Meltdown Challenge

About Meltdown Challenge

About Meltdown Challenge BannerMeltdown Challenge created Wellness Challenges to bring social media to the never-ending weight loss arena. It’s a new way to melt extra pounds, cholesterol and stress (and yes, we even have competitive challenges to quit smoking). Competitive Wellness Challenges introduce and unite like-minded individuals with similar goals to achieve greater success and get healthier. People lose 3 times more weight as part of a group than on their own, and if they compete as a group against another group they are 5 times more successful. Add to that the promise of a winner’s only payout, and your odds for success just jumped through the roof!

There are four main groups of challenges:

  • Weight Loss Challenge – Being overweight comes with a greater risk of many illnesses e.g. heart disease. Weight Loss Challenge helps you lose weight in a fun and safe way. You can challenge people you know and make the game even more interesting.

  • Stop Smoking Challenge – Spending time and focusing on something that isn’t really a priority can be pretty hard. But then again, things aren’t getting easier with time. Stop Smoking with Meltdown Challenge feels like you’re just playing a game.

  • Stress Less Challenge – Stress has big influence on almost every aspect of daily routine. Its becoming more and more important to keep stress under control. With Stress Less Challenge you can reduce stress in a fun way… The only way it can be done right.

  • Cholesterol Challenge – Even play a game in which the main goal is to lower Cholesterol.

A Challenge on Meltdown Challenge is a contest to either: lose a certain percentage of weight, decrease stress test scores, decrease cholesterol levels, or quit smoking within a predetermined amount of time. Participants are required to put money in the winners pool at the start of a challenge, which will be split among the winners when the challenge ends. You can host a challenge and determine the characteristics of a challenge such as: running time, start date, goal, type of challenge, minimum pot contribution and whether a challenge is by invitation or open to the public.

Meltdown Challenge Features

Wellness/Fitness Professionals – Build your brand and business hosting Meltdown Challenges to stimulate your existing client-load, and supplement your income. Trainers only earn money when they show up to the gym. MDC helps you earn money around the clock.

Group Challenges – Create a challenge, or join one. Anyone can start a challenge, all you need is a group of people fired up to lose. Those friends tell more friends, and before you know it, your pot is full of money.

Challenges for Children – Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. But kids needs are different than adults, which is why MDC offers customized challenges just for kids ages 12-17 We work with school districts, small groups and even families to target their specific needs.

Corporate Wellness – Good Health is Contagious! Turnover, absence and productivity loss due to health issues and stress cost companies millions a year, but health related habits of employees are hard to change company wide.

Meltdown Challenge Rules

Here at Meltdown Challenge, we offer you the chance to lose weight and win money. Here’s how it works. To join a challenge everyone puts money into a winner’s pool. Each challenge has a specific weight loss goal, from 2% to 5% of your starting weight. You have a set amount of time to lose that weight. When the challenge ends, every challenger who has hit that goal splits the winner’s pool. There are only 4 simple steps to becoming a challenger and making money.

  1. Weigh In – A day before a challenge begins, follow our weigh-in guidelines and document your starting point. Now it’s time to lose some weight!

  2. Actual Weight Loss Game – Time to shed some pounds! Each challenge has a set amount of time for you to lose the agreed upon % of your weight. You can find helpful tips on our site and we encourage you to post about your progress with comments or photo updates. Inspire each other! We’re in it together!

  3. Weigh Out – The moment of truth… The day after a challenge ends, follow our weigh-out guidelines and document your results. Only winners are required to submit photo evidence, but even if you didn’t reach your goal, enter your final weight. Even if you don’t win money, any lost weight is a win!

  4. Collect Your Winnings – Winners are announced two days after a challenge ends. The winner’s pool will be divided evenly among the winners (Meltdown Challenge retains 25% fee). Winners are notified by email and can either put their winnings into another challenge or cash out. You’ve just lost weight and won money! Double win!

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Global Body Mass Index Calculator

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Global Body Mass Index Calculator

Child BMI calculator is only valid for children between 2 and 20 years.


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If you find that your diet needs an extra push, then why not lose weight and make some money while you are at it. Meltdown Challenge you can either join a weight loss challenge or create your own weight loss challenge. It’s easy, you choose the amount of weight you want your challenges to lose, we offer anywhere from 2% to 5% body weight challenges.

Everyone that completes the challenges and has met their weight loss goal splits the winner’s pool. The money you win derives from the people that did not meet their final goal.

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Once you join or create your own Meltdown Challenge, you have all the tools you need to make your weight loss journey a good one.

Losing Weight carries lots of benefits. Losing weight can improve your health in many ways. Just losing 10% of your current weight can make a difference in the way you feel on a daily basis. Here are some other ways losing weight will benefit your health:

  • Increased energy level
  • Lower your cholesterol levels
  • Reduce your blood pressure
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Improved mobility
  • Improve your breathing
  • Help you sleep better and wake more rested
  • Prevention chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart
  • Prevention of Type 2 diabetes
  • Improved blood sugar levels
How do you know if you need to lose weight? - You can find out if you’re overweight by calculating your body mass index - BMI on the right side of the page. It shows whether you’re a underweight, overweight, or good weight for your height.

How to lose weight safely? - The best way to lose weight is to make small, realistic changes to your diet and the amount of physical activity you do. Gradual weight loss of around 0.5-1kg (1-2lb) a week is recommended. You also need to be realistic about how much weight you want to lose and how quickly you can do it. If you need to lose weight, your weight loss plan should be based on a healthy, balanced diet. This means:

  • eating less fat and sugar
  • eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • choosing unrefined or high fiber varieties of carbohydrates

Choose one of few most popular Diet programs here.

