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How I Lost 40 Lbs. Of Fat And Kept It Off

How I Lost 40 Lbs. Of Fat And Kept It Off

Being fat is not in “your genes”

Some people believe that being fat is hereditary, that it is genetic and there is little or nothing that can be done about it. This is rarely true.

Yes, many overweight people are influenced by their families but they are more a product of their environment more than any genetic coding. When your parents are heavy and you are brought up eating the same diet then you will be heavy also. It is assumed that you are fat because it “runs in the family”.

The only thing that “runs in the family” is the tendency to eat the wrong foods. That was the case for me, and I proved that my ‘fat genes” do not have to control me.

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How my weight problem started

My difficult relationship with food started in my teenage years as I gained weight compared to my friends. My attempts to control my weight led to disaster. After one heavy spell of dieting at the age of 17 (on a cabbage soup diet), I had no periods for about 6 months and found myself too weak to function. I actually fainted one day but, even then, did not see that this was not working.

My weight fluctuated dramatically depending on my mood, the time of year and whether I had a boyfriend. My weight was a constant noise in my mind and undermined my confidence. I tried everything to control my weight and became almost obsessed. I took up smoking and would drink as much coffee as I could stand to control my appetite. It seems so ridiculous now.

Hit the bottom

The situation got worse when I moved to work in a big city. Long hours and the constant demands of city life left me tired most of the time. When my body needed a healthy, balanced diet more than anything, I was seeking a quick fix through more coffee, sugary snacks, highly processed food, and fast food. I ate a lot of meat and dairy products due to convenience, habit and even addiction (cheese and ice cream were my guilty pleasures). These foods were making my body sick and low in energy.

My skin was clogged and dry, I developed premature wrinkles (at the age of 23!) and was relying on lots of makeup to look good. I always knew how to dress, so I managed to hide my huge weight gain with smart clothing tricks. But the makeup and clothes could not hide my poor health, low energy, and disappointment with myself.
My body started the alarm signals and I suffered back pain, bladder infections, regular colds, headaches, and sore throats. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome which, as a friend said to me, really means “STOP”.

A moment of clarity:

A friend suggested doing an exercise to determine my core values in life. To my surprise, my health was number one. However, I realized that I was doing my best to destroy my number one priority in life. I was shocked and had a moment of clarity.

This exercise is so powerful, that I decided to share it with other people in my ebook “Mastery in Weight Loss”, which you can get for free when you subscribe to my website at www.becomethebestofyou.com
Doing that exercise has planted a seed. The changes didn’t happen overnight, but my journey to better health and life has started. It has led me to a new career that I absolutely love – helping others to change their habits and become a better version of themselves.

Losing the weight:

I lost almost 40 lbs in 3 years. So how did I achieve this? I’ll be honest – it was not easy and there were many slip-ups along the way. If I knew as much as I know now, the journey could have been so much easier. That’s why I love sharing my knowledge with other people and seeing them achieve the results quickly. I’ve created free video training series at www.lovetariandetox.com where I openly share everything that I did in order to lose 40 lbs. and keep it off.

I read everything and anything on healthy food and lifestyles. I had to sift between masses of contradictory reports and articles and work out for myself which ones were accurate. As I worked through an information overload, the path became clearer and I knew I had to move towards a diet that included far more fresh fruit and vegetables. When I look back 2010 seems a haze of articles, programmes, blogs, documentaries, and medical journals.

Changing the mindset

A big part of the change was mastering my mindset. My logical mind knew what to do, but other voices inside me could find reasons to sabotage.

There was still a voice in my mind saying that being fat was my fate in life, that it was in my family and that this was destined to fail. I had to do a lot of work with myself: read books, attend seminars, work with coaches.

Going plant-based

The best argument I had against that voice in my mind was the changes happening in my body. By the end of 2010, my diet was mostly plant-based. The following year (2011) I moved to a fully plant-based diet and then to a mainly raw food diet. Giving up animal products relieved my digestion issues, sore throat, headaches, allergies, fatigue and sugar cravings. I felt light, energized and alive again!

The effects were amazing. The initial weight drop was the easy bit – the low hanging fruit in vegan terms. I had reduced my weight from 75 kilograms (165lbs) to 65 kilograms (143 lbs). I was happy and felt like a new person. My weight was stable and walking around 20lbs lighter felt like floating on air.

