If the Master Cleanse is not enough to balance your body, the newest specialty cleanse that’s making the rounds in celebrity circles is the Alkaline Cleanse, promising to fix all your health issues by eating "alkaline-promoting foods." The foods for the diet include a lot of very-low-calorie green vegetables, herbal teas, and "alkaline water." It claims to heal a variety of health ailments and, of course, detox you. Different versions of alkaline diets have shown up in recent years, but people latched onto this one after Dr. Robert O. Young of pH Miracle Living made claims that balancing your body’s pH could heal a host of ailments, including cancer.
Chromium might help increase lean muscle mass, promote fat loss and reduces food intake. Research findings suggest that chromium usually has “minimal effect on body weight and body fat,” but the good news is that it also doesn’t seem to pose risks. There have been very little safety concerns reported at low to moderate intakes (25–45 micrograms a day for adults), although at higher doses headaches, watery stools or constipation are possible.
There are several ways that grapefruit essential oil may act like a natural weight loss booster. Grapefruit’s active ingredients may be able to boost metabolism, reduce your appetite, lower cravings and give you a mild dose of uplifting energy. Enzymes found in the fruit help your body break down sugar according to certain study findings, and as an added benefit many people find the scent of citrus fruits reduces cravings for sweets. (8)

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My kids leave for school at all hours in the morning so my goal is to make them something quick and healthy! Smoothies are the ultimate way to jam pack as much nutrition as possible into one drink. These 6 Superfood Smoothies are the perfect meal and full of vitamins which will keep them energized and their minds sharp. The key is the smoothies must taste amazing or my kids won’t drink them! I sneak in handfuls of spinach without them even detecting it since it has such a mild flavor yet is such a nutritional powerhouse.
One of the best ways to get the benefits of green tea is to consume matcha green tea, a concentrated powdered green tea from Japan that seems to have some noteworthy fat-burning benefits. What’s in matcha that makes it so beneficial for everything from cognitive function to enhancing fat-burning? It’s the catechins, a type of antioxidant found in high levels in green tea that may reduce body weight, speed up recovery following workouts and decrease free radical damage.
Chromium might help increase lean muscle mass, promote fat loss and reduces food intake. Research findings suggest that chromium usually has “minimal effect on body weight and body fat,” but the good news is that it also doesn’t seem to pose risks. There have been very little safety concerns reported at low to moderate intakes (25–45 micrograms a day for adults), although at higher doses headaches, watery stools or constipation are possible.
The colon remains ground zero for detox advocates. Advertisements may argue that some sort of toxic sludge (sometimes called a mucoid plaque) is accumulating in the colon, making it a breeding ground for parasites, Candida (yeast) and other nastiness. Fortunately, science tells us otherwise: mucoid plaques and toxic sludge simply do not exist. It’s a made-up idea to sell detoxification treatments. Ask any gastroenterologist (who look inside colons for a living) if they’ve ever seen one. There isn’t a single case of mucoid plaque that’s been documented in the medical literature. Not one. The same can be said for rope worms. The do not exist.
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Drinking a selection of fresh fruit and vegetable juices in your day, your body will certainly feel the benefit. Fresh juices are a powerful way to increase your intake of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. You can juice most fruits and vegetables. I try to choose the greenest, water-rich and most alkalizing ones for my own juices, using some (or all!) of the following: spinach or cucumber, celery, pears, apples, ginger and lemon.
A smoothie (occasionally spelled smoothee or smoothy) is a thick, creamy and cold beverage made from pureed raw fruit, vegetables, and sometimes dairy products (e.g. milk, yogurt, ice-cream or cottage cheese), typically using a blender.[1] Smoothies may be made using other ingredients, such as water, crushed ice, fruit juice, sweeteners (e.g. honey, sugar, stevia, syrup), whey powder, plant milk, nuts, nut butter, seeds, tea, chocolate, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplements. A smoothie containing dairy products is similar to a milkshake, though the latter typically contains less fruit and often uses ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Who doesn’t want to think that a delightful mixture of kale, twigs, tree sap, unicorn tears, and whatever Gwyneth Paltrow is raving about this week can make you pretty? It’s glitter in a bottle. Right? Wrong. For one, most green juices are just sugar water. Suja Juice’s Green Supreme has 42 grams of sugar, no iron or B vitamins, and minimal protein. At $6.99 to $8.99 per bottle, you’re getting …. juice. Similarly, BlueprintCleanse, Juice From The Raw, and JUS by Julie are not magic keys to weight loss and well-being. All are cold-pressed, organic, and sell at astronomically high prices with vague promises of making you less gross.
Hi Colleen! I am so sorry you are dealing with health issues. It is tough! I do make my smoothies ahead of time when I am doing a strict smoothie and juice cleanse. It just makes it so much easier. I usually do 3-5 days worth of smoothies at a time but it all depends on how much room you have in your refrigerator. I usually give it a good shake and stir it with a straw and the smoothie comes back together. I find that keeping them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days works fine for me. I hope that helps! — Melissa
A newer and more encouraging trend in detoxing is the movement toward foods that support the body’s natural defenses against harmful substances. As previously mentioned, science suggests benefits of things such as apple cider vinegar, green tea, and lemon water. Some detox programs focus on incorporating these ingredients to boost liver and kidney function and improve the removal of toxic substances. While there is no hard scientific data to back up those claims, there’s plenty of research on certain foods that may promote liver health and can be added to a healthy diet without risk.
I don’t get why people would spend money on tea like that. Just use your money for real tea such as green, oolong, black, etc… I love herbal teas because they taste so yummy and just drinking tea throughout the day is good for you. You get hydration, and for me especially, I don’t feel as hungry. I just don’t understand why people woukd spend money on that stuff when they can buy actual tea at the grocery store.

