HCG: The Hormone Diet

The HCG diet refers to a restriction diet which is based on 500 calories each day. The diet is supplemented either with oral HCG drops or daily injections of HCG hormone. Here are the facts behind this VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet).

Occasionally, a new diet usually sweeps across the world, promising rapid and easy weight loss in for a very little effort. The HCG diet for weight loss is an example of such a diet. The diet was first seen in 1950’s, had resurgence in 1970’s and is back again. The HCG diet is popular in the US and has continued to gain popularity in the UK and all over the world.

What is HCG?

HCG is the abbreviated form of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin which is a hormone that is found in the human body. The hormone is found in the urine during pregnancies. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is also produced by pituitary gland and certain tumors.

How Does HCG Hormone Work?

HCG normally triggers the human body to mobilize the fat stores so as to bring energy to the growing embryo. Being also gonadotropic, HCG also prompts genital developments. As such, the hormone is usually used as a fertility treatment.

How Does Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet Work?

The idea behind the HCG diet in general is simply that the hormone normally allows the body to access the fat stores faster than normal. Instead of having to lose muscle and bone mass, you will begin losing body fat immediately.

When following HCG diet plans, the theory is that the intake of low calorie allows you to begin losing weight while the HCG drops or HCG injections reduce your appetite and ensure that you are actually burning fat instead of muscles.

Although all this sounds plausible, there’s no scientific proof to really prove that HCG supplementation truly works. In 1995, a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published reports which showed no relationships between Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and weight loss.

What Does Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet Cost?

There are several HCG diets that are springing up around the world as this diet continues to gain popularity. The cost of the diet is significant for the individuals who go to surgeries for their consultations and injections; 1150 Euros for 30 days supply.

For the drops, you should expect to pay around 49.95 Euros for a single bottle, (2 fl oz, and 60ml). There shall also be additional costs for books, recipe guides and meal plans which can all be purchased from HCG Activate.


The Cons of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet

  • Exercise is not promoted as being part of the overall health.
  • Calorie restriction is usually way below what’s deemed safe by the greater part of the medical professions.
  • Side effects of the use of HCG aren’t understood.
  • Some cancers might not be caught in the early stages since HCG injections might mask certain indicators.
  • Lifestyle changes are not stressed.
  • Health concerns like Depression, Irritability and mood swings Dizziness, Constipation, Blood clots and Diarrhea

The HCG diet claims that you’re capable of losing a pound every day. This shall be due to the lack of calories as opposed to any influences of the drug. Successful weight loss plans is all about getting the right balance and adopting healthy lifestyles.


Different Herbs and Their Health Benefits

Most of the herbs grows naturally as wild plants. Most of them have been of major help in the production of medicines. Below are some of the herbs that have been widely used to treat different ailments.


This is a lovely warming herb that helps in stimulating digestion and appetite. This herb can help to upset stomach, relieve indigestion, and relieve excess gas in the stomach, and nausea as well as alleviating diarrhea. This plant has also been found to regulate blood sugar levels making it an ideal plant for diabetes. It also helps in improvement of circulation of blood within the body.


This is an excellent memory enhance herb. It is also rich in rosmarinic acid that helps in reduction of body inflammation and has a potent antioxidant effect. This herb also helps in lowering cholesterol and levels of triglyceride. It has also been used widely by traditional women who are at menopause to ease hot flushes.


This herb is rich vitamin k and a good source of antioxidants that are important for increasing the immunity of the body as well as improvement of bone density and blood clotting. It also possesses a very strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects that have been used before to treat respiratory, gastrointestinal problems, menstrual cramping and urinary tract problems. It is also a good natural insect repellant and also help in clearing of dandruff and acnes.


This is a plant that has been used traditionally to boost concentration and memory as well as relieving stress. It is also known to improve circulation, heartburn and easing of indigestion. It is also used for the stimulation of hair growth. It also contains high levels of microbial properties and antioxidants properties too.


