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Classification of Yoga Postures

Classification of Yoga Postures has always been a discussion in yogic culture. Some yoga schools classify yoga postures as STANDING, SITTING, LYING ON BACK & LYING ON STOMACH. While some yoga school will classify as: FORWAD BENDING, BACKWARD BENDING, TWISTING, INVERSIONS, EXTENSIONS & BALANCING.

Here I would like to put the traditional view on classification of Yoga Postures, where there are only 3 categories as below:

Cultural Postures

Postures for Relaxation

Meditative Postures.

CULTURAL POSTURES: All yoga postures that help to stretch the body from various directions/angles are known as cultural postures. By activating specific muscles, ligament, tendons and nerves, the purpose of cultural postures is to release tension from each and every part of our body. The effects of cultural postures are not limited to the muscles and joints, but they also stimulate our internal organs and helps us regulated the functions of our internal organs. As a result we don’t only gain suppleness and strength in our body, but also get enhanced physical wellbeing and a great sense of control. These postures can be very therapeutic as they help in preventing various conditions such as back pain. All type of forward bend, backward bend, twisting, balancing, inversion, and extensions are Cultural postures. For example: Pachimottasana (seated forward bend), Bhunjasana (cobra pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), vrikshasana (tree pose), Ardhya-matysendrasana (Seated twisting), Shirshasana (Headstand) etc. are cultural postures.

POSTURES FOR RELAXATION: The purpose of these postures is to provide rest to the body in between or/and after the practice of cultural postures. Traditionally there are only 2 postures for relaxation: SHAVASANA (The Corpse Pose) & MAKARASANA (Crocodile Posture). Usually a typical Hatha Yoga session ends with Shavasana, as it provides a complete rest to the body and the yoga practitioner feels more refreshed and energized after the rather feeling tired. In yogic tradition, there is great importance of SHAVASANA as the practice of YOGA NIDRA (physic sleep) is done in SHAVASANA. SHAVASANA is also very therapeutic and it is highly recommended for those who suffer with high blood pressure, insomnia etc. MAKRASANA (Crocodile Posture) is greatly beneficial for strengthening diaphragm in order to activate diaphragmatic breathing. Proper breathing literally means, living joyfully and live more carefully. Especially in the modern world, where we don’t breathe well, there is great importance of MAKARASANA for those who often breathe through chest. We should not forget that (chest breathing produce anxiety and tension within the body). Diaphragmatic breathing is also a great foundation of PRANAYAMA and MEDITATION.

MEDITATIVE POSTURES: The purpose of CULTURAL POSTURES and POSTURES FOR RELAXATION is to prepare the body for meditative posture. Meditative postures provide good stability and comfort to the body in order to sit longer without any physical distractions during meditation. We must not forget that physical stability and comfort, both are complementary to each other. Stability in the meditative postures brings great comfort and vice versa. Meditative postures helps to keep the back straight by maintaining the natural bends of spine. By keeping the back straight, we allow our diaphragm to move freely and thus there is no blockage in the energy flow during meditation. One can choose a comfortable meditative posture for meditation, which allows proper blood flow towards lower half body. There are total of 4 MEDITATIVE POSTURES as per tradition are: SUKHASANA, PADMASANA, SIDDHASANA & SWASTIKASANA

Note: Some traditions do recommend VAJRASANA (thunderbolt pose) as a meditative posture. But, traditionally it is not a meditative posture.

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Thousand Pillar Hall – An Acoustic Marvel in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

India is very famous for its temples. Thousands and thousands of temples built and maintained from time immemorial. The sculptures and the building techniques will speak itself the glory of the great tradition.

Madurai is situated at 462 kilometers south of Chennai (Madras as it was known in earlier times). The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the centre of the city. Inside the temple, there are famous halls like Marriage Hall, Thousand Pillar Hall etc.

The Thousand Pillar Hall is very famous for its beautiful construction.

The hall, even though called as thousand pillar hall, it has only 985 pillars. The pillars are erected in such a way as to fall in line from any angle we view..