Will power, calorie skimping, or “dieting” are not the answers to healthy, permanent weight loss. Did you know that 95% of dieters gain back any weight they lose within two years after a diet?1 Read on to learn why. This article will “skim” over the dietary basics of healthy, permanent weight loss and emphasize the supplement options for someone trying to shed a few extra pounds.


The first time I did this cleanse, I noticed that its effects aren't just physical. I believe there is a spiritual aspect as well. Afterward I felt a sense of peace that I didn't have before. If you'd like to see for yourself, eat according to my meal plan for two days. (If you're on regular medication, check with your doctor first.) I recommend repeating the cleanse three or four times a year, or whenever you're feeling bloated or sluggish. I promise it will rejuvenate you—from the inside out.
Possibly the best known example of ritual cleansing in the West is the Christian baptism. Christians originally practiced the custom of washing the feet of another person. This conveyed symbolic meaning, as well as having the more practical benefit of ensuring that guests have nice-smelling feet. The Bible contains many references to cleansing, in some cases with fire.
Importantly, "ritually clean" is not the same "clean" as in the modern definition cleanness: microbiologically clean, chemically pure or aseptic. Instead, ritual cleanness is brought about by following certain rituals or abiding to ritual rules, regardless of whether they result in any actual cleanness. For example, in Hinduism, the water of the river Ganges is sacred, and a bath in the Ganges is considered one of highest forms of ritual cleansing, capable of washing away sins and freeing the believer from the cycle of life and death.[3] Objectively speaking, the waters are at least perfectly capable of freeing the believer from life: Ganges water contains an uncomfortably high percentage of raw sewage and is an acute infection hazard with respect to diseases such as amoebic dysentery, cholera, hepatitis and typhoid. Besides sewage, other forms of pollution, such as garbage, industrial waste, human and animal remains, ashes from cremations or even whole dead bodies are thrown into the Ganges.[4] Yet, ritually, this is the cleanest water there is.
Hi Melissa I have been to knee doctors for the pain in my knees. One says artiritis, one says inflammation. Got an injection that lasted 3 days. lm still hurting and knee swollen. Can’t sleep at night for the pain, feels like something pulling in my knee, sometimes makes a popping noise.hurts to turn feel like it wants to snap into. In the daytime when I sit for a while, it hurts so bad when I get up to walk.Please help in terrible pain. Thank you.

Green tea extract: This herb is rich in polyphenols that help support a weight loss program by increasing energy expenditure. Healthy young men who took two green tea capsules (containing 50 mg of caffeine and 90 mg of EGCG) three times a day had a significantly greater energy expenditure and fat oxidation than those who took caffeine alone or placebo.15
Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world — including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health through a range of methods including yoga, meditation and more. 

