart from curing constipation, there are other benefits of this pose:
  • Balasana helps stretch and strengthen your hips, thighs and ankles.
  • Balasana helps you overcome stress and fatigue.
  • This pose helps improve blood circulation.
  • You can cure back pain by performing this asana regularly.

Keeping Safe While Performing Balasana:

  • Ø Consider using pillows if you don’t feel like putting your head on the sweaty yoga mat or the floor.
  • Ø If you are suffering from any knee injury or diarrhea, you should avoid this asana.
  • Ø If you suffer from hypertension or heart problems, don’t perform this asana.

5. Corpse Pose (Savasana):

Corpse Pose

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This is the ending yoga pose for many yoga sessions. Although some might argue that lying flat on your back is hardly any exercise, there is more to it. Let’s look at what it can do for your body and we’ll let you take a decision on its efficacy.

Apart from helping cure stomach problems andother ailments, this asana helps you recoup any burnt energy.

Savasana: How To?

  • Begin by lying down on your back.
  • Look towards the ceiling.
  • Keep your hands by the side.
  • Your palms should point towards the ceiling.
  • Hold your position for around 15-20 minutes.
  • Try closing your eyes and counting your breaths.
  • This is an excellent meditative pose, as you don’t have to hold any particular position.

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Benefits Of Savasana:

  • Savasana is especially helpful for people who have constipation, indigestion, diabetes and even asthma.
  • Savasana not only improves your concentration, but also relaxes your body.
  • Savasana helps stimulate blood circulation.

Tips For Savasana:

There aren’t any cautions or warnings for savasana, as it is effectively a zero-impact exercise that can be performed by pregnant women and others quite safely. However, keep these simple tips in mind when you are practicing the savasana.

Ø If you feel drowsy or sleepy, try breathing a little faster and deeper.

Ø Begin your session with a savasana and end it with another savasana.

Ø You can even practice this asana in the bed.

Don’t wait! The next time you face constipation and no cures or home remedies offer any solution, try performing these asanas and rid yourself of constipation. Tell us if you found this post helpful. Leave a comment below.

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5 Healthy Diet Plans – What Are Its Pros And Cons?   http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/healthy-diet-plans-what-are-its-pros-and-cons/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/healthy-diet-plans-what-are-its-pros-and-cons/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:11:55 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289481 Crash diets are always in vogue as they are the ones that offer you the promise of instant weight loss. However, these are quick fixes, and aren’t the right solution if you want effective results. To achieve the desired results in a healthy way, you have to choose a diet plan that works in a [...]

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Crash diets are always in vogue as they are the ones that offer you the promise of instant weight loss. However, these are quick fixes, and aren’t the right solution if you want effective results. To achieve the desired results in a healthy way, you have to choose a diet plan that works in a personalized way meeting its nutritional requirements. Along with that, a good exercise plan should also be in place.

So, what are the healthiest diet plans that actually work? This post talks about 5 diet plans that promise such amazing results, that you can’t just keep yourself off from following them!

Read on to know more!

1. Weight Watchers Diet:

Believe it or not, this is the first ever commercial diet plan and perhaps, the most effective one. Its existence for five long decades proves it efficacy in guiding people to manage their weight the right way.

Weight Watchers is a commitment to adopt a healthy lifestyle that will stick on throughout your life. It does not prohibit you from eating anything, but it attributes a certain set of points to each food. Foods are awarded points based on their carbohydrate, protein, fat, and fiber content. Earlier, the points were given based on calories, fat, and fiber. The new system is an overhaul meant to let the people go easy on their view about calories and fats.

Adopting this diet plan, in short, means adopting healthier foods, lifestyle choices, and exercise routines. You will never feel hungry, at the same time, you will now be enjoying smaller, but filling portions.

The Pros:

  1. Guaranteed weight loss
  2. Lower levels of craving
  3. Improved feeling of fullness
  4. Better exercises
  5. Overall improvement in health
  6. Regular follow-ups to keep you motivated
  7. Support groups for better results

The Cons:

1. None found

The Verdict: A no-gimmick diet plan that is healthy and practical with guaranteed long-term results. It is ideal for those who want to eliminate flab and stay fit forever.

2. Volumetrics Diet:

Akin to Weight Watchers, Volumetrics is also a practical healthy plan that discourages the slimming enthusiasts to do away with the need for dieting entirely. The building blocks for this plan are nutritious foods coupled with exercise.

According to Dr. Barbara Rolls, the creator of this plan, it focuses on including foods that have lower energy density but high water content. This means you can munch more on your favorite fruits and veggies as much as you want, thus keeping your hunger away.