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Don’t forget that while you are getting slim and healthier at the same time, you just might be missing on an opportunity to earn money doing so. Motivation over longer periods of time (weeks, months) plays an very important factor and can easily be too big of a hill on your way to get healthier. But if you start your journey with MeltdownChallenge… Well we will let our professional trainer’s years of experience speak for us.

Join MeltdownChallenge and Host your first Weight Loss Challenge today.

Nutrition Facts & Weight Loss Tips

Nutrition Facts & Weight Loss Tips

Beautiful woman teeth eating red pepperLife can be hectic, and sometimes it’s hard to take the time to make healthy food choices.  But making wise food choices (along with regular physical activity) can offer big benefits, now and in the future. Some of Healthy Eating Benefits include:

  • Proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of children.
  • Healthy eating helps reduce one’s risk for developing obesity, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, and dental caries
  • Healthy eating helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.

There are six major classes of nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, minerals, protein, vitamins, and water:


Most people view carbohydrates as “evil” foods. Found in breads, pastas, cereals, and almost everything sweet, carbohydrates receive a bad reputation for causing weight gain. In reality, carbohydrates provide energy your body needs to help you function throughout the day. They are the fuel that keeps your body moving, similar to the way gas functions for a car.


For years, nutritionists and doctors have preached that a low-fat diet is the key to losing weight, managing cholesterol, and preventing health problems. But more than just the amount of fat, it’s the types of fat you eat that really matter. Bad fats increase cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, while good fats protect your heart and support overall health.


Dietary minerals (also known as mineral nutrients) are the chemical elements required by living organisms, other than the four elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen present in common organic molecules. Minerals in order of abundance in the human body include the seven major minerals calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.


Proteins are essential nutrients for the human body. They are one of the building blocks of body tissue, and can also serve as a fuel source. They’re a nutrient needed by the human body for growth and maintenance. While the body can manufacture several amino acids required for protein production, a set of essential amino acids needs to be obtained from animal and vegetable protein sources.


Vitamins are compounds which are necessary for our normal growth and function, which we cannot make within our bodies, and so we must obtain them from our foods. There are 13 vitamins which all interact with our cell enzymes to regulate a variety of essential bodily functions. They are crucial for many of our metabolic processes, to release energy from nutrients, and in building and maintaining bones, teeth, skin, blood and many other vital body tissues. Keep in mind that there is no value in consuming extra vitamins, above what is necessary.

Bonus #1: Fiber

Dietary fiber has many functions in diet, one of which may be to aid in energy intake control and reduced risk for development of obesity. It helps reduce the chance of gastrointestinal problems.

Bonus #2: Grains

Make sure at least half of your grain choices are whole grain. Examples of grain foods are   cereals, breads, crackers, and pasta. Check the list of ingredients. Look for grain foods that list “whole” or “whole grain” as the first ingredient, such as whole wheat flour in bread.

Weight Loss Tips


Drinks Lots of Water

Eat every few hours – You don’t need to eat a full meal every 2-3 hours but you do need to have many meals and snacks every day. Not just any snacks! Read on…

Eat complete meals – Include few grams of proteins each time you eat. You must eat food that comes from an animal almost every time you eat. If not, make the change. If you’re a vegetarian, this still applies. You need complete protein and need to find both animal and non-animal ones.

Eat vegetables – In addition to complete protein intake, You need to eat some vegetables every time you eat, too. You can put a piece of fruit here and there as well. Just don’t skip the vegetables.

Healthy fats – There are 3 types of fat: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.
Many say that eating fat makes you fat. Well, eating all three kinds of fat in a healthy  balance can dramatically improve your health, and even help you lose fat.

Focus on whole foods – Most of your dietary intake should come from whole foods. Most of the time, you’ll do best with whole, unprocessed foods.

Organize your food preparation – The hardest part about eating well is making sure you consistently have prepared food. You might know what to eat, but if isn’t available, you will find yourself in trouble when it’s time for a meal.

Weight Loss Tips Summary

We at MeltdownChallenge know that there are many nutrition problems in US. Did you know that  most U.S. youth:

  • Do not meet the recommendations for eating 2 and a half cups to 6 and a half cups of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Do not eat the minimum recommended amounts of whole grains (2–3 ounces daily)
  • Eat more than the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium (2,000 mg daily)
  • Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40 percent of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2–18 years, affecting the overall quality of their diets.
  • Adolescents drink more full-calorie soda than milk!

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Lose Weight Fast

Lose Weight Fast

lose-weight-fastWorking on weight loss? Then you probably want results fast. We at Meltdown Challenge know that people need constant support in order to push on with their weight loss. That is why when you start contest at you have to check in from time to time – to see your progress and to be sure that there is progress at all.

People say: “If you burn 500 more calories than you eat every day, you should lose about 1-2 pounds weekly”, but its not as simple as that when you try it yourself, is it? One might also hear that he need to drink this or that amount of water every day. Well we know that putting unnecessary pressure isn’t helping anyone. When you start doing things right your body will ask for the water the natural way. You don’t need to drink it if you don’t feel like it. All in all, good thing is that if you want to lose weight, you’re not alone! Almost half of all Americans are trying to get in shape.

Live Skype Fitness Trainer

With Meltdown Challenge Live Skype Fitness Trainer you will not just be sure that you are doing everything right, but also be able to receive instant instructions from a professional. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but if you try to do one of more complicated exercises you might notice that there is something wrong.

Working out without Virtual Trainer will lead you after some time to more and less favorite exercises. With fitness experience we see that often most avoided exercises are the ones that are more complicated to perform. That happens because beginners don’t do the moves correctly. And when you seem to do exactly what the tutorial said, but you make the same mistake over and over your back start to hurt and you feel less and less motivated to even start with that day’s workout session. That is why you might need Virtual Trainer to keep pushing you forward. Meltdown Challenge trainer will quickly notice where the problem might be and resolve it with you.