As far as studies on it go, here are some that I mentioned in The Everyday Roots Book. In 2002 the Journal of Nutrition concluded that it can aid weight loss when used in place of long chain triglycerides. It was also shown to strongly curb appetite and it appeared to increase the burning of calories. In 2003 Obesity Research found that it may help burn calories, probably due to the fact that it boosted energy. In 2010 the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition also found that it could help boost metabolism and reduce appetite.
Great blog Cassey! I think there are a lot of scams out there today with companies making wild claims just to take people’s money. Could you do a blog/video on your opinion of fitness supplements? They seem to be another one with lots of claims of everything from weight loss, to getting strong, and everything in between, and I’m wondering if any actually are helpful, or if they are a scam as well.
It’s my newest workout program that requires you to only work out for just 28 min and 40 sec a day using a combination of Pilates and Cardio exercises. This will get your sweating within the first few minutes AND you will continue to burn extra fat and calories way after you’re done working out. I honestly LOVE IT. By joining, you get a lifetime membership to PIIT28 1.0 – which includes the ebook, the exclusive workout videos, the forum etc. Plus you get a free completion tank if you successfully finish the challenge! Learn more here.
Detoxification, or detox, is the process of removing toxic substances from the body. Diets that claim to achieve a full detox in a matter of days have been around for decades, and several methods exist. While not scientifically proven to remove any toxins from the human body, many people claim feeling more focused and energetic during and after detox diets, most likely because of avoiding processed foods.[1]
So what are the best weight loss supplements available on the market that don’t pose these same risks? As you’ll learn below, natural ways to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight include consuming food-based fat burners like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), certain fat-burning foods that are high in protein and fiber, green tea, or using grapefruit essential oil — in addition, of course, to lifestyle habits like eating a healthy diet and staying active.

You need to understand that when you use these sorts of gimmicks, you are just a number in their sales funnel. The business is money, and the storefront is “health.” But not real health. It’s just the illusion of health. They get richer, you get poorer, and when the hype and excitement of the next gimmick wears off, you’re straight back to where you were, and often times even worse off. All these gimmicks have physiological effects that, in some cases, can make your body a more efficient fat storing machine to protect against further weight loss attempts.
Hi Cassey! I am an 18 year old student in Singapore, and I would be taking the GCE A level exams at the end of this year, which are very very crucial for me as they’re going to determine which university I’ll be going to and my future. I am still working out with your videos on Blogilates, and I would really love to try the PIIT28 program. Can I still buy it next year after my exams are over? I certainly have no time to devote myself to a rigid 28-day program for now as school is very hectic right now. Thank you so much Cassey and be assured that I will support you in whatever you do! (:

Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world — including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health through a range of methods including yoga, meditation and more. 
“Detox diets range from total starvation fasts to juice fasts to food modification approaches and often involve the use of laxatives, diuretics, vitamins, minerals and/or ‘cleansing foods,’” writes Hosen Kiat, Head of Cardiology at Macquarie University Hospital and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, and Dr. Alice Klein from the Cardiac Health Institute, in a review about detoxification diets published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
Risks. The diet is lacking in protein, fatty acids, and other essential nutrients. Carbohydrates supply all the calories — an extremely low 600. The daily laxative regimen can cause dehydration, deplete electrolytes, and impair normal bowel function. It can also disrupt the native intestinal flora, microorganisms that perform useful digestive functions. A person who goes on this diet repeatedly may run the risk of developing metabolic acidosis, a disruption of the body's acid-base balance, which results in excessive acidity in the blood. Severe metabolic acidosis can lead to coma and death.
A University of Vermont study found that online weight-loss buddies help you keep the weight off. The researchers followed volunteers for 18 months. Those assigned to an Internet-based weight maintenance program sustained their weight loss better than those who met face-to-face in a support group. These are 50 ways you can lose weight without a lick of exercise.
I would also warn against anyone who is offering you simple solutions to complex issues (i.e., teatoxes and that crap). Having worked in the hospital with people dealing with life or death cardiac issues, I can tell you that sometimes this can take its toll on your head space. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, I would suggest reaching out to a counselor or psychologist who can help you navigate though this time and get a healthy perspective on things. Please know, reaching out for help is a sign of strength, NOT a sign of weakness. Life is friggin’ hard sometimes and we get knocked around a bit, so there’s no shame in saying, “hey, this is a tough time for me, and I need to acknowledge that I need some help.” It’s like trying push a Mack truck uphill all by yourself, You can push and push, but eventually you get tired and collapse, at which point the truck runs you over.
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