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Tips on A Homemade Colon Cleansing Diet for Weight Loss

What in the world does a homemade colon cleansing diet have to do with weight loss? Frankly, a whole darn lot! Just think about it for a minute. If you’re full of it you can be retaining body waste and holding fluid. A good cleansing of your colon will work miracles in the way you feel and help get rid of a few extra pounds. This article will provide you with some tips that will help you out.

Colon cleansing diets have the aim of refreshing and cleaning out your colon and other parts of your insides. The positive effect this has on your body is measured in several different ways.

1st. You will find yourself having more energy. As all that horrible debris is cleared from your body it makes you feel amazingly energized.

2nd. You will notice your skin looking clearer and more alive. You will have your loved ones asking you what you have done with yourself.

3rd.  You will reduce the bloating in your lower belly area. In fact, that new pair of tight jeans will go on easier and look better.

4th. You will lose weight fast.

This is the flow on effect from cleansing your colon.

Colon cleansing may be undertaken through a thorough cleansing action, such as pills or an enema. In addition, you can accomplish this through dieting. The second option is much less intrusive than the first and often; more effective. Meanwhile, while dieting you will be treating your entire body, mind and inner being to a healthier you.

There are some important things to remember when going on a homemade colon cleansing diet. These include:

– Drink at least 8 (8oz), preferably more, glasses of water per day. Spring or filtered water is better than tap water.

– Drinking fruit and vegetable shakes is a great way to stave off hunger.

– Eliminate dairy products – they are something to avoid when cleansing the body.

– Cut out red meat entirely or reduce your intake to 6 oz. or less. Meat is the major factor in the buildup of toxins in the body. A good substitute for the red meat is chicken or fish.

Steamed vegetables and fruit ideally should make up 90% of your colon cleansing diet. Steamed vegetables retain more nutrients than other ways of cooking vegetables which can often cook out the goodness. Raw vegetables are however the best, although sometimes not the tastiest, way to consume vegetables.

So, what other symptoms can colon cleansing assist with? You may be surprised to learn about how many minor symptoms are caused by matter built up in the colon. This may include:



          Back ache


          Abdominal pain



          Weight gain or loss



All the above symptoms can benefit from a homemade colon cleansing diet.

Today’s dietary trend of high fat foods is rather different to what humans were eating 100 years ago, but our bodies have not changed. This results in the body rejecting much of the food we eat and excessive build up in the colon is one negative result of this.

After completing your homemade colon cleansing diet, you must stick to a permanently healthy diet to retain colon and digestive health. As always when implementing a new change to your body it is always best to check with your medical doctor prior to taking the action.

This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be used as medical advice or as a substitute for medical advice.

Apple Watch to include game-changing health features

There’s no doubt about it — the Apple Watch is a hit. While Apple has not disclosed sales numbers, smart money has the device, now in its second generation, at over 25 million units sold. That not only means the watch is a scorcher that is now beating the initial trajectory of the iPhone, but recent estimates also crown it the world’s top-selling fitness device, outpacing dedicated fitness trackers from the likes of Fitbit in regards to market share. The Apple Watch has generated more revenue since its debut than the entire Swiss watch industry during that period of time, which is an incredible achievement.

The fitness aspect of the watch has always been a huge focus, and we have been told by a source familiar with Apple’s plans that the company is looking to introduce a game-changing feature in an upcoming new version of the Apple Watch.

While there are countless uses for this new category of device that places a smartphone on your wrist, one of the most popular is fitness monitoring and tracking, an intense area of focus for Apple. There is most likely not a single consumer fitness product in the world that has had more internal testing, validation and investment than the Apple Watch, and this doesn’t seem to be slowing. Our source indicates that Apple has hired 200 PhDs in the past year as part of the company’s laser lock on improving and innovating in the health space with Apple Watch.


It has been rumored that Apple is interested in glucose monitoring, and it appears that the time may now be right. Previous rumors have stated that Apple might only be able to achieve this through a separate device that might complement the watch, however BGR has learned that this might not be accurate.

According to our source, Apple’s sights are now set on the epidemic of diabetes, and the company plans to introduce a game-changing glucose monitoring feature in an upcoming Apple Watch. An estimated 30 million people suffer from diabetes in the US alone, according to the American Diabetes Association, so Apple’s efforts could lead to a historic achievement in the world of health and fitness.

Currently, the only way to properly measure blood sugar levels is by using a blood sample, or by using a device that penetrates the skin. It’s uncomfortable, difficult and painful, and there are not presently any widely available noninvasive methods that are accurate. Apple isn’t stopping at just glucose monitoring, however.

Apple also plans to introduce interchangeable “smart watch bands” that add various functionality to the Apple Watch without added complexity, and without increasing the price of the watch itself. This could also mean that the glucose monitoring feature will be implemented as part of a smart band, rather than being built into the watch hardware.

A camera band that adds a camera to the watch is another possibility, or a band that contains a battery to extend battery life for wearers who want even more longevity, even though the Apple Watch’s battery performance is already class-leading. One can imagine the other types of smart bands that might be possible with this approach. This strategy might also make it easier for Apple to work with the FDA on approval of a medical device that the company could pre-announce, as opposed to letting a new Apple Watch leak months or even years in advance if it was to be submitted to the regulatory administration.