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Taking health and fitness to the next level
As I had started working as a nutritionist and helping others, I decided that I should lose some more weight, clean up my diet, even more, tone my body and inspire others to get healthier and lose weight. I set myself an exercise regime (6 days a week) and stuck to it. Three months later I had dropped another 8 kilograms (almost 18 lbs). That was in early 2013 and I kept the weight off.

A year later I pushed myself further and dropped another few kilograms. At this stage I feel so good about my weight, my skin and my appearance and my energy levels have reached an all-time high.

Lessons learned

I have learned so much through this process. The knowledge I have gained is not just about nutrition, diet, and exercise but also about the pain and the difficulties in making these changes. I have learned how to focus and how to change habits. I have learned the tricks the human mind will play to resist change and how to counteract them. Above all, I have learned how much I appreciate my body and how I would never go back to the lifestyle I once thought I enjoyed.
I have tried to be open and share the bad side as well as the good. I have also posted photographs of the old me and the process on my website. A picture is worth a thousand words. You can find them here: www.becomethebestofyou.com/journey.

Don’t give up

It is not always easy. There will be times when you just want to give up – don’t. There will be times when you plateau and feel it is a waste of time – it is not. Your mind will try to persuade you to stop. It will conjure up thoughts of the food that you have given up. It is just a subconscious reaction within your body to change, to be moved out of its comfort zone. It will pass.

When you reach these points say to yourself you have reached a wall. Keep pushing and the wall will fall and suddenly you will move forward quickly again. The longer you stick with it the easier it gets as you feel the benefits. Even if you only travel half the distance I have traveled you will be a lot happier within yourself.
If a girl like me, who had “fat genes”, hated exercising and loved food too much, could do it, then you can do it too! It’s worth it.

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About the Author

Osha Key is a life lover, certified nutritionist, weight loss expert, the creator of the Lovetarian Detox (at www.lovetariandetox.com) and founder of www.becomethebestofyou.com. After losing 40 pounds, Osha is now on a mission to help women do the same.
In her FREE Weight Loss Video Training series at www.lovetariandetox.com, Osha teaches everything that has helped her lose 40 pounds of fat and keep it off.

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Why Overeating Doesn’t Make You Fat (and What Does)

Why Overeating Doesn’t Make You Fat (and What Does)

This very informative article below states the real reason why we put on pounds when we are trying our very best to lose weight. How most of us have the wrong perception of what needs to be done to shed those unwanted pounds. It might come as a surprise to you that in order to lose weight you must eat! Most of the diets out there that promise you to starve yourself or to consume a very little amount of calories per day will in fact cause you to gain weight and will put your body into starvation mode!

Why Overeating Doesnt Make You Fat

Why Overeating Doesn’t Make You Fat (and What Does)

The human body is designed to gain weight and keep it on at all costs. Our survival depends on it. Until we acknowledge that scientific fact, we will never succeed in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Doctors and consumers alike believe that overeating and gluttony are the causes of our obesity epidemic. Science tells a different story: it is not completely your fault you are overweight.

Powerful genetic forces control our survival behavior. They are at the root of our weight problems. Our bodies weight control systems were designed to produce dozens of molecules that make us eat more and gain weight whenever we have the chance, not to lose it.

We have evolved over hundreds of thousands of generations under conditions of food scarcity, not overabundance. Our genes and molecules that control our eating behavior were shaped by those times.

Basically – we are genetically designed to accumulate fat based on the days when we had to forage for food in the wild. Ignoring that fact becomes hazardous to both our health and our waistlines.

Furthermore, the food industry and our government’s recommendations are fueling this feeding frenzy. We cannot expect to change our instinctual responses to food any more than we can eliminate a feeling of terror when confronted with danger.

Think about this: We have hundreds of genes that protect us from starvation, but very few that protect us from overeating.

All seems backward, doesn’t it? If we remain genetically engineered to gain weight, then it would seem that we are wired incorrectly.

Why would we be designed to overeat and grow fat? It all comes down to the oldest and most primitive part of our brain, our limbic, or “lizard,” brain. This is the part of your brain that evolved first, and it’s like a reptile’s brain. It governs your survival behaviors, creating certain chemical responses that you have no conscious control over.

While you might think you are in complete control of your mind, the truth is that you have very little control over the unconscious choices you make when you are surrounded by food.

The key to a healthy metabolism is learning what those responses are, how they are triggered, and how you can stop them. You don’t want to put yourself in the position of resisting the lure of a bagel. Your drive to eat it will overwhelm any willpower you might have about losing weight. It is a life-or-death experience in your mind, and the bagel will always win.

