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The Real Detox – No Fad

If you need to jumpstart your weight loss efforts, nothing can be more effective than a detox.

Detox diets tend to get a lot of attention, mostly for their exaggerated claims of weight loss success. But the truth is, many detox diets are just fads. Most can’t be sustained for any long period of time, and some can actually be hard on your body.

This is why I lean towards a more natural, holistic approach – one that is geared towards simple lifestyle changes that can be maintained for the long term. In other words, you should view a detox as a more permanent change to your eating habits.

Out with the bad, and in with the good! This is how real weight loss happens.

Here’s my solution to detox diets for weight loss. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to weight loss success!

 

Detox Diets for Weight Loss – Lifelong Detox Solutions

1. Drink More Water – Before you do anything else, increase your water intake. Water is the best natural detox available. It effectively cleanses your body of toxins and keeps your metabolism running smoothly. Soft drinks should be out, and juices should be reduced as much as possible. All of these things are just too high in sugar.

 

2. Cut Down on Refined Sugars & Carbs – This brings us to my second point. The next most important step to a natural detox is to cut down on refined sugars and carbohydrates (especially simple carbs and starches). This is why fad detox diets fail, because they neglect basic principles of weight loss. Sugars and carbs are stored as fat if not burned off during exercise and energy production, so you must reduce your intake to see real results.

One easy way to fight your sugar cravings is to have a cup of tea. Drinking tea is an effective way to distract your palate and help you forget about those pesky cravings. One of the best teas for doing this is Magic Matcha Green Tea – it will also boost your metabolism and get you burning more fat!

 

3. Remove the Bad Fats – It’s also critical to remove bad fats (trans fats, saturated fats) from your diet. Fat is added to many foods in order to improve its flavor, but at the end of the day, this is like hitting your head against a weight loss wall. The more fat you take in, the more weight you’ll gain, simply put.

To keep yourself feeling satisfied and weighing less, go for healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, research shows that taking a supplement like NOW Ultra Omega-3 will effectively enhance your metabolism and help you shed the pounds!

 

4. Reduce Your Intake of Sodium – Looking for a quick fix to weight loss? Believe it or not, salt may be your answer. Sodium is added to many foods as a preservative and a flavor-enhancer, but sodium also leads to water retention – and that can make toning up very difficult. Watch your labels for high levels of sodium, and stop adding salt to your food! You’ll see some significant weight loss results within a week or so.

 

5. Avoid Processed and Packaged Foods – My final sustainable detox solution is to stop eating processed and packaged foods. When it comes down to it, these foods are full of all the bad things I just talked about, including sugar, refined carbs, bad fats, and sodium. Instead, aim for a whole foods diet that is rich in nutritional content. Also increase your intake of healthy superfoods like NOW Astragalus and you’ll see awesome results!

 

Detox Diets for Weight Loss – Conclusion

These simple detox solutions will help you lose weight and KEEP it off, I guarantee! And if you’re wondering what you should add to your diet, try increasing your intake of protein with natural supplements like Optimum 100% Natural Whey and Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer. Protein will boost your metabolism and help you feel full and satisfied!

 

Source:  Followed Tweet by @fitnesschicky: Detox Diets for Weight Loss http://bit.ly/NdxTph

 

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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Health and Science

 

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Drinking Out of The Garden Hose – Just Don’t Do It

As a gardener, I’m always sipping water from the hose — especially during these brutally hot days when I have no choice but to get out and weed. You can imagine how dismayed I was to come upon research released by the Ecology Center, which tested water coming from standard garden hoses and found that it can contain lead, endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins, especially in older hoses.

Hose fittings contain brass, an alloy that can contain up to 8% lead. One in three hoses tested had levels of lead that exceeded drinking water standards — one as high as 18 times the level. It turns out that hoses aren’t covered by the same lead laws that govern plumbing fixtures — even though those hoses are watering our food. Lead is also used as a stabilizer or pigment in the tube, especially in yellow and green hoses, which are practically ubiquitous. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that  especially affects children. Newer hoses, purchased since 2007, when a lawsuit led by California required labeling on hoses, might be lead-free, although Consumer Reports testing in 2011 still found lead in new hoses.

But no one has regulated BPA, an endocrine disruptor, out of garden hoses, although the FDA did recently ban it from sippy cups and baby bottles. The level of BPA in water from hoses can be up to 20 times higher than what the National Science Foundation considers safe. Then there are the endocrine disruptors. PVC (nicknamed “poison plastic”) hoses — most vinyl hoses — contain phthalates, used as plasticizers, which leach into hose water. Pthalates are endocrine disrupters, and some studies link them to liver cancer. Even some hoses made from recycled materials contained flame retardants and heavy metals, cadmium and antimony, leading the researchers to wonder if manufacturers had recycled flame retardant-treated plastics.

The Ecology Center offers a list of safe garden hoses, as well as a few tips: replace vinyl hoses with natural rubber hoses. Let the water run a few moments before watering plants (because you have to consider what kinds of toxics you are putting on your edibles, as well.) Store your hose in the shade.

But here’s the deeper problem: I can’t tell, looking at a hose, whether or not it is safe. Only a large scale overhaul of the regulations that govern what chemicals get into our stuff, such as the Safe Chemicals Act, can begin to protect us. Why should I have to worry about these things? Isn’t the heat wave and the drought enough cause for concern these days?

Source: http://ideas.time.com/2012/08/02/is-your-garden-hose-toxic/#ixzz22pJDUfWo

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Health and Science

 

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Pool Tummy Trimming Exercises

When the weather is warm, there is nothing quite like going for a refreshing swim at the local pool. To add to the benefits, you can use it as an opportunity to work on those stomach muscles. The water provides natural resistance, making the pool a great place to do stomach exercises to flatten out that tummy. Despite the greater resistance water has than air, aquasizing is low-impact, meaning less strain on joints. Try out these exercises next time you take a trip down to your pool. Remember, consult your doctor before beginning a new workout routine, and always warm up properly to prevent injury.

The first set of exercises to try is called the jump and dig. There are two moves in this set, one for the upper body and one for the lower body. The former is great for your obliques, and the latter works on your abdominals. To start, stand in water that is between your belly button and chest. To work the lower body (including your abdominals), put your feet a wide distance apart, then jump so your knees come up to the surface of the water and back down. Picture a frog as you do it; this will help you get the form right. Next, to work the upper body, begin by making a scoop with both hands at the surface of the water. Bring your hand scoop below the surface, then scoop up and to one side. Alternate sides to work the obliques on both sides. Start by doing the two moves separately for three minutes each. Once you have mastered the form, do them at the same time to exercise both sets of stomach muscles at once.

http://helpwithweightloss.org/fitness/aquasize-to-a-flatter-stomach/

 

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