The Pros:

  1. You are free to eat all foods, just restrict yourself to the net calorie allotted
  2. Emphasis on 30 to 60 minute of daily exercising
  3. Inclusion of water and fiber rich diet
  4. Lower hunger pangs and appetite
  5. Feeling fuller

The Cons:

1. You have to keep a diary and keep track of your progress, which might sound boring for many.

The Verdict: A well-balanced, positive approach to slimming that offers long term results with uninterrupted commitment.

3. Jenny Craig Diet:

This is yet another commercial diet plan that has been helping people for more than three decades. A three-tiered plan, it works on your body, mind, and food with the focus on portion control. The plan delivers portion-controlled meals with the daily intake restricted to a maximum of 1300 calories. You also get personalized exercise plans from trained professionals.

The Pros:

  1. Three tier plan with focus on portion control
  2. Personalized plan with exercise routine designed to meet your goals
  3. Zero cooking involved
  4. tomizable price
  5. Balanced approach to long-term results
  6. Regular follow-ups to keep you motivated

The Cons:

1. If you love cooking, then you might easily be disappointed

The Verdict: An effective diet plan for long term results, especially if you are on the run, and does not have time to indulge in healthy cooking!

4. French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet:

Created by Mirielle Guiliano, this plan is based upon a simple idea. French women never diet nor do they skip meals or count calories while relishing their food. All they do is develop a healthy relationship with food that is balanced.

Talking about the basics, Guiliano has designed the plan with emphasis on including high-quality foods in your diet in moderate quantities, prepared using the freshest ingredients. She also advises you to drink water in plentiful amounts while sticking onto seasonal delicacies for cooking. According to her, you can dig into a piece of quality chocolate than bury yourself beneath a whole load of candy bars.

The Pros:

  1. No calorie counting or strict rules
  2. Emphasis on a balanced diet rich in seasonal foods, fruits, and vegetables
  3. Permission to drink lots of herbal teas and soups to promote metabolism
  4. Walking is the sole form of exercise recommended

The Cons:

1. Laying your hands on fresh ingredients is a little tough at times. Itmight tempt the intolerant group to step off the plan

2. May not be a favorite with those who have a very hectic schedule and hence cannot cook

The Verdict: A great diet plan for those who love to indulge in freshly cooked food and subtle exercising, but with long term results.

5. Best Life Diet:

The basic concept of the Best Life Diet plan is quite similar to all the above-mentioned diet plans. Nutritious foods and exercise are the two keys to achieving your dream physique . According to this plan, people gain weight by overeating. Designed by the exercise physiologist, Bob Greene (the personal trainer of Oprah Winfrey. He is also the same person who helped Oprah shed 80 pounds), it focuses on tackling the root causes of overeating.

It not only helps you in eliminating the excess weight and keeping it away for good, but also revamps your entire life. Raw numbers – you lose up to 2 pounds a week in the initial two phases.

The Pros:

  1. It lets you understand the cause of you being out of shape
  2. Focus on graduated meal plans and fitness levels
  3. Affordable pricing when compared to other diet plans in the market
  4. Allows you to stick to your ingredients, in the absence of suggested ones in the recipes

The Cons:

1. Needs loads of commitment to notice visible changes, or else you will feel as if you have taken up yet another quick fix weight loss plan

The Verdict: This is quite an affordable and effective weight loss diet plan that addresses the triggers of the overweight, which many a time is left out in the diet package. A promising diet plan that is sure to bestow you with miraculous results, if you are ready to commit.

There are countless diet plans in the market, with each of them promising to help you get rid of the excess weight within days. Of these, many are truly dangerous and bizarre. But, these fad diets do not work in the long run. Choose a diet plan that is well –balanced and has its focus on food and exercise. Commit yourself to the one that fits your needs. Believe in yourself and the plan you have picked, and you will soon be able to see the results.

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Top 6 ROC Skin Care Products  http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/top-roc-skin-care-products/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/top-roc-skin-care-products/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:56:30 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289494 Want to live with perfect skin? With RoC Skin Care Products, you actually can. Started in 1950, by pharmacist Jean-Charles Lissarrague, the RoC skin care products have won many awards. From daily moisturizers to anti-aging and anti-cellulite creams, after much research and usage, we have listed top six must-have RoC products that you should definitely [...]

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Want to live with perfect skin? With RoC Skin Care Products, you actually can.

