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Is a ketogenic diet the optimal diet?

What is ketosis? In a very general sense ketosis is the state the body is in when you are burning ketones for energy in lieu of glucose. A ketogenic diet is a high fat diet where protein and carbohydrates are restricted in order to induce a fat burning metabolism.

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Staying hydrated may prevent poor immunity, fatigue, headaches, dry skin, and back pain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water helps your body get rid of waste materials through bowel movements, sweat and urine. If your body can’t excrete waste products you would eventually be poisoned by them, resulting in death. Staying hydrated will help support immune health, pain prevention, weight loss, and so much more.

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Soda Sabotage: weight gain, inflammation, acidity, cavities, osteoporosis, diabetes

Stop drinking soda, and let’s just go ahead and put “sports drinks” and anything “light” or “diet” on this list too.
 These drinks will sabotage your health and vitality, and your ability to maintain your weight in the long run. 
Yes this means “diet” soda – ESPECIALLY diet soda. Diet sodas and drinks are full of weird chemicals. Stop for a second and think about that!

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Add Muscle! It burns fat, revs metabolism, builds strong bones, and keeps you youthful.

Muscle burns fat, revs the metabolism, builds strong bones, and keeps you youthful. You want all of these things, and the exact opposite of these attributes will define you if you don’t maintain or add muscle mass. Let’s look at some way to accomplish this.

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Fitness Nutrition

Fitness Nutrition

Are you still relying on counting calories to determine your nutritional needs? This is an old way of thinking and involves outdated science. The new approach to fitness nutrition emphasizes nutrient density. What is your workout philosophy? Push – push – push? If so, you may be missing a key component to fitness: recovery.

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The role of digestive enzymes

Why do we need to eat? The purpose of eating is to provide our cells with the nutrients they need. However, if we don’t digest our food well, ultimately, our cells won’t function optimally. That is where digestive enzymes come into play. They turn the food we eat into energy for use in the body.

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Find out why I don’t have cellulite, and how you might be able to prevent it, or get rid of it.

I know I might create some female haters for this post. I am not sure at what age cellulite is still reversible, if at all, so maybe this post is aimed at the young 20’s lovelies out there that care, fear, or feel like they are doomed to have cellulite and want to try to prevent it. Regardless, these are healthy things to do no matter what your motivation, so I wanted to share.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 1: Exercise.

In general, we know how to lose weight. Watch a show like The Biggest Loser and what do they do? Exercise a lot, eat less, and choose healthier foods than what they were eating when they came into the game. The formula is not really a mystery, but what people don’t realize is that weight loss and metabolism have much more to do with other factors than the basic formula of calories in vs. calories out.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 2: Don’t Eat Food with Preservatives & Chemicals

Eat from the earth. Eliminate processed foods, preservatives and chemicals. The foods that we tend to overeat are PROCESSED foods. When food is processed, vital nutrients and components are removed. Usually what has been left behind is sugar, fat, and salt, with little fiber or vitamins and minerals.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 3: Realize your Sugar Addiction and address it.

One of the top diet and health saboteurs is eating too much sugar – sugar addiction is as powerful as addictions to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, physiologically. Sugar is added calories, inflammation, and acidity. Real or fake sugar will stimulate the sweet craving, and like most addictive substances, you will continually need more and more of the substance to satisfy the “craving”.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 4: Don’t Eat Trans-Fats / Partially Hydrogenated Oil

They can be disguised as pretty on the outside, but they are dangerous on the inside. You must eliminate trans-fats – this is any oil that is partially hydrogenated. It will say so on the label, easily found in the baked goods and cracker isle, and in most packaged snack foods. The frozen foods section can be full of this ingredient too.

How to avoid trans-fats

You can avoid these completely by not eating packaged or fast foods – unfortunately fast foods will not have this labeled. It will be included in the total fat content, but in most cases you will not be able to see how much of these total fats are trans fats.

Fake fats

Trans-fats are fake fats – almost literally plastic. Hopefully none of you are eating margarine, which is basically plastic inside of plastic. Trans-fats are very hard for your body to breakdown and eliminate. They also elevate triglycerides & invite arterial inflammation. Trans-fats are man made in a factory by a chemical process. Trans-fats elevate LDL and lower HDL, the exact OPPOSITE of what you want for “healthy cholesterol”.

When your body receives real, natural fats it knows what to do – metabolism breaks these down, distributes the benefits, and easily eliminates the excess. Healthy fats DO NOT MAKE YOU FAT – sugars, simple carbs, and chemicals do.

Warning

Be cautious here: too much canola, soybean, corn, peanut oil etc. can contribute to inflammation because of high pro-inflammatory omega 6 content. The healthiest oils are flax, hemp, chia, and coconut oil. And don’t forget to eat your avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and take your fish oil supplement. You need to embrace these good fats because every cell in your body depends on them.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 5: Make sure you are going #2, at least 1x per day

Everyone poops. Or do they? Healthy babies poop, right? They eat, they poop, they eat, they poop; this is natural, until adults screw it up with an un-natural diet.

Constipation = having less than one full healthy bowel movement per day. This is a toxic burden which includes the build up of waste in the colon and intestinal lining, leading to increased water retention and inflammation in the cells, or “bloating”.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 6: Get these “in check” or they will sabotage you.

Once you have committed to healthy change, you tend to notice positive changes right away. These changes motivate you to “stick with it”. Overtime, even though you are healthier, it can feel like you have hit a plateau. Your perception is that the positive changes have come to an end. This is when you have to dig a little deeper into the issues that can sabotage your progress.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Feel like you can’t start a healthier lifestyle without a jump start?

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Are you always saying
 “I am going to start Monday” and never do!? It’s important to stop that way of thinking so you stop setting yourself up for failure. 
All you have to do to obtain a healthier lifestyle is this – jump start NOW, do not wait – it is just an excuse.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Fruit in the morning, a great way to “break-fast” and start your day. Try it!

The rules: Eat ONLY FRUIT in the morning until 12:00, and never eat fruit as part of, before or after, any other meal. The USDA recommends 2-4 servings of fruit per day. With the fruit in the morning rule, this is easily accomplished and done for the day!

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