Think about the world in which we live. Daily, we flood our bodies with pollution, unhealthy foods, unbalanced diets, stress and lack of sleep. The majority of Americans don't even have bowel movements nearly as often as they should. Not a comfortable subject? That's one of the reasons it is ignored by so many! But before you begin any weight loss program, it is very important to cleanse out your body so you can absorb nutrients properly and clean out the toxins that are stored up in the body that are causing the body to gain fat. Optimally Organic wants to offer several options to help you begin your new commitment for health and weight loss. If you follow the program that we have designed, you will feel better and actually look better when you begin keeping your body cleansed of the impurities that build up from the world in which we live. It's no wonder the liver can get a little bogged down trying to handle it all. We want to give everyone "Organic Solutions for Optimal Health!"
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DETOX?
This is the fastest most effective way to get your health back! Toxins and free-radicals have stored up in our organs, tissues, and cells for over a lifetime. Our bodies are not able to get rid of these toxins effectively because we are exposed to over 50,000 different chemicals a day on average, and because the toxins are not organic and our bodies being organic, don't understand how to deal with the toxins. Our bodies try to deal with the toxins as best as it can by storing them in the liver and in our fat cells. However, our livers and our fat are full of toxins already, so these toxins and free-radicals destroy our cells, age us, cause illness and disorder, and make us even fatter. It is the hormones, preservatives, colors, and additives in our food; the pollution in our air; the chemicals in our water, and the surplus of fake supplements, that are making us sick. It is truly amazing how fast a person can detoxify the entire body, if it is done right. You do not have to be overweight to do this detox, but if you are, you will lose Body Fat fast and keep all your muscle.
When you detoxify the body, it goes into self-preservation mode and gets rid of anything that it does not need, including Body Fat and Toxins. At the same time the body preserves what it does need, like muscle (keeping your muscle is important because if keeps your metabolism high and helps you burn body fat even faster). Make sure you follow the Detox Plan carefully and take the recommended supplements.
WHAT DOES DETOX DO?
Detox helps with weight loss Makes you feel better and more energetic Be able to absorb all nutrients as you feed your body a healthier diet with the help of Fulvic Ionic Minerals Cleansing of impurities and toxins benefits your skin Cleansing benefits the liver and all other organs so they can work properly
HEALTHY EATING HABITS
YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS PLAN SHOULD INCLUDE ALL ORGANIC FOODS
FRUIT: Your plan can include any fruit including fresh, frozen. This includes apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, nectarines, peaches, melons, star fruit, etc.
FRUIT JUICE: You should drink only fruit or vegetable juice you have juiced yourself! Do not mix fruits and vegetables.
VEGETABLES: Eat any vegetables including fresh, frozen (without salt added). This includes carrots, onions, turnip, sprouts, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, sweet-corn, peppers, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, salad, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, etc.
BEANS & LENTILS: Eat any beans that have been dried. This includes red kidney, haricot, butter, black-eyed peas, pinto, red lentils, green lentils and brown lentils, etc.
WHOLE GRAINS: A whole grain still has the bran and the germ (brown rice is whole grain and white rice is not) This includes oats, brown rice, barley, rye, spelt, wheat berries, etc.
POTATOES: Yams, purple potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
FRESH FISH: Eat fresh fish 1-2 a week including cod, mackerel, salmon, trout, and halibut.
TURKEY: Organic if possible, without hormones, preservatives, or anti-biotics. No lunchmeat turkey.
EGGS: Organic free range.
UNSALTED NUTS: Eat any including Brazil nuts, almonds, cashew, hazel nuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio, and walnuts.
UNSALTED SEEDS: Eat any including sunflower and pumpkin nuts.
LIVE NATURAL YOGHURT
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
GARLIC, GINGER, FRESH HERBS
WATER: Drink at least 3 liters a day (Reverse osmosis, distilled, or alkaline ionized water only!).
HERBAL OR FRUIT TEAS
FOODS TO AVOID!
Red meat, and any meat products like sausages, and burgers
Milk, cheese, cream
Butter and margarine
Any food that contains flour or wheat-flour, including bread, croissants, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pastry, quiche, battered or bread-crumbed foods, etc.
Crisps and snacks including salted nuts
Chocolate, sweets, jam and sugar
Processed foods, ready meals, ready-made sauces and takeaways
Sauces, pickles, shop bought salad dressing, mayonnaise
Fizzy drinks and squashes, including diet versions
Smoking of anything
Peanuts or peanut butter
Eat many meals a day
Adopting a pattern of eating smaller and more frequent meals provides a number of benefits to both your health and weight loss goals. You'll be less likely to overeat, and will have a regular influx of energy to help keep you active. All the while your body will be burning calories more efficiently.