One of the most important principles of weight loss is never to starve yourself. The question is whether or not you are eating enough of the right calories, not whether or not you are eating too many calories. What you need is a baseline for how much you have to eat to keep your body from going into starvation mode.

The Reason Most Diets Fail

The reason diets backfire almost all the time is because people restrict too much. That is to say, they allow the number of calories they consume to drop below their resting metabolic rate. This is the basic amount of energy or calories needed to run your metabolism for the day. For the average person, it is about 10 times your weight in pounds. This is the baseline daily need for your body to simply exist (meaning stay in bed and don’t expend any energy). That’s not realistic for most of us.

If you eat less than that amount (which is what most diets mandate), your body instantly perceives danger and turns on the alarm system that protects you from starvation, slowing your metabolism. As a consequence, your body goes into starvation mode and triggers the signal to eat. So you start eating and eating, and inevitably, you stop the diet — it’s the classic rebound weight gain scenario.

Just think of what happens when you skip breakfast, work through lunch, and finally return home in the evening: you eat everything in sight. Then you feel stuffed, sick, and guilty and you regret ever entering the kitchen in the first place.

Why would you possibly want to overeat and make yourself sick? Most of us are reasonable people and know that we shouldn’t overeat. We have done it before, wished we hadn’t, and vowed never to do it again.

Nonetheless, time after time, we repeat the same mistakes. Are we weak-willed, morally corrupt, and self-destructive? Do we need years of therapy?

The answer is “none of the above.” The answer is in our genetic programming. This stuff is just too deep inside us to get away from. We are built to put on weight, and our bodies don’t like it very much when we don’t give them the calories they need.

To make matters worse, when you lose weight, only about half of what is lost is fat; the rest is valuable, metabolically active muscle! Yet when someone regains weight, it is nearly complete fat. Remember, muscle cells burn 70 times more calories than fat cells. Therefore yo-yo dieting makes you lose a big part of your metabolic engine.

We all know overweight people who say, “I don’t really eat that much, and I still can’t lose weight.” They aren’t lying. When most people go on a diet, they are generally actually making themselves fatter. Each time they diet, they lose muscle.

The diet usually fails, and when it does, the weight that is regained is fat. If you have been through a number of diets that have failed, your body has been through this process a number of times. In short, dieting makes you fat.

You want to get away from the diet mentality. What you are undertaking is a way of eating, not a diet.

The Problem with Willpower

Whatever happened to old-fashioned willpower? Everybody knows that the obesity epidemic is a matter of personal responsibility. People should exercise more self-control. They should avoid overeating and reduce their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and processed food. There are no good foods or bad foods; it’s everything in moderation. Right?

This sounds good in theory, except for one thing: New discoveries in science prove that processed, sugar-, fat-, and salt-laden food—food that is made in a plant rather than grown on a plant—is biologically addictive.

Remember the old potato chip commercial with the tagline “Bet you can’t eat just one”? Bet you can’t imagine that kind of commercial for broccoli or apples. No one binges on those foods. Yet it’s easy to imagine a mountain of potato chips, a whole bag of cookies, or a pint of ice cream vanishing quickly in an unconscious, reptilian-brain eating frenzy. Broccoli is not addictive, but chips, cookies, ice cream, and soda can become as addictive as any drug.

In the 1980s, First Lady Nancy Reagan championed the “just say no” approach to drug addiction. Unfortunately, that approach hasn’t fared too well, and it won’t work for our industrial food addiction either. There are specific biological mechanisms that drive addictive behavior.

Nobody chooses to be a heroin addict, cokehead, or alcoholic. Nobody chooses to have a food addiction either. These behaviors arise from primitive neurochemical reward centers in the brain that override normal willpower and, in the case of food addictions, overwhelm the ordinary biological signals that control hunger.

Why is it so hard for obese people to lose weight despite the social stigma; despite the health consequences such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer; and despite their intense desire to lose weight?

Not because they want to be fat. It is because, in the vast majority of cases, certain types of food—processed foods made of sugar, fat, and salt combined in ways kept secret by the food industry—are addictive. We are biologically wired to crave these foods and eat as much of them as possible.