Started in 1950, by pharmacist Jean-Charles Lissarrague, the RoC skin care products have won many awards. From daily moisturizers to anti-aging and anti-cellulite creams, after much research and usage, we have listed top six must-have RoC products that you should definitely try…

Now, without further ado, read on to find the best RoC cream for you…

1. RoC Wrinkle Correxion Daily Moisturiser:

RoC Wrinkle Correxion Daily Moisturiser

Best For: All skin types

Why It’s Great:

If you have deep wrinkles between your eyes, apply some RoC Wrinkle Correxion Daily Moisturiser, for it slowly minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Combining 3 anti-wrinkle technologies together, the moisturiser proved itself to be a top-notch skin smoother, and it would make your sensitive skin tone appeared brighter shortly.

Master Tip:

Apply the moisturizer every morning on the face and neck. This moisturiser as a great texture—not too thick, not too matte and absorbing quickly.

Get It For: $20

You Can Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Retinol-Correxion-Wrinkle-Moisturizer-1-ounce/dp/B00027DMJW

2. RoC Complete Lift Volume Restorer – Reshaping Anti-Aging Day Cream:

RoC Complete Lift Volume Restorer - Reshaping Anti-Aging Day Cream

Best For: All skin types

Why It’s Great:

The product is a hydrating powerhouse and helps in remodelling the shape of the face. Plus, it visibly rejuvenates your facial appearance.

Master Tip:

Apply the super-hydrating anti-aging day cream on the face and neck for a luxurious feeling and radiant finish. With key ingredients like glycerin, dill extracts and milk peptide, it explains why dermatologists and celebrities adore this product.

Get It For: $12.12

You Can Buy Here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Volume-Restorer-Reshaping-Anti-Ageing/dp/B00CF4C2VE

3. RoC Complete Lifting Firming Daily Moisturiser:

RoC Complete Lifting Firming Daily Moisturiser

Best For: All skin types

Why It’s Great:

A great all-round daily moisturiser, this complete lift day cream with key ingredients like THPE, bugrane and glycerine firms skin and softens the appearance of fine lines .

Master Tip:

Slather some moisturiser before stepping out every morning for your skin to feel radiant, firm and your fine lines to vanish. The cream further gently lifts and contours your face.

Get It For: $ 59.24

You Can Buy Here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/RoC-Complete-Lifting-Daily-Moisturiser/dp/B002N0O8DA 

4. RoC Retinol Correxion Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System:

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System

Best For: Only for sensitive skin

Why It’s Great:

The two-step anti-aging system is easy, effective, and side-effect-free, and is ideal for people who want to use it under makeup. Plus, the light serum improves the look of wrinkles and boosts radiance. A real deal, ladies!

Master Tip:

Apply a good amount of creameveryday around the delicate eye area, and say buh-bye to dull skin, dark circles, puffines and crow’s feet immediately.

Get It For: $22.99

You Can Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Retinol-Correxion-Wrinkle-Resurfacing-System/dp/B00BH1G5NW

5. RoC Anti-Cellulite & Slimming Anti-Cellulite Micro-Actif:

RoC Anti-Cellulite & Slimming Anti-Cellulite Micro-Actif

Best For: All skin types

Why It’s Great:

This anti-cellulite cream is easy to use and once smoothed onto your skin, you will feel a tingly sensation. This does help your skin instantly feel firmer, a little toned, and lighter.

Master Tip:

We have been using the cream for a while now. Very easy and pleasant to use, we have applied the cream on our key areas and gently massaged for a couple of minutes. After just one application, we could feel our skin tighter and less dimply – all of which was a bit surprising. But at the end of the day it’s worth the price!

Get It For: $16.58

6. RoC Multi-Regenerating Body Balm:

RoC Multi-Regenerating Body Balm

Best For: Very dry to damaged skin

Why It’s Great:

Designed to hydrate without making you look greasy, but heavy enough to combat dryness, this magic formula provides long lasting comfort for dry and damaged skin – perfect for your sensitive skin.

Master Tip:

For people who have dry skin, especially in the winters, this product is a must! This is like bathing in cream – easily absorbed, light, non-sticky, and easy to apply! Just apply daily and massage all over the body, focusing on the dry and damaged areas.

Get It For: $24

You Can Buy Here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/RoC-Multi-Regenerating-Body-Balm-Damaged/dp/B008K3MP84

So there you have it – our favorite RoC products. Now, slather on these creams before you go to sleep and wake up to a radiant, velvety and flawless skin. What’s your favourite? Do leave your comments below!

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5 Effective Yoga Poses For Acid Reflux  http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-yoga-poses-for-acid-reflux/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-yoga-poses-for-acid-reflux/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:41:03 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289486 Acid reflux can be an irritating condition; one that can cause indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. Usually, there isn’t much you can do about acid reflux as doctors think it is quite normal. So, how do you rid yourself off this problem? Simple! Do yoga. You will be surprised to note that by performing simple everyday [...]