In the year 1983, an expert team from audiology department went in to the hall and carried out an extensive study. They have used latest scientific gadgets and found that there is absolutely no echo in any part of the temple even with all the crowd around the sound level seldom exceed 80 dB (decibel)

Naturally the noise level in a quiet surrounding will be 40 dB, in a crowded street about 80-85 dB and at the airport when a jet aircraft takes off, it will be about 100 dB.

According to the team headed by Dr Kameswaran, an ENT specialist, there appears to be a built-in mechanism in the precincts of Madurai temple for containing the echo. The total noise does not exceed a specific level which would make it unpleasant to the visitors.

The temple is an acoustic marvel, observed the experts. Near the road there is one Ashta Shakti Hall. There the noise level is only 40 dB.

The team members said that with this ambient noise it is possible for a person to contemplate and meditate the Divinity.

Roughly about 5000 to 6000 people visit the temple daily. And the sound level recorded during the peak hours is of the order of 70 dB to 80 dB.

It implies that the artisans were aware of the basic principles of acoustics. The huge icons on the unpolished pillars, the distribution of vents, the allocation of open space all around, are all mechanisms to contain the noise level. The arrangements are so made that is not crude but there is an artistic planning combining utility with beauty. This arrangement strangely contrasts with arrangement made in certain modern buildings where instruments for breaking noise and absorbing sound are hung from the roof in a very clumsy and unartistic manner.

This hall is a classic example of perfect sound engineering technique. The average height of each pillar is about 12 feet. The pillars depicts four kinds of motifs, one consisting of moulded squares, the other with rampant dragon, the third with a figure of a deity and the fourth that of a donor or his family. The unpolished pillars of exactly of same size and shape are placed at mathematically accurate positions. These aspects have made the hall echo resistant.

In addition, the pillars are so peculiarly arranges that anyone sitting at a specific spot could view a central figure without any obstruction in any position. At any position inside the hall, in consequence to the arrangement of the pillars, there open up around us 16 colonnades of varying width and such length of each side that the perspective afforded by them is simply marvelous.

The expert team rightly described the thousand pillar hall as an acoustic marvel.

Thousands of such intricate wonders are hidden in these Indian temples.

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Sexual Reflexology

Sexual Reflexology moves reflexology beyond the realm of foot massage and into the realm of sexuality. It is based on the principle of using our sexual reflex points in lovemaking to heal the rest of our body. Our sexual organs are the most powerful reflex points on the body. The whole body provides the sexual organs with energy so when the sexual organs are stimulated they in turn stimulate and energize the entire body. In this way, sexual intercourse is a form of ecstatic acupressure. This means that sexual intercourse can have deep healing properties when applied intentionally and precisely.

In the pelvis are a vast number of nerve endings and channels for the veins and arteries as well as tissues that communicate with every square inch of the body. All the major acupuncture meridians that carry energy between the body and the vital organs pass through this area. Therefore, if it is blocked or weakened, as is the case with people who are sexually impoverished, then energy will leak and the organs and brain will suffer. When the pelvic and sexual organs are stimulated and strengthened through, what is known as “sex-ercises” it can charge the brain with energy, increase circulation, stimulate nerve flow, strengthen the urogenital diaphragm and tonify the energy of the sexual organs making you healthier and even more sexy.

On the other hand sexual energy can be depleted or wasted needlessly through careless and unconscious sex, improper care of the sexual organs and body, as well as practices such as men’s constant ejaculation and the imbalance in the female menstruation cycle. This means that it is important that men learn how to regulate and control ejaculation and women work on balancing the female cycle.

For those men who masturbate frequently and ejaculate wasting their sperm, (the pleasure is momentary) they loose their source of vital energy not allowing the water of life to spread to the rest of the body. Each ejaculation involves the loss of half an ounce of semen. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the #1 cancer diagnoses for men. At least 80% of all men can expect to experience some degree of prostate trouble during their lives. Studies show that one of the causes of prostate problems is sexual excess. When a man becomes sexually excited, either by thinking about sex or by physical contact, all the pelvic reproductive organs, including the prostate, become congested with blood. When the prostate is continually subjected to this engorgement, it becomes inflamed and enlarged. This impedes the flow of urine and over time creates an unhealthy environment for disease.

