Clear Skin

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Tip #1: AVOID Most (but Not All) Dairy Foods

  • After the age of 5, most people stop producing the enzyme that breaks down the lactose in milk.
  • When undigested milk enters your bloodstream, your gut starts reacting to these molecules, causing discomfort and an array of symptoms.
  • Grass-fed butter does NOT contain lactose, casein, or whey. Goat, sheep, and buffalo cheese DO contain these.
  • Whey protein can cause acne and other skin irritations.
  • Dairy also raises ESTROGEN to abnormal levels, which leads to reduced sex drive in women. Dairy foods can account for 60-70% of all estrogen taken in through diet. Most cows are milked continually throughout pregnancy, when estrogen levels are at their highest, so dairy can be very high in estrogen.
  • Additionally, consuming foods that contain sulfur, like garlic and onions, can help control and reduce estrogen levels. Sulfur-rich foods can assist the liver in breaking down toxins. The liver helps to break down and process excess estrogen, so eating to support it can be invaluable in lowering excess estrogen.


Tip #2: Swap Coconut Milk for Dairy When Possible

  • Coconut milk contains healthy fatty acids which increase the good cholesterol in your body.
  • To make vitamin D, your body requires healthy levels of cholesterol, which coconut milk can help support.
  • Coconut Milk is a great source of magnesium, providing around 89 milligrams per cup. MOST people are deficient in this mineral critical for health and energy
  • Coconut Milk is a NUTRIENT DENSE food. Look at a carton next time you are in the store and you’ll see that it is rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. These nutrients are ESSENTIAL for your skin health!

Tip #3: AVOID Gluten-Containing Grains

  • Gluten-free foods and cookbooks have been exploding recently. The reason is that your body reacts poorly to the protein, to different degrees.
  • New research is showing that MOST people have some level of Gluten Intolerance. The protein passes through your gut wall, causing an array of reactions.
  • A Gluten Allergy occurs when your immune system has an overreaction to the gluten protein. Skin rashes, itching, hives and redness can be a result of this. 30% of people are now thought to be in this category.
  • Celiac Disease is a full blown auto-immune condition, where the immune system has an abnormal response to gluten and attacks both the intestine and the cellular structure of your body!


Tip #4: Make Eating High-Fiber Foods Your TOP Priority

  • Foods like dairy and gluten hurt your gut, which hurts your skin. Fiber has the opposite effect, promoting the growth of good bacteria in your gut, making it harder for the “bad” foods to get through and hurt you!
  • Beans have a very high level of fiber. People with eczema report feeling better when their consumption of beans is at a high level.
  • Pears, apples, raspberries and nuts are high in fiber.
  • A high quality Fiber supplement can also be a helpful addition to the diet. You should aim for a daily target of 40 grams.

AVOID: Foods with Fungus

  • As opposed to foods which arefungi, when non-fungus foods grow fungus (like mold) they can be inflammatory.
  • Molds can produce mycotoxins (mushroom toxins) which remain in the food, even after you cut off the moldy part.
  • If your food grows moldy, just throw it away! By the time you can see the mold, it’s been there

EAT: Fungi

  • Mushrooms are a great source of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals which can fight inflammation in your skin, and help prevent cancer according to the latest research.
  • Mushrooms are also rich in antioxidant nutrients like selenium, which help protect your skin.
  • Some types of mushrooms can be high in vitamin D, an important vitamin for skin health.

AVOID Mushrooms if you are sensitive to mold

AVOID: Char grilled Meat

  • Cooking meat too long and at too high a heat creates dangerous compounds called “advanced glycation end products”, or “AGEs” for short.
  • AGEs, as the name implies, age you, including your skin, by causing inflammation.
  • To avoid creating AGEs, don’t char grill your meat. Avoid a blackened crust and cook only as much as is needed to kill pathogens.

EAT: Green Leafy Vegetables

  • We know that greens are “good for you” but did you know that greens are powerful sources of antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals?
  • These same vitamins and phytochemicals offer protection to your skin and help keep it in its best shape possible.

AVOID: High-Sodium Foods

  • Foods high in sodium, like potato chips and other processed foods, can cause fluid retention and high blood pressure.
  • When fluid is retained in certain areas, such as beneath your eyes, it can make the skin look puffy.
  • Try to limit sodium to 2,000 mg a day max. Most sodium comes from processed foods, not from salt you add to dishes.

EAT: Avocado

  • Avocados are rich in the monounsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, the same that is found in olive oil. This oil is helpful in skin rejuvenation and protection.
  • Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, an incredible nutrient for healthy skin that could help minimize damage from sun exposure.

AVOID: Too Much Fruit

  • This is a surprise to many people
  • Having too much fruit can spike your insulin levels, leading to inflammation and potential skin damage.

EAT: Berries

  • Berries are extremely rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, which will preserve your skin.
  • Berries are also high in fiber, another skin health booster!

AVOID: Alcohol

  • Alcohol when consumed in excess can dry out your skin and cause vessels to burst, causing problems like rosacea.
  • In moderation, alcohol appears to be okay, so limit your intake to 2 drinks a day (for men) or 1 drink a day (for women).
  • Alcohol is a toxin when consumed in large amounts, and decreases your body’s ability to get rid of other toxins. Eventually, this can lead to skin problems.

EAT: Fatty Fish

  • Fatty fish is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
  • Omega-3s like EPA and DHA fight inflammation, which can be a source of skin issues.
  • Omega-3s also help make your skin more supple by encouraging healthy production of cytokines, hormone-like messengers which act only in a local area.

AVOID: Coffee

  • Coffee can be dehydrating, which may cause skin to lose its moisture.
  • As with alcohol, coffee in moderation appears to be okay–16 oz or less per day.
  • Coffee can also stimulate the release or cortisol, which can cause skin to break out.

EAT: Green Tea

  • Green tea contains polyphenols which help your skin fight sun damage.
  • Green tea is also rich in antioxidants, which help fight skin damage.
  • To gain the most protection from green tea, make sure it is caffeinated!

AVOID: Deep Fried Foods

  • The fat which deep fried foods are fried in often contains transfats, which can increase your skin’s susceptibility to sun damage.
  • Deep fried foods also tend to be high in simple carbohydrates, which can cause a spike in insulin and produce skin-damaging inflammation.
  • Deep fried foods usually replace healthier options in your diet, like fresh vegetables, that benefit your skin.

EAT: Nuts

  • Nuts are rich in healthy fats and essential fats, like monounsaturated fats and omega-6 fats.
  • Omega-6s can be inflammatory when consumed in large amounts (such as from processed foods), but when consumed in healthy amounts such as from nuts they play a vital role.
  • Omega-6s help your skin grow new cells and rejuvenate itself.

AVOID: Excess Sugar

  • Excess sugar can spike insulin and cause skin-damaging inflammation.
  • Foods high in added sugar tend to be devoid of nutrients which protect your skin, like antioxidants and phytochemicals.

EAT: Chocolate (in Moderation)

  • Chocolate is rich in antioxidant phytochemicals that can help protect your skin.
  • Choose dark chocolate (the darker the better) as it will be richer in the beneficial compounds.
  • Chocolate can also be high in added sugar, so be sure to consume it in moderation!

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Tips, Tricks and Secrets

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Here are just a few of the tips and tricks you will learn in my audio cd’s ‘The not so secret, secrets of weight loss’

Physical effort is considered by some people to be hard work, a nuisance, a burden and something to be avoided at all costs. Start thinking of it the other way. Look at each movement not as being a burden or a waste of time but instead an opportunity to control your weight, protect your health and improve your well-being. If a neighbor is struggling with carrying a bag or a suitcase, run to their rescue instead of looking away. Use your body for what it was made for and get its 723 muscles working. If something falls on the ground, be the first to pick it up.  If your elevator has broken down, don’t moan and groan, walk up the stairs and note that some people pay good money for step classes at the gym. There is one thing you must remember; exerciseis great for your health, so get moving!
Work hard at developing your muscles and create a whole group of fat burning muscles!

Your muscles and your brain are the two organs you can use to purposely lose weight.  The only ones used to burn calories.

A muscle that works against maximum resistance uses up an enormous amount of energy and when it stops working, it continues to burn calories. Less than when exercising but even throughout the day and then while you are sleeping your body is still burning calories from that workout. This activity goes on for 60 hours (i.e. two and a half days). Then it comes to a halt and nothing more happens. If you don’t want it to come to a halt, exercise for 10 minutes, just 3 times a week but make it intense. Get as many muscles and muscle groups involved as possible, by encouraging those muscles that never do any work to become part of your arsenal of calorie burners. Shoulders, arms, legs, glutes, abdominals, back muscles, calves and the vertebrae extensor muscles that make you tall. You only need a minute per muscle but with maximum intensity so that you get them working for another 60 hours. So get exercising!

You want to lose weight?

Love what you hate and seek what you are avoiding!

Try this experiment.  Radically change your mental attitude. Instead of viewing a trip, work or physical exercise as a chore or punishment, look at them as blessings and genuine gifts that life is sending your way. Change your perspective. Doing is living! This mental reversal changes the situation radically. Look for any opportunity of doingwith your body. Don’t let technologies deprive you of any opportunity to be active. By giving over a major part of what you do to technology, you are essentially handing over a part of your life which renders you less active, and increases your weight!
Stop wasting time and lose weight!

Not enough time?  Does exercise bore you, or make you feel tired but you would still like to lose weight?

You are just going to love this secret! Instead of wasting time by rushing to the gym, put in the same amount of physical exercise at any point in your day when you’ve got time to kill. Or better yet, add it to chores or activities that you must do. Here are some examples: you have to brush your teeth.  You’d like to brush them thoroughly but you are in a rush and not that keen on brushing.  While you are brushing them, and this can easily take three minutes, get your legs to bend slightly as you stand in front of the mirror. Instead of waiting for the elevator, walk down the stairs quickly! If you are waiting for the bus, pace up and down. In the subway, stand up straight without putting your weight on one hip. Have dishes to wash? Wash them yourself. You won’t have to pre-rinse, put them in the dishwasher and then get them out. You need to pick up something from the floor? Don’t bend over by bending your trunk forward, bend your knees. This will use your lower body and will help you slim down for life.

Get moving!

Does  your body’s  existence involves going from your bed to the chair, then from the elevator to your car, from your office chair to a chair in a restaurant,… then in the evening back to the dining room table, then the sofa with a TV tray and remote control? If this classic scenario is at all familiar to you, then you are truly a sedentary person!  Don’t tell yourself “I’m as normal as all my friends, neighbors and colleagues and they live like me”.   Try not to be a sedentary person who is living below their full potential.  For physical, metabolic and psychological reasons, being so sedentary is toxic and as dangerous and harmful to your health as smoking 10 cigarettes a day. To get out of this state and its risks, all you have to do is stand up for one hour per day or walk for 20 minutes or run for 10 minutes.  Follow my advice and you will become human again!

You want to lose weight? Carry your grocery bags!

Tell yourself “I am taking responsibility for my body.  I am making use of it again and giving it a reason to live.”  Don’t forget that your body is a part of you.  The part which experiences, feels, suffers or finds fulfillment. Don’t expect to find total happiness until you achieve a healthy body and a stable weight. So don’t give up and rely on technology to take over! Technology is there to make your life appear easier,  when in reality it makes you lazy and dependent on gadgets that don’t give you anything back but which you completely depend on. It’s not about going back to the Stone Age but about being aware of all these ways that technology makes you less active. Be happy and carry your grocery bags with a cheerful smile!

Your home is a magical place for losing weight!

If you are the one in charge of taking care of your home, don’t be persuaded by the modern-day thinking that depreciates house chores. If your intention is to lose weight and slim down, this is a fantastic opportunity by combining both of what is useful and efficient. Pick up a broom and sweep your home (dancing along to music, of course!). Clean your windows with a wet cloth, clean your walls, dust your belongings, and vacuum your carpets. Wash dishes by hand, instead of just placing them in the dishwasher.  I am sure that the majority think this recommendation sounds trivial. But, would you prefer lifting weights in front of a mirror at a gym that may be miles from your home, or pedal on a stationary bicycle that doesn’t go anywhere?  If you enjoy cooking, try preparing foods from scratch, and if you have a garden, you can be sure to lose weight by spending time giving life to a garden of flowers, plants, and vegetables.

Frail and the very opposite of sporty, the French author François Mauriac got into the habit of jumping up and down in front of his full-length mirror. He jumped up and down starting off with small, gentle knee bends to warm up, gradually jumping higher and higher. I thought this was a fantastic idea and so I adopted it. As he recommended, I started jumping up and down.  This stimulated my body’s strength and energy and produced a satisfying feeling of being alive which is joy. Finally, I realized that, even though temporary by definition, my joy was ongoing with this physical exercise. Then, I tried to test this sort of jumping in isolation without associating it with joy. I realized that jumping up and down made me feel joyful. Is this conditioning or mental association? I don’t know but since then, I have been creating little moments of joy and I maintain this two-way association.  At the same time, I work on my quadriceps muscle, the biggest calorie burner so I am controlling my weight. Try it out. You have nothing to lose (except some ounces)!

There is a world of difference between a little exercise and none at all.

Recent studies have proved that among those people who are very inactive, there was a fundamental difference between carrying out simple normal and useful activities and being totally sedentary. Walking to get to the nearest bus stop or subway, doing some shopping by walking to the local shops, taking your kids for a walk, bringing them back home from school, doing a little house work is enough to prevent muscular function from dying out. It’s like the difference between a car that has stopped with its engine still ticking and another car whose engine has been switched off.  The difference is even more marked when you are dieting because your body starts to operate in economy mode and in this case if you are totally sedentary you will be burning up practically nothing.  For those who are very sedentary, twenty minutes of walking per day is enough to rev up your metabolism and get you ready to lose weight!

A study of young overweight women that was carried out recently has shown that those who scheduled exercise into their daily lives lost more weight.

They lose more easily and permanently than those women who do all their physical exercise at one given time. Four short separate seven minute sessions are better than 30 minutes in one stretch. It is easier to fit short exercises into a working day than a session at the gym, especially if the day involves some travelling. Also, by spreading your exercises out over the day this allows you to vary and keep track of them and still have desire to exercise.  Start when you wake up with 1.5 minutes of work on your abdominals and 1.5 minutes on your glutes muscle.  Do this while still in bed and then the same when you go to bed and it adds up to 6 minutes.  Three minutes’ walk to get the bus, go to the station or take the subway and another 3 minutes to go home and that’s 6 more minutes. When it’s lunch time, take a walk in whatever direction for 4 minutes and come back. There’s another 8 minutes you can definitely add on. You end up with 20 minutes of exercise added into your day without any effort. But this was just an example. Let your imagination get to work and try brushing your teeth while you walk around or stand up when you are on the bus, go up your stairs 4 times a day, or make up little exercise segments. Spread your exercises throughout the day and you’ll be done exercising before you know it!

Stress effects weight in two ways: by triggering cortisol secretion which causes water retention and increases visceral fat and also by encouraging you to eat fatty, sugary comfort foods to reduce the unpleasantness of stress.

