Weight issue affects many people especially the ones that are prone to quick weight gain no matter if their intake of food is very low. Fortunately, there is a way how to prevent this from happening like for instance drinking a highly beneficial detox drink based on two powerful ingredients, grapefruit and honey.
This citrus fruity is very high in antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals like magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, copper and iron. Plus it reveals potent antibacterial properties. Thanks to the content of valuable nutrients the intake of grapefruit can provide a wide range of health benefits.
Furthermore, this fruit contains phytochemicals like lycopene and beta-carotene in their pink and red varieties; limonoids like limonin and also flavonoids like naringenin. All these compounds are health boosters and because of that the American Institute for Cancer Research lists grapefruit as a cancer-fighting food.
Only half a grapefruit eaten every day satisfies half of the daily intake of vitamin C in an adult person.
Grapefruit and Weight Loss
According to a conducted research the intake of grapefruit will substantially help in the weight loss process. The reason for this is the content of an enzyme known as AMP-activated protein kinase (Adenonsine monophosphate) – AMPK that is being activated by an organic compound nootkatone present in grapefruit. Once AMPK gets activated the body’s energy production processes like glucose absorption is being enhanced which in turn boosts the work of the metabolism. As a result of these processes the weight loss is being initiated.
The AMPK commonly gets activated while working out so that it helps the muscles to use the stored sugar and fat for energy.
As per a released study in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the intake of grapefruit will be extremely helpful in losing all those unwanted pounds, and only a consumption of half a grapefruit will do the job.
As per a conducted animal study released in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, consuming nootkatone on the long run it will decrease the body weight gain related to high fat and sucrose diets, build-up of stomach fat and the development of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and hyperleptinemia. The findings of this study were that the grapefruit nootkatone can prevent obesity in people, but as well better the overall physical performance.
In the past an anti-obesity drug sibutramine was used for prevention of obesity which nowadays is banned due to the higher risk of heart attack and stroke. However, this drug was compared with grapefruit juice in an animal study and the results showed that grapefruit juice was more effective than sibutramine, and moreover it did not affect neurotransmitters in the same way as sibutramine.
People who are prone to citrus allergies should not consume grapefruit and use the remedy in the text.
This fruit interacts with certain medications, and because of that prior use you should consult a medical expert due to the fact that it blocks an enzyme that promotes the absorption of drugs.
This natural bee product is highly beneficial for the overall health as it offers the body valuable nutrients like folate, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Plus it elevates the energy levels in the body and provides fiber and water.
Honey and Weight Loss
It provides the body with sugar, but unlike the refined table sugar, this type of sugar is a healthy one. The refined sugar that is used in many sweet products is a source of empty calories that do not offer the needed energy but only trigger weight gain.
As per a conducted Iranian study in 2008 the intake of honey is beneficial for obese and overweight people as it lowers the risk of cardiovascular disorders and does not cause weight gain.
Here is the recipe for the detox beverage that will be of great assistance in the weight loss process.
Recipe of a detox drink for weight loss
- 1 large ripe grapefruit
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
Take the grapefruit and cut it in half. Next, remove the pulp with a spoon and put it in a fridge prior using it as it tastes better. Once you prepare the detox drink mix the pulp and the honey till you obtain a smooth and pleasant texture.
Enjoy this beverage after each meal and thus gain all its amazing benefits.