Common Weight Loss Mistakes

develop-healthy-habitsFirst thing that you need to keep in mind is that you can’t give yourself unrealistic weight loss expectations. If you spent years and decades building fat, you can really get rid of it in days and weeks. Lets put it this way. Rapidly losing weight makes you more likely to gain it back after. A lot physical appearance has to do with your inner self. There are people that can’t accomplish their goals even with help of professional trainer. Loosing weight can’t be just some temporary thing that crossed your mind one day. It can’t be done using tricks. You really need to want to do it – long terms!

Temporary weight fluctuations

Although you might check on your weight more often (when you get into our program) than you used to, don’t burden yourself with numbers. With weight, numbers are sometimes just numbers. Much of weight fluctuation is due to food, water and beverages intake. Know that fluctuations caused with those effects is not permanent and will show more or less for each individual differently.

Problem of Eating Less

Most people think that eating less gives you more advantage when loosing weight is in question. Well although that is often true, there are limits that people often overlook. If you start working out and you lower your daily food intake, that will reflect on your weight positively. Less you eat more weight you loose. But there is a limit! Most often people will start eating food that has less and less fat. And if your body doesn’t receive enough fat (which is one of essential nutrients) it will get in mode of fat preserving. You don’t want to get yourself in position in which you are doing everything right but when month passes results don’t show that.

Summing it up:

With all this said, one might start wondering if he actually wants to do all this when there is work to be done and time goes by so fast. Getting fit doesn’t have to be a big deal. Many people make decisions that lead them to loosing weight without looking at and summing up numbers. Loosing weight can be fun! That is why allows you to make a game out of it too! You can even help someone you know or love loose weight too! If you haven’t already do make a Weight Loss Challenge as fast as today.

Virtual Fitness Trainer

Virtual Fitness Trainer


Workout in the Privacy of your own Home!

Whatever your fitness needs, our online personal trainers can provide the exercise program to help you achieve your goals. We are proud to say that MDC (Meltdown Challenge) now offers Virtual Fitness Training via Skype. If you have not yet taken the plunge to the gym, and you want some privacy, why not book us for a virtual training workout session? With Virtual Fitness Trainer, you can workout with one of our certified trainers via online video, when, and where, it suits you.

Since you’re here, we assume you know there tons of diets and conflicting information available online and in books, TV shows and magazines, many of which promote Fitness advice and Diets that simply don’t work. We know there’s no one-size-fits-all program that suits everyone. Nutrition is complicated and there are many rules one must follow to get-in-shape in a healthy way. When our specialist is designing a program for you, many things are taken into consideration, including:

  • Dietary questionnaire including food likes, dislikes and habits
  • History and type of physical activity
  • Medical history
  • Medications you might take and day-time you take medicine

If you are not ready for the gym. We can train you at home via Skype

Virtual Fitness Trainer is a convenient, effective and fun way to get in shape once and for all. There are no limitations and this way you won’t risk exercising incorrectly. Professional Fitness Trainers can tell you immediately where you are struggling and how to fix your form, as well as offering advice on the most effective workouts for your personal goals. You won’t believe how a few simple tips from one of our Virtual Fitness Trainers can make your workouts easier, safer and more time-efficient. Many people give up on training because their back muscles start to hurt after few training sessions. That isn’t supposed to happen. Don’t waste precious time making a program for yourself that might not even be beneficial when you can start working out with one of our Skype Personal Trainers immediately. Get full workouts, clear demonstrations, exercise instruction tips and much, much more with Meltdown Challenge.

Fast Diet

Learn About Fast Diet

Fast Diet BannerThe fast diet, also known as 5:2 diet (also written as 5/2 diet), involves severe calorie restriction for two non-consecutive days a week and normal eating the other five days. Basically, it’s five days of normal eating, with little thought to calorie control and a slice of pie for pudding if that’s what you want. Then, on the other two days, you just eat a quarter of your recommended daily calorie quota. That works out at 500 calories for women and 600 for men.

The aim of fast diet is weight loss, disease prevention and optimal health. Some people who tried fast diet out claim that they have lost weight – especially fat- and reduced their risk of a host of chronic diseases.

How does the Fast Diet work?

The reason why fast diet is also referred to as the 5:2 diet is because of its eating pattern – you eat normally for five days of the week and cut your calories to about 25 percent of normal intake on two nonconsecutive days of the week. Men consume just 600 calories on their two weekly fast days, while women are limited to 500 calories. Not surprisingly, those calories must be spent wisely on fast days, or you could blow half of them on a flavored latte. The diet authors suggest choosing high-protein foods, such as skinless chicken, nuts and legumes to curb hunger. You’ll also eat strawberries, carrots and other foods with low glycemic loads, meaning they’re less likely than others to affect blood sugar and insulin levels.

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Fast Diet Rules

  • Aim for 500 calories on a Fast Day. Men get 600. Don’t be too particular, but, for simplicity and efficacy, do try to stick to these parameters.
  • You can do your Fast Days back to back, or split them. Splitting them – for example, fasting on a Monday and a Thursday – seems to suit most people, allowing a couple of days recovery between fasts.
  • Aim for a long-ish ‘Fasting Window’ between episodes of eating. A 7am breakfast and a 7pm supper seem to work well for most people.
  • Stick to plants and proteins.
  • Avoid fast-release carbs and refined sugars. And meringues.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you must snack, snack smart: an apple or some carrot sticks and hummus should take the edge off.
  • Keep busy. If time flies, it will be tomorrow all the sooner.
  • Fast with friends – a little moral support when you’re hitting hunger gaps can be worth its weight in Chocolate Hobnobs.
  • Choose a day when fasting will be feasible; work out your 5:2 calendar according to your social commitments.
  • It’s fine to exercise on a Fast Day, as long as it feels good to you…and you stay hydrated.
  • Don’t fast if you are under 18, pregnant, diabetic or ill. Consult your doctor first if you have any concerns.
  • Expect an occasional plateau. Like stocks and shares, your weight may go up as well as down. Don’t panic, stick with it and give it at least six weeks. Look at the trajectory of your weight, not the number on the scales on any given day.
  • Once you’ve achieved your target weight, progress to a modified 6:1 format to maintain that ideal. You can always stop and start in response to your own body: the Fast Diet is inherently flexible and user-friendly. If you fluff on any given day and succumb to temptation, fret not, move on.
  • And, no, you can’t have pud. Not today. Tomorrow, of course, is another matter entirely.

