Best Metabolism Boosting Foods to Maximise Weight Loss

There are no real short-cuts for a great figure.

There are no real short-cuts for a great figure. Just healthy living.

People are always looking for short-cuts and quick fixes to help lose the unwanted fat they’ve been carrying for years. This search will always come up fruitless. However, it is true that there are certain foods you can consume which will help to increase your metabolic rate, thus helping you to burn fat quicker.

But simply consuming the foods listed in this blog won’t work alone. Eating them needs to be combined with regular exercise, lots of sleep, plenty of water, and a complete lack of processed, refined, sugary, packaged items disguised as food by corporations.

One of the best ways to get your metabolism moving is to ensure you never skip breakfast, and make sure the breakfast you do eat is not going to be heavy, stogy, fibre-less food which is just going to clog your guts and set you up for a weight-gaining day, as opposed to a weight-losing one.

1. Cinnamon and Raw Honey: A very popular ‘first thing in the morning’ drink, 1 tbsp of Cinnamon and 1 tbsp of raw Honey mixed with hot water is a great way to increase metabolism, and at the perfect time of the day too. Adding bee pollen is a delicious and incredibly nutritious option also.

Other spices such as garlic, cayenne, black pepper and mustard seeds have also been shown to increase some people’s ability to burn calories by up to 1000 times.

The gel of the Barbadensis Miller plant is a superb food source, and not that bitter at all.

The gel of the Barbadensis Miller plant is a superb food source, and not that bitter at all.

2. Aloe Vera (Barbadensis Miller variety)

In the same way that applying aloe vera topically soothes the skin, eating the gel from the Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller plant does the exact same thing to your intestines. Aloe Vera soothes and helps clear the intestinal walls of unwanted, built-up gunk and enables the digestive system to work to it’s full potential.

Aloe Vera is incredibly nutritious too. It’s known as the ‘miracle healing plant’ amongst many other grandiose names for a good reason.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is not only high in vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fibre, folate and calcium, upon digestion it also stimulates enzymes which cause fat cells to burn fat at a faster rate, whilst simultaneously providing you with heaps of nutrition!

Matcha tea is the king of metabolism boosting green teas!

Matcha tea is the king of metabolism boosting green teas!

4. Matcha Green Tea

All varieties of Green tea help to significantly boost metabolism, but none more so than Matcha. Matcha tea can help your system burn calories by four times, and it won’t raise blood pressure, the heart rate or put any stress on the body in general.

Green tea is filled with antioxidants which fight free radicals, and one glass of Matcha is, in terms of antioxidant content and nutritional value, equal to 10 glasses of other green teas.

5. Water (especially Coconut water)

This might sound like an odd one, but water is actually an appetite suppressant, and often times if you just drank some water when you think you’re hungry, that hunger will subside. Water greatly increases the rate of metabolism, and it’s important to stay fully hydrated not only for workouts, but for everyday life.

Drinking coconut water, and eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content is also going to aid you in your weight-loss journey

6. Hot Peppers

Cayenne, Jalapeño and Habenero peppers are high in a compound called capsaicin which is a very interesting compound indeed. It stimulates our pain receptors, increasing blood circulation and metabolic rate. It has been shown that eating hot peppers causes a ‘fat-burning spike’ which can last up to 3 hours, and helps to increase metabolism by 25%.

It is worth reiterating that a good, clean diet consisting mainly of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds mixed with an active lifestyle, loads of water and enough rest is a surefire way to see the pounds drop off. 

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Are Oranges the best source of Vitamin C?

If your doctor told you you needed to go away and consume as much orangesVitamin C as possible, what would be the first thing you’d reach for? Vitamin C tablets? An orange?

Oranges have long had a reputation for being packed with Vitamin C, but in comparison to many other common (and not so common) fruits and vegetables, oranges actually have a relatively low Vitamin C content.

Hopefully this blog will give you some great ideas for alternative and more effective ways of increasing your Vitamin C content, naturally.

Who is at risk of a Vitamin C deficiency?

