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There is no year that does not happen: summer arrives and lightning diets and miraculous methods arise that will help us lose weight in a very short time so that we arrive at the moment of putting on the bikini or swimsuit without worries. Leaving aside that what should really matter to us - and motivate us - to be at our proper weight (whatever this is) is health, the biggest problem is that many of these diets and products do not usually get what they promised, they are expensive and In some cases, they can be dangerous.

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It is possible that, during the last months, you have seen in some Mercadona supermarkets - not in all, because they are not yet for sale in all of Spain - their new shots made from some striking ingredients such as activated carbon, ginger or Aloe Vera, among other things. Currently, on the Mercadona website, aloe vera is no longer available for sale, but activated carbon and ginger.

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Chitosan is a frequent ingredient in pills or supplements to lose weight, as well as usually found in food substitutes. However, its effects are still poorly understood and that is why we wonder, what is true in the slimming properties of chitosan? Chitosan and its impact on body weight Chitosan is a compound rich in chitina, a very abundant polysaccharide similar to cellulose that cannot be digested by our body and that absorbs water as well as, carries with it some nutrients once present in the intestine.

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We find caffeine in coffee, tea, cocoa, guarana, in stimulant pills for weight loss and in many drinks and soft drinks that we find in any supermarket and, due to its presence in many products, we are probably going With its consumption. That is why we will see according to science how much caffeine we can consume safely and, in order to estimate our consumption, how much we find in our cup and in the most common products.

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Among the flagship products of ** nutritional supplementation **, magnesium supplements are often protagonists, especially those that target athletes. But as always happens when we stand before this market, we must ask ourselves with a critical eye if they are really necessary for our body to receive everything it needs, whether they comply with what they promise or if it is not possible to ingest all the necessary magnesium just eating well.

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Coconut oil is increasingly found in our kitchens and among the products we buy at the supermarket and therefore we will see what it is, what are its benefits, possible uses and ultimately if it is worth incorporating it into our day to day or not. What is coconut oil? It is a vegetable oil like olive oil, but unlike this coconut oil is 90% saturated fatty acids while monounsaturated oils prevail in olive oil.

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Cocoa is a very healthy food with great benefits among which we find improved memory, sports performance and now suggests that it is an aid when it comes to gaining muscle mass. How does cocoa help me gain muscle mass? Before explaining why cocoa helps you gain muscle mass, I need to explain two concepts: Myostatin is a molecule that limits the amount of muscle mass that our body can gain naturally.

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Creatine is perhaps one of the most popular and effective supplements that we can find today in supplementation stores. On the other hand, caffeine is a very common substance, consumed by most and there is a belief that these two substances combined are not compatible. Surely you have read and heard it on more than one occasion since it is said a lot that caffeine causes all the benefits of creatine to be lost and therefore not worth its consumption, but is this true?

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Over the years when mention has been made of certain foods we have always put our hands to the head or have always been seen as foods to avoid in our diet. The truth is that in collective feeling these foods occupy a lower position and therefore it is important that we take into account that they are not as bad as they are believed at all.

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