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Acid reflux can be an irritating condition; one that can cause indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. Usually, there isn’t much you can do about acid reflux as doctors think it is quite normal. So, how do you rid yourself off this problem? Simple! Do yoga.

You will be surprised to note that by performing simple everyday asanas, you can easily rid yourself of acid reflux. So, what are these poses? Read on and find out.

1. Cat Pose Or Bidalasana:

Cat-Pose-Or-Bidalasana

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The Cat Pose or Bidalasana has many health benefits. It improves CNS performance, increases flexibility, and reduces back problems. Bidalasana also helps reduce acid reflux.

Steps For Bidalasana:

  1. Kneel down and keep your elbows on the floor. (Be sure to flatten your back)
  2. Now lower your knees.
  3. Take a deep breath and begin arching your back.
  4. Continue arching and lowering your back.
  5. Repeat the motion around 5-10 times.
  6. Rest and repeat another set of the pose.

Find out how to do the Cat pose in this video here.

2. Downward Dog Pose Or Adho Mukha Svanasana:

Downward-Dog-Pose-Or-Adho-Mukha-Svanasana

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Adho Mukha Svanasana or the downward dog pose is quite popular with many people around the world. The pose helps solve digestive problems, provides you with an energy boost, and also helps overcome acid reflux.

Steps For Adho Mukha Svanasana:

  1. Get down on your hands and knees. Your back need not be flattened.
  2. Tuck your toes inside and raise your hips.
  3. You can lift your sole off the ground to perform the asana easily.
  4. Remain in the pose until you feel a stretch.
  5. Rest and repeat.

(1)

3. Warrior Pose Or Virabhadrasana:

Warrior-Pose-Or-Virabhadrasana

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The warrior pose or virabhadrasana is great for improving lower body strength and increasing flexibility. This pose can help you develop balance and stamina, while also improving the symptoms of acid reflux and keeping it at bay.

Steps For Virabhadrasana:

  1. Place your right leg one foot ahead of your left, and bend your right knee.
  2. Take your left leg a foot back and keep the left heel at a right angle to the left leg.
  3. Stretch your arms out and keep them parallel to the floor.
  4. Your palms should point downwards.
  5. Now gaze ahead.
  6. Hold this pose for around 45-60 seconds.
  7. Switch legs and repeat the pose.

(2)

4. Seated Twisting Pose (Ardha Matsyendrāsana):

Seated-Twisting-Pose-(Ardha-Matsyendrāsana)

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The seated twist is one of the most effective poses for clearing stomach problems. It is great for improving leg strength and flexibility. Also known as Ardha Matsyendrāsana, this pose is quite effective in reducing acid reflux.

Steps For Ardha Matsyendrasna:

  1. Begin by sitting down cross legged.
  2. Now proceed to cross your left leg over your right thigh.
  3. Ensure that the sole and foot touch the ground.
  4. Bend your right leg so that it comes in contact with your butt.
  5. Place your left hand on the floor.
  6. The right elbow should rest on the left knee.
  7. Remain in this pose until you feel a stretch in your glutes and back.
  8. Switch sides, rest and repeat.

(3)

5. Child’s Pose Or Balasana:

Child’s-Pose-Or-Balasana

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The child’s pose is one of the most relaxing poses in yoga. It provides you with energy and is excellent for digestion and solves stomach problems. Balasana or Child’s pose is also quite effective in dealing with acid reflux.

Steps For Balasana:

  1. Begin by kneeling on the floor.
  2. Bend forward so that your forehead rests on the floor.
  3. Your arms should stay on the sides all the while.
  4. Remember to take few slow and deep breaths.
  5. Remain in this position for 30 seconds.
  6. Get back to the starting position.
  7. Rest and repeat.

(4)

Perform these poses and get rid of acid reflux! And did you find this information useful? Do let us know by commenting in the box below!

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3 Effective Baba Ramdev Yoga Asanas For Knee Pain http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-baba-ramdev-yoga-asanas-for-knee-pain/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-baba-ramdev-yoga-asanas-for-knee-pain/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:28:16 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289490 Are you suffering from chronic knee pain that you can’t seem to get rid of? You tried everything, from aerobics to physiotherapy to a change in diet and even took medicines to cure knee pain, but no luck. But then, have you considered taking up yoga to cure your knee pain? If you haven’t, you [...]

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Are you suffering from chronic knee pain that you can’t seem to get rid of? You tried everything, from aerobics to physiotherapy to a change in diet and even took medicines to cure knee pain, but no luck.

But then, have you considered taking up yoga to cure your knee pain? If you haven’t, you might want to consider it. Read this post and find out what yoga poses can help you overcome knee pain.