  • People without a balanced diet – If someone is surviving primarily on cooked breads, meats, cheeses, microwave meals, fast food, beer and soft drinks (most people!) then it’s almost definite that they’re low in Vit C. Raw, fresh fruits and vegetables are where Vitamin C is found.
  • Smokers/Passive smokers – Smokers and people regularly exposed to passive smoke have been shown to have lower Vitamin C levels than people who don’t smoke, which medical professionals believe is down to higher levels of oxidative stress. Smokers are recommended to take an extra 35mg of Vitamin C daily, or just quit smoking!
  • Infants fed boiled/evaporated milk – Any parents giving their infant boiled or evaporated milk is at the same time destroying any Vitamin C the milk would normally provide. This leaves infants deficient at a time in their lives when proper nutrition is paramount.

So which foods have the highest Vitamin C Content?

acerola1. Acerola Cherries: By far the number one food on the planet in terms of Vitamin C content, comes the Acerola cherry. One tiny cherry contains 83.9mg of Vit C (one whole Orange contains 69.7mg) and 100g contains a whopping 1677.6mg.

2. Coriander: Dried herbs and spices such as Coriander also contain very high Vitamin C levels (566.7mg per 100g).

3. Green Chillies & Jalapeño Peppers: Great news for fans of spicy food! Green Chillies and Jalapeño Peppers are some of the best foods to consume to increase your Vitamin C levels, containing 242.5mg and 118.6mg per 100g respectively.

4. Blackcurrants: Apart from being sweet and delicious, Blackcurrants are also a great source of Vit C as one cup (112g) contains 202.7mg.

kale5. Dark Leafy Greens: The dark leafy green vegetable with the highest amount of Vitamin C is Kale, by some distance, with 120mg found in 100g of the plant. Turnip Greens, Swiss Chard and Spinach are also a good source but not quite as high as Kale.

6. Kiwi Fruit: Sweet, cheap and easy to get hold of, Kiwi fruit is a good place to start when looking for a quick and easy way to increase your Vitamin C content. With 105.4mg of Vit C per 100g or 90.6mg per Kiwi, this is a great fruit alternative or addition to your diet.

There are many, many other foods which contain decent Vitamin C levels. Some of these include: broccoli, guavas, garden cress, watercress, wasabi root, kumquats, bean sprouts, sun-dried tomatoes, saffron, cayenne, basil and rosemary (among others).

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Natural ways to treat Urinary Tract Infections

Cranberries are great for curing Urinary Tract Infections

Cranberries are great for curing Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most common infections found in the human body, accounting for over 8 million doctors visits in the US annually, and can be extremely painful for the unfortunate patients. They’re more often found in women, but are also prevalent in men, and in this blog we’ll take a quick look at exactly what a UTI is, and also some natural foods which can prevent and cure these infections.

What actually is the Urinary Tract?

In order for our bodies to remove waste and excess water, we need a drainage system. The Urinary Tract is this system. It consists of two kidneys, a urethra, two ureters and a bladder.

 

The human Urinary Tract

The human Urinary Tract

How can it become infected?

UTIs are caused by a build up for fungi, viruses or bacteria that live in the bowel. The most common cause of a UTI is a build up of the bacteria E-Coli (Escherichia Coli) on the epithelial cells of the urinary tract.

Some people are more at risk of getting a UTI than others. People with nerve damage or spinal chord injuries around the bladder are particularly susceptible, as this can lead to difficulty emptying the bladder which then leads to a bacteria growth.

People suffering from things like kidney stones or an enlarged prostate (or anything which obstructs the flow of urine) are also particularly at risk.

It has also been found that sexual activity can interfere with certain microbes in the bowel, moving them into the vaginal cavity where a UTI can form. So, it’s safe to say that just about everyone is at risk of getting a UTI at some point in their lives!

How can UTIs be treated?

Most doctors will prescribe antibiotics or antimicrobials for patients suffering with a UTI. As you’ll know though, the big problem with antibiotics is that they will not only destroy the specific bacteria you desire, but ALL the bacteria in your body. That’s right, both the good bacteria and bad bacteria. That’s an extremely unnatural process and personally, I would steer clear of them.

So, for those who wish to avoid antibiotics, the best course of action would be to consume natural foods which are known to reduce or prevent the types of bacteria which can cause UTIs.