When you start to feel stress, I can suggest a technique to neutralize the negative effects before they develop. This technique which involves a stretching-breathing combination combines two simple actions which reinforce each other.  Stretching: this involves the trapezius muscles, the two muscles which are the most prone to stress and whose tension echoes in your mind. The trapezius muscles are the two muscles that connect the neck to the shoulders and extend down to the lower back. To stretch them, all you have to do is to push the top of your head up towards the ceiling while at the same time dropping your shoulders down as far as you can. Extending the trapezius muscles relaxes them and their relaxation in turn relaxes your mind. Breathing: at the same time breathe in slowly until your lungs are completely full and then stop breathing in for a maximum of three seconds. Then breathe out slowly until your lungs are emptied. With five breathes in and out, you will have completely replenished the air in your lungs, released your intercostal muscles and your diaphragm and completely relaxed your trapezius muscles. This takes 75 seconds, hardly more than a minute.  You are now safe from stress and its after-effects!

There are many people who think that to lose weight the best way of exercising is to do sports. This isn’t true. Walking is the best way. 10 minutes of walking every day may not seem much to you, but it’s definitely achievable and is much more effective than a session at the gym. Twenty minutes is more effective than 2 sessions and 30 minutes more so than 3 sessions. What’s more, you don’t have to do all your walking in one go. You can divide it up and spread it throughout your day. Five minutes here, three minutes there and you won’t even notice them go by. Once you’ve gotten into the habit, you’ll stick to it.

Walking is by far the simplest, most natural, least tiring, least dangerous and the least expensive form of exercise. Walking requires you to use large muscle groups such as the quadriceps and gluteus muscles. These muscle groups are great calorie burners.  Walk for 30 minutes per day and I can guarantee that this will help you lose weight. But above all else, these 30 minutes are one of the foundations for stabilizing your weight permanently. You’ll never imagine all the positive changes that walking can offer you. If you walk immediately after your meal (lunchtime and evening), you increase your calorie consumption by 20 to 30%. If you don’t have time, try the treadmill, you don’t even have to go out or get dressed in your workout gear. Finally, walking is as healthy as eating right. It keeps your heart healthy, and your mood cheerful, it helps your mind and memory function.  It encourages your imagination and reinforces what you’ve learned. To lose weight correctly and permanently, believe me when I say: GET WALKING!

Some people take their car to the car wash but this takes time or they forget to or can’t be bothered. If you are trying to lose weight, wash your car yourself. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and I can assure you it will help you to burn some calories. Try to make the job more involved. Wash your car using lots of water, use soap, rinse it off, dry it and then make your car shine by putting on some polish. Keep yourself upright on both feet without putting your weight on only one hip. This activity lasts 30 minutes, the time it takes to do a session at the gym but here at least you have a goal, you are doing something useful with a purpose that involves you. Also, if you really apply yourself, you will have burned between 350 and 400 calories!

Several studies done in four continents suggest apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss. The recommended amount is 2 tablespoons. Taken at the start of a meal, vinegar helps break down proteins and fats. The acidity can sometimes limit how much a person can take.  Those with a sensitive stomach or past history of ulcers should not use it at all.  Vinegar is in fashion.  They range from white, raspberry to sherry and balsamic vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is virtually a medicinal liquid and many studies and experiments have proved its breakdown action on proteins and its cleansing effect on fats. But balsamic vinegar has another quite exclusive advantage for weight control. It enables you to make sauces almost without any oil at all, by being slightly caramelized and a little more viscous and thicker than other vinegars. Did you know that as far as weight is concerned, oil is the most dangerous food? It is by far, the richest food created, 9 calories for just one single gram. One tablespoon of oil contains roughly 120 calories. If a salad needs two tablespoons, this amounts to 240 calories. You end up eating almost as much fat as a brownie with this innocent salad without even realizing it. With balsamic vinegar, there’s no such problem. I make up my vinaigrette with five tablespoons of this vinegar, one tablespoon of mild mustard, one tablespoonful of water and one teaspoon of olive or walnut oil. I add eight basil leaves and a clove of garlic. The end product is fit for a king and nearly 20 times less rich than traditional vinaigrette. What’s more, balsamic vinegar is tasty and you can include it in your cooking. Just try it once when you de-glaze your chicken breasts. You won’t be able to do without it anymore!

Here are two great slimming allies with exceptional taste.

It is difficult to live without coriander after you have learned how to use it. For a Westerner, cardamom offers a taste and a smell from somewhere else, from another fascinating and magical place. If you just take the time to close your eyes, to put aside for just a moment our modern western pace and enjoy its taste, even if it is only in a modest cup of cardamom flavored tea. But this isn’t the heart of the secret. When you are losing weight there are two small inconveniences that may bother you: bad breath and constipation, along with its twin sister abdominal bloating. If your breath becomes a problem and embarrassing for you, think of cardamom.  The simplest thing to do is to infuse it in some green tea. For your abdominal bloating, it’s coriander that you need. Use it in everything,  in your vinaigrette dressings, in your soups (1 pinch per bowl) and on all your white meat.    A secret within the secret: if you are really worried about your breath, peel and crush together some cardamom and coriander and add this mixture to your normal toothpaste and use it to brush your teeth and tongue.

If you have a passion for chocolate, it’s because you love the richness and smoothness that defines cocoa. It’s in cocoa’s powder where its stimulating effects are concentrated. Cocoa has anti-depressant properties and contains phenylethylamine, a feel good substance. Cocoa’s magnesium provides a soothing and tranquilizing effect.  Theobromine and caffeine are compounds in cocoa responsible for the strongest sensory and emotional charge of all the foods in the world. The rest of the cocoa is made up of cocoa butter and sugar. This adds calories and cholesterol. When dieting, buy some low fat cocoa from a health food store and start adding it to yogurt, skim milk and your fat free cream cheese. Treat yourself and lose weight at the same time!

When you are on a diet or watching your weight and its hor d’oeuvres time, there is a moment of temptation which is likely to upset your good intentions.

Here is a selection of alternatives which can easily be combined together:

  1. Cherry tomatoes: they’re good, appealing, and crunchy. They explode in your mouth. They are one of the least caloric vegetables on earth and have such a strong taste that they don’t need any dip.
  2. Cottage cheese and cherry tomatoes: halve some cherry tomatoes, scoop out the flesh then fill with fat free cottage cheese. A real treat!
  3. Slices of chicken sausage: dense and satiating, select the most highly-seasoned.
  4. Shrimp: another tiny, extremely low-fat, slow food.
  5. Raw cauliflower: a winner for hor d’oeuvres.
  6. Cubes of raw carrots: cut a carrot in 4 strips, then into slices to make pretty orange cubes.
  7. Crab sticks: essential slimming food from the sea, healthy, low-fat and very rich in proteins.
  8. Botargo: a Mediterranean delicacy of cured mullet roe dried in the sun and coated in beeswax for protection. It’s a great appetite suppressant, a little expensive, but very effective.
  9.  A small dish of Tzaziki based on 2 star ingredients in the fight against fat — cucumber and fat free yogurt.

Eggplant, the slimming plant

A little slimming secret that is effective and tasty.

Eggplants contain an extremely important substance: pectin.  This is also what gives apples their nutritional value. When pectin reaches your digestive tract, it forms a gel which is very similar to the jelly in apple jam. This gel has the capacity to stick to everything around it and traps sugars, fats and even proteins in your intestinal tract (i.e. it traps calories). These calories that stick to the pectin leave your body in your stools. Apple pectin is therefore valuable but it can’t be separated from its sugar whereas eggplants only have 22 calories per 100 grams. Would you like another secret within the secret? Take a large eggplant, insert 4 or 5 garlic cloves and bake it in the oven until its skin starts to turn red. Take it out and cut it in half like an avocado and with a small spoon scoop out the flesh and enjoy!

The eggplant appetite suppressant!

You’re hungry, you’re a big eater, and you like to feel full after a meal. If you are drawn toward foods that are delicious and help you lose weight,  then I’ve got what you need!  Take a lovely eggplant and using a pointed knife, prick it 3 times on each side to a depth of 0.5 inches. Push a clove of garlic into each slit. Then put the eggplant in the oven at 450F. When you can hear the skin crackle and you see it’s starting to peel away with the crackling, take the eggplant out and put it on a plate. Then cut it in half lengthwise as you would an avocado. Take one half,  add salt and pepper and using a teaspoon eat the flesh. When you’ve finished, try sitting down to eat. The feeling of having eaten will trigger satiety in the brain. You’ll be able to tackle your lunch or dinner more calmly and the eggplant’s pectin will pass through your body taking some calories with it. Life is sweet with eggplants!

At a recent conference I was asked why the French are not as fat as Americans.

I hadn’t meant it seriously but in fact, it does appear true and well documented. For years now I have been campaigning for proteins including non- fat dairy products that are also made solely of very high quality proteins. They are so important for losing weight that without consuming dairy products it seems like an impossible challenge. Choose from the large variety of virtually fat-free yogurts and experiment with fat free cottage cheese, fat free ricotta cheese, fat free cream cheese and fat free sour cream. These products are easy to carry around, they don’t smell, they are cheap, very low in calories, satiating, flavorsome, and can be sweetened with artificial sweetener. They are a real godsend. Try not to listen to all the talk about lactose intolerance. It does exist, but isn’t very common.

In grocery stores, I have counted about 45 common fruits, which mean that there is a wide variety of fruits that come from all over the world.

Of these 45 fruits, try to avoid four of them: 1. Bananas, which are both high insugar and a poor source of vitamins and micronutrients. 2. Grapes which are super sugary. 3. Cherries, almost as sugary and which we eat quickly like grapes as they don’t require much effort to chew. 4. Figs, once hard to find in a grocery store but they are now produced in Turkey and exported. Obviously, these 4 fruits are not prohibited for life but be aware that if you are trying to control your weight there are many other fruits far more suitable.

Fish is not as filling as meat. The texture of most fish is less dense and their flesh less firm, so it breaks down more easily as you chew it. We digest it quicker and feel less satiated so hunger returns sooner. Compared with meats that have a very tough texture, fish doesn’t measure up. For those that think this way, they can compensate by increasing the size of their fish portions. You can also choose from “meaty-like” fish and there are four of them:  1. Tuna, which when it hasn’t been cooked too long is remarkably like meat, especially grilled Ahi tuna. 2. Monkfish which is extremely firm, even elastic if cooked for a long time. Try marinating it in lemon juice. 3. Swordfish which is both firm and fatty around the outside and if it wasn’t for its expensive price tag, it would be one of the number one foods for slimming.  4. Grouper, this is the king of fish, and can be grilled on a BBQ.

Do you know how a gastric band works? It reduces the stomach’s volume radically. As soon as the stomach is full, everything makes you feel nauseous and you lose weight as your stomach is smaller and has less space for incoming food. Well, vegetables have the same effect. A stomach of a good size rarely contains more than 4 pounds of food with a hearty eater. If you eat a couple pounds of vegetables,  2 zucchinis + 2 tomatoes + 1 cucumber,  you’ll have filled up half of your stomach which is exactly what a gastric band manages to do.  Don’t think twice and buy some vegetables!

What is gazpacho? It is a cold soup originating in Andalucía and contains tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, celery, carrots, herbs and a very tiny amount of olive oil.

When you eat a bowl of Gazpacho soup, you are stuffing yourself with vitamins, fiber and flavors.  You can now buy it in all the supermarkets.  A bowl of Gazpacho at the start of a meal is one of the best ways of losing weight sensibly when you have a “Protein-Vegetable” day.

Did you know that the first modern men, the Homo sapiens from the Dordogne region who lived around 40,000 years BC had the same genetic programming as us?

So, a Neanderthal baby adopted today by a Western family would become a perfect Westerner. When the Homo sapiens lived, the men hunted and the women gathered. In groups, the men hunted animals for their protein. Women gathered whatever they could find, green vegetables, some fruit and any wild seeds that the birds had overlooked.  Proteins and vegetables which are the components of a slimming diet are not a nutritional or emotional punishment. They are the very foods that we are most familiar with, both as far as our metabolism is concerned (proteins being the only vital nutrient) as well as emotionally. It should also be noted that all the vitamins present in fruit are also found in vegetables. But the real similarity is to be found in the statement accompanying the foods you are allowed to eat: YOU CAN HAVE UNLIMITED AMOUNTS. Primitive man was only restricted by external necessity or satiety, but never put any limit on what he ate. Therefore each day you diet, when you are eating some fish, meat or poultry, see yourself as a hunter who has caught his prey and especially if you are a woman as a gatherer exchanging her vegetables for this meat

Equipped with your knife, get into the habit of slicing your meat as thinly as possible. Aim to cut down the thickness of your slices so that this work takes some time and doesn’t leave you inactive. Lots of people eat because they are bored and aren’t able to sit at the table without doing something. Moreover, the thinner your meat is sliced, the more the flavors will develop, the more it will absorb your saliva, and the more it will release taste sensations in your mouth. The pleasure of eating is produced and captured from contact with your tongue and the rear of the palate. This secret is all the more valuable if the food is firm and not easily broken down. What holds for beef or steak is equally true for tuna, monkfish and other firm fish. The same is true for raw vegetables. Actually you can slice anything that your teeth have to really work on.  To do this you’ll need a knife with a sharp cutting edge. This knife needs to be yours and yours only. This is why you have to mark it as you must be able to recognize it!

Spain may have invented paella at a time of food shortages, when rice was easy to come by and olive oil free flowing.  But fortunately for its overweight population, it has also invented the Plancha (Cast iron grill)! This is used for cooking directly on a cast-iron hot plate whose features create great cooking conditions. The Plancha sears meats like no other method does. It seals in the meat’s juices, ensuring it is safe and properly cooked through to the center without letting any of this juice escape. A “Churrasco à la Plancha”, a sort of thick and relatively lean sirloin steak is a dish that is fit for a king. It’s the same for round eye steaks. As for fish it gets even better. Royal Dorade à la Plancha is the signature dish of Spanish summertime cooking. Make firm diagonal cuts on both sides of this fat-free fish and without adding anything to it besides a tiny bit of salt it turns this fish into a gastronomic master piece. But even better than meat and fish are vegetables cooked à la Plancha which are the real secret. Wipe on a few drops of olive oil with a paper towel. Try placing side by side lovely large slices of eggplant, some large tomatoes and mild onions. Cut some zucchini in two and why not try some endives too, and just let the Plancha do the rest. Check on the internet where can you buy a Plancha?  Choose a Plancha that is wide enough, as you’ll find you need the width to fit in your vegetables. What’s more, the Plancha has the advantage of being one of the quickest ways of cooking.

You are on a diet and would like to speed up you weight loss. You’ve reached a bit of a plateau and your motivation isn’t quite as high. Try this solution, tabouleh is often prepared as a cold couscous with a few vegetables and lots of olive oil. Real tabouleh, Lebanese tabouleh, has very little bulgur wheat but loads of parsley. This is what I am suggesting you try: finely chop a bunch of parsley, half a bunch of cilantro and half a bunch of mint. Dice one small onion and one tomato and add the juice of one lemon. Mix it all together in a large bowl and keep this in the fridge. When you are about to serve the tabouleh add two table spoons of oat bran. Try it at lunchtime 2 to 3 days per week and you’ll discover why parsley is the most sought after plant, full of carotene and natural vitamin C.

Here’s a simple secret which could benefit you, especially if you are a big eater or eat quickly.

