People are obsessed with LaCroix Sparkling Water. You've probably seen people drinking LaCroix. You've definitely seen these cans at health food markets around town.
As a low calorie, artificial sweetener-free drink, LaCroix looks like a healthy drink. But is LaCroix Sparkling Water worth all the hype?
The LaCroix Appeal
The artfully designed LaCroix looks cool, but LaCroix doesn't necessarily do anything positive for your body. In fact, it won’t hydrate you like non-carbonated, non-sparkling water does.
LaCroix fans swear by the drink’s health benefits, the truth is that the drink isn’t healthier than regular water. That being said, it is a healthier alternative to cokes. Because it doesn’t contain the sweeteners or preservatives in soft drinks, LaCroix won’t spike your blood sugar or lead to weight gain.
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LaCroix Sparkling Water Ingredients
Check out the label on a can of LaCroix and you’ll see two ingredients: water and natural flavors. No high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring or other additives.
LaCroix has zero calories, no added sugar and still tastes good. It comes in a variety of flavors, including lime, coconut, orange and apricot, and more tropical flavors like pomelo and passion fruit.
The Problem With LaCroix Sparkling Water
As noted above, carbonated water won’t hydrate the body as well regular water. They can also cause hiccups. Add in the fact that LaCroix is served up in aluminum cans that contain Bisphenol A (BPA), and it is easy to see why so many health aficionados avoid this trendy drink.
BPA is used to coat the interior of metal cans. This industrial chemical has been linked to health problems like premature puberty, infertility, hormone imbalances and even heart disease.
Should You Drink LaCroix?
If you really want to be healthy, regular water is always the best choice.
But, LaCroix can be a good alternative to Cokes. Because it doesn’t have the sugar of soft drinks, it won’t contribute to weight gain like other drinks can. And they cost about the same as a Coke or a Fanta, so you won’t have to worry about paying more for your health.
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*This post was originally published in August 2016 but has been updated and republished for the sake of freshness and accuracy.
Many people avoid yoga because they're inflexible. The problem is, they're the ones who should take up yoga in the first place.
If you find yourself facing a similar situation, i.e., you'd like to start a yoga practice but don't feel flexible enough, here's the good news: There are plenty of poses you can start with while gradually deepening your practice.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind before you do the following poses:
1) Breathe deeply and evenly throughout the pose, and
2) Don't hold the pose for longer than your body allows.
1. Child's Pose
The Child's Pose is a basic resting pose you can hold for a few minutes.
How to do it: Begin with your knees and feet on the floor with your feet touching. Slowly lean forward to place your head on the floor while resting your belly and chest between your legs. Stretch your arms out in front of you.
2. Upper Chest and Back Opener
You can do this move almost anywhere and while either sitting or standing.
How to do it: Raise your arms to shoulder height with your elbows bent. Make your hands into loose fists that are facing each other. Open your chest by drawing your elbows back as if they were going to meet behind your back. Next, return to the starting position while continuing onward until your hands wrap around your shoulders with one elbow stacked on the other. Do two to three sets while switching which elbow is on top.
3. Chair Pose
Both sides of your body will move in and out of this pose at the same time. The Chair Pose is an excellent leg strengthener.
How to do it: Stand with either your feet together or hip-width apart if you're especially stiff. Bend your knees as if you're sitting in a chair while raising your arms alongside either side of your head.
4. Seated Forward Bend
If you're new to yoga, use a block and straps for this exercise, which increases flexibility in your legs and back.
How to do it: Sit on a block or blanket with your legs stretched out in front of you, knees slightly bent. Place the strap around your feet and gradually lengthen your spine as you move your upper body forward. Be careful not to round your spine.
5. Locust Pose
The Locust Pose is an excellent backbend for beginners that strengthens all of the muscles in your back.
How to do it: Lie on your belly and raise your arms, legs, and chest off of the floor. Your palms should face the floor as you focus on keeping your neck long while extending your head away from the chest. If you'd like, clasp your hands behind your back when you lift to create a deeper opening for your shoulders and chest.
6. Tree Pose
The Tree Pose is a one-legged balancing pose that helps center the mind while building confidence.
How to do it: Stand on one leg and bring the foot of your opposite leg up to your ankle (or higher depending on your flexibility). Lift your arms into the air to create the tree's "branches." It's OK to put a hand against the wall for balance or to stand with your back against the wall.
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There are many reasons why people gain weight - from lifestyle choices to diet to lack of exercise and even genetic risk factors. While research into the causes of weight gain and obesity is ever-evolving, it has become clear that another factor - attitude - plays a role, too.
The old saying, "You are what you think," can characterize many weight loss efforts in that your thoughts are either holding you back or helping you move forward. Here's a closer look at how your attitude could be making you gain weight.
1. You Aren't Patient
We live in a society where we can get things easily and quickly when compared with previous generations. Instant gratification is the norm, and weight loss often takes too long for anyone who has started exercise and/or a new diet. But experts agree that you achieve the best and longest-lasting results when you lose weight slowly. When you lose weight too quickly, you're often not losing fat but water or lean tissue.
2. All-Or-Nothing Thinking
You may be one of those people who overlook gray areas, i.e., you're either perfect or a failure. To combat this type of thinking, don't beat yourself up for an occasional slip, whether it's enjoying some cookies during an office meeting or missing a workout because of other commitments. The important thing is to stay with the program you've been following without worrying about perfection.
3. You Don't Have Enough Time
This is one of most common obstacles people face as they're trying to develop healthier habits such as exercise and eating right. While most people lead busy lives filled with work, family, and other activities, it's also possible to carve out time for yourself. Even just 20 minutes of activity a day can lead to a longer life.
4. Unrealistic Expectations
This attitude ties into patience and people sometimes set an ideal weight and think they can reach it in a matter of months. Instead, think of a weight range you can attain in the next 12 months.
5. Not Setting Small Goals
Creating a list of smaller goals will help you reach your bigger goals without forcing you to change your life radically. Some smaller goals include eating more fruits and vegetables each day and getting some physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
6. You Don't Believe In Yourself
Researchers have learned that people who think they can lose weight because of exercise and diet change tended to follow a healthier lifestyle with positive results. On the other hand, people who thought that they couldn't change their weight as a result of exercise and diet were less likely to make healthy choices.
7. You Follow The "Should" Illusion
In this case, you have a list of inflexible ways about how you think you and others should act. For example, you believe that you should always take on the most difficult challenge in any situation and end up injuring yourself because you over-do it during your workout routine. Be kind to yourself, accept your limitations, and be content with making small but steady progress.
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If you feel stressed out, you're not alone! Just about everyone experiences stress, especially when the temperature is soaring and other life events ramp up in intensity.
Stress is normal, yet it can be alleviated through exercise. Physical activity decreases the human body's stress hormone known as cortisol.
Exercise also spurs the release of endorphins within the body. These are the “happy chemicals” that help your mind and body relax. Incorporate the exercises outlined below in your workout and you will feel a liberating sense of relief.
Enjoy a lengthy run and you will undoubtedly feel better. Your run will take your focus off the issues or stimuli that are stressing you out. If possible, go for an outdoor run. Running outdoors is optimal as connecting with nature helps to calm the brain and melt that nasty stress away. If it is too hot to head outdoors, hit the treadmill or run in place.
Kickboxing is a fantastic, on-trend means of eliminating stress. It is best defined as a combination of traditional boxing and martial arts. This intense workout burns calories much faster than most other forms of exercise. It also helps to maintain a high metabolic rate.
Kickboxing decreases stress as it forces you to learn nuanced breathing techniques during intense physical activity. Commit to regular kickboxing sessions and you will feel more relaxed and confident in your ability to defend yourself. This means you won't stress out as much about potential physical attacks when venturing outside on your own.
This ancient Chinese martial art provides wide-ranging health benefits including stress reduction. Tai Chi combines specialized breathing techniques with flowing physical movements.
It enhances muscular strength, boosts immunity, improves flexibility, relieves pain and promotes a sense of internal peace. This is exactly what you need to unwind after a stressful day.
Most people don't think dancing does much but provide an outlet for music-lovers to move to the beat. Dancing relieves stress, tones the muscles and maintains flexibility.
Turn on your favorite music, shut the door and dance your heart out. This is your chance to express yourself, be creative and eliminate all that built-up stress.
Dancing boosts your confidence and helps you establish a healthy mindset that you can carry forth for the rest of the day and beyond. Studies have even shown that dancing boosts heart health, builds muscle, strengthens bones and spurs weight loss.
Mix yoga into your workouts and you will feel an empowering sense of inner calm and balance. Yoga boosts flexibility and strength while promoting mental and physical relaxation. Give yoga a chance and you will learn all sorts of different poses, mindfulness and controlled breathing.
The Mayo Clinic reports the benefits of yoga include decreased stress, a lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.
The best part is that yoga can be performed by anyone in just about any environment. Yoga requires minimal space and has a very short learning curve. All you need is a yoga mat and a few feet of room. It takes a mere 15 minutes of yoga to reduce your stress and boost your physique.
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