Thyme contains a very high antimicrobial and antibacterial actions making it beneficial in the treatment of acne, candida and respiratory infections. It may also help in reducing hypertension and also offer protection against colon and breast cancers.

Aloe Vera

This is a succulent herb that has been widely recognized for many years as a balm for burns and cuts. It has anti-microbial properties within its sap. The sticky sap is smeared on an open wound that heals faster after it has been applied.


This is a powerful herb thought to have anti-cancer properties. It is rich in iron, vitamin A and C, folic acid, calcium, iodine as well as antioxidants that are all beneficial to our health.

In conclusion, there are many herbs that have been used to help us in curing different diseases in life. Most of them having been used for a long time until today.

Kratom: In With The Old, Out With The New

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa Korth) is a tropical evergreen and deciduous tree grouped in the coffee tree family (Rubiaceae) and native to Southeast Asia. It is mostly grown in southern and central regions of Thailand and rarely in the north region. Asian Mitragynine are found mostly in the rainforest while the African species (Hallea genus) are mostly found in swamps. Most of the species reach the height of 30 meters (100 feet). Its shape resembles that of bishop’s mitre and that’s where it got its first name.

Its genus is characterized by a globular flowering head of up to 120 florets each. Mitragyna Speciosa spread over 15 feet (4.5 meters) and its height is 50 feet (15 meters).It has dark glossy evergreen leaves in color, yellow flowers, its growth pattern is opposite and it has an ovate-acuminate shape. During the dry seasons the leaves fall off and there is new growth in the rainy season. The tree can be grown outside its natural habitat of around four degrees Celsius.

Uses: Mitragynine is responsible for most of Kratom effects. It has an affinity for the opioid receptor in the brain that affects mood and anxiety. Mitragynine gives euphoric-like feeling and improves your mood. Thai people use it as a traditional medicine to treat diarrhea. Users of Kratom are believed to be hard workers. Thai farmers, laborers and peasants use the plant to overcome the burden of meager existences and hard work. It is believed to give stamina. Kratom is known to have positive effects on your moods and it also affects the anxiety levels. Mitragynine act on the level of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a chemical that affects your mood.

Research shows that Kratom treats symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder. It is an effective tool against addiction due to its effects of stimulating and mood lifting. It lowers anxiety levels and gives strong, active and happy feelings and gives one strong desire to do work. Some people take it to intensify or prolong sexual intercourse. It reduces erectile problems in men and stimulates sexual desire in women. It has opiate drug effects which include cough suppression and analgesia. It should never be given to children.

Legality: In many European countries and in the United States, it is legal to grow, use and possess Kratom. It is the buyer’s responsibility to check the legality of any product before buying it. Kratom has been banned in Australia, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Burma, Sweden, Malaysia, Vietnam and Romania. It was banned in Thailand in august 1943 though the law was not found effective as the tree is indigenous in the country.

Strains: There are different ways if ingesting Kratom. Making tea out of it is the mostly used method but there era other alternatives which can help you get more out of it. In the market Kratom is found in powder, leaves and resin. Powder and resin are stronger than the leaves but the strength depends on the quality of plant made from and the age. If you want to make your own extract, Commercial leaves are quite good .High quality powder and leaves are expensive but you need to use less compared to low quality.

Preparation: Kratom can be ingested in various ways. You can smoke the leaves, chew them or make tea of it. Making tea out of the leaves is the easiest way of consuming Kratom. The amount that constitutes a normal dose is too much to be smoke easily. When chewing the fresh leaves you have to remove the stringy central vein but since the dried leaves are a bit tough, crush them into powder is the easiest method. Chewing takes some time and a person has to drink warm water or tea after it. If you cannot cope with the bitter taste, you can fill the capsules. To measure the content of 1 capsule you are recommended to use a milligram precision scale. Use “00” capsule sizes for a convenient look and feel.

When used responsibly, Kratom is not habit forming. However, never get into the habit of using it on daily basis as it could become a habit hard to break. Set yourself usage guidelines before you start using it. Use common sense while use kratom for medicinal purposes.