1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose):

Tadasana-(Mountain-Pose)

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You wouldn’t think that standing tall and gazing forward could help you cure knee pain, but it does! Tadasana is the beginning of most routines.

How To:

  1. Joining your legs and keeping your heels slightly apart, stand tall.
  2. The sole should remain in contact with the ground.
  3. Keep your hands by the sides and fix your gaze ahead.
  4. Hold this pose for around 3-5 minutes.
  5. Repeat once more. You can increase the number of repetitions. (1)

Benefits:

  • Along with alleviating knee pain, there are other benefits of performing the mountain pose:
  • It helps improve your posture.
  • Strengthens lower body.
  • Helps increase awareness.
  • Regulates breathing.
  • Firms your glutes and hamstrings.
  • Helps relieve sciatica

2. Triangle Pose Or Trikonasana:

Triangle-Pose-Or-Trikonasana

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Another great pose for improving knee mobility and strength is the triangle pose or Trikonasana. This pose helps induce rapid weight loss and activates your metabolism.

How To:

  1. Bend at the hip and straighten your right leg.
  2. Hold your left shin with your left hand.
  3. Raise your arms toward the ceiling and turn lift head towards the ceiling as well.
  4. Hold the position until you feel a stretch in your legs and back.
  5. Switch legs and repeat. (2)

Benefits:

  • Triangle pose stimulates blood circulation.
  • It helps firm your back, arms, legs, thighs and hips.
  • It helps regulate blood pressure and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Triangle pose helps you cure indigestion.
  • The triangle pose helps you improve balance and increases concentration.

3. Camel Pose (Ustrasana):

Camel-Pose-(Ustrasana)

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This is another pose for easing knee pain. Camel pose also has other health benefits and is mostly used to relieve congestion and improve digestion. However, the position of the legs and the movements make it effective for treating knee pain, and thus, camel pose has been regularly practiced by people with rheumatism.

How To:

  1. Begin by kneeling down on a mat or the floor.
  2. Your hands should be on the sides.
  3. Start bending back and continue until you feel your back stretch.
  4. Reach out and try to grab your heels with your arms.
  5. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds before letting go.
  6. Remember to ease back into the starting position. Don’t snap at it.
  7. Get back to the starting position and repeat. (3)

Benefits:

  • It helps relieve knee pain.
  • Ustrasana helps you increase the chest capacity.
  • Stimulates your abs.
  • Activates metabolism.
  • Improves respiratory health.
  • Strengthens back, neck and shoulders.
  • Cures problems related to the neck, shoulders and back.
  • Stimulates thyroid gland function.
  • Increases blood circulation.
  • Improves posture.

Warnings:

Yoga asanas have their own set of warnings, and the camel pose is no different. Don’t perform this asana if you have problems like:

Lower back pain

Hypertensive or ’hypotensive’ tendency or migraine

If you suffer from insomnia

Note:

You can make this asana more convenient and easier by placing your hands on your hips instead of holding them on to your heels. Keep bending back until you feel a stretch in your back.

So, solve that irksome problem of knee pain by performing these yoga poses. The only thing to remember is to learn from the experts and get those positions right. Tell us how this post has helped you. Leave your comment below.

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Best Aerobics Music Videos – Our Top 15  http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-aerobics-music-videos/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-aerobics-music-videos/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:49:52 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289250 We are often told that exercise is great for the body! One kind of exercise that promises maximum results in the shortest period of time is aerobics. And there is a way to practice aerobics – with music! So, what are the best pieces of music out there that can give you the best aerobics [...]

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We are often told that exercise is great for the body! One kind of exercise that promises maximum results in the shortest period of time is aerobics. And there is a way to practice aerobics – with music!

So, what are the best pieces of music out there that can give you the best aerobics experience? Read this post to know them!

1. Feiyr Workout Music:

Bought to you by Feiyr, this workout playlist is ideal for all those who love aerobics. It brings out the inner beast inside you and burns body fat like never before. This playlist will make you feel sexy, alive, and free. It lasts for an hour and fifteen minutes and promises to be preppy and fun filled. Here is a video of the playlist you must check out.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FL0bCyHDQM

2. Workout Music Service:

Brought to you by the ever famous Workout Music Service, this dance playlist will get your body pumping. It lasts for an hour and ten minutes and is something you should definitely try in a dance or fitness studio. The music video features singing voices too, which inspire you to workout harder.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC3RVyPjH20

3. Summer Hands Up 2014:

Specially designed by one of the most well-known DJs of the world, DJ Ptaszurek has collected some of the most preppy and exciting dance numbers that will get you on your feet instantly. If you haven’t tried this aerobics dance mix, you clearly haven’t had the best dance workout. This playlist will make you feel like you’re at a club. So dance away and shed the pounds with the Summer Hands Up 2014!

