The body wrap produces a number of therapeutic and cosmetic benefits for those seeking natural alternatives to weight loss in the United Kingdom. In our earlier blog post, “How UK Residents Should Use a Body Wrap,” we covered some of the basics on how to choose the right wrap materials, and how to apply the wraps correctly for optimal results. In this blog we’re going to cue you in on some excellent herbal body-wrap recipes that will work wonders for your body, mind and soul.
A simple yet good way to start the base of a wrap is with a mixture of clay and natural sea salts. Once you get the base down, you can add more natural ingredients like herbs and essential oils.
Here’s a list of recommended herbs and herbal extracts:
- Lemon thyme
- alfalfa leaf powder
- rose hip powder, rose petal powder
- dried chamomile flowers
- ground basil
Here’s a list of recommended Essential Oils:
- orange peel
- olive oil
Research your herbs and build your knowledge in herbology. Based on your research, you’ll have a better idea of what herbs and essential oils you might like to use in your wraps. For starters you’ll want to get your base mixed:
To get your base started prepare the following:
1 cup green clay
1/4 cup sea salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups of water
Bring water to a boil and add the sea salt. Reduce heat and wait until salt is completely dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer for several minutes until wrap paste is a suitable consistency.
Let paste cool so that it’s warm to the touch. Rub the mixture over your entire body and cover yourself with thin towels or a clean white sheet. Most salons will recommend that you use proper wrapping sheets as the compaction helps to squeeze the tissues together for greater results.
Lay in the tub for a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour.
Most people in the United Kingdom choose to lose weight for aesthetic reasons. But by shedding a few extra pounds, these people may very well be able to avoid serious medical complications and extend their lives by years. Here are just a few health problems associated with obesity that have decreased risks for physically fit people.
• Diabetes – In 2005, it was reported that over 4% of the United Kingdom’s population suffered from diabetes. This number continues to grow, and obesity has shown a clear link to the development of type 2 diabetes. When you have excessive fat, your body becomes resistant to insulin. If this happens, your blood sugar levels can get too high.
There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but by making healthy lifestyle choices you can prevent the disease entirely or at least delay its onset.
• Hypertension – It is estimated that at least 30% of UK residents who are 30 pounds or more overweight suffer from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. If this condition develops, a person becomes more at risk to suffer strokes, heart attack, heart failure, retinal damage and other issues.
Quite obviously, the best treatment for high blood pressure is weight loss. Most people can reduce their blood pressure significantly by losing 10% of their body weight and avoiding large amounts of salt.
• High Cholesterol – Also known as hypercholesterolemia, high cholesterol occurs when a person has too much waxy substance built up in their blood supply. If the problem persists, it can lead to arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arterial blood vessels). Many people do not realize they have high cholesterol until it is too late. Some have died as soon as one hour after the first symptom of arteriosclerosis appeared.
High blood cholesterol affects both the underweight and the overweight. However, obesity is a major risk factor for hypercholesterolemia.
• Osteoarthritis – Excessive weight is tough on your joints. People who have been overweight for long periods of time often experience pain in their knees, hips and back. If nothing is done to relieve the strain, these aches can sometimes become debilitating and seriously limit a person’s activities.
• Cancer – Over the past few decades, researchers have found a strong link between obesity and certain types of cancer. Studies show that those with excessive weight have a higher risk of developing abnormal cell growths on the colon, esophagus, kidneys, prostate breasts and other parts of the body.
The reason for this is not 100% clear; however, it is believed to be linked to the increased toxin levels in the bodies of obese UK residents.
The aesthetic benefits of diet and exercise are many. When you feel more attractive and physically fit, your confidence level sky rockets. This allows for more enjoyable social interactions.
But if you’re having trouble losing weight, look beyond the benefits it will have for your appearance. When you know the serious health risks associated with obesity, it may just give you the push you need to get in shape and stay that way.
Read as much as you can about obesity statistics and the effects of excessive weight in the UK. These facts can be shocking at times, but the more you know, the better prepared you will be to take care of your body.continue reading
It’s an all-too-common scenario: You eat right and exercise regularly, yet those unwanted pounds never seem to disappear. If this seems to be the case with you, know that you are not alone. Many people in the United Kingdom are predisposed to obesity and can’t seem to do anything to counter their fate. In fact, it is believed that about 50% of Great Britain’s obese residents eat a meager 800-1,500 calories per day! There are many reasons why even the healthiest lifestyles may not work for everyone, but luckily there solutions for those who find their body weight beyond their control.
So why do so many seem doomed to a life of obesity no matter what they do? There are many factors involved that most people don’t consider, such as toxins in the body, stress, and nutrition deficiency. One of the most common culprits, however, is a condition known as hypothyroidism, which results in an under active thyroid. This gland helps regulate your body’s metabolism, and if it doesn’t secrete two vital hormones fast enough, many of your body’s processes can be slowed to a crawl (including the process that turns food into usable energy). Unfortunately, hypothyroidism often has a slow onset, and by the time many people are diagnosed they have already gained a substantial amount of weight.
If you are one of the many people who struggle with uncontrollable weight gain, you have probably looked into some of the many options at your disposal to lose unwanted inches. Liposuction and abdominoplasties are fast solutions, but they can be dangerous and inadvisable for people who need to lose a great deal of weight. These procedures are also very temporary and expensive fixes for those with genetic and medical conditions that cause them to gain weight.
There are, however, many topical solutions on the market that can help reduce fat and cellulite to help you achieve the healthy look you’ve been aiming for. There are creams, lotions and body wraps available in the United Kingdom that claim to yield stunning effects in a short amount of time. Best of all, these are cost effective solutions that can often be used time and time again without the need for intrusive procedures like lipo or a tummy tuck.
Some of these products live up to their claims, as shown by recent studies by Louisiana State University in the United States. Others are, to be blunt, junk in jars that don’t help you lose weight anywhere but in your wallet. So how can you find a product that actually works? First of all, we recommend finding a body wrap that has authentic endorsements from customers and doctors alike. These companies can use jargon to talk for ages about the theoretical benefits they offer, but there is no arguing with real-life results. Also, look for a product that uses techniques from proven branches of science and medicine. Uncontrollable weight gain doesn’t have to affect you forever, so long as you know how to find safe, reliable products available to UK residents.continue reading