Flat Tummy Detox Water

If you’ve been having a little too much fun this summer and are finding yourself bloated and sluggish, you need to show your liver some love! Too many fatty foods, too much alcohol and not enough water can leave the liver feeling overloaded. In addition to taking a break from the indulgence, this detox water is a great way to help de-bloat and flatten out that puffy summer belly. It’s easy to make, tastes good, and is a great way to keep yourself hydrated too.

Recipe:

  • 2 L of Water
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Ice

Mix all ingredients, store in refrigerator and drink as needed. The longer it sits, the more flavor will diffuse into the water, so be sure to let it sit AT MINIMUM one hour before you drink it.

Health Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a source of Chlorophyll, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, and amino acids, but it is primarily known as a detoxifying supplement. Its tiny size and unique properties make it able to bind to heavy metals and unwanted chemicals in the body.

A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:

  • Protein—16g
  • Vitamin A—287% RDA
  • Vitamin B2—71% RDA
  • Vitamin B3—33% RDA
  • Iron—202% RDA
  • Magnesium—22% RDA
  • Zinc—133% RDA

In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Chlorella is actually more nutrient dense per gram than other greens, including kale, spinach and broccoli. It has many amazing health benefits, but should not be taken if you have certain health conditions, including high levels of heavy metal exposure and thyroid/iodine processing issues.

  • Heavy Metal Detox: It is said that regularly consuming small amounts of chlorella can help heavy metals from accumulating in the body’s soft tissues and organs. Chlorella attaches itself to heavy metals and helps the body to remove them as waste. However, if you have been exposed to high levels of heavy metals, use caution, as taking chlorella may draw the metals out of your organs/tissues and simply cause them to recirculate in your system.
  • Weight Loss: It is said that chlorella helps regulate hormones, boosting metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher natural energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat by removing stored toxins. As we release stored toxins in our cells, we naturally lose weight as a result.
  • Lower Blood Glucose & Cholesterol Levels: According to Dr. Axe, “In a study published the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that doses of 8,000 mg of chlorella per day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Researchers observed first a decline in cholesterol levels, and then the improvement in blood glucose. They believe that chlorella activates a number of genes at the cellular level that improve insulin sensitivity, encouraging a healthy balance.”
  • Immune Boost: WebMD lists that Chlorella is used to boost the immune system, to aid digestive problems, to increase good bacteria in the digestive system, and for ulcers. A double-blind placebo study found that regular use increases natural killer cell activity and early inflammatory response. The study reported: “These results may suggest a beneficial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation which enhances the NK cell activity and produces interferon-? and interleukin-12 as well as interleukin-1?, the Th-1 cell-induced cytokines in healthy people.”

As with any natural supplement, it is important to consider your personal health issues and discuss any potential risks with your physician, naturopath or other medical professional.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting/Cleansing

Intermittent fasting has been used by many cultures fore centuries as a way to reset the body and brain, release stubborn fat/impurities and improve overall health. In modern society, we have come up with a variety of ways to utilize intermittent fasting, depending on your lifestyle and goals.

Some of the benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Improves your body’s cellular cleansing system
  • Healthy aging: my help to extend your life expectancy
  • Improves brain health
  • Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Can reduce insulin resistance, which can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Assists you in losing stubborn weight and belly fat
  • Improves the function of your cells, genes and hormones

Technique #1: Skip A Meal: Sometimes we get into the habit of eating on a schedule, and eating out of habit rather than hunger. For this technique, either plan to skip one scheduled meal a day OR skip a meal if you’re not feeling hungry. Listen to your body and it’s clues.

Technique #2: Shorten Your Eating Time Frame: Condense your time to eat each day into a smaller time frame. Rather than allowing yourself your wake time to eat, fit all of your food into a 4-7 hour stretch during the day. Once your 4-7 hour window has ended, you are officially fasting until the window begins again the next day.

Technique #3: 2 Meals A Day (AM/PM): Condense your meals into 2 meals for the entire day, one in the AM and one in the PM. For instance, you are only eating breakfast and dinner each day.

Technique #4: Full Day Fast: After dinner ends, you fast for the next 24 hours, not eating again until dinner the following evening, or even breakfast the morning after. This can be done on a weekly basis as a way to continually reset the body.