Most people have been taught the conventional method of eating more frequently is to have three meals a day, plus two or three snacks between meals. But if possible, try eating more consistent amounts throughout the day with mini meals. This means to plan to eat about every three hours. Count the number of hours you are awake in a typical day, and divide by three. For example, 6 am to 10 pm would be 16 hours or about five mini meals spaced about three hours apart. For example:
A quick and easy way to plan meals is to think half! For instance, enjoy half of your lunch at noon, and then eat the rest 3 hours later.
When planning your meal regimen, the objective is to stay within your caloric needs. (It may be snacking between meals that got you into trouble in the first place!) Eat smaller, more frequent meals and you'll soon notice your energy pick up and your waist trim down. If you notice weight gain, your mini meals might need a little trimming themselves.
Sounds too simple, doesn't it? But it is true. Drinking adequate amounts of water is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. The human body is approximately two-thirds water, and requires plenty of clean water intake to operate properly. Water, often called "silent nutrient," may be overlooked or taken for granted. Yet, next to oxygen, water is the most needed element for life. You could live for weeks without food but only a few days without water.
Water is essential to transport oxygen to your blood.
Water transports nutrients through your blood.
Water flushes out impurities and excess salt.
Want to Lose Water Weight? It sounds weird - but to overcome water retention you should drink water. It's true. If your body thinks it is in danger it will hold onto the water, storing it between cells, causing swelling. When your body is hydrated, it will naturally release stored water.
Water helps regulate your body temperature.
Water even helps with weight loss or weight control by regulating your appetite. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger- which can be a real diet-blower.
Did you know that mild dehydration is a common cause for fatigue? That even a small drop in body water can affect your concentration? Simply put, drink water!!! It's simple, critically important, and virtually free! Do it for health, but remember it is equally important to drink clean water!
It is very important to get 8-10 hours of sleep at night depending on what your body functions best with. Younger people and athletes need more sleep. Also, make sure where you sleep is completely dark and that you are asleep between the hours of 10pm-3am. This will insure that your natural rhythm, called zirconium rhythm is not disturbed.
THE EVIDENCE AGAINST SLEEP LOSS
Just last month, another study came to the conclusion that chronic sleep loss triggers hormones that can lower the hormone Leptin, which controls appetite control. Lower levels of Leptin are associated with obesity. It's what researchers call the "yin yang" of appetite control. The hormone Ghrelin is produced within the stomach and triggers hunger. Leptin is produced by fat cells and signals satiety, which tells the brain when we have eaten enough.
Mignot's study investigated the effects of sleep loss on body mass index (BMI), an indirect measure of body fat. His was part of an ongoing sleep disorder study involving 1,024 Wisconsin state employees, all between 30 and 60 years old.
For researchers, this type of large-scale, ongoing study "is a good way to show that what you are finding applies to the general population," Mignot said.
Every four years, each volunteer came to a sleep laboratory for an overnight stay, with blood sampling and a check of BMI and weight. Every five years, each completed a questionnaire about sleep habits; they also kept a six-day "sleep diary."
During the 15-year study period (since 1989) researchers found that short sleep was associated with low Leptin levels. They showed a 15% increase in Ghrelin and a 16% decrease in Leptin in people who consistently got only five hours of sleep.
"It shows that there is a regulatory problem," Mignot said. "In natural evolution, when you were more active, you needed to eat more calories, so you had this natural reaction that increased your appetite and your sleep." Compare that with today, when people aren't as physically active yet burning the candle at both ends, either in traffic or in front of the TV. Also, food is more readily available. All those factors have caused increase in weight.
Researchers also show an association between sleep duration and BMI. Those getting three hours of sleep had a 5% increase in body weight. "That's not an enormous amount, but the effect might be underestimated," says Mignot. "Still, it's something we can do something about. It may be the reason why dieting has been so disappointing for so many people."
SLEEP LOSS AFFECTS CRAVINGS
In the second study, 12 healthy males in their 20s were studied to see how sleep loss affected both Leptin and Ghrelin levels. The young men got only four hours of sleep for two nights, then two nights of 10 hours in bed (average of 9 hours of sleep). Hormone levels were measured before, during, and after the sleep periods. They also completed questionnaires to assess their hunger and desire for different foods.
After a night of four hours of sleep, sleep restriction resulted in a 24% increase in hunger and a 23% increase in appetite, reports study co-researcher Esra Tasali, MD, a sleep specialist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. "If allowed to increase their food intake, they would likely eat an extra 550 calories a day," Tasali said, whose study appears in Annals of Internal Medicine.
As the sleepy guys got hungry, their food choices also changed. High calorie, high-carb foods were most appealing -- sweets, and salty and starchy foods -- after two nights of little sleep. Fruit, vegetables, and dairy products were at the low end of the craving scale.
"For normal, healthy, sedentary adults, that would result in significant weight gain," she says. "Of course, under laboratory conditions, they didn't have free access to food. But in real life, sleep restriction may be a previously unrecognized risk factor for this epidemic of obesity."