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2A3LqljPSc&spfreload=10

4. Winter 2015 Remix:

Get yourself the sexiest workout of your life with the help of this amazing winter playlist. This powerful workout session will drive you crazy. Its insane beats and dancy tunes will take away all your stress and worries. It will get your heart pumping and help you get in shape in no time. The video lasts for 40 minutes and is absolutely idyllic for all those who don’t have enough time to exercise.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejE187Xshl8

5. Electro House Party Mix:

Ever thought of working out to party mixes? If not, then this is your chance. The good thing about party mixes is that they don’t make you feel like you are exercising. They instead give you a night club feeling. Now, isn’t that a fancy way to get your body moving! Not only do you enjoy yourself, but will also get into shape. Check this link to get yourself a fabulous workout today!

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJNEbmFeFgg

6. Workout Music 2015 Session:

This workout playlist is pretty versatile by nature. Whether it is running, jogging, Pilates, strength training or aerobics, this playlist contains the right kind of dance music that will keep you motivated. You can encourage your friends to try this video too.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18lJFGsTeLY

7. Hot Workout 2015:

This workout music is pretty exciting. It combines some of the best tracks played during the 90s and gives you the workout of a lifetime. If you are tired of the usual electronic dance music, try this one. Totally a unique experience for beginners. You could also add this to your step class. Your friends are bound to be impressed.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyWS_qVjIU0

8. Fitness Workouts Volume 5:

The Fitness Workouts Volume 5 brings together some of the best tracks played so far in this decade. The playlist contains not just English, but Spanish numbers too. The songs are catchy, and the music will automatically make you feel cheerful and happy. If you’ve had a rough day, this is the playlist you must try.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SCJbICIB5I

9. Dj Galanis Aerobics Dance Music:

Bought to you by Dj Galanis, this dance music is perfect for the hot summer months. The songs are vibrant and help you workout without feeling exhausted. It lasts for an hour and is something you could definitely play at gyms or dance studios. Try the link to discover more.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zuy7kZBRrQ

10. Goldboy Aerobic Playlist:

The Goldboy Aerobic Playlist was launched in the year 2013 and is still considered as one of the best dance music videos so far. People have absolutely loved their songs, and they come with a track list so that you can spot your favorites too. The potential mix helps you have a great workout experience and get your body in good shape.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB1hNtYtdnc&spfreload=10

11. Mix Aerobic Dance 2014:

Brought to you by Alonsoarse, this playlist contains some really good tracks that will get you ready for a good workout. It lasts for 40 minutes and is a must for all beginners.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdL4KMbVywM

12. Para Classes:

Looking for some party hits to workout to? This video is perfect for you guys. It starts off with some funky numbers that will get your body moving in no time. The music gets intense with time and promises to be full of fun.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb3wLHDeSVU

13. Deep House Chill Mix:

The deep house chill mix is not just for hot summer parties, but also for your aerobics class. The music is very gentle at first. It lets you build up the pace as you warm up and do a couple of stretches. Within a few minutes of the playlist, the songs begin to get faster. The beats are catchy, and the mix is pretty good overall.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMgHsufmjEA

14. Romanian Club Mix 2014:

If you haven’t tried Romanian club mixes while working out, you have really missed out on something fabulous. The Romanians are pretty well known for their amazing dance music and preppy numbers. When you dance to their beats, you won’t feel like you are exercising. It will give you that party feel you have been looking for! Do check it out.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9bQ3P07xK0

15. Best Aerobic And Workout Music:

This video lasts for 50 minutes and gives you both fun and energy. You could use this for your aerobics class or even at the gym. Everyone around you is surely going to like the mix.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzdotQDd2j4

Benefits Of Aerobic Workouts:

Aerobics isn’t just a fun filled fat blasting workout, but also the powerhouse of health benefits.

Here are a few of reasons that should convince you to add aerobics to your daily activities.

1. Aerobics increases the level of oxygen in your blood. (1) Your heart begins to beat faster, thereby increasing the flow of blood to the muscles and then back to the lungs.

2. Aerobics also helps you lose weight. It also helps you burn calories faster than most exercises and stops them from becoming accumulated fats (2).

3. Aerobics can also boost immunity. If you workout about three times a week, you can protect your body from diseases and say no to aging problems (3). The best way is to go for 20 minute workouts. They control cold and flu symptoms too.

4. Last but not the least, Aerobics improves your mental health too. It reduces anxiety, tension and depression, and boosts both self esteem and confidence.