Are there any side effects from fast diet?

Little is known about possible side effects as no systematic attempt has been made to study this issue. Anecdotal reports of effects include:

  • difficulties sleeping
  • bad breath (a known problem with low carbohydrate diets)
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • dehydration
  • daytime sleepiness

However, more research would be needed to confirm these side effects and their severity.

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Compared to other types of weight loss programs the evidence base of the safety and effectiveness of the 5:2 diet is limited.
If you are considering it then you should first talk to your GP to see if it is suitable for you. Not everyone can safely fast.
Other methods of weight loss include:

  • eating a healthy balanced diet with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day (consult dietitian)
  • taking regular exercise (watch workout videos)
  • drinking alcohol in moderation

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Obesity definition and facts

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Obesity Lose Weight Win Money BannerThe BMI is one way to determine whether or not an adult is overweight. BMI assesses height and weight; muscle mass is not a part of the equation.

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) by his or her height (in meters, squared). BMI can also be calculated by multiplying weight (in pounds) by 705, then dividing by height (in inches) twice.

  • BMI below 18.5: a score this low means that you may be underweight.
  • BMI between 18.5-24.9: this is a healthy range. It shows that you’re a healthy weight for your height.
  • BMI score of 25 or more: your BMI is above the ideal range and this score means you may be overweight. This means that you’re heavier than is healthy for someone of your height.
  • BMI of 30 or more: a BMI above 30 is classified as obese. Being obese puts you at a raised risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

BMI is differently calculated for children: When interpreting BMI for a child, health professionals look at a child’s weight in relation to their height, age and sex. The result is called the child’s BMI centile.
Once your child’s BMI centile has been calculated, they will be in one of four categories:

  • Underweight: below 2nd BMI centile
  • Healthy weight: between the 2nd and 90th BMI centile
  • Overweight: between 91st and to 97th BMI centile
  • Obese: at or above 98th BMI centile.

Obesity Effects

  • Heart Diseases - CHD is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. The buildup of plaque occurs over many years.
  • Diabetes - Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia.
  • Cancers - Obese people are at higher risk for all cancers. They are often diagnosed in later stages of cancer than thinner people and are more likely to die from the disease. Some emerging data looking at weight-loss-surgery patients suggests that some of this risk can be diminished by losing weight.
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure) - Additional fat tissue in the body needs oxygen and nutrients in order to live, which requires the blood vessels to circulate more blood to the fat tissue. This increases the workload of the heart because it must pump more blood through additional blood vessels.
  • Dyslipidemia – high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides
  • Strokes - referred to also as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain.
  • Sleep and breathing problems - Poor sleep contributes to a host of diseases including diabetes, heart disease and obesity itself. Those who sleep less than five hours a night were 15 percent more likely to gain weight than those who enjoyed at least seven hours of sleep.
  • Osteoarthritis – a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal periods, infertility) - Obesity is an inflammatory state and that alone might decrease fertility, but it may also be the result of hormone changes produced by the fatty tissue.

What Causes Obesity?

  • Diet - Fad diets come and go. Some, like low carb and high protein and fat diets, may work in the short term, but they can also pose serious health risks in the long run. Ultimately, the most successful long-term weight loss programs rely more on limiting how many calories you consume, and how many you burn through exercise and daily activity, rather than the actual composition of the diet.
  • Lifestyle – For obese, exercise is beneficial because it helps you keep and add lean muscle tissue while losing fat. And because muscle tissue has a higher metabolic rate and burns calories faster, if you’re also eating healthy food according to your meal plan, exercise will speed up the rate at which you lose weight.Exercise lowers blood pressure and can help prevent Type 2 diabetes. It also helps to improve emotional well-being, reduce appetite, help you sleep better, improve flexibility and lower bad cholesterol.
  • GeneticsLike many other medical conditions, obesity is the result of an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Inheritance patterns studies have found that 80% of the offspring of two obese parents were also obese. (in contrast to less than 10% of the offspring of two parents who were of normal weight)
  • Illnesses - Some physical and mental illnesses and the pharmaceutical substances used to treat them can increase risk of obesity. Medical illnesses that increase obesity risk include several rare genetic syndromes as well as some conditions such as: hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, growth hormone deficiency, the eating disorders: Binge eating disorder and Night eating syndrome.

Fun Fact: Survival paradox

Although the negative health consequences of obesity in the general population are well supported by the available evidence, health outcomes in certain subgroups seem to be improved at an increased BMI, a phenomenon known as the obesity survival paradox.

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Atkins Diet

Atkins Diet – Overview

Atkins diet bannerThe Atkins diet involves limited consumption of carbohydrates to switch the body’s metabolism from metabolizing glucose as energy over to converting stored body fat to energy. This process, called ketosis, begins when insulin levels are low; in normal humans, insulin is lowest when blood glucose levels are low (mostly before eating). Reduced insulin levels induces lipolysis which consumes fat to produce ketone bodies. On the other hand, caloric carbohydrates (for example, glucose or starch, the latter made of chains of glucose) affect the body by increasing blood sugar after consumption (in the treatment of diabetes, blood sugar levels are used) Fiber, because of its low digestibility, provides little or no food energy and does not significantly affect glucose and insulin levels.