When you’re fasting and utilizing a specific window of time to eat, be sure not to use that time to stuff your face. You should only eat until you feel satiated, and be sure to eat clean, whole food meals. If you fuel your body with junk or processed food after fasting, you are doing your body more harm than good.

Many people have started utilizing Bulletproof coffee as part of their intermittent fasting regimen. It’s a good option to help support the body and keep you feeling satiated while you’re not eating. There are also other teas and programs that incorporate supplements on the market that can support you during a fast.  These can help to make the cleansing process more enjoyable and help you to continue to incorporate fasting as part of an extended lifestyle plan.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Why Diets DON’T Work…Advice for the New Year

It’s almost New Year’s Eve…time to get those resolutions in line. One of the most popular resolutions that people make every year is to lose weight. Most of those people start the year on some crazy, incredibly restrictive diet and exercise regiment that is not feasible to maintain long-term. While you may achieve temporary short term results with a diet, you will not see long term results unless you are able to commit to a long-term lifestyle change.

When determining if a program is right for you, you need to look at is as something you can commit to long term. Will you be able to live the rest of your life eating nothing but cottage cheese and grapefruit? Will you be able to commit to going to the gym 6 days a week for 2 hours at a time? For the rest of your life??? If the answer is no, then the program is not the right fit for you. Overly restrictive diets eventually lead to the feeling of deprivation which leads to a feeling of overwhelm, and that is when the tables turn. You will likely go on a binge that will cause you not only to gain back everything you have lost, but in fact, gain even more.

To achieve long term, sustainable success, your program needs to be something that you consider a realistic lifestyle change. By changing your mindset and habits with smaller, more manageable goals, you can set yourself up for success. Your nutrition and diet plan should create a healthy balance between clean living with some wiggle room for indulgence on occasion. There are many diet and exercise plans in the market, and different plans will work effectively for different people long term. Before committing to a program in 2016, do your research and determine if the program you are considering is really a good fit for you as a long-term lifestyle change.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Teas To Boost Weight Loss

I love a nice cup of hot tea! There are so many great teas out there that have amazing health benefits, some of which include weight loss. I wanted to share some of the most popular weight loss teas with you. As the weather gets cooler, our bodies crave warmth so a cup of tea is just what the doctor ordered! I like to make myself a giant cup every night after dinner. It holds me over so I avoid late night snacking!

Green Tea

Green tea has many great health benefits, one of which is that it assists your body to release fat cells. As a clean, natural source of caffeine, green tea is one of the things I usually suggest to people who are looking to make a healthier switch from coffee. The antioxidant benefits of green tea are also a great way to boost your immune system!

Mint Tea

Mint tea is great because it helps to settle the stomach and also keeps your appetite at bay. If you’re craving a snack and looking for something to turn off that “hunger switch” mint tea is a great option! Added bonus – it can also help with headaches!

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is known for boosting the metabolism. Incorporating oolong into your routine can help you reduce belly fat and promote faster weight loss. Studies have shown it can help lose up to a pound a week!

White Tea

White tea is known for its especially high antioxidant levels, even higher than green tea! Studies have shown that white tea not only helps release fat cells, but also helps to block their formation! Double win!

While I personally never promote any type of stimulant or unnatural supplementation to lose weight, tea is something I can certainly get behind!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Gluten Free Does Not Always Mean Healthy!!!

I have noticed a huge trend of people going on “gluten free” diets for weight loss. While a gluten free diet can certainly be a healthy alternative for some and a necessity for others, it can also be quite unhealthy if done improperly.

What most people don’t do when switching to a gluten free diet is eliminate processed, packaged foods. They think that by eating the gluten free version of pretzels, chips, cookies and crackers, they are making a healthier choice. In fact, the junk food manufacturers have to add even MORE preservatives, GMO’s and flavors to their treats to make them taste like their gluten-laden counter-parts. The fact is, switching to the gluten free versions of these treats is often an even worse choice if you are simply trying to lose weight.

A gluten free diet CAN be a healthy option if it focuses on incorporating whole foods and whole, gluten free grains like brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and millet. Fueling your body with nutrient rich, whole foods that are naturally gluten free is a great way to get your healthy eating back on track and lose weight.