Women, on the other hand, commonly believe that they can not avoid premenstrual symptoms and losses of mucus and blood which by the way contains vital substances such as iodine, lecithin, calcium, phosphorus, iron and sex hormones. The truth is ovulation need not be accompanied by painful and prolonged menstruation. Hemorrhage or rupture of blood-vessels is unnatural and not normal contrary to popular belief. Leucorrhea (discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection) and excessive menstrual bleeding result from an inflammatory condition of the mucus membrane of the uterus. Frequent sex (especially if it began at an early age) can lead to various other genital complaints, which sometimes assume a malignant form, including cervical cancer.

I am frequently interrogated about my over all energy and essence by men, in particular, who are drawn to me because they sense a great deal of energy that they sometimes describe as incredible or magnetic, radiant, compelling and most times sexy. What they feel and sense is my over all sexual energy, my central vitality.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, over the years I’ve been able to associate the overall health of my clients with their sexuality. When someone’s sexual organs are depleted or blocked, I can sense it in the fading condition of their hair, skin, eyes, lumbar spine, and often their mood and over all energy field.

There is one way of looking at sex that is negative, shameful and narrow. Then there’s another way that when done properly can take you all the way to infinity. In the book Sexual Reflexology, Mantak Chia illustrates the step-by-step process of maintaining Ejaculation and Menstruation Cycle Management while sharing 15 healing positions: 8 for men and 7 for women. These sexual healing positions use the distinct reflexology areas of the penis and vagina to target specific health issues during love making. Each position puts pressure on different parts of the sexual organs, relative to which part of the body needs to be healed. Through this stimulation related organs are rejuvenated and the orgasmic energy is guided up to the specific organs. These techniques have been tested and proved over millennia.

So if you’re one who holds sex as a dirty act or refuses to engage based on your learned fears you may want to rethink this beautiful, pleasurable and power act in which every living creature came through. For it is the pathway that we can return to for renewed life!

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Cure Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Weakness Naturally and Permanently

Some men experience erectile dysfunction which is basically a condition of inability of getting an erection and sustaining it long enough for sexual lovemaking. Erection starts with physical or mental stimulation in which the blood flows to create pressure and makes the male organ expand. But when the muscles contract and stop the flow of the blood, erection dies down. A weak erection, erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation is known as sexual weakness.

Erectile Dysfunction can occur when there is a break in the sequence of events in achieving an erection. Damage to muscles, nerves or arteries may cause erection dysfunction. Certain medical conditions like kidney diseases, heart disease, clogged blood vessels, alcoholism and diabetes are reasons for most of the erection dysfunction cases. Sedentary lifestyle, smoking, stress, fatigue, anxiety, low self esteem, lack of confidence and obesity may also cause the condition. Sexual weakness can have the same reasons as stated above.

Tests may be done in order to diagnose such conditions. For treatment for sexual weakness options like Drug therapy, psychotherapy and surgery are available. These drugs for treatment of sexual weakness may have side effects due to the chemicals in them. However there are ways to cure erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness naturally as stated below:

1. Ginkgo: Ginkgo is effective as it smoothes the muscles due to which the blood flow to the male organ increases.

2. Zinc: Zinc is required by the body for smooth functioning and the deficiency of zinc may lead to sexual weakness and erectile dysfunction in males. Consume zinc rich foods like fish, nuts, oysters.

3. Exercises: Exercises especially pelvic strengthening exercises help to strengthen the muscles near the male organ.

4. Yoga: Practice yoga and the breathing techniques in yoga which will help you remain calm and stress free.

5. Herbal Capsules: Herbal aphrodisiacs are available which act like a sex tonic and provide energy and strength to the body. They help in eliminating sexual problems and is therefore used to cure erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness naturally. These capsules are herbal thus are safe and do not have negative side effects.

6. Massage Oils: Massage oils are available for massaging the male organ to increase the blood circulation. This helps to cure erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness. The oil needs to be massaged above the prostate gland gently.