The Four Phases of Atkins Diet

There are four phases of the Atkins diet: induction, ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance and lifetime maintenance.

Induction Phase

Induction is the first phase of the Atkins Diet and is meant to last for two weeks. It is highly restrictive, limiting food choices mainly to proteins and low-carb vegetables. A maximum of 20 grams of net carbs is allowed.

No more than 20 grams of Carbs. per day. This includes eating 2 to 3 cups salad vegetables a day or other low carb vegetables. The focus of your meals should be on protein and fats. Examples, Meat, nuts, cheese, olives, cream, sour cream and other low carb foods. Do not skip meals. During the Atkins Induction Phase you should not consume fruit, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, flour, sugar or legumes. It is preferable that you do not eat nuts or seeds during induction. It is preferable that most of the 20 grams of carbs. that you eat during the induction phase come from salad greens and other non starchy vegetables. Never assume that a food is low in carbs. Always check the carb count on the package or use a carbohydrate counter.

Ongoing Weight Loss

Phase 2 of Atkins diet is called Ongoing Weight Loss or OWL. Most people spend the majority of their weight loss time in this phase. Initially the differences between Induction and OWL are very small. In OWL, the idea is that you gradually reintroduce other carbohydrate foods bit by bit, while continuing to lose weight.

  • Gradually add carbohydrates in the form of nutrient-dense foods, increasing to 25 grams of Net Carbs per day the first week, and moving up each week or every several weeks by 5-gram increments until weight loss stops.
  • Continue to stay in control of your appetite and lose weight.

Pre-maintenance Phase

At the Atkins diet phase 3, add 10 grams of carbohydrates per week, and continue doing so until you lose less than half a kilogram (about a pound) per week. The carbohydrate intake at this point is the amount that the body needs to maintain its weight. The aim of the third phase is to find the ideal balance between your target weight and the quantity of carbohydrate consumed.

Lifetime Maintenance

The final step in the Atkins diet is Lifetime Maintenance, also called the Nutritional Approach.

By this stage of the diet you have discovered the foods that work best for you and the amount of carbs you can consume daily in order to maintain your weight, also known as your ACE (Atkins Carbohydrate Equilibrium), introduced in phase 3. Your ACE will be the most important number to you as long as you are committed to keeping the weight off. Sticking to this number will ensure that you stay at or around your goal weight, give or take 5 pounds, which is the objective of Lifetime Maintenance.

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Low Fat Diet

Low Fat Diet

Low fat diet bannerIf you’ve just been diagnosed with high cholesterol – or are looking for ways to prevent high cholesterol – a low fat diet may be able to help. In fact, your healthcare provider may request that you try following a low fat diet before the decision to place you on cholesterol-lowering medication is made. A low fat diet is not only helps to lower your cholesterol – it is also good to your heart and your waistline.


Before starting low fat diet you should learn about “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol”. According to the lipid hypothesis, abnormal cholesterol levels (hypercholesterolemia) — actually higher concentrations of LDL particles and lower concentrations of functional HDL particles  — are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease because these promote atheroma development in arteries (atherosclerosis). This disease process leads to myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Since higher blood LDL, especially higher LDL particle concentrations and smaller LDL particle size, contribute to this process more than the cholesterol content of the HDL particles, LDL particles are often termed “bad cholesterol” because they have been linked to atheroma formation. On the other hand, high concentrations of functional HDL, which can remove cholesterol from cells and atheroma, offer protection and are sometimes referred to as “good cholesterol”. These balances are mostly genetically determined, but can be changed by body build, medications, food choices, and other factors.

Certain fats, like those in nuts, seeds and oily varieties of fish provide essential fatty acids (including the omega-3 variety). These essential fats are important for maintaining healthy blood vessels, making hormones and for the correct functioning of our nervous system. The fat in our diet also helps us absorb certain vitamins, the fat-soluble ones, which include A, D, E and K. Following a very low-fat diet makes you more likely to be low in these vitamins and that can impact your immunity, limit the body’s ability to heal itself and have an influence on bone health. It’s better to focus your diet on the healthier unsaturated fats by including more fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils including avocado and olive and reduce your intake of saturated fats.

Minimize the saturated fat in your diet

You can minimize saturated fats in your low fat diet by:

  • Replacing fats like butter and lard with un-saturated oils like rapeseed or olive oil.
  • Eating more fish, nuts and seeds – for example choose salmon instead of bacon for a weekend brunch; snack on unsalted nuts rather than crisps.
  • Removing the skin from poultry and trimming visible fat from other cuts of meat.
  • Checking labels on food products – see tip box.
  • Using good quality un-saturated oils, like walnut or pumpkin, for dipping your bread instead of using spreads.
  • Avoid frying instead steam, bake, poach or grill.
  • Replace mayo with plain yogurt – just add a squeeze of lemon juice and some mixed herbs, chives work well.
  • Make chips by baking chunky cut potato wedges with a drizzle of rapeseed oil and a sprinkle of paprika.