10 Strategies to Stop Overeating and Lose Weight

Fortunately, a number of tips can help you normalize your eating so that you neither overeat nor under-eat. Thankfully, none of them involve counting calories (or counting anything!). Among the strategies that have helped thousands of my patients lose weight, keep it off, and reduce their risk for diabesity include:

Cut out the processed stuff and eat real, whole foods

. The single most important thing to lose weight and avoid overeating is to include as many real, whole, unprocessed foods in your diet as possible. Starting right now, make the switch to these foods to lose weight: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, olive oil, organic, range, or grass-fed animal products (poultry, lamb, beef, pork, eggs), and wild, smaller fish such as salmon.

Eat breakfast

. Skipping breakfast means you’re eventually starving, and throughout the day you eat much more food than needed to feel full. To optimize health and weight loss, you need to eat breakfast, to spread out food intake evenly throughout the day, and to not eat for at least two hours before bed. A recent study found that almost 3,000 people who lost an average of 70 pounds and kept it off for six years ate breakfast regularly. Only four percent of people who never ate breakfast kept the weight off.

Eat mindfully

. We need to be in a relaxed state for the nervous system of our gut or digestive system to work properly. Eating while we are stressed out makes us fat, both because we don’t digest our food properly and because stress hormones slow metabolism and promote fat storage, especially of belly fat. We also tend to overeat when we eat quickly because it takes the stomach 20 minutes to signal the brain that we are full.

Moderate or eliminate alcohol

. Taking a holiday from alcohol, besides getting rid of additional sugar calories, will help you tune in to your true appetite and prevent you from overeating.

Become aware of trigger foods. For some of us, that one little soda can set us on a downward spiral to overeating and all of the negative health consequences that come with it. It isn’t just the processed, sugary foods and drinks that become triggers. But even healthy foods, if you have a tendency to binge on them, can quickly become unhealthy. A handful of almonds are perfectly healthy, but if you eat half the jar, they quickly become unhealthy.

Keep a JournalGet sufficient sleep

. Get eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night. You’ll find that you’re less prone to cravings and you will normalize fat-regulating hormones. One study found even a partial night’s sleep deprivation contributes to insulin resistance, paving the way for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Control stress levels. Most of us fail to notice the effects of the chronic stresses we live with every day: demanding jobs, marital tension, lack of sleep, too much to do and too little time to do it. I am sure the list goes on for many. Chronic stress makes us overeat, not to mention overeating the wrong kinds of food, which ultimately leads to weight gain. Learn to actively relax with meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or any other technique that helps you reduce stress.

Exercise the right way. You can’t over-exercise your way out of a bad diet, but the right exercise can help you lose weight, maintain weight loss, and control your appetite so you don’t overeat. Ideally, you should do a minimum of 30 minutes of walking every day. Get a pedometer to track your steps. Wear it every day and set a goal of 10,000 steps a day. More vigorous and sustained exercise is often needed to reverse severe obesity and diabesity. Run, bike, dance, play games, jump on a trampoline or do whatever is fun for you. Read this blog for a comprehensive, easy-to-implement exercise plan.

Supplement smartly. Obesity and diabetes are often paradoxically states of malnutrition. It has been said that diabetes is starvation in the midst of plenty. The sugar can’t get into the cells. Your metabolism is sluggish, and the cells don’t communicate as a finely tuned team. Nutrients are an essential part of getting back in balance and correcting the core problem— insulin resistance.

If you would like to cut out the processed food, stop mindless eating and learn how to cook delicious, whole-food recipes, then download the sneak preview of my newest book, releasing on March 10th, The 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook. In addition to the recipes, you will also learn about the secret added ingredient that keeps you hooked on junk food! Click here to get this sneak preview now.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD.

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Farshchi HR, et al. Deleterious effects of omitting breakfast on insulin sensitivity and fasting lipid profiles in healthy lean women. Am J ClinNutr . 2005 Feb; 81( 2): 388– 396.

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It’s Time For An Information Detox

It's Time For An Information Detox

October 30, 2014
What I’m about to say is going to sound ironic, since you’re reading this on your phone or computer and this is me talking: GET OFF THE INTERNET!!

Seriously! So many people are glued to their computers, iPhones, TVs ALL DAY LONG. They don’t even really know how to talk to each other anymore. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they say LOL or IDK? Really?? Actually laughing or saying ‘I don’t know’ doesn’t take more effort.

It's Time For An Information Detox

I’m probably a hypocrite for giving you this advice because I spend most of my day between my phone and my computer, doing work. Even Madeline knows that I spend a good chunk of my day on the ‘conkuter’. I am working, reaching out to clients, responding to emails and text messages, placing orders for my essential oil business. But I am not rotting my brain or my body on all the other crap.