Open your mouth wide and with the tip of your forefinger touch the inside surface of your upper incisors and go up towards the base of these two teeth: there you are, at the edge of your palate.  Its concave side starts here and finishes right at the back with the uvula. The first front third of your palate is turned on by a nerve that has no tasting function. In this area, you make contact with the food and feel its texture but not its flavor.  At the end of this area, the back part starts whose function is to echo the tongue and produce taste sensations. To be clear, it is important for any food in your mouth to stay on this back part of the palate. However, when the food gets here, it is naturally sucked away by the pharynx then passes into your esophagus. Conclusion… it passes through too quickly to provide you with what you are looking for from food, namely pleasure. Here’s the secret… when you are eating, as soon as the food has been sufficiently chewed and soaked with saliva and starts to give out taste and flavor, use your tongue to pass it back onto the back of your palate while trying to make this contact time last as long as possible. This balancing exercise can be learned and followed. When you feel that the food is going to disappear, bring it back towards the front and enjoy a second passage. This way you’ll increase your sensory satisfaction. If you are not sure what I’m telling you, try the following experiment: swallow a coffee bean just as it is.. zero sensation.  Now chew it up finely… total sensation.  It’s the same for any food.  So don’t forget: become the master of your palate!

I know from experience that a dieter gives in and finds in a bowl of pasta the gratification they need to make a fresh start. In both cases, this secret of how to use pasta will be useful to you. If possible choose whole grain pasta. It’s denser, tastier and has more flavor. Leave the pasta to soak in some skim milk for three minutes. It will absorb the milk and you’ll have denser, more satiating pasta. The pasta’s slow sugars will be rebalanced by the protein content. Then you can mix in some tomatoes and a light sprinkling of parmesan.

Now the moment has come for you to discover purslane. Purslane is a perennial plant, considered for a long time to be a weed that would grow anywhere. Until the day when it was discovered that it was one of the key, indispensable foods in the diet of the people of Crete, a civilization with the lowest death rate due to heart disease (lower even than the Japanese). As far as I am concerned, and I’ll say this quite openly, purslane is a phenomenal food. Not only do I suggest that you eat it but that you grow it too. Buy a few seeds from a local nursery and off you go. Very soon you’ll have enough to make a salad. You just have to keep cutting it and it’ll grow back. You can also try it in soups like watercress. Purslane contains soluble fibers just like oat bran and apple pectin and can therefore help your body absorb excess calories. It’s very rich in omega 3, excellent for fighting stress and promoting good sleep and because of this it cuts down on emotional eating due to stress. If from today on, you get into the habit of eating it regularly, you can expect to reach a slimmer figure!

If you put a natural mineral water bottle in the fridge and drink 2 liters from it thiswater will be at a temperature of 39.2°F. When you eliminate it, it has to be at 96.8°F. This means that your body will have heated the water and raised its temperature, which means expending 60 calories. If you want to prove this to yourself with a specific example and you have an electric stove, put this amount of cold water into a pan on top of your stove and switch on the heat. With a kitchen thermometer check the temperature of the water as it rises. Note how long it takes to reach 98.6°F and the electricity consumed.  To understand how much energy 2 liters makes you burn up, all you need do is multiply the energy output of your electrical resistance (written in watts on the stove top) by the number of minutes required. Check this out once and you’ll be convinced for life. For those of you with a gas stove the experiment is a little trickier.

I don’t know of anyone who has lost 20 pounds without having experienced at least one plateau lasting over 6 days. I call this a “pause”.  In this situation there are lots of things you can do. Make sure that you haven’t made a mistake, that it’s not do to water retention because of pre-menopause or because a period is due.  The idea I like to suggest is green tea.  For three days, don’t drink any more water, only drink green tea throughout the morning, at lunch, at tea-time, in the evening and even during the night if you are getting up to go to the toilet. Cold, hot, with ice, however you like it just as long as it’s nonstop green tea and if you keep up with the diet (as well as minimum physical exercise) you stand every chance of breaking through this plateau.

Every day between 5pm and 7pm is the hunger trap, the time when those little hunger pangs nag away at you. I have a solution for you. Find a nice air-tight box in metal, glass or plastic. Place 6 decent sized cloves, 6 crushed coffee beans, a stick of crushed vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon and 2 drops of rum extract. Then allow a day for the different ingredients to blend together and produce a fusion. Each time you feel an urge to nibble something open up your box and smell the fragrance that escapes from it. Inhale several times. Get your fill of these smells and let temptation fade away.

After the age of 40, losing weight, more than 10 pounds, carries the risk of reducing the thickness of the subcutaneous support structure which supports the face’s skin. This skin that lies over a base of bone and muscle is held in place by tiny, thin bonds that cross the intermediary layer of fat. Losing weight may empty these areas of padding and take away the smoothness of the face. As a result, the lower part of the face is more subject to the effects of gravity and it loosens. To counteract this, I have devised a lifting movement through tensing the mouth and cheek muscles that you should practice as often as possible. Place your lips in a “pout” and keep this posture. Then contract your cheeks muscles so that your lips are drawn backwards creating tension between the muscles in your mouth and those in your cheeks as they are each pulling in their direction. This tension between the muscles lifts the cheeks upwards mechanically to form really round cheekbones, drawing the whole of the lower face up towards them. Maintain this position until you feel your muscles grow tired. Keep practicing this often.

If you are among women who have trouble putting on and taking off their rings, whose legs are heavy in the evenings and whose face feels puffy in the mornings, then you have water retention!

Interestingly, water retention prevents you from losing weight easily. However, water doesn’t contain any calories. Losing weight is about burning calories and getting rid of your body’s waste. If you have water retention, you don’t eliminate waste properly and it will slow down your weight loss. Try blocking a car’s exhaust pipe when its engine is running,  very shortly, it will stop. If this is a problem you have, there are a few solutions you can act upon. Drinking more sometimes means more retention. So called detox food supplements only help you eliminate a little and only if you keep using them. There are also diuretics which you need to see your doctor about.  My secret is quite simple: when you feel swollen, don’t hesitate to try some support stockings. Not the old fashioned ones that your grandmother used to wear, but the very latest models, from the most fashionable tights and panty hose. Legs that are properly supported with firm and elastic support improve circulation which then gets back to the heart sooner and passes quicker and more often through the kidneys filter. If your circulation is bad, the benefit will be twofold. You’ll see the results on your scale and in your legs which will be the first to slim down. Try it and go walking.

Pay Attention: The following is a secret outside the norm; it is on the verge of magical…

I have to share something with you. It is about EMDR (neuro-emotional integration by means of eye movement). In other words: Traumatic events can leave scars in your mind and EMDR has the capacity to seep in and naturally heal your brain. It seems that the cerebrum can accelerate the recovery by imitating the reflection movement that the eyes produce when one sleeps. The technique generally used for severe trauma, has been adapted for patients that suffer a traumatic relationship with food. It is very simple: you only have to focus on the following technique when you are suffering and try to resist temptation. Raise your dominant index finger, depending on whether you are right or left handed, placing it in front of you some 12 inches from your eyes. Fix your stare on your finger and move it slowly to your right, following it with your eyes. When your gaze reaches the lateral end, move it towards your left, to the other lateral end of your gaze. Repeat the eye scan exercise from one point to the other without stopping for two minutes. The rhythm is simple: more or less 3 seconds for each end, or 6 seconds per set, and 20 sets for the duration of two minutes. While you are completing the exercise concentrate on temptation and find the capacity to liberate yourself from it. I have suggested this technique to many who suffer a negative relationship with their own weight, bodies, self-image, and their dependency to food, especially in this stage when temptation is most intense when one is at the point of losing control. I have obtained excellent and surprising results. It is unknown how much of the results are due to the technique or the suggestion, but the only important thing is the end result. Also in my book and other articles I discuss Mind power.

Your body needs oxygen to increase the volume of your respiratory exchange. To do this, try the following breathing technique: 1. Place your hands with your palms open both on your thorax and on the sternum, your middle fingers touching the center line. 2. Breathe in deeply to fill your lungs up with air. Your chest will expand, your ribs will rise up and your hands will move slightly apart from each other. Then breathe out until you have expelled all the air from your lungs. Your ribs will move down and your hands will come back together until your fingers touch again. 3. Do this 10 more times and then twice a day for as long as you are dieting, you’ll lose weight more freely and a little more easily. After a certain time, about two weeks or so, you’ll see the benefits of a greater breathing capacity. If you continue doing this periodically (for a couple of weeks, every 3 to 4 months) it will become a habit that will be with you until you go to sleep. I discuss more breathing and weight loss techniques in my books.

Over 25 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States and 79 million people are pre-diabetic. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all diagnoseddiabetes.

People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Studies have shown that people with prediabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and in some cases return their blood glucose levels to normal.

A low-carb diet is most often recommended to help manage diabetes and stop the progression of prediabetes and insulin resistance.   You should be careful of eating fruit while losing weight as it is the only natural food that contains rapid assimilation sugars which hinder weight loss.

A low fat diet is important because diabetes increases your risk of developing heart disease.  Eating foods low in fat, and especially saturated fat, will lower your risk.  You eat non-fat dairy products, eggs, lean meats, poultry and seafood as well as non-starchy vegetables for a healthy heart.

Cutting back on sodium is essential because diabetes increases your risk for high blood pressure.  High levels of sodium in your diet can also increase that risk.

Exercise is important in managing blood sugar, lowering blood pressure, increasing good cholesterol, decreasing insulin resistance.  Building muscle and reducing fat can improve insulin sensitivity.  For those who are overweight and obese, walking is the only risk-free exercise.   It produces serotonin and endorphins for a feeling of well-being and relieves stress, while being an activity you can do for the long term.

This information is not meant to treat or diagnose. It is meant to educate readers and be used as a resource when talking to your healthcare provider

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit myONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !

Food For Your Heart

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Salmon:  Salmon and other fatty fish such as sardines and mackerel are the superstars of heart-healthy foods. That’s because they contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have shown in studies to lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries) and decrease triglycerides. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish and preferably fatty fish at least twice a week. Omega-3 fatty acids are also available as

Oatmeal:  Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol.  It acts as a sponge in the digestive tract and soaks up the cholesterol so it is eliminated from your body and not absorbed into your bloodstream. Avoid instant oatmeal, which often contains sugar, but choose old-fashioned or even quick-cooking oats. Other whole grains such as bread, pasta and grits are also good for your heart as long as they still contain the entire grain.

Blueberries:  Not just blueberries, but strawberries and other berries as well. According to one recent study, women aged 25 through 42 who ate more than three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of compared with those who ate less. The authors of the study attributed the benefit to compounds known as anthocyanins, flavonoids (which are antioxidants) that may decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels. Anthocyanins give plants their red and blue colors.

Dark chocolate:  Several studies have now shown that dark chocolate may benefit your heart, including one in 2012 that found that daily chocolate consumption couldreduce nonfatal heart attacks and stroke in people at high risk for these problems. The findings applied only to dark chocolate, meaning chocolate made up of at least 60-70% cocoa. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids called polyphenols, which may help blood pressure, clotting, and inflammation. Unfortunately, milk chocolate and most candy bars don’t make the grade when it comes to protecting your heart.

Potatoes:   There’s no reason to shun potatoes because they’re white and look like a “bad” starch. As long as they’re not deep fried, potatoes can be good for your heart. They’re rich in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. And they’re high in fiber, which can lower the risk for heart disease.  They are definitely not a junk food or refined carbohydrate They have a lot of health benefits.

Soy:  Soy products, including tofu and soy milk, are a good way to add protein to your diet without unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Soy products contain high levels of polyunsaturated fats (good for your health), fiber, and vitamins and minerals. What’s more, soy may reduce blood pressure in people who eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates. And compared with milk or other proteins, soy protein can actually decrease LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

Citrus fruits:  Women who consume high amounts of the flavonoids found in oranges and grapefruits have a 19% lower risk of ischemic stroke (caused by a clot) than women who don’t get as much of these compounds, a recent study found. Citrus fruits are also high in vitamin C, which has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease. Beware of citrus juices that contain added. And be aware that grapefruit products may interfere with the action of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.

Tomatoes:  Tomato consumption in the U.S. has been rising and that’s a good thing. Like potatoes, tomatoes are high in heart-healthy potassium. Plus, they’re a good source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may help get rid of “bad” cholesterol, keep blood vessels open, and lower heart attack risk. And because they’re low in calories and low in sugar, they don’t detract from an already-healthy diet.

Nuts:  This includes almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and macadamia nuts, all of which contain good-for-your-heart fiber. They also contain vitamin E, which helps lower bad cholesterol. And some, like walnuts, are high in omega-3 fatty acids.  Some people in the past have avoided nuts because they’re higher in fat, but most of the studies show that people who consume nuts daily are leaner than people who don’t. And leaner people are at a lower risk for heart problems. Look for varieties that don’t have a lot of added salt.

Legumes:  Because they come from plants, legumes such as beans, lentils, and peas are an excellent source of protein without a lot of unhealthy fat. One study found that people who ate legumes at least four times a week had a 22% lower risk of heart disease compared with those who consumed them less than once a week. And legumes may help control blood sugar in people with diabetes. Lowering blood sugar levels is key in helping people avoid diabetes complications, one of which is heart disease.

Extra-virgin olive oil:  In a landmark study, people at high risk for heart disease who followed the Mediterranean diet (high in grains, fruits, vegetables) supplemented by nuts and at least four tablespoons a day of olive oil reduced their risk of heart attacks, strokes, and dying by 30%. Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Olives themselves—both green and black—are another source of “good” fat, and they add a lot of flavor to salads.

Red wine:  Red wine, or small amounts of any type of alcohol, are thought to lower heart disease risk. (Higher amounts, more than a drink or two a day, can actually increase risk.) While some say a polyphenol found in red wine, resveratrol, gives that beverage an added benefit, research suggests that any type of alcohol in moderation works. As with coffee, though, none of these properties are a reason to start drinkingalcohol. You can also get resveratrol from non-alcohol sources, like natural peanut butter and grapes.

Green tea:  Green tea has grown more popular in the West and may bring with it significant health benefits. One recent study found that people who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 20% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke compared with people who seldom imbibed the beverage. The findings echo a previous study that found lower rates of death, including death from heart disease, among avid drinkers of green tea. Antioxidants known as catechins may be responsible for the effect.

Broccoli, spinach and kale:  When it comes to your health, you really can’t go wrong with vegetables. But green vegetables may give an extra boost to your heart. These are high in carotenoids, which act as antioxidants and free your body of potentially harmful compounds. They’re also high in fiber and contain tons of vitamins and minerals. Kale also has some omega-3 fatty acids.

Coffee:  One study found a 10 to 15% lower risk of dying from heart disease or other causes in men and women who drank six or more cups of coffee a day. Other research has found that even two cups a day could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke by 30%. It’s not clear where the benefit comes from and the news isn’t necessarily a reason to pick up the habit.  If you’re already drinking coffee and enjoying it, continue, if not, there’s no reason to start

Flax seeds:  Flax seeds as well as the ultra-chic chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids. That’s one reason they’re good for your heart. Another reason is their high fiber content. Plus, there are a million ways to enjoy them. Try them ground up with other heart-healthy foods, such as dried blueberries, cranberries, or oatmeal or even blended with soy milk and fruit to create a smoothie.