Another interesting quote from our source is that Apple has “identified the right part of the body and there’s so much more they can and intend to do with the watch.” While glucose monitoring would be a huge first step in Apple’s goal of continuing to make the Apple Watch indispensable, it’s not hard to imagine a near future where the watch is the hub of our digital and physical lives. It would monitor multiple aspects of the wearer’s health, but also replace smartphones when combined with some sort of augmented reality glasses or contact lenses, alongside AirPods in our ears.


Exclusive: Upcoming Apple Watch to include game-changing health features

Alkaline water: Should you make the switch?

It doesn’t seem enough to high five ourselves for getting eight glasses of water down the hatch these days. Now it seems we ought to ensure our water has the appropriate pH so we don’t accidentally tip our body into an acidic state.

Alkaline water, aka ionized water, is getting plenty of attention in the natural health sector. Its proponents claim the fact it has a pH of around 9 could not just increase our but even prevent cancer and diabetes.

(If you forgot high-school chemistry, pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity. On the pH scale of 1 to 14, 7 is the pH of pure water; every whole value below that is increasingly acidic, and every whole value above it is more alkaline”. A healthy human body has a pH of a little over 7.) 

Alkaline water is created by running water through an “ionising” machine that contains electrodes that are said to re-align your water in a bid to remove toxins and increase the pH.

The idea of drinking alkaline water or following an alkalizing diet is that the Western diet is highly acidic, which makes for a breeding ground for infection and disease.

If we can take steps to make our bodies more alkaline, such as by drinking alkaline water, then they say we’ll be in a much healthier state.

According to Choice, drinking alkaline water won’t harm you — but it probably won’t actually make any difference to your internal pH, given our bodies are experts at keeping our pH between 7.35 and 7.45 no matter what we eat or drink.

“If the blood pH goes above this range (that is, more alkaline) the lungs help regain control by retaining carbon dioxide (you breathe more slowly) and thereby increasing the carbonic acid levels of the blood, while the kidneys increase excretion of bicarbonate in urine, making it more alkaline,” Choice writes on its website.

Kara Landau, the Travelling Dietitian, agrees that our bodies have clever systems in place to support healthy metabolic function.

“On the whole, I would recommend people first and foremost simply try to drink adequate water and fluids, to remain hydrated,” she told Coach.

“This is of vital importance for our bodies to function at their peaks, and ultimately leave us feeling energised and able to take on the day.”

Landau says that different types of water have slight variances in mineral content so some individuals might choose to prioritise alkaline water.

“As an example, alkaline water is often higher in calcium and potassium, which someone who is looking to increase bone mineral density or improve their blood pressure may be looking to obtain,” she says.

“It is worth noting however, that that there will be ample alternative food sources that are denser options of these micronutrients that could easily be incorporated into your diet.”

Naturopath Emma Tippett from Empowered Health believes our bodies function optimally when we’re not too acidic, but she says there are a lot of contributing factors towards such a state.

“I look at things that cause acidity and inflammation in the body, such as processed foods, lots of sugar and lots of refined grain products,” she says.

“That’s why we tell people to eat lots of green veggies because they help to keep the body in a more alkaline state.”

Tippett says alkaline water will never be the be-all and end-all of a healthy body, but having it can’t hurt.

“Stress, drinking and smoking are going to put the body into a more acidic state,” she points out.

Tippett has a water alkalizing machine in her clinic which adds minerals back into the water, but says that filtering water is all most people need to worry about in order to get as clean a source as possible.

“It’s definitely going to be beneficial to have more minerals in our body and it’s just another source that we can take in for [optimal] nutritional status,” she says.

“But if you’re going to alkalize your water and eat lots of sugar and no veggies, you’re probably not going to get the full benefit.” 



5 Gym Mistakes That Will Prevent You From Losing Weight

YOU’RE WORKING HARD at the gym, gutting out another routine, but you’re not seeing any progress. Wonder why? You might be making some mistakes.


But mistakes can be corrected, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of reasons why you may not be losing weight, even though you’re working up a big sweat:

1) Always Doing the Same Workout

“People often fall into the trap of hitting the treadmill for 30 minutes every time they work out,” says Rachel Cosgrove, owner of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, Calif. “It works at first, but then your body starts to adjust to the routine, and you burn fewer calories.” To keep seeing results, change one workout factor like intensity or duration every trip to the gym, then completely switch your activity every three to four weeks.

2) Distractions

If you can watch some TV during your workout, you’re already not working hard enough. Instead of relaxing while you run, try some interval training. After a five- to six-minute warm-up on a cardio machine, work as hard as you can for one minute, then reduce the intensity for two minutes. Alternate back and forth for five rounds, making sure to increase the number of intervals you do each workout.


3) Holding the Treadmill Handlebars

When your arms take your body weightoff your legs, you burn fewer calories. “If you have to hold on or lean, go slower,” says Cosgrove. Supporting yourself without assistance gives you a better core workout as well. And don’t ratchet up the incline too high—you’re just wasting time if you’re holding on for dear life.

4) Not Using the Incline on the Treadmill

Look, you’re probably better off going for a run around the block or your local park, but if that’s not an option, then make sure you’re at least using some incline on the treadmill, which will better simulate the effects of going for a run outside and increase the demand on your glutes and hamstrings. About 1%–2% is a good benchmark for running outside, depending on your treadmill.

5) Overfueling

You don’t need to sip sports drinks all afternoon, then eat an energy bar at the gym, and then follow that up with a post-workout shake. Instead, limit yourself to about 300 calories right before your sweat session—the same number you burn in an average 30-minute workout. Any more and you’re not going to get thinner.

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