 Low fat diet foods

Dairy and dairy-like products

  • Low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) yogurt, cottage cheese, or milk
  • Sorbet, sherbet, gelatin ices, and low-fat or fat-free frozen yogurt
  • Neufchatel or “light” cream cheese or fat-free cream cheese
  • Fat-free American cheese or other types of fat-free cheeses

Fish, meat, and poultry

  • Egg whites or egg substitutes
  • Crab, white fish, shrimp, and light tuna (packed in water)
  • Veal, chicken and turkey breast (without skin), and lean cuts of other meats (look for “loin” in the name) – braise, roast, or cook them without adding fats
  • Extra lean ground beef such as ground round, or ground turkey breast (check the labels)
  • Veggie burgers

Grains, cereals, and pastas

  • Hot (oatmeal or grits) and cold cereals (except granola types)
  • Rice or noodles (watch out for fat in sauces you may add)
  • Bagels, pita bread, or English muffins
  • Low-fat crackers
  • Soft tortillas – corn or whole wheat
  • Toast, English muffins, or bagels with jelly or honey (no butter)
  • Pretzels, soda crackers, or plain breads

Fruits and vegetables

  • Fruits and fruit juices, applesauce
  • Vegetables and vegetable juices (again, watch out for fat in sauces you may add)

Snacks and sweets

  • Danish pudding and fruit pie fillings
  • Vanilla wafers and ginger snap cookies
  • Gelatin
  • Angel food cake
  • Puddings made with skim milk
  • Baked chips, tortilla or potato
  • Low-fat microwave popcorn
  • Hard and jelly candies

Other foods

  • Broth type soups with a vegetable base
  • Sauces, pudding, or shakes made with skim milk
  • Salsa
  • Mustard

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Lower Cholesterol Challenges

Lower Cholesterol Challenges

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) which is produced by the liver. Cholesterol is vital for normal body function. Every cell in our body has cholesterol in its outer layer.

What are the functions of cholesterol?

  • Cholesterol builds and maintains cell membranes, it prevents crystallization of hydrocarbons in the membrane
  • Cholesterol is essential for determining which molecules can pass into the cell and which cannot
  • Cholesterol is involved in the production of sex hormones (androgens and estrogens)
  • Cholesterol is essential for the production of hormones released by the adrenal glands
  • Cholesterol aids in the production of bile
  • Cholesterol converts sunshine to vitamin D
  • Cholesterol is important for the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Cholesterol insulates nerve fibers

Possible High Cholesterol Levels Problems

  • Atherosclerosis – narrowing of the arteries.
  • Higher coronary heart disease risk – an abnormality of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.
  • Heart attack – occurs when the supply of blood and oxygen to an area of heart muscle is blocked, usually by a clot in a coronary artery. This causes your heart muscle to die.
  • Angina – chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle does not get enough blood.
  • Other cardiovascular conditions – diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Stroke - occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or vein, interrupting the flow to an area of the brain. Can also occur when a blood vessel breaks. Brain cells begin to die.

High Cholesterol Causes - Lifestyle

  • Nutrition - although some foods contain cholesterol, such as eggs, kidneys, eggs and some seafoods, dietary cholesterol does not have much of an impact in human blood cholesterol levels. However, saturated fats do! Foods high in saturated fats include red meat, some pies, sausages, hard cheese, lard, pastry, cakes, most biscuits, and cream.
  • Sedentary lifestyle - people who do not exercise and spend most of their time sitting/lying down have significantly higher levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
  • Bodyweight - people who are overweight/obese are much more likely to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels, compared to people who are of normal weight.
  • Smoking - this can have quite a considerable effect on LDL levels.
  • Alcohol - people who consume too much alcohol regularly, generally have much higher levels of LDL and much lower levels of HDL, compared to people who abstain or those who drink in moderation.

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Stress Less Challenges

Stress Less Challenges

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What is stress?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make You feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. We generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much – we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us. Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress. Some stresses get You going and they are good for You.

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What happens when we are under Stress?

  • Blood pressure rises
  • Breathing becomes more rapid
  • Digestive system slows down
  • Heart rate rises
  • Immune system goes down
  • Muscles become tense
  • We do not sleep

      Stress Caused Health Problems

  • Pain of any kind
  • Anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Weight Gain
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema



Stress Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Some of the Stress Effects can be:

Stress Effects
Body Effects Feelings Effects Behavior Effects
  • A tendency to sweat
  • Back Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Obesity
  • Cramps
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Loss of Libido
  • Lower Immunity
  • Muscular aches
  • Nail biting
  • Nervous twiches
  • Sleeping problems
  • Upset stomach
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Feeling insecure
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Concentrating problems
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Eating too much
  • Eating too little
  • Food cravings
  • Sudden anger outbursts
  • Substance abuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Frequent crying

Reducing Stress Levels

Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better immediately, but may also protect your health in long-terms. Stress reducing strategies include:

  • Identifying stress causers - Monitor your state of mind. If you feel stressed, write down the cause, your thoughts and your mood. Once you know what’s bothering you, develop a plan for addressing it.
  • Build better relationships - Relationships can be a source of stress. And relationships can also serve as stress reliefs. Reach out to close ones and let them know you’re having a rough time.
  • When you’re angry just walk away - Before you react, take time to rethink things out. Reconsider helps a lot. Walking or other physical activities can also help you work off steam.
  • Rest your mind - Stress keeps almost half of adults lying awake at night. To help ensure you get the recommended seven or eight hours of sleep, cut back on caffeine, remove distractions such as television or computers from your bedroom and go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Get help - If you continue to feel overwhelmed, consult with a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional who can help you manage stress.

Liquid Diet

Liquid Diet

Liquid Diet bannerLiquid diets control calorie intake by restricting what you eat to mostly or all liquids. How they work varies from product to product. Some liquid diets are fluid only — fruit or vegetable juices juices or shakes — that replace all of your meals, taken three or four times a day. These programs are either do-it-yourself options sold over the counter, or medically supervised plans available only through doctors’ offices or hospitals.

Other types of liquid diets replace just one or two meals (usually breakfast and lunch) with drinks, but let you eat a healthy, balanced dinner. These diets may also include snack bars for in-between meals.

Liquid diets are usually divided into two groups, clear liquid diet and full liquid diet.

Clear Liquid Diet

A clear liquid diet is made up of only clear fluids and foods that turn to clear fluids when they are at room temperature. It includes things like clear broth, tea, cranberry juice, Jell-O, and Popsicles.