So next time you are in Whole Foods and find yourself reaching for the gluten free cookies, remind yourself that gluten free DOES NOT mean low calorie, low fat or healthy. It simply means that it does not contain gluten. If you really want to lose weight and get healthier, you will need to eliminate the cookies and opt for naturally sweet foods like fruit.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Six Metabolism Boosting Foods for Faster Weight Loss

Metabolism is the process of how the body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Even at rest, the body needs energy provided by calories to handle necessary functions like breathing and circulating blood. The number of calories that the body needs varies based on age, gender and body composition.

The best way to increase metabolism is to increase muscle mass through strength training. Muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat tissue, so by converting some fat to muscle or increasing the amount of muscle, overall metabolism increases to burn more calories throughout the day.

While dietary intervention to boost metabolism is not widely proven, there are some foods that may temporarily increase the amount of calories burned:

  1. Green tea: Green tea has the best evidence that it may raise metabolic rate. Studies have shown that drinking several cups of green tea per day, which contains caffeine and catechins, can help the body use more energy. A specific antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been contributed to a small rise in calorie burn.
  2. Water: Your body needs water to process food and convert calories into usable energy. Therefore, dehydration leaves the body at a disadvantage and causes this process to slow down.
  3. Capsaicin: This is a compound that gives spicy peppers their burning sensation, and can crank up your metabolism. Try spicier foods by adding some chili peppers to stir fry, sauce or soup.
  4. Caffeine: This stimulant found in coffee and tea can increase the amount of calories your body burns, but most studies have proven this effect with very high intake (8-10 cups per day). For some people, caffeine can cause heartburn, high blood pressure, or sleep problems, so don’t increase your caffeine intake if you experience these side effects.
  5. Lean protein: Protein-rich foods increase satiety, which can prevent overeating. While protein foods won’t specifically increase the body’s metabolism, lean protein like chicken or eggs can help you feel fuller for longer.
  6. Whole grains: Whole grains, like oats or barley, are high in fiber and take longer to digest, which means your metabolism works for longer to convert this food into usable energy.

Avoid crash diets or diets that are very low in calories. Eating too few calories (below 1,800/day for men or below 1,200/day for women) can cause the body to enter into starvation mode, where metabolism slows down to avoid burning through food too quickly, and you may even lose muscle mass. This makes weight loss very hard.

In the long run, adding these foods may help increase your body’s resting metabolism. However, it will not provide a quick fix for losing weight. Increasing exercise will burn more calories than these foods; if your goal is weight loss, aim to eat healthy and increase exercise at the same time.

Source: Fitday | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Celebrity Fitness Trainer Larysa DiDio’s Five Tips to getting Bikini-Ready

The birds are singing. Flowers are popping up all over. The weather’s getting warmer. All signs that Spring is finally here….and the inevitable dreaded bathing suit season.  Have no fear!  This year, I will help you prepare so you’re ready to jump into this year’s hottest suit, instead of wrapping yourself like a mummy in last year’s frumpy cotton cover-up. Check out these tips:

1. Find Your Mo-Jo.  Everyone is motivated by someone or something. Is it your spouse? The chick at the deli counter with slender thighs? Or maybe it’s the cute dress that would be perfect for the July 4th bash? It doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that you have the motivation to change. Cut out pictures and hang them on your walls, mirrors, fridge or anywhere else that will remind you daily of why you’re working so hard to be your best self!

2.  Make a Plan.  You need to have a clear path of how you’re going to accomplish your goals. Be as specific as possible. “I want to lose six lbs. in one month. I will do this by…(enter your plan here, .e.g., Running three miles a day, cutting out ice cream or ditching alcohol). Studies show the more specific your plan is, the more successful you will be!

3.  Make It A Habit.  Review your goals and plan every morning. This will help keep you on track and focused.

4.  Get Accountable.  When you have to answer to someone or something, your head and body will make sure that you stick to your goals! Digital food tracking apps, including My Fitness Pal and Lose It, can help you keep your diet on track. For fitness, try Couch-To-5K, Daily Burn or 7-Minute Workout Challenge. As an added accountability bonus, enlist a friend to join you!

5.  Rest.  Studies show that sleeping more than seven hours a night has the biggest impact on weight loss. When you’re sleep deprived, cortisol levels rise causing you to be hungry, less motivated to work out and gain weight in your mid-section. So, do your exercise, keep your plan in motion…then get to sleep!