7. Garlic: Eat raw cloves of garlic everyday to improve your sexual health.

8. Nuts: Nuts help in regaining vigor and strengthening the sexual system.

9. Onion: Include onion in your diet and consume this regularly.

10. Ashwaganda: This herb calms the nerves and aids in reviving the body and mind thus improving the sexual health.

11. Indian Gooseberry: Indian gooseberry or amla are natural aphrodisiacs and help overcome impotence and sexual weakness naturally.

12. Ginger: Ginger is also beneficial. Turmeric and black pepper should also be included in the diet.

Exercise regularly and lose the excess fat. Exercising will also help to reduce stress, practice meditation and yoga too. Communicate freely with your partner and work out the relationship issues. Avoid smoking, taking drugs and alcohol and maintain a positive attitude towards life.

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10 Powerful Tips to Prevent Hair Loss

Do you see hair on your pillow each time you get up in the morning? If so, you have a hair loss problem. Below are some hair care tips that can help you prevent hair loss.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most effective natural treatments for hair loss. By applying coconut oil on your head, you can improve your hair growth. The oil provides the required moisture and removes impurities.

Amla

Amla is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. So, this can treat a lot of health issues. You can prepare a solution by breaking an Amla or you can use Amla powder as well. You can also crush an Amla and mix its juice with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Then you can apply the mixture on your scalp. After it gets absorbed by your scalp, you can rinse your head with lukewarm water.

Eggs

Since Eggs are rich in proteins and minerals, they are an ideal choice to treat hair loss. Mix one egg white with a teaspoon of fresh olive oil and then apply this mixture to your scalp. Let the mixture stay on your head for 15 minutes and then wash it with lukewarm water.

Acupressure

This ancient treatment procedure improves hair growth. Another acupressure technique known as Balayam enhances circulation and triggers hair growth. You can try this natural treatment to see if it works for you.

Yoga Asanas

Popular yoga asanas, such as anulomvilom and kapalbhati may also help in preventing the hair loss. According to experts, these asanas work by cleansing our system to reopen the pores and improve blood circulation.

Diet

For better hair growth, you may want to eat a better diet. You need protein for stimulating hair growth. Aside from this, foods, such as milk, cheese, beans, fish and grains should be part of your healthy diet.

Iron

The deficiency of iron in your body may cause hair loss. To provide your body with iron, you should eat dal, soybeans, spinach, chicken, red kidney beans, eggs, meat and fish, just to name a few.

Cover Your Head

Excessive exposure to heat, humidity, dust and pollution can cause hair loss. Therefore, you should cover your head when going outside in summer.

Castor

According to Dr Blossom Kochchar, if you have a hair loss problem, you should mix equal amount of sweet almond oil and castor oil and then massage your scalp with the solution. You can use a cotton ball to put it on your head.

Other hair care tips

You should not make it a habit to straighten your hair on a regular basis. Besides, you should avoid blow drying or coloring your hair every other day. This can help you prevent hair loss to a great extent.

So, if you are on the lookout of some effective natural treatments to prevent hair loss, you can try the 10 treatments we have explained above. These natural treatments can be done without any problem and you won’t need to worry about the side effects either.

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Women’s Jeans Problems: Hidden Dangers of Jeans for Women?

Jeans are the perfect clothing choice for trendy girls and women around the world. It is the oldest fashion trend for women who like versatile and comfortable wear to keep safe from cold in the winter and also look nice. Jeans can be an annoyance too despite all the joy it brings to women; it feels awkward when you bend and suddenly your crack is exposed to the world.

Let us help you avoiding the issues with jeans that annoy many women every once in a while.

Jeans Higher Than Ankle Crease

When your lovely jeans are higher than your ankle, your ankles might look sloppy. Not noticing the jeans length in the store might make you purchase jeans that are shorter than your legs. Hence, you need to hem them by going to the tailor again to fix the height. Therefore the biggest challenge is to pick out trendy jeans that suit your height and fits your legs in length.

Jeans That Prevents You to Stretch

If you want to save yourself from public humiliation, then avoid wearing jeans that are too tight and stretchable. Go to the fitting room and do a lot of stretching, give jeans a good test try before paying the merchant. Check the fabric by doing some stretch sitting and squatting. Low yourself to the ground level and check if squatting position is usually good for you wearing the jeans. If not, recheck your jeans size.