Avocado:  These soft, tasty fruits have a well-established reputation for providing your body and heart with healthy fats. Like olive oil, they’re rich in the monounsaturated fats that may lower heart disease risk factors, such as cholesterol. They’re also high in antioxidants and in potassium.   They can be eaten on their own or blended into guacamole, perhaps with some heart-promoting tomatoes.

Pomegranate:  Pomegranates contain numerous antioxidants, including heart-promoting polyphenols and anthocyanins which may help stave off hardening of the arteries. One study of heart disease patients found that a daily dose of pomegranate juice over three months showed improvements in blood flow to your  heart. Ultimately, though, it’s important to have variety in your diet. If you don’t like pomegranates or can’t afford them, reach for apples, which also contain plenty of health-promoting compounds.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit myONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !

Fit Tips Around the World

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From antioxidant-stuffed spices to midday naps, every country has its own unique brand of staying healthy, happy, and fit.

The life expectancy of the average American lags behind every industrialized nation on Earth except Qatar. North America is home to only 6 percent of the world’s population, but accounts for 34 percent of the world’s weight due to obesity, contributing to mounting rates of diabetes andheart disease.
INDIA: Spice Things Up
It only takes one bite to realize why zing-lovers are so slim. Spicy food slows your eating, and requires a heck of a lot of water to wash down. What’s more, spices are rich in antioxidants that can fight both fat and free radicals.  Capsaicin, found in red peppers, can tweak your metabolism and help you burn fat with every bite, while turmeric, a key ingredient in curries, contains curcumin, which might suppress the growth of fat tissue.
NETHERLANDS: Trade in the Car for a Bike
Most Americans allow their bikes to collect more rust than ride time. In the Netherlands, on the other hand, bikes outnumber people. More than half of Dutch bike owners use their two-wheelers for daily activities, such as running errands and commuting to work. Try using your bike to commute one day or just for errands close to home.  Little bits of exercise really add up.  Curbing car travel, one of the most sedentary activities around, could be as effective for weight loss as cutting calories.. What’s more, by getting your blood pumping from your legs clear up into your brain, that dose of exercise before work will actually help you work better throughout the day.
MEXICO: Downsize Dinner
Do you have to loosen your belt after dinner? Then it’s time to mix up your day’s menu. Traditionally, Mexicans eat their largest meal between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. Getting the bulk of your daily calories at breakfast and lunch can fuel a productive day. While eating less at night helps you wake up ready for a bigger breakfast.  Make lunch a really satisfying meal instead of an on-the-fly thing, and downsize your dinner to lunch-size portions. Eating a smaller dinner can also help prevent midnight acid reflux, which affects about one-third of Americans.
BRAZIL: Get Social
Having strong social ties is as important to longevity as not smoking. That may be one reason for the renowned good health of Brazilians, the social butterflies of the southern hemisphere. In a study of 1,477 people ages 70 to 79, Australian researchers found that people with the most friends had a seven-year-longer lease on life. Being around friends ups your production of oxytocin (the cuddle hormone), which calms the brain and could be to thank for friendship’s ability to improve blood pressure and binge eating. One survey of 11 different countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, found that Brazilians spend the most time with their families (an average of 74 hours per week) and had among the lowest levels of stress.
POLAND: Eat at Home
Poles spend about 5 percent of their budget on eating out. Meanwhile, the average American household spends 41 percent of its food dollars at restaurants and fast-food joints.  A 2006 study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that unhealthy restaurant foods contain an average of 642 more calories than people assume they do, making eating out a surefire way of gaining weight. Meanwhile, 75 percent of the average American’s sodium intake (which is almost twice what it should be) comes from commercial foods.  This raises your risk of heart disease, the number-one killer in America. Cooking your own meals allows you to control exactly what is going into your food, steer clear of the breadbasket, and skip dessert.
JAPAN: Stop Eating Sooner
Knowing the difference between full and stuffed can mean the difference between healthy and sickly. Okinawans, who are known for their long life expectancy, eat until they are about 80 percent full.  Listen to your body and stop eating when you are slightly satisfied. On a scale from one to 10, one being famished and 10 being stuffed, you should stop eating at four. It takes time for your brain to tell your stomach it’s full, so after you put your fork down you’ll still feel like you are filling up. Eat slower to help you to recognize this feeling, avoid overeating, and in the end you’ll even reduce your appetite.
CHINA: Meditate
Studies have linked regular meditation to a reduction in heart attacks, strokes, as well as symptoms of attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and major depression. Practicing integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a Chinese meditation technique based on the Taoist and Confucian concepts of harmony with nature, for a month and a minimum of 11 hours total can actually improve brain function, resulting in healthier thinking and actions.  IBMT focuses on body relaxation, breath adjustment, mental imagery, and mindfulness training. The mind-body connection is so influential to your overall health you should take a few minutes to meditate each day. Doing so is especially important in people who spend days sitting at a desk, which can tighten your body, causing stress, pain, and muscular imbalances.


In this West African nation, nuts replace meat to supply protein as part of the main meal, decreasing the risk of high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, unstable heart rhythms, and diabetes.  Studies have shown that people, who eat nuts regularly, at least five times a week, reduce their risk of heart disease and heart attack by up to 50 percent. What’s more, their high protein and fat content can promote feelings of satiety and weight loss and a handful of nuts per day, one or two ounces, is enough to let nuts work their health magic. The trick is to use them as a meat substitute, not an add-on, or your diet can end up too fatty. For instance, throw some almonds in a salad, or cashews in a stir-fry a few times per week.
SPAIN: Take a Nap
Oh, the joys and benefits of a siesta. Besides giving you a better jolt than any java, naps reset your immune system, slash stress, and decrease inflammation. One study of Spaniards who took a 30-minute siesta after lunch at least three times a week had a 37 percent lower risk of heart attack. While naps do any body good, they are especially important if you are sleep deprived, as a lack of sleep causes higher blood pressure, inflammation, and hunger. If your office isn’t power-nap-friendly, take a midday break by walking around and getting outside if possible. Getting your blood moving and soaking up a healthy dose of vitamin D can help.
ICELAND: Eat More Fish
Each year, the average Icelander eats 225 pounds of cold-water fish such as char, herring, and cod. Across the Atlantic, Americans put away a mere 48 pounds of fish. It turns out the scaly stuff is among the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which are touted for their ability to ward off weight gain, heart disease, and inflammation. Omega 3s is also one of the top 10 Super-Nutrients for a Flatter Belly. But they may also be to thank for so few Islanders suffering from the winter blues, despite the long, dark winters up north. Omega 3s also support healthy brain cell function, endorphin levels, and positive moods. You should try to eat two to three servings a week of fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, or sardines. If you’re not a fish fan, take an omega 3 supplement to guarantee 220mg of DHA, an omega 3 which is especially vital to brain function, a day.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !

Endurance Boosters

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Forget about getting an endurance boost from what’s in your fridge as researchers have found that you would need to eat 100 apples in a single day to experience the effects.

This leaves you with trying dietary supplements, which can get a little scary. Many over the counter varieties are not regulated, so purity and concentration vary by manufacturer. The key is to be smart about integrating new science into your sport and be skeptical, because research around natural endurance enhancers can get complicated.

Here is a look at seven compounds that claim to help you run farther, cycle longer, and lift more weight.


Nitrates have a bad rap as a cancer causing compounds hiding in cured meats, like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs. But an even bigger source of nitrates comes from vegetables like red beetroot, lettuce, celery, and spinach.  Super foods that can actually reduce cancer risk. The reason for this good/bad is that Carcinogens form when nitrates react with compounds found in meat protein, but when nitrates mix with vitamin C and other antioxidants found in veggies, they are far less likely to be harmful.

Scientists have been studying the effects of beetroot juice on athletic endurance for several years. Their research suggests that when the nitrate in beetroot juice converts to nitric oxide in your body, it causes blood vessels to dilate, thus lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, and reducing the amount of oxygen required by muscles during exercise, which makes physical activity feel less exhausting.

After drinking beetroot juice, study participants were able to cycle for an average of 11.25 minutes, 92 seconds (16%) longer than they could after drinking a placebo beverage.

Researchers conclude this could translate into 2% reductions in race times for enduranceathletes, but the real benefit of beetroot juice comes from the immune support it provides. It’s a very potent antioxidant, rich in calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. It helps in cell membrane repair and prevents breakdown more than it helps with increased speed and endurance. It can get pricey. A half dozen 16.9-ounce bottles can set you back close to $40, or roughly $7 for each 500 ml serving.


Quercetin is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables, particularly concentrated in the skins of red apples, red onions, berries, and grapes. It is also available in supplement form. Science suggests that quercetin may increase energy-producing mitochondria in muscle and brain cells, boosting mental and physical endurance during exercise.

Researchers found that quercetin supplements helped healthy, active people improve endurance without athletic training.. Those who drank 1,000 mg of quercetin daily demonstrated a 13% increase in endurance and a 4% improvement in VO2 max. (the maximum amount of oxygen the body can take up, a typical measure of physical fitness.)  In my book ‘Get Fit Stay Fit’  there are formulas to help calculate your VO2 max.

Quercetin may not be the magic bullet for your next marathon. You’d need to eat 100 apples or guzzle three cans of FRS Healthy Energy, a quercetin-containing sports drink, to reach 1,000 mg. But don’t dismiss apple skins and red onions just yet, as they offer serious protection at the cellular level. When you reach a higher VO2 max, you have a higher accumulation of free radicals in your bodies because of the increased volume of oxygen you’re taking in, and powerful antioxidants like quercetin scavenge free radicals, which can damage cell membranes.


Resveratrol is a cousin to quecetin and is found in grape skins and red wine, and becomes more concentrated as grapes ferment during the wine making process. Another potent antioxidant, researchers have linked resveratrol to improvements in longevity, fat-burning, and athletic endurance.

resveratrol improved aerobic capacity in mice. Rodents that received up to 400 mg of resveratrol per kilogram of body weight (a similar dose in humans is equivalent to 100 glasses of red wine) ran twice as far on a treadmill as mice that weren’t supplemented. Researchers attributed the endurance boost to resveratrol’s ability to boost energy producing mitochondria in muscle cells.

Before knocking back a few extra drinks the night before your race, consider this: So far, resveratrol studies largely have been limited to mice, and scientists are just now starting to test the supplement’s effects on humans. Picking red wine over hard alcohol has its health benefits, like potentially lowering bad cholesterol and fighting belly fat, while no such research exists on hard alcohol. Endurance athletes should drink in moderation. Alcohol is very dehydrating and not the type of sugars you are looking for when it comes to performance.  Eating complex carbohydrates, like whole grain bread, brown rice, and oatmeal, are better sugar sources for runners and cyclists.


A mild central nervous system stimulant found in coffee, tea, yerba mate,soft drinks, andchocolate, caffeine keeps you awake and wards off fatigue. These everyday benefits could extend to sports performance, lowering one’s perception of intensity or difficulty and allowing athletes to exercise at a higher intensity for a longer period of time. Caffeine causes free fatty acids to be released from your liver, which are then converted to usableenergy, enhancing aerobic performance.

Studies on caffeine and endurance during time trial performances concluded that when taken in significant quantities (roughly 200 to 400 mg for a 150-pound person—a 5-ounce cup of coffee typically has between 80 and 115 mg of caffeine) before or during athletic activity, caffeine can boost stamina by3.2%.  Abstaining from caffeine for at least a week prior to an athletic event provides the greatest chance of optimizing its ergogenic effect.

Compared with the rest of the endurance enhancers, caffeine is probably your best bet. It’s the only compound that has been shown to be an ergogenic aid and is currently allowed [in quantities less than 12 mg per liter of urine] by the International Olympic Committee. Still, caffeine isn’t for everyone especially on race day. Aside from giving you the jitters or an upset stomach, caffeine is a diuretic, which can lead to dehydration if you drink more than 5 cups and don’t replace fluids fast enough on a hot day.

Raw Honey

Honey is a mixture of sugars, primarily fructose and glucose, and water. While processed honey is stripped of many vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes, raw honey maintains many of the nutrients found in the hive. Honey may be a good carbohydrate source for endurance athletes because it breaks down and raises blood sugar more slowly than many other sugars.

Studies compared the effects of raw honey to those of other sugars and commercial sports gels and found that honey raised blood sugar only slightly, performing on par with commercial sports gels.

In another study, those that consumed a honey sweetened recovery drink sustained blood sugar 2 hours after exercise.

In another study, cyclists found that honey increased their power and speed in 10 minute intervals during a simulated 40 mile race but sugar dextrose worked equally well.

While study results aren’t shocking, Honey has great properties [as an antioxidant and an antimicrobial], but to say it’s going to increase performance over other sugars is a claim that is going to benefit those who sell raw honey.

Asian Ginseng

Asian ginseng, or pantax ginseng, may be purchased as root powder in supplement form or found in energy drinks as an extract. Used in traditional Chinese medicine, Asian ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, an herb that is believed to increase resistance to stress and fatigue.

Studies on Asian ginseng have produced mixed results. Ginseng supplements may enhance athletic performance if taken long enough (more than 8 weeks) and in sufficient doses (at least 2,000 mg per day) with untrained athletes and those older than 40 experiencing the best benefits.

Although most researchers conclude that ginseng is generally safe for consumption, herbal supplements should always be taken under the supervision of a health care provider. People need to understand that many medications are derived from plants, so even though we call [herbal supplements] natural, they can have very harmful effects on your body when consumed in high doses or in combination with other medications. In particular, ginseng should not be combined with heart, blood pressure, blood thinning, or diabetes medications or along with certain antidepressants.


Spirulina, a blue-green algae available in powder, flake, and tablet form, is very high in protein, which researchers suggest could enhance muscular strength and athletic endurance.

Given its mix of protein, amino acids, and vitamin B12, spirulina is an excellent dietary supplement for vegetarians, where 60 to 70% of the plant’s structure is composed of protein. It can benefit you with an immune enhancing effect, but not a muscular or strength enhancing effect, the supplement may help you get sick less often, but that you shouldn’t start taking spirulina and expect to run or cycle longer.

Foods that Fuel

It’s no secret that long, grueling workouts by runners, cyclists, swimmers, and tri athletes take a toll on the body. Endurance athletes can suffer up to 200 times the free radical damage of regular athletes. Many athletes do not know which foods and supplements to consume to fight the damage and recover faster?

Research shows that the combinations of antioxidants in whole fruits and vegetables are more effective than isolated nutrients at neutralizing free radicals. Here are the best whole foods for endurance athletes, plus the supplements that aid antioxidant performance and recovery.


They’re the media darlings of the antioxidant craze, and with good reason. Research has attributed cancer, stroke, and heart disease prevention, as well as brain health; anti-aging; and anti-inflammatory effects, to these little blue berries. Whenever possible, choose wild blueberries , usually in the frozen fruit section.

Several other berries may also provide benefits, for athletes, and you should consume the darker berries, such as pomegranate, acai, raspberries, and goji berries.


Walnuts are king of nuts in terms of total antioxidants, and they’re also rich in vitamin E, fiber, and minerals. But while nutrient dense, nuts are also calorie dense and more than a handful can turn a healthy snack into a diet-busting meal.  For the average person, no more than 2 servings which is about 14 walnuts, roughly one handful

Too many nuts can also disrupt the balance of essential fatty acids in your diet.  Walnuts have an unfavorable omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids ratio.  A higher proportion of omega-6 promotes cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, while higher omega-3 consumption has the opposite effect. So treat nuts as a snack, not a meal.