However, you must know that aerobics isn’t safe for everybody. Women who are pregnant or those who have certain kinds of illnesses should definitely take precautions while exercising. Before you try a new routine, speak to an expert, especially if you have had a medical condition in the past.

Did you enjoy reading the post? Have you tried any of these dance mixes yet? Let us know your ideas and experiences by commenting in the box below.

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15 Amazing Health Benefits And Uses Of Lemon Balm http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/health-benefits-and-uses-of-lemon-balm/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/health-benefits-and-uses-of-lemon-balm/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:39:28 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=289432 Who doesn’t love a glass of chilled lemon juice on a sunny afternoon? A few sips of this elixir and you will feel revitalized and recharged! Lemon finds its way in myriad uses within the house. People resort to various herbs for their numerous benefits. However, one exceptional herb, Lemon balm, scientifically described as Melissa [...]

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Who doesn’t love a glass of chilled lemon juice on a sunny afternoon? A few sips of this elixir and you will feel revitalized and recharged! Lemon finds its way in myriad uses within the house. People resort to various herbs for their numerous benefits.

However, one exceptional herb, Lemon balm, scientifically described as Melissa officinalis, offers many benefits and has numerous uses. Would you like to know what they are? Do read!

Nuances Of Lemon Balm:

Lemon balm is a part of the mint family. The plant to for attracting bees. It does not grow very tall, and has small yellow flowers that bloom in spring and summer months. The leaves can be yellowish green to dark green, depending on the soil type and climate. Rubbing these leaves on hands exudes a tart and sweet aroma.

Storing And Using Lemon Balm:

Ideally, lemon balm leaves can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Dried leaves of the plant can also be preserved in airtight containers.

In the market, you can find Lemon balm leaves in various forms. Dried leaves can be purchased in jars. You can also purchase Lemon balm tea, capsule and essential oil.

The good thing about lemon balm is that nearly all of its parts can be used for healing various conditions and ailments in humans. The leaves, stems and flowers are all beneficial. Even in the ancient Roman civilization, it was used for medical treatments. Below listed are the top health benefits that can be obtained from this herb:

1. Effective In Treating Cold Sores:

Lemon balm has proven antiviral properties. A number of studies have indicated that the herb can be used to heal cold sores that are caused by Herpes. (1) Using lemon balm based cream on sores brings positive results. Some other studies showed that lemon balm can treat primary HSV-1 infection. This cream also helps in coping with oral and genital herpes, the latter caused by HSV-2. Lemon balm that has 1% lemon extract can considerably bring down the healing time. (2)

2. Helps In Coping With Dementia And Related Ailments:

Researches have shown that using lemon balm can be helpful in treating dementia and memory loss related ailments. A study carried out by the Northumbria University researchers in 2003 found out that candidates who took lemon balm achieve better marks in memory tests. It is also said to reduce agitation caused by Alzheimer’s disease in those who use the balm.

3. Helps Cope With Insomnia And Anxiety:

Owing to growing stress and incessant multi-tasking that people are subjected to nowadays, sleeping problems and anxiety have become common. A number of studies indicate that using lemon balm can be useful for coping with these two problems.

When the herb is used in conjunction with other herbs like chamomile and valerian, the effect is better. (3) A clinical trial carried out by the University of Michigan researchers found the herb to be effective in treating insomnia. The nice thing is its sedative effect, which does not get intensified by drinking.

4. Acts As An Antioxidant:

Unknowingly you get exposed to harmful free radicals every day. These can be damaging for your health. To battle the effects of free radicals, you need antioxidants. Lemon balm contains oodles of antioxidants.

5. Counters Damages Caused By Radiation Exposure:

For treating cancer and some other disorders, exposure to radiation becomes necessary. However, people subjected to radiation exposure have to cope with several side effects afterwards. Studies have indicated that using lemon balm can reduce the impact of exposure to radiation. One case study revealed that people who used lemon balm, suffered less from plasma DNA damage.

6. Improves Digestive Health And Battles Gastrointestinal Disorders:

Drinking lemon balm tea and its infusion can help improve the condition of your digestive health. (4) It has been used since ages to heal gastrointestinal distress, including various stomach problems and indigestion. The herb is also useful in alleviating symptoms of bloating. The essential oils present in the herb help soothe the gastrointestinal tract. This herb is also combined with peppermint and other herbs to effectively treat dyspepsia, which, in layman terms, is nothing but heartburn! (5)

Lemon balm is also used in the preparation of a commercial drug called Iberogast, which is used extensively to treat acute gastrointestinal conditions such as flatulence, colic and an upset stomach.