I’m fired up about this because it seems like we Americans keep getting fatter and fatter, and lazier and lazier, and it scares me! Where are we going to be in 20 years if we’re all constantly glued to our technology? Like those people in the movie, Wall-e, who speak to the person next to them on a screen in front of them instead of turning their head, and can hardly walk when they get out of their chairs??!! We all need technology and information detox. Here’s what I want you to do:

Turn off the news

My husband makes fun of me for not knowing what’s going on, but the news is stupid. Do I REALLY need to know about the guy from 10 that just killed his whole family? Do I need to know about every car accident and murder that’s happened in the world? The news has become so sensationalized anyway, you never know if what they’re telling you is the truth. If something big is happening, I’ll hear about it. I’ll read it on Facebook or friends will tell me about it.

Turn off the TV

Yes, Madeline watches movies, but they’re on her iPad. There’s just so much crap on TV, stuff that I don’t want her to see, stuff that I really don’t want to see either, it’s hardly worth turning it on. Reality shows are like a sociology experiment gone wrong – do I REALLY CARE if some goofball ‘survives’ on a desert island? Please – SURVIVE???!!! In 30 days on that show, they’ve still eaten more than the average person in India has. Gimme a break. Is THAT what you want to spend your time on?? Watching someone pretend they’re acting ‘natural’ while actually being scripted and directed to have a temper tantrum? Shouldn’t you be out walking or playing catch with your kid in the front yard? The only time I watch TV is for a few specific shows that I like to watch, as I’m winding down for the night. Other than that, the TV is off.

Turn off the computer

Whether you’re in an office or working from home, it is so easy to spend the entire day sitting in front of a screen. Not only is it hard on your eyes, but your brain is also being constantly stimulated by the light. And if you’re following your Twitter or Facebook feed, you’re being over-stimulated by the constant influx of information. Whether you work for someone else or for yourself, force yourself to find a stopping point and then shut it off! Take a walk around the block, find a spin class to take, go read a book! Your Facebook feed will be there in the morning. I promise.

Turn off your phone

I admit I am one of those people that will leave my cell phone on the dinner table – and I will look at it while I’m eating with my family if I don’t turn it off. Every time I get out of a workout or a class, anything that I can’t have my phone with me, I have to check my phone. All day long, I am answering texts, emails, phone calls. I get nervous and can’t sleep if I go to bed without responding to people who have contacted me. Yes. I know. I’m obsessed. That is why I HAVE to turn it off. I forced to wait 30 minutes after I get up to check my phone – it gives me a little peace before my day really gets going. And when it’s time to put Madeline to bed, I turn it off for the night, to guarantee that she and the rest of my family have my undivided attention. Just… put the phone down and walk away from it! Cover it up with something if you really have to keep it out of sight to stay off it. Give it to your spouse! I bet they’ll help you forget where it is!!!

Take a wifi vacay

It is amazing how relaxed you get when you don’t have any gadgets constantly going off in your face. A girl on my marketing team recently had a weekend at a cabin in the mountains, where there was no wifi or cell signal. It took hours for her ears to stop ringing and her eyes to adjust to the natural light and she slept better than she had in months, without the constant bombardment of technology. But you don’t have to go to the mountains to get that peace. Just… shut everything off! Sure, your friends will miss you if you’re not there for every single post – won’t it be fun to catch up when the vacation is over?

Your body and mind deserve to unplug from the steady flow of information thanks to technology. Your family and friends deserve your undivided attention.

I’ve just given you some suggestions for how to do an information detox. How do you unplug? Share it here or on Facebook.

Hayley Hobson

 hayley-hobsonHayley Hobson is an author, speaker, business coach, yogi, Pilates and holistic nutritional expert based in Boulder, CO. Hayley creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to strengthen, nourish and evolve through the cycles and shifts in life. Combining cutting edge understanding in all three disciplines due to years of anatomical study and dietary theory, Hayley’s approach leverages their blended benefits and results. Her unique and intelligent style promotes strengthening while softening–empowering her client’s to heal not only their physical bodies, but their hearts and minds as well. Hayley studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, continues her studies with David Wolfe, raw food expert and is an essential oil expert in her own right. She is a doTERRA Certified Pure Essential Oil Diamond Director and a Pangea Beauty Ecologist. Her insights and articles can also be found on her blogElephant Journaland Islaorganics. She has also been featured in Pilates Stylemagazine, Natural Health magazine and Triathlete Magazine. She has fun running and playing in the mountains with her husband, former world-ranked triathlete, Wes Hobson and their two beautiful daughters, Makenna and Madeline . To learn more about her nutritional courses, events she’s hosting and custom programs go to hayleyhobson.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest.
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Signs Your Body Needs A Lung Cleanse and How to do It Naturally