Here is a small selection of some of those foods:

Cranberries

Probably the most well-known natural remedy for Urinary Tract Infections, Cranberries have been used for centuries and are the number 1 thing you should consume (along with lots of water, of course) if you’re experiencing any kind of pain in your urethra, kidneys, bladder, or during urination.

This is because Cranberries contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin which actually prevents the growth and spread of E Coli – the cause of approximately 85% of all UTIs.

 

Blueberries are high in antioxidants

Blueberries are high in antioxidants

Blueberries

Blueberries are another food high in antioxidants which prevent the growth of bacteria on the epithelial cells on the walls of the bladder. As the vast majority of UTIs are caused by bacteria, it makes a lot of sense to eat foods which are known to resist such bacteria.

Goji Berries

Gojis are an ancient Chinese medicinal food which benefit many areas of human health. However, it is the immune-enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties found in Gojis which relive UTIs.

Additionally, they’re very rich in vitamin C (great for healing), beta carotene, and contain 19 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, and are high in protein, B-vitamins, as well as fatty acids among other things.

Lemons will lower our pH levels

Lemons will lower our pH levels

Lemons

Lemon consumption is an excellent way to lower the body’s pH levels. When our bodies are in an alkaline state (low pH), it is impossible for bad bacteria (such as the UTI-causing E Coli) to grow and live.

Diuretics

Diuretics such as Coconut water, Watermelon, Cranberries and Asparagus (plus many more) encourage more frequent urination, which is going to flush out the entire Urinary Tract.

These are just a few examples of foods which can and will help with UTIs. And, as with everything here at Raw Cafe, everything is best consumed in its raw, natural state. Cooking these foods to include in other dishes, or to make more palatable, is only going to kill any medicinal properties inside.

If there are any really obvious examples we have missed, please comment below! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Raw Organic Honey’s medicinal benefits

Organic Raw Honey is an excellent health product

Organic Raw Honey is an excellent health product

When shopping for honey, as is the case with many other food products these days, you have two options: Firstly, an option to buy the cheap, processed form, and secondly, the raw organic form. Most of the honey that we’ll find on the supermarket shelves is unfortunately not the latter.

The vast majority of honey we find lining the grocery store shelves are commercial varieties which have been processed, refined, filtered, strained and/or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) leading to the destruction of all the honey’s natural enzymes, antioxidants and nutrients.

Commercial honey more often than not has large amounts of added high fructose corn syrup (which is often derived from GMO corn and is really not something you want to be consuming regularly, for it’s links to causing diabetes, obesity, cancer, hypertension and liver damage) and other added nasties including antibiotics. This stuff will offer your body practically zero nutritional benefits whatsoever, and you’ll be effectively just eating gooey sugar.

In order to reap the full benefits that honey has to offer, it needs to be consumed in its raw, unpasteurized state.

Raw honey is not only well known for it’s delicious taste, but also for it’s powerful medicinal properties. Used for around 2500 years for this very purpose, raw honey comes with all its many vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Vit C), minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and more) and enzymes intact and ready to be easily digested. Heating and pasteurizing honey will destroy all of these.

Manuka Honey is an especially nutritious from of Raw Organic Honey

Manuka Honey is an especially nutritious from of Raw Organic Honey

Anti-viral, anti-fungal”

Raw honey is home to anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which means it can dramatically help those with allergies by helping to promote a healthy immune system. The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties found in raw honey also make the product a great option to treat wounds with, as many doctors are only just starting to realize.

Healthy Digestive System”

Additionally, as raw honey supports a good bacteria called Bifidobacteria (which is found in our gastrointestinal tracts and vital for efficient digestion) it can actually help support a healthy digestive system and counteract indigestion.

The pre and pro biotics found in raw honey instigates the growth and activity of this good bacteria, Bifidobacteria, and thus makes it an excellent choice for those with digestion problems.

Morning boost”

Not only will raw honey bring you plenty of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, but it can also be used first thing in a morning as an excellent “pick-me-up”. I often start the morning with a tablespoon of the stuff and it has quite a kick!

The effects will vary depending on the quality and freshness of the honey, but nevertheless, you’ll certainly notice a boost to your morning energy levels after taking a hit of this.

