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How to Burn Visceral Fat

visceral-fatHow do you burn that stubborn fat in your belly?

It seems like no amount of diet and exercise can make it go away.

Not only does it make you look unattractive but more importantly it's dangerous to your health.

Visceral fat contributes to high blood pressure, high triglycerides, diabetes and a host of other health problems.

But before you commit to any exercise regimen the first thing you want to fix is your diet. No amount of exercise will be effective if you eat ice cream and donuts every day.

Lean meats, fruits and vegetables are the way to go. Protein will keep you full longer and releases energy slowly. Limit your carbohydrates as eating too much of it will only add to your waistline.

Include monounsaturated fats in your diet to help keep your heart healthy. Excellent sources of these healthy fats include:

Calm Your Heart with Magnesium

magnesium-calmMost people today do not get enough magnesium in their diets. Our bodies are taking a beating from the fast food and processed foods we eat.

Combine this with the stress and high caffeine intake that most people consume and you have a recipe for heart palpitations.

After a stressful day at work I tend to get irregular heartbeats at night. One teaspoonful of CALM magnesium mixed with water and magically my heart rhythm goes back to normal.

Having stress in your life can also make you constipated. I used to take stool softeners and laxatives but knew these weren't long term solutions.

In fact, taking these pills in the long run can make things worse. One teaspoon of CALM at night and the next day my constipation is gone.

Lemon Balm for Stress and Anxiety

lemon-balmLemon Balm is a plant native to the Mediterranean region and has been used as a medicinal herb for hundreds of years.

Though some claim Lemon Balm has antiviral and antibacterial properties, most know it for its ability to calm nerves.

It can help relieve you in times of high stress and anxiety. While some people are known to benefit greatly from Lemon Balm, others hardly notice a difference.

I must say that Lemon Balm doesn't have quite the calming effect I'm looking for but it does take the edge off of stress. I take Solaray Lemon Balm which retails for under eight dollars on Amazon.

The 478 Breathing Exercise

478-breathingThis is such a simple exercise that everyone should incorporate this into their daily lives.

Have you ever tried the 4-7-8 breathing exercise? I was a bit skeptic at first but gave it a shot and must say it does have a calming effect on the body.

I'm not going to say that it's a life changer but it will do wonders to reduce stress and anxiety in your life. Who couldn't benefit from that these days?

Here's how to do it:

1. Sit up straight in a chair. Place the tip of your tongue against the tissue just beneath your upper front teeth. Now hold this position for the duration of the exercise.
2. Breath in slowly through your nose for four seconds.
2. Hold your breath for seven seconds.
3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for eight seconds. Pucker your lips so that you exhale slowly.

Do this for a total of four repetitions.