Signs Your Body Needs A Lung Cleanse and How to do It Naturally

Signs Your Body Needs A Lung Cleanse and How to do It Naturally

Your lungs serve multiple purposes for your body. They oxygenate blood and trap potentially harmful particulate matter. They also expel harmful gasses that are by-products of various metabolic processes, thereby detoxifying the body. However, the air around you is dirty, and that filth can accumulate in your lungs, reducing their efficiency and promoting respiratory disorders. Signs of needing a lung cleanse can include coughing, wheezing, frequent respiratory infections and fast or labored breathing. By keeping your lungs clear of accumulations, you can help prevent these issues. Here’s how to clean your lungs naturally.

Signs Your Body Needs A Lung Cleanse and How to do It Naturally

Use More Herbs

A number of common herbs function as expectorants. These are substances that liquefy mucus in the lungs, then cause you to cough it up. Among these are cayenne pepper, thyme, mint, rosemary, garlic, ginger, chamomile and basil. Best of all, using these herbs is simple. Added to meals, they will provide a flavorful kick while helping to clear your lungs. They can also be brewed to make a refreshing and cleansing tea.

Try A Grape Cleanse

Grapes are well-known for their ability to relieve constipation and provide the body with powerful antioxidants. However, few people realize that they are also helpful for cleansing the respiratory system. You can use either grape juice or whole grapes for this purpose, and the cleanse takes five to seven days. The substances found in grapes help to clear mucus and harmful chemicals from the lungs, and has the bonus effects of detoxifying the body. To enhance the benefits, experts recommend taking one tablespoon of olive oil each day in addition to the grape cleanse, which further aids the lungs in eliminating toxins.

Vitamin B6

All B vitamins play critical roles in good health, but vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) performs triple duty. It doesn’t just support proper energy metabolism and nervous system function. It also helps keep the lungs in good condition. This nutrient is a powerful expectorant, which helps your lungs get rid of built-up mucus, dirt, tar and other potentially harmful matter. Vitamin B6 can be used in supplement form, but it is also found abundantly in a number of foods. These include liver, fortified rice, poultry, fish, potatoes, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds, spinach and bananas.

Many people underestimate the importance of optimal lung function, which cannot occur when they’re burdened by pollutants from the air. By knowing how to clean your lungs, you can enjoy fewer respiratory illnesses, less coughing and better overall health.

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Natural Foods to Cleanse the Colon

Natural Foods to Cleanse the Colon

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These days, colon cleansing has become very popular among weight loss programs, thanks to its quick way to help detoxify the body and restore regularity.
It may be wiser to try to go to the nucleus of the problem and fix it, chronic constipation and irregularity have become a major problem, thanks to the highly processed nature and the deficiency of fiber and nutrients in our diets. Cleansing our colon now and then won’t prevent the problem, the best way to keep it clean and healthy is to incorporate naturally colon cleansing and detoxifying foods into your daily diet, such as:

Natural Foods to Cleanse the Colon

Mango: A delicious exotic fruit that has long been used as a folk remedy to relieve constipation as it possesses laxative properties, It is high in minerals and vitamins, its especially helpful for those with constipation, but it may be a bit too tart for some tastes.

Probiotic yogurt: an excellent food to restore regularity, but try minimally processed yogurt, since many are full of unhealthy ingredients, pasteurized and contain many stabilizers and sweetening agents.

Fermented foods: such as kefir and unpasteurized, cultured butter that is made from the milk fat of grass fed cows is also a great probiotic source.
Flax seeds: are one of the best foods you can consume for colon and intestinal health, they are colon friendly and the perfect way to get some extra fiber and a powerhouse of healthy protein and essential fatty acids that can keep you feeling full for hours. Flax seeds act as a natural, non-irritating laxative, acting as a natural scrubbing and cleansing agent for the walls of the colon and intestines, helping to keep them free of debris.

Finally, Fruits: Organic apples, grapes, pineapples, papaya and kiwi are good for the entire digestive system, they are rich in fiber, easily bulk up and create extra volume and they act as a natural lubricant which makes them good choices for colon health. They also contain valuable enzymes that help maintain regularity.