Today's sleep loss studies are "a good indicator of which way investigation should proceed," reported Satya P. Kalra, MD, professor of neuroscience at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
"It's growing evidence that if you're sleep deprived, there's a human tendency to eat more -- although that hasn't yet been measured," Kalra said.
These studies of sleep loss "are very well controlled," Kalra says. "They show we're on the right track."
ARTICLE & STUDY SOURCES: Tahari, S. Public Library of Science, Dec. 6, 2004. Van Cauter, E. Annals of Internal Medicine, Dec. 7, 2004; vol 141: pp 846-850. Flier, J. Annals of Internal Medicine, Dec. 7, 2004; vol 141: pp 885-886. Emmanuel Mignot, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University. Esra Tasali, MD, sleep specialist, University of Chicago Medical Center. WebMD Medical News: "Sleep More and You May Control Eating More."
Physical exercise is important for maintaining physical fitness and can contribute positively to maintaining a healthy weight, building and maintaining healthy bone density, muscle strength, and joint mobility, it promotes physiological well-being, reduces surgical risks; and strengthens the immune system.
Simply put, the ONLY way to lose weight and maintain weight-loss is to get up and move. Below is a chart of some easy ways that you can burn only 100 calories. They key is to make it fun and do something that you are going to enjoy so that you will be able to stick with it.
BURN 100 CALORIES
BICYCLE RIDING: 10 minutes WALKING: 15 to 20 minutes DANCING: 20 minutes GARDENING: 30 minutes WASHING THE CAR: (Saves money too!) HOUSEWORK: Focus on keeping your abs tightened as you work MOW LAWN: 20 to 30 minutes TENNIS: 20 minutes YOGA: 20 minutes PLAYING FRISBEE WITH THE KIDS: 20 to 30 minutes SWIMMIMG: 15 minutes VOLLEYBALL: 30 minutes CLIMBING STAIRS: 10 minutes STATEBOARDING: 20 minutes KAYAKING: 20 minutes HORSEBACK RIDING: 20 to 30 minutes GOLFING: 20 to 30 minutes
HOW FULVIC IONIC MINERALS CAN HELP YOU!!
One of the first things that you might notice when taking Fulvic Ionic Minerals is increased energy. It might feel as if you have "come alive" again. One of the next changes that you might notice is softer skin, a better complexion, and faster growing nails. Your appetite might decrease because you are getting the minerals and trace elements that your body needed from the Fulvic Ionic Minerals - The mineral deficiency was the culprit that was causing the food cravings to begin with. You might also see noticeable differences in sleep, mental concentration and general well-being in a matter of days or weeks. (The state of your health will determine how quickly you will see results and notice a change.) *Please remember that correcting years of damage can take some time so be realistic about your expectations. We feel that once you understand and see for yourself what Fulvic Ionic Minerals can do for you, there is a good chance that you will continue to use it on a daily basis.
THE STRESS FREE ZONE
HOW STRESS CAN CAUSE YOU TO GAIN WEIGHT
Metabolism: Do you feel like you're prone to putting on more weight when you're stressed, even if you're eating the same amount of food as you always have? Too much Cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience. This also makes dieting more difficult.
Cravings: OK, you're stressed. Do you reach for a nice salad or a pint of Ben & Jerry's? People experiencing chronic stress tend to crave more fatty, salty and sugary foods. This includes sweets, processed food and other things that aren't as good for you. These foods are typically less healthy and lead to increased weight gain.
Blood Sugar: Prolonged stress can alter your blood sugar levels, causing mood swings, fatigue, and conditions like Hyperglycemia. Too much stress has even been linked to a Metabolic Syndrome causing a cluster of health concerns that can lead to greater health problems, like heart attacks and diabetes.
Fat Storage: Too much stress even affects where we tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of abdominal fat. Unfortunately, abdominal fat is not only aesthetically undesirable --it's linked with greater health risks than fat stored in other areas of the body.
STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Thankfully, there are many stress management techniques available, so it's just a matter of finding one that fits in with your lifestyle and budget! Here's a look at some common stress management techniques.
Breathing Exercises: These work quickly and can be done anywhere. Deep breathing oxygenates the blood, relaxes muscles and quiets the mind.
Meditation: Uses some elements of breathing exercises but builds on these so that the mind focuses on "nothingness" and therefore reduces stress.
Guided Imagery: Where you take yourself through a mental journey to a pleasurable place, leaving stress behind and relaxing the body.
Massage: The mind is closely linked to the sense of touch, and touch is essential for the mind's well-being. A good massage also improves circulation and releases tension.
Music Therapy: Listening to music can lower the blood pressure, relax the body and calm the mind.
Physical Activity: Exercise helps to reduce stress by helping the body to release endorphins, a "feel good" chemical, and lowering Cortisol levels (Cortisol is related to stress levels).
Set Boundaries: Learn to say no so that you are not overwhelmed by your commitments.
Social Support: A network of friends and family will help you lessen stress by providing support when you are feeling low or stressed.
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