This diet is easier to digest than other foods. It still gives you the important fluids, salts, and minerals that you need for energy.

Eating only a clear liquid diet gives you enough nutrition for 3 to 4 days. It is safe for people with diabetes, but only for a short time when they are followed closely by their doctor.

Allowed and Recommended Foods


  • Water,
  • coffee,
  • tea (no milk or non-dairy creamer)
  • Soft drinks/Sports drinks (ginger ale, cola, Sprite, 7-Up, Gatorade)

Juices (without pulp)

  • apple juice,
  • grape juice,
  • cranberry juice


  • Chicken or Beef bouillon/broth, low sodium, fat free


  • Jell-O (lemon, lime, orange, NO fruit, NO toppings)
  • Popsicle (NO sherbets, NO fruit bars)
  • Hard candies

Do not eat


  • Nectar,
  • canned,
  • fresh,
  • frozen fruits


  • Cream soups,
  • soups with vegetables,
  • noodles,
  • rice,
  • meat or other chunks of food in them

Full Liquid Diet

The full liquid diet is often used as a step between a clear liquid diet and a regular diet, for example, after surgery or fasting. It may also be used after certain procedures, such as jaw wiring. This diet may also be appropriate for patients who have swallowing and chewing problems.

A full liquid diet meets calorie and protein needs for your body with liquids only. It should not be used for more than 5 days. Your doctor or nutritionist may also order high-protein, high-calorie supplements for extra vitamins and minerals.

Allowed and recommended foods


  • Coffee, tea, cream, carbonated beverages
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Milk
  • Milkshakes
  • Nutritional supplements


  • Custard-style yogurt, pudding, custard
  • Plain ice cream, sherbet, sorbet
  • Gelatin
  • Whipped topping


  • Cream soups, strained

Breads and Cereals:

  • Cream of wheat, cream of rice
  • Farina
  • Pureed soups (may include pureed meats, pureed bland vegetable and pureed white potatoes)


  • Tomato puree
  • Salt, mild flavored seasonings
  • Chocolate flavoring
  • Gravy, margarine
  • Sugar, syrup, jelly, honey

Liquid Diet sum up

Ideally, liquid diet drinks should contain a balance of nutrients you need throughout the day, but that isn’t always the case. Very low-calorie diets (400-800 calories per day) in particular can be lacking in these nutrients and should only be used under medical supervision. Missing out on essential nutrients can lead to side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, gallstones, cold intolerance, electrolyte imbalance, and heart damage. A lack of fiber in your diet from not eating whole fruits and vegetables can lead to constipation and other digestive ailments. You also can lose lean body mass if you don’t get enough protein in your liquid diet.

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Low Carb Diet

Low Carb Diet

Low carb diet bannerLow-carbohydrate diets or low carb diets are dietary programs that restrict carbohydrate , often for the treatment of obesity. Foods high in easily digestible carbohydrates (e.g., sugar, bread, pasta) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of fats and moderate protein (e.g., meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, and seeds) and other foods low in carbohydrates (e.g., most salad vegetables), although other vegetables and fruits (especially berries) are often allowed. The amount of carbohydrate not allowed varies with different low carb diets.

The term “low carb diet” is generally applied to diets that restrict carbohydrates to less than 20% of caloric intake, but can also refer to diets that simply restrict or limit carbohydrates.

Low carb diets are used to treat or prevent some chronic diseases and conditions including: cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and diabetes.

A Low Carb Diet Plan

What foods you should eat depends on a few things, including how healthy you are, how much you exercise and how much weight you have to lose.


  • Meat - Bacon, Beef, Ham, Lamb, Pork, Veal, Venison (Some processed meat, bacon, and ham is cured with sugar, which will add to the carb count. Also steer clear of cold cuts and other meats with added nitrates),
  • fish - Flounder, Herring, Salmon, Sardines, Sole, Tuna, Trout, Cod,  Halibut,
  • eggs – Any way you like them (boiled, omelet, poached, scrambled)
  • vegetables - Alfalfa sprouts, Arugula, Bok choy, Celery, Chicory greens, Chives, Cucumber, Daikon, Endive, Escarole, Fennel
  • fruit
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • high-fat dairy
  • fats
  • healthy oils (there are no carbs here, but keep in mind that the serving size is approximately 1 tablespoon) and maybe even some tubers and non-gluten grains.

Don’t Eat: Sugar, HFCS, wheat, seed oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, “diet” and low-fat products and highly processed foods.

If you need to lose weight, be careful with the cheese and nuts because they’re easy to overeat on. Don’t eat more than one piece of fruit per day.

Low Carb Diet Recipies

Eat salads. Big ones. Pile them with whatever vegetables turn you on and top with a source of protein. That can be leftover taco meat, leftover bits of diced steak, leftover pulled chicken, leftover diced pork chops, hard boiled eggs, smoked salmon, tuna, nuts, you get the picture. Dress the salad with something REALLY fattening. Sour cream or enzyme-rich mayonnaise mixed with healthy oils make for a tasty, creamy base to which you can add various herbs or spices.

Try coconut! Coconut flour is low in carbs and makes excellent waffles, pancakes, and muffins. Use low-sugar fruits like berries to make your “syrup” or sweeten up your muffins.

Replace rice with grated cauliflower! It cooks in a lot less time, has almost no carbs, and serves well to replace rice in 95% of recipes.

When it comes to snacks pick snack foods you actually like. Make them protein-rich. Hard-boiled eggs, slices of hard cheese, a handful of nuts. Explore other cultures. Asian markets have a slew of inexpensive, interesting snack-ish foods that are quite nutrient-dense — everything from dried anchovies (taste like little chips!) to kelp chips fried in palm or coconut oil.