Kiss sore throats goodbye”

Rather than turning to processed, nutrient-dead commercial honey whenever you or a loved one is suffering from a sore throat, instead, use raw honey. It’s anti-viral and anti-microbial properties will not only give instant relief from the pain, it will also fight the cause of the infection to help you kiss sore throats goodbye.

The bottom line

There are many different forms of honey available to purchase nowadays, but the only thing you need to remember when buying is to look out for the words “Raw” and preferably “organic” too.

Raw honey will often include bits of honeycomb inside

Raw honey will often include bits of honeycomb inside

An easy way to tell without checking all the labels is by taking a look at the honey’s colour. Commercial, processed and worthless honey will more often than not have a light yellowish colour, whereas real raw honey will be much darker, and will often contain parts of honeycomb, pollen, royal jelly and propolis (which are the main sources of honey’s nutrients, antioxidants and minerals).

If all this wasn’t enough to convince you that raw honey is worth the slightly higher price to pay, then you might also want to know that raw honey tastes, much, much better than any commercialized honey you could possibly find. So that alone makes it worth a try, surely?

Bluntly put, if you’ve never had raw honey, you’ve never had honey. 

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The Wonderful Truth Behind the Saturated Fat in Coconut oil

Coconut oil is your best friend.

Coconut oil could well come to be your best friend.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re one of many millions and millions of people who have been brought up to believe that saturated fat is bad for human health, period.

It’ll clog your arteries and give you heart disease.” That’s probably what you’ve heard, right? Well, the truth is, in order to understand whether or not that statement is really true, you need a deeper understanding of what saturated fat really is and is it all “created” equal?

Take coconut oil for example. For many years it was vilified by just about anyone for being insanely high in saturated fats (which is true, the fat in coconut oil is about 90% saturated) and damaging for our health. But there is one key point we need to understand when differentiating between fats found in coconut oil, or say, a cheeseburger, and that is that the saturated fats in coconut oil, and the saturated fats in things like burgers and steaks etc are simply not one and the same thing. They must not be treated as such!

To understand why the saturated fat in coconut oil is good for you, but the stuff in burgers is not, we’ll be looking at two areas: 1) Medium & Long-chain triglycerides and 2) Lauric acid. We’ll start with the former.

Medium & Long Chain Triglycerides

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides which are easily digested and provide instant energy

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides which are easily digestible and provide instant energy

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and long-chain triglycerides (LCTs, and both also known as fatty acids) are two very different things.

Long-chain fatty acids are found in most common every day cooking oils and in the undesirable “dead” foods commonly found in the standard American diet, some of which have already been mentioned here.

The reason this is important is because long-chain fatty acids are not good for you at all.

  • They’re incredibly difficult for your body to break down.
  • They put strain on the liver, pancreas and indeed the entire digestive system.
  • They’re also stored in the body as fat, and get deposited in our arteries in lipid forms.

Or in other words, the kind of stuff you’ve heard from the mainstream media about “saturated fats”. But here’s the good bit: Coconut oil contains none of these LCTs. The triglycerides found in coconut oil are all medium-chain, which are

  • easily absorbed and permeated through cell membranes
  • don’t strain our organs
  • sent directly to the liver, where rather than being stored as fat (like LCTs) they’re instead converted into usable energy.

Oh and let’s not forget that MCTs increase stimulation of the body’s metabolism, which means eating coconut oil will help you to lose weight, not gain it.

People have occasionally commented when looking at some of our raw food desserts at Atsumi Raw Cafe, claiming they wouldn’t want to eat them for fear of putting on weight due to the amount of fat content in the desserts such as coconut oil and avocado. Of course, that is not what would happen in reality, as the fats in these foods contain MCTs not LCTs and it’s all down to the difference between the two.

Lauric Acid

The second area that I’m looking at today in this blog, is lauric acid: Coconut’s secret ingredient! A substance which is rarely found in nature, and is considered by some to be a “miracle” ingredient.

Why? Well, because when consumed, lauric acid is converted by the body into something called monolaurin, which is a mono-glyceride which can

  • destroy viruses such as HIV, herpes, influenza
  • and is an extremely powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial substance.