Sweet Potatoes

For athletes, colorful beta carotene-rich foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, and peaches provide micronutrients as well as a healthy form of carbohydrate fuel. The bright red-orange gac fruit has 10 times more beta carotene than any of these other foods, but it’s difficult to find.

Red Peppers

Scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C isn’t a concern for most.  Still, it’s vital to ensure you get recommended levels of the vitamin, as C is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in your body and is involved in processes including bone formation, free radical scavenging, and building other important antioxidants. Also known as “ascorbic acid,” it is only found in plant foods. Oranges and lemons famously cured scurvy and are known for their levels of the vitamin, but raw red peppers actually rank at the top for C content. Other surprising foods ahead of citrus on the list are parsley and broccoli.

To preserve the nutrients in the peppers, eat them raw, steamed, or very lightly cooked.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds (yes, the same ones used on Chia Pets) are an ancient American staple known as “running food” to Aztec and Mayan cultures. The tiny, tasteless seeds recently got a nod , as the primary fuel of the mysterious Tarahumara Indians of Mexico who run barefoot across miles of deadly canyons. Their unique nutrient profile makes chia seeds a great choice for endurance athletes. One tablespoon contains 6 g carbs, 6 g protein, 6 g fiber, and a very high level of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutrient-rich energy source.

Whey Powder

Whey powder can play an important role in helping your body synthesize a lesser known antioxidant, glutathione.

Glutathione is your body’s master antioxidant and it has many immune boosting functions such as maintaining blood levels of other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Since supplementing with glutathione isn’t effective, healthy levels depend on eating a variety of plant and animal foods.

Acai Berries

Research has shown that isolated antioxidant supplements such as lycopene pills don’t give the same benefits as the whole foods they come from.  Whole food supplements such as juices and extracts can be a convenient way to get powerful doses of real antioxidants.

Acai berries, by nature of their large seeds, are difficult to eat in their natural state. However, minimally processed frozen pulps for smoothies and juice extracts are widely available and deliver a unique flavor. Look for antioxidant extracts and juices without sugar or other low-cost additives such as apple and grape juices.

Antioxidant Supplements

Whole foods promote health better than isolated antioxidant supplements. Eat a lot of high-quality real foods, which will contain a variety of antioxidants. However, there may be a time and place for the right kind of antioxidant supplement.

If you’re shopping for an antioxidant supplement, you should ideally be looking for all these ingredients: vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (tocopherols), vitamin A (carotenes), polyphenols, selenium, lutein and lycopene, and a high overall ORAC score.

Wild Salmon

Certain animal foods can help round out your antioxidant profile. Cold-water fish such as salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, shown to reduce inflammation and the risk of the major chronic diseases: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. One concern is the high level of PCBs found in a majority of farmed salmon , which could negate some of the benefits of the antioxidants. Look for wild Alaskan salmon, which have lower levels of contaminants as well as higher levels of omega-3s.

Dark Leafy Greens

Many  athletes, don’t have a hard time eating potatoes, tomatoes, fruit, nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetable oil, and meat all good antioxidant sources. But most of them have relatively few greens in their diet. Dark leafy greens (think kale, collards, Swiss chard, even broccoli, but not lettuces) contain a bounty of micronutrients such as minerals, omega-3s, and antioxidants such as lutein.

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100 Ways

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100 Ways to Live To A Hundred, Live a Better Life and to keep yourself Happy


100 Ways to Live To A Hundred

  1. Enjoy yourself.
  2. Stay young at heart.
  3. Be honest and open.
  4. Look for rainbows.
  5. Walk to work.
  6. Take the stairs.
  7. Keep your curiosity.
  8. Stop smoking.
  9. Listen to your body.
  10. Watch what you eat.
  11. Watch what you say.
  12. Make time for your children.
  13. Don’t rest on your laurels.
  14. Drink lots of water.
  15. Have faith in others.
  16. Walk in the park.
  17. Forgive.
  18. Be an optimist.
  19. Make love.
  20. Cross-country ski.
  21. Discover romance.
  22. Exercise regularly.
  23. Do Tai Chi.
  24. Try Yoga.
  25. Plant a garden.
  26. Eat plenty of fruit.
  27. Golf.
  28. Adopt a pet.
  29. Laugh often.
  30. Be positive.
  31. Give, don’t take.
  32. Marry your sweetheart.
  33. Celebrate your marriage.
  34. Enjoy being single.
  35. Relax.
  36. Eat your greens.
  37. Take up lawn bowling.
  38. Do nothing in excess.
  39. Do everything in excess.
  40. Serve chicken noodle soup.
  41. Practice what you preach.
  42. Look before you leap.
  43. Make time for your friends.
  44. Reduce your cholesterol.
  45. Early to bed, early to rise.
  46. Don’t mope.
  47. Try new things.
  48. Skinny dip.
  49. Write to a friend.
  50. Play tennis.
  51. Commune with nature.
  52. Sing in the car.
  53. Write a poem.
  54. Whistle while you work.
  55. Read a book.
  56. Take your medicine as prescribed.
  57. Challenge yourself.
  58. Count your blessings.
  59. Indulge yourself.
  60. “Carpe diem” (Seize the day).
  61. Take setbacks in stride.
  62. If you want to stop taking a medication, ask your doctor.
  63. Cuddle.
  64. Use olive oil.
  65. Eat your Brussel sprouts.
  66. Lighten up.
  67. Choose a career you love.
  68. Be active in your community.
  69. Read the paper every day.
  70. Sit up straight.
  71. Keep your mind active.
  72. Travel.
  73. Soak in the tub.
  74. Don’t be jealous.
  75. Eat an apple a day.
  76. Be generous with hugs.
  77. Make time for your partner.
  78. Keep in touch with family.
  79. Bake a pie.
  80. Eat plenty of fish.
  81. Get plenty of fresh air.
  82. Be yourself.
  83. Swim.
  84. Make time for your grandchildren.
  85. Control your temper.
  86. Share.
  87. Take nothing for granted.
  88. Ask questions when your doctor gives you new medications.
  89. Power walk at the mall.
  90. Don’t procrastinate.
  91. Accept those things which you cannot change.
  92. Don’t drink and drive.
  93. Create solutions, not problems.
  94. Be sociable.
  95. Feed the birds.
  96. Pamper yourself once a day.
  97. Go fishing.
  98. Smile.
  99. Smell the flowers.
  100. Listen to your doctor.

100 Ways to Live a Better Life
You don’t like your life? Change it! Change your life for the better! Don’t have any clue on how to do it? Here’s a list of 100 ways in which you can improve your life.