7. Helps Alleviate Muscle Pain, Aches:

Lemon balm can be effective in reducing the muscle pain and aches that accompany flu. Its antispasmodic action helps reduce muscular spasms. Using Lemon balm leads to sweating when you have a fever, which brings some relief. With sweat, toxins in the body also get discarded.One of its components, eugenol, helps in pain reduction.

8. Boosts Immunity Levels:

Using lemon balm can boost your immunity levels. It has components like caffeic and rosmarinic acids, and these have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemon balm effectively thwarts the onset of infection in healthy cells.

9. Works Wonders For Skin Health:

Lemon balm is useful for keeping the skin in top condition, both for women and men. It is ideal to treat skin inflammation. It has strong natural astringents, and hence, using the herb can benefit those with oily and acne prone skin. It helps in cleansing clogged skin pores, which actually pave way to acne and skin rashes.

10. Treats Mouth Infection:

To treat instances of oral infections and results like bleeding gums and bad breath, you can resort to using lemon balm. Mixing a few drops of Lemon balm essential oil to a mouthwash and then use it to gargle will kill the bacteria and freshen up the insides of your mouth.

11. It Helps Tensed Nerves Relax:

You may get tensed owing to a number of reasons, personal and professional. The mild sedative nature of lemon balm can be your solution. Using lemon balm tincture or infusion in such times works wonders. You may use it to release tension after returning from work.

12. Several Uses Of Lemon Balm:

While lemon balm has several healing properties, its usage is not restricted to the medical field as such. On the contrary, the herb is also used in various households for a number of purposes. Below listed are the top non-medical uses of lemon balm:

13. Diverse Culinary Uses:

Fresh leaves of lemon balm can be used for culinary purposes. While it is possible to keep leaves frozen and use them later, this robs the leaves of their fresh aroma to an extent. So, using fresh leaves is better.

A lot of salads can be adorned with fresh leaves of the herb and it will enhance the flavour greatly. Similarly, it can be used with mint in various dishes. The herb also goes very well with black pepper, another widely used spice and also with thyme, parsley and chervil. It would be a good idea to mix it with fruit juice and sorbets.

14. Serves As A Beneficial Herbal Tea:

You must have heard about the benefits of herbal tea. Lemon balm can be used to make tangy herbal tea that refreshes the taste buds and offers several benefits for health. Made with a spoon of honey, it gives a refreshing feeling. It will also help in elevating your mood after a tiring day.

15. Keeps Nasty Pests And Bugs At Bay:

A majority of people resort to OTC anti-insect spray and repellent products to eradicate insects from households. However, most such insect repellents contain strong chemicals and allergens that can be problematic for users, especially those with allergies and respiratory issues.

You may try using lemon balm to drive away various insects from the home. You may also spray lemon balm tincture in the garden and on the indoor plants. It contains a good amount of citronella, which repels insects effectively. You will be able to keep your home free of insects and save money in the process too.

  •  Can Be Used As Natural Room Freshener:

You can use lemon balm to as a natural room freshener. The dried leaves can be used as potpourri. The mixture of fresh lemon balm leaves lightly boiled in water can be sprayed in rooms to spread light mint-type aroma.

  •  Adorning The Garden And Pollinating Trees:

No matter how big or small a garden you have, using Lemon balms to adorn it will be helpful. The sweet aroma will keep the garden fragrant, more so when the flowers bloom. It also attracts bees, and hence, having the plant in the garden can in a way help pollinate others trees.

Things That You Need To Be Cautious About:

While you can use lemon balm for a lot of medicinal and other needs, a few aspects need to be analysed beforehand.

  • Drug Interactions:

Using lemon balm in combination with specific medications and sedatives is not advisable. Since it already has sedative properties, using it with OTC sedative drugs can have adverse consequences. While it remains disputable whether it interacts with antiretroviral agents or not, it is better that HIV patients undergoing such therapy, refrain from using the herb.

  • Not Ideal For Glaucoma Patients:

Studies have found that lemon balm essential oil can cause increased pressure in the eyes. While the study was carried out on animals, it is better that people with glaucoma avoid using the herb. Patients suffering from glaucoma may have interference with their existing medications if they ingest the lemon balm leaves.

  • Not Suitable For People Scheduled For Surgery:

People who are likely to undergo surgery, or are in the recuperation period, should not use lemon balm in any form. In those phases, general sedatives are used and addition of lemon balm can prolong sleep.

  • Allergic Reactions:

While most people like lemon balm as food or a tea, there are a few who are allergic to the herb. Side effects can include nausea, dizziness and vomiting. However, these can occur when someone has taken a large amount of lemon balm orally.

Lemon balm has myriad health benefits, so try this herb today! However, be sure not to ingest large doses of the herb. Always consult a medical practitioner before you self medicate!

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