Avoid Nightmare during Sports and Yoga

Especially for sports loving girls and wicket keepers, squatting positions are common. It is recommended to wear a stretchable item that helps you bend easily. Yoga also requires squatting with your heels flat on the floor. Dancing also requires stretching, wearing tight jeans may annoy you during execution.

Don’t Be a Fashion Victim

Have you heard the story of a 35-year-old woman whose legs were swollen and she could not walk anymore due to weak limbs? This nightmare happened as a result of her passion for jeans fashion; doctors cut off her jeans and removed them from her legs to cure her of compartment syndrome. This fashion victim of skinny jeans had to go through a lot of pain and discomfort. So be aware of the medical hazards of skinny jeans for the sake of fashion before you will be treated like her at the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

This Can Happen to Any Woman

Wearing tight jeans can also cause some lower leg nerve injury in women. The tender legs can only bear enough pressure of clothing, the researchers say that wearing loses trousers is a better option than fashionable tight jeans. Numbness in thy has also been very common which can lead to compressed nerves in the groin.

Wash Your Jeans Inside Out

It seems that when your jeans are washed, its colour fades out a bit. The perfect blue colour is a romance for women and men, with hand wash, the lovely jeans do not remain as dark as it is. Therefore, dry it before it comes out of hand wash.

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Prostitutes Use This Oral Sex Tip To Drive Men Absolutely Crazy – Learn From the Fellatio Experts

Certain areas of the body respond in different ways to sexual stimulation. What is a “special” trigger spot on the male penis and what’s the best way to stimulate it?

One of the main areas of the penis that is extremely pleasurable and exciting is the frenulum. The frenulum is found on the underside of the penis. It can be located centrally where the glans (head) and that shaft meet together. It’s sort of a small, tear-drop shaped raised area.

It is used to help retract the foreskin during sexual arousal/intercourse but it is very responsive to stimulation, too. In fact, it is considered to be one of the main areas that can be targeted to help trigger an orgasm. Women who earn a living providing sexual services are well aware of this magic spot. They know how that stimulation in this area drives most men up the wall. Plus, if a man is taking too long to reach orgasm, then they’ll target this area and finally bring him to orgasm.

As it is a highly-sensitized area, it must be approached in a delicate manner. Light stimulation by the tip of the tongue is best. However, don’t spend too much time constantly targeting this area. While it is highly stimulatable, its highly-sensitive nerve receptors tend to “burn out” rather quickly.

The best approach would be to not stimulate this area very much at the beginning and middle of oral stimulation. Instead, leave it for last and then focus your attention on this areas as much as possible. This tends to drive men to a stronger and more powerful orgasm.

Lightly pulling this area across the teeth is also highly stimulating. If done correctly, it will give him goosebumps. Then light stimulation with the tongue, then pull it again, over the teeth. It drives most men nuts.

An interesting point to mention is that men who have been circumcised may have had their frenulum injured and scarred during the surgical process. Unfortunately, for some of these men, stimulating the frenulum might not accomplish much.

Learning about areas that really turn us on our turns our partner on is an important part of sexual exploration. By educating ourselves on such simple things, it will help all of us get more pleasure out of sex.

Kimi Kalfino.

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Tips For the Present – Learn From the Past, Plan For the Future

Everybody is in a rush. A rush to do this or that. To get up in the morning, to make breakfast, to dress, to go to school, to work, to go to the gym. In fact everybody is in a hurry to do many things which means everyone has an enormous amount of activities all day long. We manage to convince ourselves that everything we do is all important – and yet somehow as the day ends we are exhausted and are left with a vague feeling that we did not accomplish everything we set out to do.

The reason for this is quite simple. We live in a society that measures success on the basis of accomplishment – and accomplishment is measured on the basis of how much we do or how much we get. In turn we have conditioned ourselves to always think of the next move. To accomplish and get more you have to do more, so there is always something else. Another move, another set of actions.

This is where the problems start. We focus our thoughts and energy onto the next thing and not on what we are actually supposed to be doing.

When we focus on the next step, the next activity or our next action, we forget to concentrate and to live 100% that one thing we are doing in that specific moment in time. Pope John Paul II once said that we should learn from the past, plan for the future, but live the present – or words to that effect.

These are words of wisdom that should guide our every moment.

There are a few implications here, such as:

By learning from the past:

  • you should learn to avoid mistakes and more importantly repeat those things that brought success or triumphant moments.
  • neither dwell nor relive the past. The past is gone – finito, kaput. We must learn to let it go.
  • treasure the good and the bad. Treasure it, not gloat over it or sink with it.

Plan for the future:

  • set your sights high and aim for the sky.
  • apply yesterdays lessons to plan for tomorrow.
  • your plan will map out the road you must follow.

Live the present:

  • every journey starts with one step. Today you will take the steps you must on the road you mapped out for the future.
  • each moment, in other words your continuous present, must be lived will full concentration, with full dedication and passion. If you are with someone else, your child for example, your full focused energy and attention should be 100% dedicated to that person in that moment in time.
  • a focused present, strengthened with the lessons of the past and the target for the future will result in less mistakes or negative results. It will always generate an action motivated from a freer perspective.

When you start applying this way of life you will find in the beginning that you are set in your ways so change will not be easy. If, however, you persist for a short while, you will find that it gets easier each time.

Then you will be surprised to find that everything gets better; not in a magical sense, after all there are no magical formulas, but in a real sense.

  1. Your day to day activities that are driven by your dedicated and focused attention to what you are doing as you are doing it, will show greater results. These results will go beyond, and this is the important part, beyond achieving things, to achieving wonderful things in terms of your relationship with others. One of the amazing things about people is that when they feel they are important in your eyes – and this will happen as you live the present when your are with them – they will try to give the best of themselves in return.
  2. Your past will begin to be made up of all these “presents” you are living day to day.
  3. Your future turns into your present and then your past, and all under that path with a heart you are taking, today.

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4 Vagina Tightening Exercises For Better Sex!

Vagina tightening exercises are the absolute main way that you can increase your physical sexual pleasure as a woman. It also does some extremely good things for your lover too! While there is more to sex than just the physical of course – having this part of the sensual puzzle in good shape means you can set your mind at easy knowing you are giving great pleasure to your partner and yourself so you can concentrate on being, and feeling sexy!

Oh what is that? You are shy? No place for it here darling! If you have come this far, take off the shy act and start looking for a solution because there is nothing to be ashamed about keeping your body healthy, functional and beautiful!

So lets take a look and see what exercises for a tight vagina you can do!

  • Squats– This is an excellent exercise for all SORT of stuff. Great for your bum, legs, core, and your vagina! It is good for weight loss too as your leg muscles and others activated in this activity are very large and so consume a lot of calories when doing them. Be careful to follow the best technique for these though and you will tighten up your entire pelvic region.
  • Leg Raises – This begins as you lie on your back, then you raise each leg one after the other into the air while straight (not bending at the knee). Good for warming up, but helps exercises all the muscles around the vagina. Easy to do – and tightens up your bum too!
  • Yoga – Yoga is a great thing to do for overall health, but probably better if you do some of the more intense workouts like ashtanga, or bikram yoga. Promotes strength and flexibility all over the body including your lady parts.
  • Kegel Exercises – If you do NOTHING else on this list, please do these as they directly target your vagina muscles. A Kegel is where you squeeze the pelvic floor muscles together which tightens your vagina temporarily, but exercises those muscles so the tightness will become more permanent the more you do it. It is hard explain, but doing this is best explained by the muscles you squeeze if you are going to pee and you force yourself to stop. The muscles you are suing thee are the pelvic floor and you are doing a kegel exercise. Practice and then try while lying down, sitting, and in other positions for different angles and muscle contractions.

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Benefits of Sunflower Seeds – A Natural Fat Burning Food

Discover the incredible weight loss benefits of sunflower seeds, how to best prepare them and how much you should eat to get maximum benefit from sunflower seeds – one of nature’s amazing fat burning foods.

Have you ever noticed the beautifully colored sunflowers that stand proudly tall in the open fields, with their huge, wide and golden flowers, and their darker brown centers? This is where sunflower seeds come from. The seeds may be black, gray, or green. They are small seeds with hard, tear-shaped shells that are black or gray. Shells may be streaked with black and white.

Once hulled, these seeds have a mild, nutty flavor, and are firm yet tender in texture.

Do you realize that for over 5,000 years, Native Americans have not only consumed these seeds for the oil, but have also utilized the seeds, as well as the flowers, for decorative purposes, religious occasions and dyes?

You can purchase sunflower seeds throughout the year at your local supermarket, grocery store, health food store or whole foods store.

Fat Burning Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

They are an outstanding food source for Vitamin E and also contain a reasonable amount of thiamin, a B vitamin. They’re also a rich in such minerals as manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium and phosphorus, a good way to get another B Vitamin, Pantothenic acid, and an excellent way to get folate and tryptophan into your diet.

They contain Vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant that can protect the body from harmful traveling free radicals that trigger cardiovascular disease, strokes, various types of cancer and other illnesses.

Linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid, is plentiful in these particular seeds, helping to boost your body’s metabolic rate so you can burn fat more efficiently. It also helps you to control your weight, and maintain healthy cholesterol, triglyceride, and insulin levels.

Decreasing abdominal fat and aiding muscle development are two bonuses you will receive from the linoleic acid that is found in the seeds. This is a strong weapon to use for your fat burning goal.

Sunflower seeds contain fiber that works with your digestion, plumps up stools, and hastens the elimination of toxins from your body. This gives you the sense of fullness but not the extra calories.

Tryptophan, an amino acid that releases serotonin in the brain, is helpful in making you feel full and in preventing you from eating too much food during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, it makes you feel great and can help with depression.

Sunflower seeds contain magnesium, which is helpful in lowering blood pressure, alleviating symptoms associated with asthma, warding off migraine headaches, and reducing the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. This mineral works to make bones stronger too.

Magnesium adds to energy production and also helps the body metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

The copper found in the seeds helps form elastin, red blood cells, and is also important in the formation of bones.

Phosphorus works with calcium to promote healthy bone development. In addition, it is vital for the repair and growth of cells.

The mineral called selenium in these seeds contributes to optimum health. Selenium can assist in the synthesis of DNA repair. It is also helpful in preventing cancer cell development.

The B Vitamins known as thiamin and Pantothenic acid help the body to produce energy, break down carbohydrates and fats, help the digestion, help the nervous system to function properly, and they also give extra strength to the wall muscles of the stomach.

Proper Preparation of Sunflower Seeds

You can buy sunflower seeds in two varieties: either in the shell or out of the shell. They are typically available from the store either in bulk quantities or in ready-to-use packages. When you buy seeds in bulk, be sure that the receptacles have lids over them, and check to make sure that the seeds are not moist, shriveled up, or damp. Also, make certain the merchant has a good rotation of bulk foods so you will end up with fresh seeds.

If you buy seeds in bulk receptacles, make sure they are not yellow, broken or dirty. They should have a firm appearance, and not be too soft. If the color is yellow, most likely they are spoiled. These should not be purchased.

Keep the sunflower seeds in the refrigerator in an airtight container after you get them home. This is done because the seeds have a tendency to become rancid very quickly after being exposed to air. Keep them frozen for up to a few months at a time.

If you have seeds still in the shell, use a grinder or seed mill. An alternative is to grind the seeds using a stand mixer. Once the seeds are ground up, pour them into icy water so the shells will separate from the nuts.

It may be a good idea if you cultivate your own sunflowers – I have several plants in my garden; there is a large variety of sunflower seeds available for sale, however, so it is just more convenient to buy them.

Here are some things you can do with sunflower seeds: Add them to salads – either mixed green or fruit salads. They are good with poultry as well as tuna. They also make a nice addition to vegetables.

Why not try a breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs and some added sunflower seeds for extra flavor and nutritional benefits?

A few creative chefs made the decision to grind some sunflower seeds and use them instead of flour (or add them to flour) or to sprinkle them on meat and pieces of chicken.

Try adding approximately one spoonful or handful of sunflower seeds to your cold or hot breakfast cereals. Enjoy a guilt-free treat!

Average Portion

Eat about 1/4 cup for each serving. It contains approximately 105.20 calories and weighs 36 grams.

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