  1. Accept Your Mistakes You’re human. We, humans, are making mistakes. Accept what you did wrong and try to do better next time. No need to punish yourself forever. In fact, accepting your mistakes is the only way to make them disappear.
  2. Accept Your Friends Mistakes Maybe you got hurt by somebody. Happens. Just accept it and deal with it. People are making mistakes and if you can accept that for yourself, accept it for your friends too. In the end, all you need from them is their love.
  3. Create a New Habit We’re doing a lot of stuff on autopilot. Try to integrate in this category new things you want to attract into your life. Habits are powerful. Harness their energy for your own good. Start by creating a habit in 15 days.
  4. Build Self Discipline Don’t wait for other people to impose discipline on you. Start early. Create your own discipline. Although it sounds a little bit harsh, self discipline is a facilitator for many things in your life. It’s hard to get but great to have.
  5. Make New Friends Reach out. Don’t be afraid. Establish new contacts. The worst thing that may happen to you is to be rejected. Well, if that’s the case, move on. The reward of having true, long-lasting friendship is worth all the potential rejection.
  6. Get a New Job Shaking your comfort zone will often create a lot of value in your life. If you’re not satisfied with your job, just get a new one. The pitfall of not having money for a limited period of time is temporary, get over it.
  7. Start a New Diet You are, in a vast proportion, what you eat. Trying a new diet would often be the only needed change for a dramatic boost of your health and energy. Don’t necessarily have to be raw food, or even vegetarian, whatever works for you.
  8. Keep a Journal Write down you feelings, your ideas, your goals, your activity. Journaling is by far one of the most useful things I’ve done to change my life for the best. It works in such a silent, yet effective way. All you need is pen and paper.
  9. Create and Keep a Morning Phrase Whatever you say to yourself in the morning, it will most likely come true during the day. Why not taking advantage of it? Create a simple morning phrase and say it to yourself first thing in the morning. It’s that simple.
  10. Travel Far Away from Your Home Traveling long distance is incredibly rewarding. It’s so exciting and full with unknown events. I only recently started to travel really far away from my home, but I do wonder how could I ever made it until now without this.
  11. Learn to Take Risks Your life may be so boring and fade because… err, you made it like this? When was the last time your tried something really difficult? When was the last time you challenged the odds doing something risky? Do it now.
  12. Start Your Own BusinessBe your own boss. Work your own hours. I know, it sounds so shallow, for you, who hate your job but still have to stay there because of that mortgage. Well, unless you make the first step, nothing is going to change. That’s for sure.
  13. Change Your Work Space Clean up your desk. Re-arrange furniture. Add some color to that space. Make the place where you work really enjoyable. So enjoyable that work there won’t be perceived as work anymore. It will be something you love to do.
  14. Learn a New Language Challenge your mind. If you’re going to do number 10, you’re going to learn some new languages too. From my experience, learning a new language is a fantastic mind opener. Sometimes you don’t even have to travel there.
  15. Find Reasons to Agree Rather than disagree. We have this mindset of competition which makes constantly arguing over things. Well, stop that. You don’t have to force yourself into agreement, if it’s not the case, just trying to find some reasons will be enough.
  16. Pay Yourself First You can’t give something if you don’t have it. You can’t spread light onto others if you don’t have light from within. You can’t give wealth to others if you don’t have it for yourself first. Make yourself a service and pay yourself first.
  17. Wake up Early This is not a habit, this is a lifestyle. Don’t just wake up early without a purpose. Be early. Be there before others. Look for opportunities and embrace them. Waking up early means keeping your eye open to every available opportunity.
  18. Train Your Focus Your focus is in fact your reality. Use it wisely. Train it constantly for it will enhance your reality in ways you never imagined. Keep your focus sharp as a razor blade and be prepared to experience life in fantastic shapes and colors.
  19. Start a Blog On whatever topic you want. Not only it will give you the opportunity to create something new and valuable but it will also bring new people into your life. Blogging is far more than a hype, is a personal development tool. A very good one.
  20. Write an EBook You may think you don’t have a talent, but that’s completely wrong. And the easiest way to prove it wrong is to start writing an ebook. Any ebook. You pick the topic. It might be something you know or want to learn about. Write it. It’s fun.
  21. Be Better, Not Perfect Striving too much for perfection will ruin your life. It will wipe out all those little imperfections which are making you… human. Being better, on the other side, is rewarding. Look back at the yesterday you and just say: I’m better!
  22. Stop Self Sabotage You’ll be surprised by how much of a burden you can be to yourself. You are literally self sabotaging. Most of the time, unconsciously. If you have a long history of failure behind, that could mean you’ve become your worst enemy. Stop it.
  23. Find Reasons to Love Your LifeMaybe life wasn’t fair with you. Yes, I know, I’ve been there: life is never fair. But it’s fantastic. It’s unique, unrepeatable, one of a kind, beautiful, simple, challenging, sweet, hard… Just take a step back and find reasons to love your life.
  24. Try Something New Maybe you’re sad because you’re bored. Have you ever thought about that? Just reach out and try something completely new. Go for a challenge, learn a new sport, pick a different restaurant or go for a comedy movie (if you’re the drama type). Just try it.
  25. Avoid Fighting Fighting is the biggest energy leak of your being. Trying to prove another guy wrong is so against your true nature. You’re here to acknowledge life’s wonders, not to prove anybody’s wrong. They’re not wrong, just have different opinions. And that’s part of life.
  26. Stop Wasting Your Power Are you doing something that you think you shouldn’t be doing right now? Well, that’s wasted power. That’s meaningless stuff promoted to the honor of being a part of your life. How long are you going to approve this? Why wasting power?
  27. Learn to Ignore I think they should be teaching this one in schools. We’re so focused on so many topics and think we have to do so many stuff, that our life is literally clogged with stuff. It’s good to do stuff, but learning to ignore stuff is much better.
  28. Experiment Gratitude When was the last time you said “thank you”? With all your heart? Everybody knows that an attitude of gratitude is the key to success, but almost nobody practices it. Well, start by experience gratitude first, and take it from there.
  29. Recycle Your AggressionDon’t throw it away, recycle it! Use it for something you really want! Call out those wild forces inside of you and put them to work. Aggression is part of your being, so don’t try to reject it, because it will only grow stronger. Recycle your aggression.
  30. Release Your Guardians Don’t touch that! Don’t eat that! Don’t go for that opportunity! Those are the sentences you hear when going for something you really want. Those are your guardians, your mental constructs made to protect you. Release them, you’ll be much better off.
  31. Clean Up Your House It’s fun. And it’s good for you. Make a habit out of cleaning up your house with joy and happiness. What’s outside is a mirror of what’s inside. If your house is a mess, probably your internal life is a disaster. Neat that stuff, it’s easy.
  32. Write a Personal Mission Statement You’re here with a reason. No matter how small you feel now, how insignificant others may made you feel, you have a purpose. Take the time to write your personal mission statement. It will bring light and direction into your life.
  33. Dissolve Negative Opinions about Yourself Whatever you think you may do, it’s half of what you can really do. And that’s because you have so many negative opinions about yourself. You can solve them. Just accept the fact that you have them and then start working on them.
  34. Build Different Skills Don’t stop learning. Don’t remain stuck in a single career, it’s boring and limiting. Learn different skills, possibly from completely unrelated fields. You never know when life will ask you to use them. Besides, it’s a lot of fun.
  35. Manage Your Time As You Manage Your Money Have you ever thought what would be if you would manage your time the same way you manage your money? Just give it a try. See where you spend most of your time, what the return of investment is and how rich are you in time.
  36. Exercise You don’t have to break the world record, or something. Just make sure you exercise constantly. It will make your body healthier and your mind clearer. It’s also one of the simplest and most affordable ways to improve your life.
  37.  Be a Parent Having kids doesn’t necessarily means you’re a parent, and I know that very well. Being a parent will surely change your life forever: filling it with unconditional, life lasting love, care and warm feelings. You’ll live in love. And learn.
  38. Throw Away One Object a Day from Your House Maybe your life is breathing so hard just because it’s suffocated by objects. Learn to let them go. You may donate them, give to charity or simply throw them away, but don’t let the clutter stay in your way. You’re not the objects you have.
  39. Read a Book per Weekor, alternatively, a fine selection of blogs. That will keep your mind alert and your focus steady. Reading is like good food for your brain, without it, it will go lazy, obese and unresponsive. But with the proper food it can become your best friend.
  40. Start A Monthly Challenge Being it physical, mental or social. Intend to acquire something new in your life in 30 days. Improve your health using new methods, or your relationships by starting new things together. Make it count. And count on it.
  41. Call an Old Friend It’s enlightening to meet somebody you haven’t talk to in the last years. Go right now and call an old friend, or a relative. It will bring up memories and it will create new opportunities. Don’t let the dust settle on your relationships.
  42. Follow a Coincidence Well, there aren’t any coincidences, I lied. Everything has a purpose. If you witness something which may seem like a coincidence, then you’re very lucky, you just got a sign. Follow it with trust, it will lead you well.
  43. Play a Game Any game. Just play. Like a child. Allow yourself to do something just for fun, without any goals, pressures or deadlines. Will make you understand that everything is a game. Sometimes a little bit harder, but still a game.
  44. Forgive Somebody Out Of the Blue Don’t hold that grudge for that past insult. Grudges are heavy and tend to make the take off for a new life a little bit difficult. The longer you hold that grudge, the more difficult the take off will be. Forgiveness will lift you off.
  45. Stop Solving the Wrong Problems You are not here to witness the bad things in your life. Nor the performance in itself. You are here to enjoy a journey. To become aware, To grow. So, stop solving the wrong problem and focus on what really matters.
  46. Make Peace with an Old Enemy That’s more than forgiveness, that’s the actual process of reversing a situation. Make peace with somebody. Turn it into your friend. I’m not saying this is easy, I know it first hand. But I also know it works. Enemies count down, friends count up.
  47. Make a Promise to a Close Person and Keep It It doesn’t have to be something big. It doesn’t have to be for someone special. It doesn’t have to be difficult also. But it has to be a commitment to somebody. Just reach out, make a promise, keep it and then enjoy the feeling after.
  48. Break Up With a Person You Don’t Really Like Maybe you’re friend with somebody just by habit, chemistry being dead for a long time now. Just break it up. Tell him. Ok, let’s unfriend us, this will not work. It will bring up something you thought you lost it long ago: courage.
  49. Get a Thing You Wanted For a Long Time But you didn’t had time or money to get it. Just go out and get it. Not only it will boost your self-respect, but it will also free your desire channel, which may be a little bit clogged by having one and only one desire for such a long time.
  50. Stop Being Judgmental With others AND with you. Excessive criticism will kill your enthusiasm. And if you think this post is something you shouldn’t read in the first place, then, my friend, you really are judgmental. Lighten up. Accept life as it is.
  51. Change Your Wardrobe You don’t know how much are you tied to what you wear. If you’re on the gray loving side, put some color in your clothes. If you’re on the black and white, try some gradients. Of course, your clothes are not you. Hence, they’re so easy to change, right?
  52. Smile At Least 10 Times a Day And I mean it, start to count that. Smiling is a sign of honesty and power. Everybody can cry over a disaster but only the most powerful can take bitterness with a smile. Exercise that power. And then try to go for 20 times a day.
  53. Burn Some Old Memories Maybe the notebook from your 7th grade? Maybe the teenage dumb poetry you wrote? Whatever it might be, break up. It might be difficult, but it might also be a sign that you’re so attached to the past that you can’t advance in your life anymore.
  54. Plant a Tree Or take care of a flower. Do it for at least several months. It will give you a sense of potential. Seeing that tree or that flower growing will make your self-confidence go up. If a flower can make it, why can’t I? Of course you can, now do it!
  55. Move to another Town or Country Maybe it’s time to change the environment? Take the plunge, move over. Pick another town or even another country. Like all the good stuff, it might be pretty difficult in the beginning, but you can bet it would shake everything really good!
  56. Join a New Group Go to a bikers meeting. Or, if you’re not a biker, to a toastmaster meeting. Join a group and see how you fit in. It will help if the group will be focused on some of your passions, of course. It will reveal a lot about your social skills.
  57. Stop Watching TV Television evolved a lot from the balanced news provider it was in the beginning up to the current manipulating tool. Just stop watching it for a week. And then for a month. Meanwhile, assess your psychological progress. You may be amazed.
  58. Start a Totally Unexpected Hobby Start making trains out of matches. Raise cobras. Put tiny vessels into tiny bottles. Do whatever it takes to move your mind from your problems for a while. And if you can create something nice in the process, why not doing it?
  59. Randomly Hug a Stranger on the Street Ok, this might be a little bit dangerous, but only if you think at it. If you’re doing it, chances are that you’re going to get your hug back. It will also help raising your adrenaline up to levels you never had for a very long time.
  60. Set up a Surprise Party For your or for a friend. It’s always good for your mood, even if – or especially if – you’re down. Do a thematic one, invite friends and tell them to bring their friends. And then expect to meet new, wonderful persons. And of course, have fun.
  61. Go Hiking Do it for at least one week-end. Nature is more powerful than our human created environment. We don’t know how to channel the energy into our artificial habitats. If you want to recharge, go outside and stay in connection with the wilderness.
  62. Get a Pet Whatever works for you, a bird, a guinea pig, a dog or a cat. It will keep you alert and it will cheer you up when you’re down. Taking care of a pet is also easier if you’re overwhelmed with human interaction. Even from a pet, love is still love.
  63. Write a Thank You Letter You can send it or not, the real catch is to write it. Pick someone who helped you in the past. Start writing the letter and say everything you want to say to that person. It will make you understand what are you really grateful for in your life.
  64. Meditate Daily It’s the easiest thing you can do. True mediation acts like a mind emptier, leaving you open to the whole flow of the sensations and experiences you would otherwise ignore. You don’t even need a complicated technique, meditate as you see fit.
  65. Say Something Nice to Somebody Just like that. Out of the blue. Pick an unknown person and say something nice. After the initial surprise you’ll be amazed by the unmasked joy and gratitude they’re expressing. Admit it: you would like that too, isn’t it?
  66. Say Something Nice To You Ok, but if nobody is telling you nice things, why not start this yourself? Do it in whatever form you think it’s appropriate: send yourself emails, write in your calendar or leave yourself nice postits on the desk. With something nice just for you.
  67. When I Doubt, Improvise Being so scared for not knowing the answer, so nervouse that you may screw thins up… I know the feeling, I’ve been there too. Just go with the flow. Improvise. It will be so good for your unconscious mind. The real answer will be surprising.
  68. Don’t Argue, Win or Lose This goes hand in hand with avoiding the fight, but it’s a little bit different. If you get caught in an argument, just accept that you can have only two outcomes from it: win or lose. Settle with one and just move on.
  69. Stop Faking Your Life It’s so easy to get caught in a flow of fakes. Society wants us to politely lie and you need to lie sometimes. Just stop it. Being authentic is the best thing you can do. No need to hide your sorrow, nor your joy. They’re both part of life.
  70. Define Goals Again, that goes hand in hand with writing a personal mission but it’s more than that. It’s the habit of clearly deciding – and, subsequently, describing – where you want to go. Do you have a goal? A passion, maybe? Go for it! And be verbose.
  71. Help others Reach out and try to see if you can help others. You don’t have to be a Samaritan, just go out there and support somebody. The biggest trick of helping is really surprising: although it seems you’re giving, you’re in fact receiving a lot more.
  72. Go Social Mingle, interact, go out. Get used to meet new people. Make this a habit and you’ll soon get used to do new things too. The goal is not to be the best networker in the world, but to be connected to as many energy sources as you can get.
  73. Spend Some Time Alone Subsequently, make sure you set aside enough time for your own. You don’t necessarily need to recharge, but you need this time in order to get a new perspective. Stop for a while and look around. Where are you? Where do you want to be?
  74. Fix Something by Yourself Go fix a broken window, or a scratch on your car. Don’t call for a specialist, get involved, see how you can have an impact on things around you. Work with your hands, prepare to sweat. It will instantly make you feel better.
  75. Create Value Make things that others need too. Make something useful. Don’t follow blind or outdated commitments, go for what really makes a change around you. Creating value is the core of your activity here and the only thing you really have to strive for.
  76. Do a Random Act of Kindness Doesn’t have to be in the form of a nice compliment this time. You don’t even need to communicate it to the target person. Just do an incognito service to someone. See how this makes you feel. Think how many times you received that.
  77. One More Second Create the habit of looking at things for one more second. Spend one more second before taking an important decision. Delay something. Time will follow your intention and open some unexpected window for you. Slow it down a little.
  78. Understand What People Want From You What you can do is not always what people want from you. Clearing that confusion alone could bring an immense relief to your life. You don’t have to immediately provide what they’re wanting, but if you do, you may have some big surprises.
  79. Break an Old Bad Habit Breaking a bad habit is difficult. But breaking an old bad habit will free an incredible amount of time into your life. Quit smoking or stop talking on the phone for hours. Whatever you break, it will change your life for the best.
  80. Stop Complaining Complaining is like an open invitation for troubles. The more you complain about something, the more of that something you invite into your life. Cut it out. You don’t get any comfort out of complaining, only troubles.
  81. Reject What You Don’t Want It’s so simple, yet so underrated. Society wants us to complain even when we don’t really like stuff. Like forcing us to smile when we don’t find it funny. Allow yourself to walk away from something you don’t like. Just do it!
  82. Being Is Better Than Having Too much and too often we shape our life’s fulfillment degree to the amount we possess. The fundamental mistake. If you’re doing it, stop it right now. You’re not what you’re having. Being is so much better than having.
  83. Listen to Your Critics This one might be difficult in the beginning but once you get used to it it’s fantastic. You may find out a lot of stuff about yourself that you didn’t know about. You think you are one kind of person, but others may disagree.
  84. Don’t Take It Personally Never. Your world is shaped by your reaction to things, not by the things themselves. Don’t get upset, don’t think that somebody knows you enough to make right assumptions about you. Acknowledge and move on.
  85. Laugh This time is not about smiling. It’s about laughing. Don’t you ever miss another opportunity to laugh. Especially at yourself. The longer your laughing sessions, the shorter your misery ones. Looks like a nice deal, isn’t it?
  86. Go with Passion Don’t let your rational mind stand in the way of your passion. If you found – or at least felt, even occasionally – something that thrills you, you’re there. You don’t need a confirmation on this from anybody. Go with your passion.
  87. Trust Your Emotions Don’t underestimate your emotions. Or overestimate them. Your emotions are your feed-back system and for that they are very important. Trying to ignore your emotions is like depriving yourself from lights in a car running in the middle of the night.
  88. Live it like a Holiday Ever observed how nice you feel during your holiday? How light, joyful and authentic? Everything is just wonderful. Well, you are on a continuous holiday here. It starts with your birth and end with your death. Live it like a holiday.
  89. Make a Story Out of It Do you like a good story? I love it. Make everything in your life story-worthwhile. Make it as it would be a fantastic journey and you will be at all time the observer, the hero and the narrator. Create the story of your life.
  90. Stop Being a Follower Admiring is nice. But being admired is even better. Stop trying to fit in other people’s shoes. Find your own path. If that means breaking up completely your lifestyle, so be it. If you are “like” somebody else you can’t be “like” yourself anymore.
  91. Watch Your Beliefs Your beliefs are not you. But they are shaping your life constantly. You have the power to change them at any point in your existence. But in order to do that, you must first start to observe them, to isolate them, to accept them.
  92. Stop Lying To others and to yourself. Although it might ease a complicated situation, a lie is not good in the long run. The trick is that if you’re telling a lie you’re altering your reality. And a distorted reality will be impossible to handle.
  93. Stop Reacting To Stuff And start acting on stuff. Initiate things. Start projects. Predict situations and be there before the hurricane hits. Reacting to stuff is a victim paradigm. Stop being a victim and start acting. Create your life instead of being the creation of others.
  94. Live Today Not yesterday, not tomorrow. Go for what you can do today and leave yesterday behind for good. It’s not here anymore. And tomorrow doesn’t even exist yet, so why bother. All you have is today. Don’t waste it.
  95. Expect the Unexpected If there’s something unusual that happens to you, go for it. The unexpected is a signal of an opportunity. It will not always be nice, this unexpected, but whenever it’s around, magical things are happening. Wait for it. Praise for it.
  96. Enjoy Like being in joy. Like giving permission to yourself to extract joy from any situation you’re in. Even if it’s bad. Or especially if it’s bad. Joy is everywhere, you just have to let it manifest through you. Don’t resist joy. Don’t reject it.
  97. Make Your Own Rules And stick with them. Go for what works for you, not the others. Go for what you want, not the others. Including me. Make your own system and be proud of it. You may upset some people in the process, but hey, that’s life.
  98. Love Unconditionally. Totally. Constantly. Restlessly. Love is the only glue that keeps your life running. You were born out of love and you carry it deep down in your being. Love is never about the others, it’s about you.
  99. Get Rid of Labels Things are what they are. Don’t use labels anymore, use directly the things. Your notion of “right” and “wrong” are nothing but labels. In a different country your “right” might be “wrong”. Don’t charge yourself with this unneeded burden.
  100. No Regrets Regretting something is another form of not accepting reality. What you can do about it now? It’s gone. It doesn’t exist anymore. Focus on what you can change: your present moment. Not yesterday, not tomorrow. Now. Live now.

100 Ways to keep yourself Happy

  1. Never put yourself last.
  2. When you extend a helping hand to one person, be careful not to kick someone else in the teeth.
  3. Always own a pair of old, faded jeans.
  4. Count your blessings every day.
  5. Acknowledge your successes along with your downfalls.
  6. Burn the candle that has been in storage for the last two years.
  7. Strive for progress, not perfection.
  8. Remember, the voice telling you that you cannot do something is always lying.
  9. At least once a day sit and do nothing.
  10. Don’t close your heart so tightly against life’s pain that you shut out life’s blessings.
  11. Celebrate all your birthdays no matter how old you get.
  12. Examine your life for limitations and ask yourself why you put them there.
  13. Plant a tree, pull weeds, or get your hands dirty.
  14. Diminish your wants instead of increasing your needs.
  15. Cry when you feel like it.
  16. Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.
  17. Don’t wait for someone else to laugh or express joy.
  18. Forgive yourself for any mistake you make, no matter how big or small.
  19. Keep good company.
  20. Never take a pill for a pain you need to feel.
  21. Use your enthusiasm to put yourself in forward gear and give yourself a spark to move ahead.
  22. Look in the eyes of the ones you love when you are talking to them.
  23. Remember that one is a whole number.
  24. Walk in a summer rain shower without an umbrella.
  25. Do a kind deed for someone else.
  26. Keep your eyes and ears open to get the messages you need from people and events in your daily life.
  27. Be patient.
  28. Eat something green.
  29. Change what you can and leave the rest alone.
  30. Walk hand and hand with truth.
  31. Make laughter and joy a greater part of your life than anger and grief.
  32. Embrace solitude instead of running from it.
  33. Be zealous, not jealous.
  34. Forgive anyone you’ve been holding a grudge against.
  35. Slow down and enjoy the present.
  36. Walk in others’ shoes before judging them.
  37. Send yourself a kind message.
  38. Remind yourself that the company you keep is a reflection of what you think of yourself.
  39. Go on a picnic.
  40. Accept your fears, no matter how crazy they seem.
  41. Don’t let other people’s opinions shape who you are.
  42. Say a prayer.
  43. Never attribute your accomplishments to luck or chance.
  44. Know when to say no.
  45. Look at the positive side of negative situation.
  46. Remember that you are a spiritual being in a physical body.
  47. Avoid seeking out other people for constant approval, because it make them the master and you the slave.
  48. Go fly a kite.
  49. Avoid fads and bandwagons.
  50. Accept the things you cannot change.
  51. Look inside instead of outside yourself for answers to life’s problems.
  52. Remember that all feelings are okay.
  53. Shield yourself from bad influences.
  54. Stand up for what you believe in.
  55. Respect the wishes of others when they say no.
  56. Seize every moment and live it fully.
  57. Give away or sell anything you haven’t used in the past five years.
  58. Never downgrade yourself.
  59. Take responsibility for what you think, feel, and do.
  60. Pamper yourself.
  61. Never say or do anything abusive to a child.
  62. Let yourself be God powered instead of flying solo.
  63. Volunteer to help someone in need.
  64. Refrain from overindulging in food, drink, and work
  65. Finish unfinished business.
  66. Be spontaneous.
  67. Find a constructive outlet for your anger.
  68. Think about abundance instead of lack, because whatever you think about expands.
  69. Think of yourself as a survivor, not a victim.
  70. Cuddle an animal.
  71. Be open to life.
  72. See success as something you already have, not something you must attain.
  73. Experience the splendor and awe of a sunset.
  74. When you score a base hit, don’t wish it were a home run.
  75. Learn to be in the present moment.
  76. Instead of believing in miracles, depend on them.
  77. Take a child to the circus.
  78. Change your attitude and your whole life will change.
  79. Never turn your power over to another person.
  80. When your heart is at odds with your head, follow your heart.
  81. Always remember that the past is gone forever and the future never comes.
  82. Live your life according to what is right for you.
  83. Acknowledge your imperfections.
  84. Plant a tree and watch it grow.
  85. See “friend” instead of “enemy” on the face of strangers.
  86. Watch an army of ants build their houses and cities and carry food ten times their weight.
  87. Believe in something bigger than yourself.
  88. Let the playful child within you come out.
  89. Make haste slowly.
  90. Work through your problems step by step and one day at a time.
  91. Accept compliments from others so you can see the truth about yourself.
  92. Sit on the lawn without worrying about grass stains.
  93. Don’t condemn yourself for your imperfections.
  94. Do a humility check periodically by loving the truth about yourself.
  95. Tell someone you appreciate them.
  96. Never live your life according to what is right for someone else.
  97. Talk less and listen more.
  98. Admit your wrongdoing and forgive yourself for it.
  99. Thrive on inner peace instead of on crises.
  100. Affirm all the good things about yourself.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !

Your pH

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There are thousands of different diseases, but in fact, there is only one disease, malfunctioning cells. Your body is made up of 50 -100 trillion cells. When all of your cells are in perfect health, you cannot be sick. When cells malfunction, thousands of different symptoms can be produced, thus making it appear as if there are thousands of diseases. To prevent or reverse almost any disease, all you have to do is keep your cells healthy.

Optimizing cellular health in society is not so easy. Toxic diets, toxic environment, and stressful lifestyles all help to damage cellular health and are the cause of our pandemic of chronic disease.

To reverse this pandemic, there are two important factors you must consider, the pH of your blood and the pH of the fluid inside your cells. PH is a measure of how acid or alkaline something is. A pH of 7.0 is neutral, while a pH of 1.0 is very acidic and 14.0 is very alkaline. The optimal pH of both blood and cellular fluids is slightly alkaline and must be kept within a very narrow range. Blood pH ranges from 7.35 – 7.45. Even small deviations in blood or cellular pH will dramatically alter your body’s biochemical functions. Variations of more than a few tenths in blood pH can cause death. The traditional diets and lifestyles of our ancestors kept pH in balance. The bizarre diet consumed by most North Americans is guaranteed to alter cellular pH and cause disease. The standard diet, high in sugar, white flour, fat and protein, results in excess acid production as these foods are metabolized, making your body too acidic. Your body’s natural response to this problem is to keep systemic balance and integrity by bringing down and buffering dangerous chemical levels and maintaining proper blood pH. Alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium are removed from your body’s vital and mineral rich tissues, such as bone, and used to neutralize the acids back down to a safe level.

With time, as your body loses its alkaline reserves, your blood and cellular fluids become even more acidic. This affects the ability of your cells to produce energy, making the your body less resilient and impairing its ability to maintain and repair itself. Excess acid also reduces the ability of your blood to deliver oxygen to tissues.

A low oxygen environment allows viruses and bacteria to thrive and also promotes the growth of cancer. Excess acids cause disease!  If you measure the pH of your first morning urine. This is an indicator of your body’s pH and can be used to monitor changes as you work to normalize your pH. First morning urine should be in the range of 6.5-7.5. If readings fall below 6.5, you are too acidic. Occasional readings above 7.5 are normal, but consistent readings above 7.5 are an indication of tissue breakdown, and a pH over 8.0 is a serious matter. It may suggest that your body is in an extreme acid condition and is producing alkaline ammonia to compensate.

What can you do about it, if your body is too acidic? The answer is to cut your acid load and increase your intake of alkaline minerals. To reduce acid blood, cut the sugar out of your life. Reduce meat consumption and eliminate dairy. Cola drinks, coffee, sport drinks and milk all contribute to excess acid. Drink at least two liters of pure water every day.

To increase your alkaline reserves, eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, lentils, nuts and seeds.  These are all alkalizing, and add to your alkaline reserves.  Stress, toxins, and allergic reactions also contribute to your acid state and should be minimized. If you are too acidic, it may take some time to normalize your pH. Don’t get discouraged. It took decades to get where you are and reversing it will take time. Working toward a normal pH and optimizing cellular health will bring you more energy and better health, so it is well worth the time and effort.

In my CD, Your Body Your Health, I talk about the importance of cellular pH. If your pH is wrong, you are sick!

Abnormal pH is a common thing that goes wrong that causes cells to malfunction, thus causing disease.  If pH is abnormal, some enzymes will be disabled, others will overwork and inappropriate instructions will be sent to genes that can cause cancer. Cellular acidosis is a major contributor to cancer. Tasks critical to health and to life itself will be compromised; production of energy and hormones can be diminished and digestion impaired.

How do you know if your pH is okay? There is a simple and inexpensive test use pH paper  to measure first morning urine. Here is your guide to pH:

Below 6.0 — Dangerous

6.0 to 6.5 — Unhealthy

6.5 to 7.5 — Healthy

6.8 to 7.4 — Ideal

Above 7.5 — Dangerous

Keep a diary of the foods you eat, including first morning pH. This will allow you to monitor how different foods affect your pH. First morning urine pH should consistently run within the acceptable range. Occasional readings outside the acceptable range are okay, but consistent readings below 6.5 are not good, and readings below 6.0 are dangerous. Occasional readings above 7.5 are okay, but consistent readings are not, and a pH of 8.0 is alarming. Most people are too acidic. When you are acidic, your body ceases to function normally. Cells will no longer properly communicate, self-regulate, and self repair. This is disease!

How do you become too acidic? The largest contributor is diet. About eighty percent of diets consists of acid-forming foods such as sugar, white flour (bread, pasta, cookies, and pastries), meat, dairy products, and cola drinks. Stress, allergic reactions and toxins (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs), also contribute to acidosis. Your diet also lacks adequate alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables that help to neutralize these acids. One thing that can happen when pH is out of control is gallbladder surgery. Every year, more than 500,000 people in North America undergo surgery to remove their gallbladders. Most often this is the result of gallstones, but all too often people are marched off to surgery for gallbladder removal simply because they are too acidic. Acidic pH impairs critical detoxification by inhibiting liver enzymes. As a result, toxins are dumped from the liver into your gallbladder causing inflammation and pain. All that is required to get well is to restore normal pH. Instead, people get dangerous, unneeded surgery.

Your liver’s ability to detoxify and to produce hormones is dependent on pH sensitive enzymes. Abnormal pH will cause some enzymes to shut down and others to work when they shouldn’t. This causes diminished hormone production as well as other dysfunctions. Enzymes are further inhibited when acidosis strips your body of critical minerals such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium, which are necessary to enzyme function. When liver detoxification is inadequate, toxins will overload the kidneys. This will produce fatigue, headaches, skin rashes, back and shoulder pain and other problems.

Viruses thrive in acidic cells, making infection more likely. Acidity diminishes the ability of your blood to carry oxygen, depriving cells of this critical nutrient. If your body is too acidic, your stomach produces less acid, causing poor digestion.

If you are too acidic, what should you do? First, get off acid forming foods such as meat, dairy, sugar, white flour and cola drinks. Eat more alkaline foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are generally alkaline while grains and animal proteins are acidic. Identify allergies as allergic reactions are acid producing. Reduce stress. Magnesium is a critical mineral that regulates pH, and most people are deficient in magnesium.

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Aging is a Mistake

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Aging is a mistake. Actually, aging is worse than a mistake, it is a catastrophe. Aging reduces quality of life and causes so called “diseases of aging” such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. Making yourself old and sick is not a sensible choice. Each disease, even a cold, accelerates aging, makes you sicker, and causes more disease. Then physicians manage these diseases with treatments that create still more aging and disease. It’s a vicious cycle, and you have to learn how to break that cycle.

To live a long disease free life, it is essential to learn how to prevent and reverse aging and disease. This is not difficult to learn. With just a little bit of effort, you can become healthier and biologically younger. While you cannot control your chronological age, you do have control over your biological age.  Aging is a mistake you don’t have to make.

Some people have lived well into their hundreds in robust, vigorous health without suffering as much as a cold, so we know this is possible. For you to accomplish something similar you must learn how to prevent aging and disease, and to do this, you must learn how to prevent and reverse inflammation. There is only one disease, malfunctioning cells, and a malfunction common to all chronic disease is a process called inflammation. No matter what so called disease you have, inflammation is a major part of your problem. By learning how to prevent and reverse inflammation, you are learning how to stay young and never be sick again.

Inflammation is a natural and healthy process. If you cut your finger, your body begins an inflammatory process immediately. This process neutralizes harmful microorganisms, helps to repair your wound, and cleans up the debris resulting from your injury. Inflammation is beneficial when needed, but it is disastrous when chronic. Chronic inflammation generates a constant supply of free radicals that overwhelm your antioxidant defenses and damage DNA, aging you and causing disease of every description, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, allergies, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease, and infections.  More than three out of four North Americans suffer from chronic inflammation. This is why we are aging so rapidly and why more than three out of four people have a diagnosable chronic disease. Even children are increasingly suffering from “diseases of aging” in epidemic numbers. To put an end to this tragedy, as a society and as individuals, we must learn how to prevent and reverse chronic inflammation.

Most suffer from chronic inflammation and disease because the North American diet is pro-inflammatory. Your diet lacks nutrients that help to prevent and control inflammation, while being rich in pro inflammatory compounds.

How do you reverse inflammation?  Avoid the Big Four: sugar, white flour, dairy, and processed oils. These so called “foods” are pro inflammatory.  They cause rapid aging and disease. By avoiding the Big Four, taking antioxidant supplements, you can control inflammation and allow your arteries and other tissues to repair and become those of a much younger person.

Sugar and white flour are deadly poisons. They have an inflammatory effect on your body. Unaware of this hazard, the average person consumes more than 160 pounds of sugar and 200 pounds of white flour per year. Children are also exposed to these deadly poisons, accelerating aging and causing lifelong health problems. Both of these poisons increase blood sugar levels. Even a modest increase in blood sugar generates free radicals that cause inflammation, thereby causing disease of every description. Because most people eat these poisons every day (in the form of bread, pasta, breakfast cereal, cookies, cakes, soft drinks, candy, etc.), disease is a growth industry.

Milk products also cause inflammation. Modern dairy cows eat grain containing diets that change the proportions of fatty acids in the milk, leaving very little omega-3 fats and creating a pro-inflammatory imbalance. In addition, a substantial percentage of your population (some estimate fifty percent) is allergic to dairy, often unknowingly. Daily consumption causes chronic allergic reactions, creating chronic inflammation. The fats and oils in your diet contain excessive omega-6 fatty acids, causing chronic inflammation. Omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation, while omega-3s are anti inflammatory. Historically, humans consumed roughly equal amounts of these oils, achieving a balance. Today, we consume 20 to 30 times more omega-6 as omega-3. The modern processed food industry fills stores with pro-inflammatory oils, including safflower, sunflower, peanut, and even most commercially available olive oils; all of these contain excessive amounts of omega-6 and insufficient omega-3 fatty acids. Grain fed beef, poultry, and farmed fish also contain excessive omega-6. These imbalances create a huge excess of pro inflammatory compounds. Unable to turn the inflammation off, chronic inflammation and disease are the result. It is extremely important that only healthy fats and oils be consumed. Hydrogenated oils are also pro-inflammatory. These oils find their way into many products including candy, baked goods, margarine, breakfast cereal, and peanut butter. These deadly oils disrupt body chemistry, causing many abnormalities, including inflammation. The trans fatty acids contained in hydrogenated oils inhibit the activity of enzymes that make anti-inflammatory compounds, but not those that create pro-inflammatory ones, chronic inflammation is the result.

In addition to diet, infections also contribute to inflammation. Avoiding infections by keeping your immune system strong pays off in many ways. It is important to minimize the number of infections you suffer. Infections are inflammatory, triggering powerful inflammatory processes to destroy invading microorganisms. The inflammation damages you as well as the invaders. Having one cold after another will do lasting damage, shortening your life and leaving you susceptible to every imaginable disease. Repeated infections, as well as chronic infections, lead to chronic inflammation that damages and ages your entire body. One way to help keep your immunity strong is to avoid eating sugar, which is known to damage immunity as well as causing inflammation.

Physical injuries also create inflammation. Nature intended inflammation to subside once an injury is repaired. However, by consuming a pro-inflammatory diet, injuries are seldom fully healed and often result in chronic low grade inflammation in the injured tissue. This is why athletes have problems with old injuries as they age. These incompletely healed tissues, by producing pro-inflammatory compounds, become sources of chronic inflammation for the entire body.

Allergies and food sensitivities also create inflammatory responses. Chronic allergic reactions create chronic inflammation. This is why allergic reactions must be minimized by strengthening your immune system and avoiding allergens. Unfortunately, allergies have become epidemic. Contributing to this epidemic has been the irrational misuse of antibiotics, and hormones. These dangerous drugs disrupt gut tissue, causing leakage of undigested food molecules into your blood, thereby promoting food allergies. A good idea for almost anyone is to stay away from the most common allergens such as dairy and gluten (half the population may be allergic to gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley).

Another promoter of chronic, systemic inflammation is fat cells. Given that two out of three North Americans are overweight, this is a huge source of inflammation. Pure and simple, if you are more than five pounds overweight, you have a serious chronic disease. The inflammatory process unleashed by being overweight accelerates the aging process and leads to every conceivable disease. Fat cells, especially those that form around your  abdomen, produce large amounts of inflammatory compounds that affect your entire body. If you want to prevent disease, or if you are diseased and want to get well, what should you do?

First and foremost, stop promoting inflammation. Get the Big Four out of your life now! Eat a diet low in pro-inflammatory foods and high in anti-inflammatory nutrients. Exercise to get rid of those excess pounds. Take high quality anti-inflammatory supplements. If you take these principles to heart, you will be well on your way to a longer, higher quality, disease free life.

Consume a diet low in refined carbohydrates and high in a variety of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Eat high quality organic animal protein, such as eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and grass fed beef plus olive, coconut and flaxseed oil. Supplementing with antioxidant nutrients is critical to preventing and reversing inflammation. Supplement with omega-3 fish oil, vitamins A, B complex (including folic acid,  B6 and B12), C, D, and E, plus quercitin, glucosamine, chrondroitin, beta-carotene, selenium, CoQ10, N-acetylcysteine, and alpha-lipoic acid.