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Detox diet

Detox diet

Detox diet bannerDetoxification in the context of alternative medicine consists of an approach that claims to rid the body of “toxins” – accumulated harmful substances that allegedly exert undesirable effects on individual health in the short or long term. Detox diet usually includes one or more of: fasting, consuming exclusively or avoiding specific foods (such as fats, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, juices, herbs, or water), colon cleansing, chelation therapy, or the removal of dental fillings.

The body itself has its own detoxification system:

  • The liver - First line of defense against toxins is your liver, which acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream.
  • The colon - This organ has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm.
  • The kidneys -  They are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine.

To get the best results with detox diet, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients.

Liver detox diet

Whether you’re trying to drop unwanted pounds or flush out unwelcome toxins, you need a healthy liver to make it happen. Here’s how to keep this overachieving organ in optimal shape.

Your liver is your largest internal organ, and it’s responsible for an astonishing variety of life-sustaining and health-promoting tasks – including those that make healthy weight loss and weight management possible. Integral to countless metabolic processes, the liver supports the digestive system, controls blood sugar and regulates fat storage. It stores and mobilizes energy, and produces more proteins than any other organ in the body. It also regulates your blood flow and, if you’re a woman, keeps your menstrual cycles running smoothly.

It’s your liver’s job to distinguish between the nutrients you need to absorb and the dangerous or unnecessary substances that must be filtered out of your bloodstream. But when the liver is clogged and overwhelmed with toxins, it can’t do a very effective job of processing nutrients and fats. So if you’re concerned with managing your weight, remember this important point: The more toxic your body becomes, the more difficulty you’ll have losing weight and keeping it off.

While some toxins are more obvious, such as pesticides or smog, some people consider even seemingly normal substances to be toxins. They may come from many sources, including:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • medications
  • pesticides or other chemicals used to grow or prepare food
  • smog or other substances in the air
  • substances such as artificial sweeteners added to food
  • sugar
  • impure water

Best detox diet for cleansing the liver is eating foods that contain glutathione. But be careful, glutathione in some of them is lost when they are boiled. Here is a list of things that should help you detox your liver:

  • Brussels sprouts are high in sulfur, which helps to remove toxins from the blood. Eating a serving or two of Brussels sprouts daily will help sponge out toxins – whether they’re environmental or dietary.These little sprouts also boost glucosinolate, an antioxidant that forces the liver to release enzymes that block damage.
  • Garlic is loaded with sulfur, a mineral that helps rid the body of toxins. Garlic has also been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Garlic has been used in the treatment of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and bacteria-related illnesses. Keep in mind, heating destroys many of the beneficial properties of garlic.
  • Dandelion leaves - but if you can’t find any, the roots are also good. Dandelion root tea has been shown to rid the liver of toxins. Since our liver is responsible for breaking down fats, producing amino acids and generally filtering the gunk out – we need to take care of it.
  • Carrots are another food rich in glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver. In addition to the detox properties, carrots contain good amounts of vitamin C, B6 and potassium. They also loaded with vitamin A and K, too! It’s best to eat these raw.
  • Raw tomatoes do a great job detoxifying the liver, containing 169 milligrams of glutathione per serving. The benefits don’t stop there. Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene content, which has been shown to protect against breast, skin and lung cancer.
  • Grapefruit contains just over 70 milligrams of liver cleansing glutathione. Grapefruits also contain a special kind of pectin that has been shown to lower cholesterol like no other pectin-containing food. One whole grapefruit is about 80 calories, so enjoy with a cup of cottage cheese or plain yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon and you’ve got a great breakfast.

Colon detoxification

The first step in a comprehensive colon detoxification regimen is a detox diet. It eliminates all foods that burden your colon and substitutes them with foods rich in fiber. Fiber-rich foods help scrub the colon. They include:

  • Raw vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower
  • Raw fruits including mangoes, guava and most berries

Next step is drinking several glasses of filtered water each day to help flush the colon.

Third step is using  colon-cleansing supplements. These supplements are administered either orally or rectally and flush the colon of impurities. They often act quickly, and their effects can be debilitating. Colon-cleansing supplements include:

  • Laxatives
  • Enemas
  • Strong herbal teas
  • Powerful enzymes

  • Anti-parasite capsules

And the final step of colon detoxification is irrigating your colon. Colon therapists perform irrigation procedures, or high colonics, at their offices each day. The procedure is somewhat uncomfortable and can take more than an hour. It usually follows a fairly predictable course.

  • The therapist gently inserts a tube in your rectum.
  • The tube is attached to a pump that forces water or some other liquid into your large intestine.
  • After your colon is saturated, the therapist removes the first tube and carefully inserts a new tube.
  • The therapist will massage your abdomen to expel the water and waste from your colon.
  • The therapist may repeat the process to fully cleanse the bowels. Subsequent procedures may involve water treated with probiotics, which help restore the colon with friendly bacteria.

Kidney detoxification

Throughout history, humans have always used fasting or cleansing as a way to detoxify not only the physical body, but the emotional body as well. If you’re already in good health, then doing a yearly kidney cleanse can be a gentle form of prevention for you.

Watermelon is 92% water by weight, which means that it will help your body to flush the kidneys, which can help to remove very small stones. It is also an amazing source of potassium, which is a mineral salt that can help to dissolve kidney stones allowing the residue to be passed.

Carrots and cucumber are a super-powered up duo. Combined, they support the kidneys in flushing out excess uric acid (known to cause kidney stones), support the kidneys in flushing out excess toxins as well as load your body up with a mega dose of nutrients.

Radishes are super for the liver and gallbladder detoxification, and help the kidneys flush out excess toxins. They protect the body against infection, and they’re anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Juicing radishes allows your body to absorb more of the nutrients than you would from eating them whole, due to the volume it would take to eat radishes vs. juicing them. If you suffer from kidney stones, drinking radish juice can help dissolve stones so you can pass them more quickly.

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