As mentioned already, it’s hard to find lauric acid in nature as there aren’t many foods out there which contain it, so it’s not easy for the body to get monolaurin. The good news? Coconut oil has the highest amount of lauric acid of anything else on Earth (that we know of)!

The bottom line

Coconut oil is great for you, and in truth I haven’t even begun to touch the surface on it’s full range of benefits.

Coconut oil also

  • helps fight diabetes because it does not create an insulin spike in the blood stream, as it acts instead like a carbohydrate.
  • And it additionally has well-known benefits for the skin, hair and cardiovascular function.
  • Plus more which I’ve no doubt forgotten.
Coconut oil can be turned into a healthy skin and hair cream

Coconut oil can be turned into a healthy skin and hair cream

We use virgin coconut oil in all of our desserts here at Raw Cafe and is a great addition to smoothies and shakes.

And if you still wish to cook food from time to time (perfectly acceptable!), then coconut oil is a superb substitution for the vegetable oils and peanut oils which will all contain LCTs and be doing your body no good at all.

Also, cooking with coconut oil tastes much, much better than any other oil I’ve tried – so give it a go.

Don’t forget: Always buy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. If you can’t afford to buy organic, at least make sure it is Virgin.

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Flax Seeds: The health food championed by Charles the Great, Ghandi & Hippocrates

Pretty blue flowers of the Flax Plant

Pretty blue flowers of the Flax Plant

What exactly are Flax Seeds and what’s their history?

Valued for centuries and centuries for their essential nutritional value, Flax Seeds are very small brown seeds which are cultivated from the pretty blue-flowering Flax plant.

Thanks to hieroglyphics found in ancient burial chambers, we know that flax was grown and consumed for its fibrous properties since as far back as the year 3000 B.C.

The history of human consumption of flax doesn’t end there. In 650 B.C. the ‘father of medicine’, Hippocrates, championed the use of flax for its health benefits and furthermore, Charles the Great, the first emperor in Western Rome since the collapse of the Roman Empire, passed laws necessitating its regular consumption.

Its long standing reputation as an essential ingredient for human health was even boosted by the great Mahatma Ghandi, when he was quoted as saying “Wherever flax seed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health”.

So flax is great for humans. This we know. In fact it’s been known long before any of us were born… but, why is it so good for us?

Why should I bother with Flax?

Flax Seeds are brown and can be added to smoothies or sprinkled on salads/cereal

Flax Seeds are brown and can be added to smoothies or sprinkled on salads/cereal

The single most important element of flax seed which makes it so vital that we consume it as regularly as we can, is its high Omega-3 content.

You’ve probably heard many times that humans need fat to survive, so it’s important to occasionally eat hamburgers, fries and pizzas etc. Only part of that statement is true. Can you guess which bit? Spoiler alert, it’s not the bit about hamburgers, pizzas and fries.

The fats found in those types of foods are hydrogenated and saturated which are certainly not important for human consumption. Not at all. In fact, please avoid these at all costs.

The fats that humans need to be consuming are in fact polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, or to be precise; Omega-3 and Omega-6, which aren’t actually produced naturally in the human body, so can only be obtained from certain food sources. You see, when our body creates new cells (which is does constantly throughout our lives; we have a new epidermis every 25 days and a new skeleton every 10 years, for example) it uses the materials you consume to build these cells. As Omega-3 is a vital component in making up almost every cell membrane we have in our body, would you rather your cells made from that or the carcinogenic, heart disease-giving monstrosities that are hydrogenated and saturated fats?

Think about it for a moment. That Big Mac you had last night won’t be gone the next time you visit the loo, your body will make new cells out of it. Nice thought?

Even Ghandi was a big believer in flax for optimum health

Even Ghandi was a big believer in flax for optimum health

Just to give you some further food for thought on this subject, according the a study called “The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States” by the University of Harvard, 72,000-96,000 deaths occur annually because of Omega-3 deficiencies. This will partly be down to Omega-3 not being found in a huge amount of produce, and even less so in our modern diets which are made up of mostly ‘food-like’ products. Natural sources of Omega-3 include: walnuts, winter squash, olive oil, and fish oils.

Other benefits of flax seeds include:

  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Helps to burn excess body fat
  • Aids the growth of healthy nails and hair

How to get Flax into my diet

There are many brands of Flax Seed Oil available, just make sure you buy one which is Certified Organic

There are many brands of Flax Seed Oil available, just make sure you buy one which is Certified Organic

Unless you’re regularly consuming large amounts of the foods mentioned above, you’ll do yourself plenty of favours by investing in an Omega-3 supplement.

Flax Seed Oil is a favourite of ours as it can be easily added to smoothies and juices, but it can also be purchased in soft gel capsules. When buying any supplements of any kind, please ensure that they are 100% organic, natural and non-synthesized.

At Atsumi Raw Café, you’ll find flax seed in many of our products, especially our smoothies.

If you have any comments, or if there is anything you think has been missed out here, please comment below. And don’t forget to share this blog! 🙂

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Gua Sha: The ancient Chinese massage said to offer relief from chronic pain, colds & flu and even reduce wrinkles

Gua Sha treatment uses smooth tools to apply pressure

Gua Sha treatment uses smooth tools to apply pressure to the skin

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese healing technique practiced in clinics and homes for centuries. The treatment is now found all over the world, but it is more common in Asian countries, especially Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and of course, China.

What is “Gua Sha”?

Sometimes known as “Spooning”, “coining” or “scraping”, Gua Sha is a healing technique that intentionally bruises the skin in order to remove toxins from injured areas, stimulate blood flow and thus increase healing.

The ancient treatment involves stimulation of the blood vessels by applying pressure in downward strokes using a smooth round edged instrument, which is believed to remove stagnation of the blood and promote circulation and normal metabolism.

The “Sha” part of the name is the term used to describe the reddened, elevated skin rash/bruising that can sometimes occur following treatment.

What’s it used for?

Gua Sha is used to treat a myriad of ailments. From treating muscle soreness, colds, flu and other infectious illnesses, to asthma, digestive problems, and even chronic pain.

Essentially, the Chinese believe that many of these problems can be caused by a block of Qi (energy) in the blood. The treatment is said to free up Qi and decongest blood, thus reducing the symptoms.

Facial Gua Sha is growing in popularity

Facial Gua Sha is growing in popularity

Another common use for Gua Sha is on the face, to reduce wrinkles and remove toxic fluid deposits, thus thinning and ‘lifting’ the face, giving a younger appearance. Facial Gua Sha is becoming more and more popular as many have reported noticing positive results after just one or two sessions of the treatment.

When practicing facial Gua Sha the process is much lighter and thus doesn’t leave any bruising or marks.

What is “Sha”?

As mentioned earlier, Sha refers to the reddened elevated skin that can be a result of the treatment. The type of Sha that the patient experiences is used to indicate what type of problems they are suffering from.

If there is no problem the skin will only turn pink. If the Sha is black, it indicates that there has been a prolonged blood stasis (stagnation), and a very light Sha indicates a deficiency of some kind in the blood.

Usually “Sha” will fade within 2 to 3 days.

How is the treatment applied?

Sha is raised while the patient is lying on their stomach. The back, shoulders, neck and limbs are the most commonly treated areas. Rarely is Sha raised on the chest and abdomen.

It begins with a generous application of oil, after which the skin is rubbed in strokes of 4 to 6 inches, with a smooth round edged instrument. The skin is rubbed continuously for 20 to 25 minutes.

Traditionally, people have used many objects as Gua Sha tools over the centuries, from water buffalo’s horns to soup spoons and even coins. Nowadays though, Jade is the material of choice for modern-day professional Gua Sha therapists.

Is it safe? Or painful?

Gua Sha may seem like a painful or unpleasant experience due to the redness left on the skin which some people experience after treatment, but in fact it is mostly painless. Some people do occasionally report small discomforts however, especially when working on particularly sore or tense areas of the body.

Effectively, Gua Sha is just a form of body work like a massage, the main difference being that a tool is used. And, due to the ability of this treatment to stimulate blood circulation, it is believed to be both a preventative and curative practice with numerous health benefits.

Keep an eye out on Raw Cafe’s Facebook page for information on possible upcoming Gua Sha related events at Atsumi Raw Cafe.

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