By learning how to prevent and reverse inflammation, you can achieve power over aging and disease. What a wonderful goal and easy to do.

We all want to look good and age gracefully, without suffering from the same debilitating and chronic conditions as your parents. We all age over time, but the rate at which we age is a choice. Good health slows the aging process, causing you to feel and look younger. Poor diets, toxic exposures, stress, and lack of exercise all conspire to “age” you beyond your years. That’s why aging, relates more to disease than chronology. A healthy body will maintain healthy, youthful skin.

Your skin acts like a barometer for your body, revealing much about overall health. You may not think of your skin as an organ, but in fact it is the largest organ you have. It is also one of the most essential. Skin provides a nearly germ proof barrier to protect you  against microorganisms and it also prevents moisture loss. Body temperature is regulated by blood flow through your skin. Vessels dilating and constricting with changing external conditions. Skin has sensory preceptors that give you information about your environment. Skin also contains millions of sweat and oil glands, which eliminate toxins while helping to keep your body cool and your skin moist. Healthy skin reflects a properly functioning organ. The skin of an unhealthy person often portrays the effects of poor diet, toxic exposures, stress, or lack of exercise. Skin cells are replaced monthly. If each skin cell is replaced with a healthy cell, the skin will always look and be healthy. When your body is deficient in the raw materials required for new cell construction, or poisoned by toxic exposure, it undergoes more cell damage than it can repair. When this happens, the outward appearance is that of “aging.”

External creams and treatments are useful and have their place, but true beauty comes from the inside out. If your body is working properly, every organ, including your skin, will also work properly. Wrinkles, blemishes, premature aging, and skin cancer are all symptoms of underlying metabolic malfunction that is affecting your entire body and not just your skin!

To be healthy, your body needs a precise mixture of all 59 known essential nutrients plus a bunch of others we don’t even know about yet. Modern, processed food diets are so nutritionally deficient, that almost no one is getting all the essential nutrients on a consistent basis. Numerous studies shown that we are chronically deficient in multiple nutrients.

Consider health as an equation: Level of Health = Nutrition + Exercise – Toxins – Stress. You can change your level of health and the appearance of your skin by improving the variables in this equation. Let’s look at each of them:

Nutrition: Your ancestors, did not eat spaghetti, nor did they microwave frozen vegetables. In the  industrialized society, with its highly processed foods, it becomes very difficult to get all the essential nutrients we need for good health. Here are the nutritional fundamentals needed:

Avoid processed food Processing can include heating, freezing, refining and grinding foods. Essential nutrients required for cell construction and repair are lost during processing. This means avoiding packaged foods as well as products containing sugar, white flour, hydrogenated and processed oils, milk, and dairy products. These are low quality foods prevalent throughout  diets today. Low quality foods fill your bellies with empty calories while providing a multitude of toxic side effects. Don’t eat them.

Eat fresh! Fresh foods, in the form that nature provides them to you, are absolutely essential. Harvesting ripe food and eating it shortly thereafter is ideal. Each step away from the farm process decreases nutritional value. Foods picked green and then ripened, or processed and stored are misconceived as healthy foods.

Drink your water Fluid deficiencies cause upsets in electrolyte balance, and can send your body chemistry into chaos. Water aids in blood circulation and toxic elimination, directly affecting skin complexion and appearance. Water is an essential nutrient. Try to drink 8-8oz glasses per day.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) – Without a very specialized diet, obtaining adequate EFA’s is impossible. As a result, up to 90% of the population may be deficient in essential fatty acids. Fats are essential to cell structure, but they must be the right kinds of fats.

Antioxidant chemicals are essential A recent study found that ozone in urban environments significantly reduces the amount of antioxidant vitamins in the epidermis, leading to measurable free radical skin damage. Another study found a 70% drop in skin cancer risk simply by taking a daily vitamin E dose of more than 100 I.U., and a 90% drop in skin cancer risk by taking 5000 I.U. of beta-carotene. Skin damage is prevalent in cities where you have constant exposure to toxins such as air and water pollutants. Because these toxins are nearly unavoidable, it is important to get adequate amounts of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, & E, as well as carotenes and selenium. To do this, eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, accompanied by high quality supplements.

Exercise: Exercise is another way to affect your health equation. Your bodies were designed when humans were physically active, so it follows that your physiology is dependent on such activity for proper function. Physical activity is an essential element to youth and vitality. Regular exercise can actually prevent and reverse many of the effects of aging. Consider that elderly people who exercise improve their life expectancy by an average of ten years. One study found that people who walked for 30 minutes a day, six times a week achieved almost the same health benefits as people who ran 30 to 40 miles a week. Exercise promotes healing, waste elimination, and new skin growth. Physical activity increases the production of collagen in your skin, thereby improving its elasticity, keeping it “young.” Your body must be given the proper nutrients, as well as proper activity to function at an optimum level.

Toxins:  Cells need an adequate supply of nutrients on a daily basis, to comply with the first part of the health equation. Your body must also be protected from toxins, as they can interfere with proper cellular function. North Americans fail to protect themselves from the toxic exposure that their lifestyle generates. While many toxins are unavoidable, such as in the air you breathe, it is surprising how many toxins people voluntarily, if unknowingly, administer to themselves. For instance, processed foods contain dozens of toxins including artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Many FDA approved products; such as soaps, shampoos, skin creams, and toothpastes, contain known toxins. Often these products are loaded with chemicals that penetrate through your skin and mucus membranes, accumulate in your tissues, and cause cellular malfunction.

Stress:  Living in a modern urban environment is like living in a big stress machine. When your body is stressed, the adrenal glands release hormones (stress chemicals) called glucocorticoids. While these hormones are designed to help you through a specific event, chronic stress can precipitate a host of destructive processes. These include immune suppression, hypertension, muscle wasting, fatigue, impaired mental function, fluid retention, and thinning of the skin. Equally important to avoiding external toxins, you must avoid stress chemical toxins which will damage your health and cause you to age faster.  Stress chemicals reduce your blood supply to the skin and also slow down your  body’s normal repair processes. This deprives your skin of needed nutrients and causes cells in the basal layer of the epidermis to divide more slowly. Your skin doesn’t renew itself as quickly, wounds don’t heal as quickly and essentially the skin is “older.” Stress also inhibits the immune function of your skin thus increasing the opportunity for infection. Modern life is full of unavoidable external stressors, and the way you respond to these events is what matters. In fact, how you choose to respond to stress event makes all the difference, and new ways of responding can be learned. Many people find techniques such as breath control, meditation, and yoga helpful in keeping stress levels down on a daily basis. The bottom line is that stress creates toxins, which must be avoided for health reasons.

Your skin shows your level of health, affecting how you appear to others. Choices you  make, regarding your health equation, directly affect how you look. To be healthy, you must give your body what it needs, and protect it from toxins. Provided that these simple requirements are met, your body will deliver a life filled with youth and vitality. If not, it will fail catastrophically, aging and debilitating along the way. It is clear that diet, exercise, toxins and stress all have profound effects on your health. That’s why you all need to educate yourselves on how to choose health. How you manage your health equation can keep you sick and aging, or healthy and beautiful.

The choice is yours.

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Honey and Cinnamon

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A mixture of honey and cinnamon can cure many diseases. Honey is produced around the world and can be used without any side effects.  Even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

BLOOD PRESSURE: 2 Tsp cinnamon mixed with 1 generous tbs. honey in hot water or milk if you like, morning and night.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in your arteries and could possibly save you from a heart attack.

If you have already had an attack, if you do this process daily, you may prevent
the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves shortness
of breath and strengthens your heart beat. Various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, your arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged.  Honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If  taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. Recent research found that when taken daily, most patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink. It destroys the germs in your bladder.

CHOLESTEROL:  Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, may reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood by 10 percent within two hours. If taken three times day, chronic cholesterol can be under control.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon
lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This
process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear you sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers.

GAS: If honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens your immune system and protects your body from bacteria and viral attacks.  Honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts.  Constant use of honey strengthens your white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before you eat relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: Scientist have proven that honey contains a natural Ingredient
which kills the influenza germs and saves you from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, slows the signs of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day.  It keeps your skin fresh and soft and slows old age.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste.
Apply this paste on your pimples before sleeping and wash it off next morning with warm water.  If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on affected parts, cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, it reduces weight. Drinking this mixture regularly does not allow fat to accumulate in your body even if you eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Patients suffering from stomach and bone cancer should take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily for one month three time s a day.

FATIGUE: Studies show that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than detrimental to the strength of your body.  Senior citizens,  who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. A half tablespoon of honey taken  in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00  P.M. when the vitality of your  body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of your body within a week.

BAD BREATH: First thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so your breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Taken daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, in equal parts may restore hearing.

Remember when you were a kid?  Having toast with butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!  Real Honey!!  Perhaps the old ways were some of the better ways.

And here is something to think about.  As more and more small businesses disappear and or get acquired by major corporations making larger and larger conglomerates and eliminating the competition it is a known fact that the honey bee is slowly declining in population.  After reading all the benefits honey has for you, now ask yourself, is the honey bee decline just a coincidence or is there another force at work?

In my Cd’s you will learn all about detoxification by learning how to incorporates proper nutrition and understanding how to avoid the pitfalls and learn the best way to become the ‘Best you can be..’   It is comprehensive, yet tailored to meet your individual needs.

You have the power to shape your body for better health. Take the first step to achieving your goals today.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !


detoxI hope you’ll want to learn more and let me help you to get into the best shape of your life.


Did you know that in the year 2001 alone, more than 6 billion pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment? Over the course of a lifetime, you will be exposed to thousands of foreign compounds that can enter your body through the food you eat, the air you breathe, and directly through your skin. To make matters worse, many of you have substituted healthy meals with a poor diet that significantly lacks nutritional value to fuel your body’s detoxifying capacity. All of these factors can contribute to an accumulation of toxins, or toxicity.


Toxins can derive from chemical pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides, drugs, alcohol, active/passive cigarette smoking, and food additives. However, toxins can also come from normal metabolism and intestinal build-up of unhealthy bacteria within your own body.


A number of symptoms and conditions have been associated with possible toxic exposures and toxicity, including:

Migraine headache


Generalized arthralgias

Chemical sensitivity

Chronic fatique syndrome

To minimize toxins in your diet:

Avoid foods high in fat, additive, and preservatives

Eat organically grown vegetables, fruits and grains

Drink plenty of water

To minimize toxins in the environment:

Use an effective air purification system

Wear protective clothing and/or apparatus when working with toxic materials

Replace furnace and air conditioning filters regularly

The term detoxification refers to your body’s natural ability to transfer and eliminate toxins.


Only substances that are easily dissolved in water, or water-soluble, can be effectively excreted from your body. Toxic compounds, however, are typically stored as fatty molecules and, therefore, do not mix well with water. The detoxification process transforms these toxic, fat-soluble substances into harmless, water-soluble molecules which can then be excreted out of your body.

Detoxification systems in your body can be summarized in 3 phases:

Liver Function Phase I:  Fat-soluble toxins are transformed into intermediate compounds, which can be more reactive, but bind more easily to non-toxic, water-soluble molecules in Phase II.

Liver Function Phase II: Formation between the reactive intermediates and water-soluble molecules make the entire compound harmless and ready for excretion out of the body.

Without enough supportive Phase II substances, the reactive intermediates can attack healthy tissues and may cause damage.

Phase 3..Excretion:  Neutralized toxins, now made water-soluble, are removed from your body in urine via the kidneys or in bile/feces through your intestines.

Healthy Function

  1. In your healthy intestine fewer internal poisons are formed and most of the toxins are excreted with only a small amount naturally transported to your liver
  2. In your health liver the toxins are transformed to an intermediate substance and harmful free radicals are transformed to harmless water by antioxidant nutrients
  3. Here in phase 3 the transformed water soluble substances are released to your kidney and then excreted via your urine.

Unhealthy function

  1. Toxins and poisons which are formed internally leak through your unhealthy intestine and flow to your liver
  2. The toxins are not detoxified in your unhealthy liver and leave your liver and are stored in tissues such as fat.
  3. The stored toxins recirculate in your blood and may contribute to long-term poor health.


Because the detoxification process needs a lot of energy, fasting with water or juice has been shown to be both ineffective and even dangerous. In fact, prolonged fasting may weaken muscles and other organs, eliminating the essential nutrients required for healthy detoxification rather than toxins.


Studies have shown that the overall detoxification process is heavily nutrient-dependent, whereby key steps are fueled by vitamins, minerals, and other major food components.

Here are a few nutrients that may help maintain and improve detoxification.

Zinc, pantothenic acid, and beneficial probiotics

Vitamins A, B3, B6, B12, C, E, beta-carotene, and folates

Amino acids, L-cysteine, L-glutamine, and taurine

N-acetylcysteine, sodium sulfate, and L-glutathione

Green tea catechins

Low-allery-potential protein/carbohydrates


Without optimal detoxification, your body will not efficiently remove harmful toxins. Your kidneys play a major role during the final step of detoxification by excreting transformed toxic compounds in urine. An alkaline pH level may be an important consideration for proper kidney function. Therefore, a focused, high-impact, low-allergy potential nutritional support program to promote an alkaline pH level and improve detoxification capacity may be helpful.

8 simple ways to detox your body

Cut your sugar intake

Cutting back on your sugar and drinking more water are smart strategies for a healthier spring. A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, and that includes honey, molasses and artificial sweeteners. If you eat more sugar, you ask your body for more insulin, straining your pancreas and wearing yourself out. In the long term, this kind of habit can cause you to become chronically fatigued, diabetic, develop cancer and pack on excess weight.

Start with water
You should drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning. Lemon helps re-hydrate your system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body.

Move your body

Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system. Doing this will also enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate your joints and strengthen your body. It’s a proven fact, people who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems.

Drink a lot of tea

Tea is full of antioxidants, it hydrates you (especially if it’s herbal) and fills you up. This means you will be less likely to overeat or eat the wrong things! Keep in mind, the caffeine in tea is different than the caffeine in coffee. It’s gentler on your system. It will also give you a pick-me-up minus the jitters

Whole Foods

A colorful variety of fruits and veggies should be the main focus of your diet, along with whole grains, beans and legumes, and small amounts of nuts and seeds. You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.

Combat environmental pollutions

Don’t forget that pollution and allergens are all around you. They’re in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms such as yucky, puffy, red eyes.  Check with your doctor to see if he will advise using a nasal flush like Nasonex or something else. Doing so can eliminate the side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breathing naturally and may even enhance your sleep.

Sweat it out
If you have access to a sauna, use it regularly. There’s nothing more detoxing than sweating it out.


Skin brushing and oil massages will help exfoliate the toxins from your skin and refresh circulation. If you email me at [email protected] I’ll send you a great self exfoliating foot bath you can make in the comfort of your home.

In my Cd’s you will learn all about detoxification by learning how to incorporates proper nutrition and understanding how to avoid the pitfalls and learn the best way to become the ‘Best you can be..’   It is comprehensive, yet tailored to meet your individual needs.

You have the power to shape your body for better health. Take the first step to achieving your goals today.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !