We've talked about weight loss before and no doubt you heard the claims of endless companies and newfound products designed and sold to help you lose weight faster. But NONE of those products will ever come close to matching the effects and all natural powerful properties of essential oils like grapefruit oil, especially when it comes to the role they can play in your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Getting healthier does have a lot to do with how active you are and what you eat but even more so it relies on the habits you have. When and how you eat something can determine how quickly your natural metobolism will react to processing and then storing or using the calories your consuming. Changing your habits into new healthy habits is by far the biggest challenge and essential oils can make it possible.
The key may is an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) that is found in Grapefruit. AMPK’s helps your body utilize sugar which results in boosting your metabolism resulting in weight loss.
AMPK is generally activated during exercise to help muscles use stored sugar and fat for energy. But, AMPK can also be activated by foods like grapefruit which are high in nootkatone which activates fat-burning enzymes.
Nootkatone a component found in grapefruit has been shown to significantly increase fat-burning (AMPK) activity. Nootkatone also increases calorie burn and reduces stomach fat accumulation in rats. Consider grapefruit as vitamin C- rich snack, add grapefruit slices to a spinach salad, or even into an immune boosting smoothie.
As the saying goes, “a grapefruit a day keeps the cellulite away!” According to the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, the primary way grapefruit can be used to reduce cellulite is through inhaling the vapor of the extract because it stimulates the nervous system by 250%. Additionally, we have found that other forms of grapefruit are beneficial.
Fresh Grapefruit Juice: It has been reported that grapefruit contains significant levels of anti-inflammatory and skin cleansing agents including the enzyme bromelain, which is known to break down cellulite. To maximize the benefits of this cellulite burner, consider fasting 1 day per week drinking only freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and purified water. Not only will this habit give your digestive system a well-needed break, you’ll regularly burn off unsightly cellulite!
Grapefruit Essential Oil Salve: Grapefruit essential oil should also be used topically in a carrier such as coconut or almond oil because it helps reduce cellulite and fat by detoxifying skin and increasing circulation. Add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of pure coconut or almond oil and massage on skin where toning and firming is needed.
Being rich in Vitamin C, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t agree that eating grapefruit is a healthy way to start your day. The red and pink varieties are especially packed with bioflavonoids and provide you with an extra immunity boost! But did you know that Nigerian herbalists have been using an alcohol decoction of grapefruit seed to treat anemia and diabetes for centuries?
The Nigerian Quarterly of Hospital Medicine published the first ever evaluation of this practice in 2008 and discovered that African folklore has deep roots in evidenced-based science. In addition to proving that oral treatments of methanol seed extract of Citrus paradisi Macfad (MECP) resulted in significant reductions in triglycerides and total cholesterol, the research revealed that fasting plasma glucose levels were reduced at levels comparable to metaformin (a commonly prescribed diabetes drug).
The secret to reversing such a variety of risk factors for chronic disease could be the abundant supply of phytochemicals contained within MECP. According to the study, “Phytochemical result showed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, cardiac glycosides, tannins and saponin in varying concentrations. The biological effects recorded for the extract could be due to any or a combination of these phytochemical constituents.”
Uncovering that it inhibits acetylcholinesterase (AChE) by up to 25%, the widespread effects of grapefruit essential oil on cognitive function are exemplified in a Japanese study published in the journal Natural Product Letters. AChE is an enzyme that breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and has been used extensively in medicine to treat the following disorders:
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It is interesting to note that most common side effects associated with taking ACE inhibitors for these conditions are related to gastrointestinal complaints and include loss of appetite and weight loss. This is where grapefruit essential oil stands a head above the rest! Can you imagine a medicine that helps restore neurocognitive function, helps you lose weight and has relatively no side effects at all? It’s called grapefruit! Email email@example.com with questions