Your Cellular Furnace…Your Mitochondria

mitochondria1Mitochondria is a word that very few people outside the scientific and health industry have ever heard.

And yet, there can be as many as 200-2,000 of these little powerhouses inside each one of your cells each one responding to the metabolic signals that you give them…or don’t give them…whatever the case may be. [Read more…]

Don’t be fooled by the word “natural” on your labels…

natural or organic2It’s time to become a smart consumer. Many people are not aware that “natural” and “organic” are not exchangeable terms and navigating these new marketing terms can be very confusing.

Because of the booming popularity of natural and organic products, the US government has taken increasing steps to regulate the use of the terms organic and natural. Sales of organic products are expected to at least double in the next 4 years.

The National Organic Program officially began back in 2002 and anything that is currently labeled with an organic certification has met the criteria/standard that was set back then. [Read more…]

Tackling Those Tummy Toxins

belly-fatMany people are not aware of the chemicals that are continually finding their way into their bodies where they can remain for years causing “behind the scene” damage.

More than any other time in the history of mankind humans are being exposed to dangerous chemicals.

There are 3,000 plus and counting known chemicals added to the food supply and more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing and storage.

Truth is, our bodies are continually bombarded by poor air quality, chemically contaminated food and water, household cleaners, paint fumes, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides and heavy metals. [Read more…]

Control Hunger and Curb Your Appetite Following the 40-30-30 Formula

zone dietThere is a metabolic state in which the human body operates most efficiently and can only be achieved by eating the correct proportion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in every meal.

The 40-30-30 eating plan is a popular way of eating that favors a ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat. This kind of ration/diet works to stabilize blood sugar and helps control hunger.

It works to curb food cravings and promotes weight loss yet supplies enough energy so that an effective exercise program may be undertaken.

The goal of the 40-30-30 diet plan is to achieve proper balance between two primary metabolic hormones; insulin and glucagon. Insulin is the hormones that encourages the body to store excess calories as fat and glucagon is responsible for seeing that fat is burned off. [Read more…]

Luscious Health Promoting Lemon Water

Lemonwater2Drinking lemon water is good for you. And, far from being a myth, not only is it good for you, but it can actually help you to speed up weight loss with its real weight-loss powers and it helps to clear out some of the toxins in your body.

The perfect time to enjoy lemon water is in the morning because it helps to activate your body’s detoxifying process are end also its natural cleansing process.

Drinking lemon water helps with weight loss for a couple of reasons.

First let’s check out the lemon itself. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting powers. These yellow gems contain citric acid, calcium, magnesium, pectin, vitamin C, bioflavonoids and limonene…all of which help fight infections and promote immunity. [Read more…]

What is Cellulite?

cellulite3What is cellulite?

In simple terms, cellulite is a type of fat tissue. Inside this fat tissue is connective tissue that protects our muscles and organs. When fats, fluids and toxins get trapped in this connective tissue they harden, creating pockets that appear through the skin as dimples. This is what we call cellulite. This condition occurs mostly in women due to the circular shaping of their fat cells.

Cellulite is not usually one’s favorite topic of conversation because it makes its appearance most often in the thighs, buttocks, breasts and abdominal areas. The dimples and pockets of cellulite are storing toxins.

Fortunately, this condition doesn’t directly affect your health, however, it is a sign (and one you need to pay attention to) that you are leading an unhealthy lifestyle. [Read more…]

Antioxidants to the Rescue

top 20 foodsAlthough antioxidants themselves do not have a direct effect on your weight loss, the foods that are rich in antioxidants do.

Most people are aware of the need for antioxidants in order to fight disease but have no idea that they can play a role in maintaining your weight and losing fat.

Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals and protect the body from cellular damage. Some antioxidants can be obtained through diet choices and others are produced in the body when the calories are converted into energy. The antioxidants we get from the foods we eat are exogenous antioxidants. [Read more…]

Terrible Toxins are Making You Fat

toxins2Our toxic world is one of the reasons we become overweight.

Toxins are stored in your fat cells and this is one of the primary reasons why many people have trouble maintaining healthy weight or losing excess weight.

Nearly 77,000 known chemicals are in active production and our exposure to these chemicals is greater than at any time in history. Our food supply gets hit with 3,000 added chemicals and more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing and storage. [Read more…]