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Is Fasting For You

Fasting means going without food for a period of time. It is the quickest way of eliminating toxins from the body while at the same time allowing the digestive system to rest and repair itself. The usual length of time for a juice fast is one to three days. Do not think that a juice fast is somehow not effective because you were not able to do it for three straight days. Nutritionists simply don’t recommend this.  Even a one-day juice fast will provide you with an incredible amount of detoxification.


The idea of fasting using liquids goes all the way back to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. He served his patients barley water (made from boiled barley) along with water or wine. The idea was that by depriving the body of food that it would regenerate itself. After all this is what occurs when we get sick. Our own bodies make it impossible for us to intake food by inducing nausea so that our physical systems have a chance to repair.


A brief juice fast helps the body’s eliminative systems reduce toxins in the body. During a juice fast, the body’s metabolism is stimulated.  There is food loss and water loss, which causes TEMPORARY weight loss. Conditions such as constipation are also usually relieved. The adrenalin glands are stimulated as the body thinks it is starving and a state of alertness or mental clarity is often also achieved.


Before starting a juice fast you need to prepare yourself for the mild amount of physical discomfort that you might experience during the fast. Common symptoms of juice fasting include minor irritations such as runny nose, sore muscles, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, hunger, cravings, nervousness, dizziness oil skin, skin eruptions, headaches and migraines. Usually the cure for any of these symptoms if they become too uncomfortable is to stop the fast and eat something.  Keep in mind that once these symptoms do pass you will feel better than ever both physically and mentally if you are able to complete it.


On the days leading up to the fast it is also a good idea to start eating smaller meals and more liquid meals that consist of porridge or soup to prepare your body for the all liquid meals that are to come.


While fasting it is important not to push yourself too hard physically. Try to keep the one to three days that you have decided to fast free of appointments or errands. It is time best spent doing light exercise such as swimming or gardening in the yard.  Walking, reading and relaxing are also recommended.


Understanding Good Polyunstaurated Fats

Author Jennifer    Category Fitness     Tags , , , ,

There are basically two types of good polyunsaturated fats that we can obtain from food. These are the Omega-3 and the Omega-6 fats that are found in dietary fats and oils.


You are probably already familiar with the Omega 3 fatty acids. There has been a big deal made in the media about how these fats actually help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Omega 3 fatty acids are now added to everything from eggs to orange juice to canned spaghetti so it is a bit easier to consume enough of it in our daily diet than it used to be.


Omega 3 fatty acids are generally found in fish and the cheapest most available source is simply canned fish.  However there have been concerns of late that there is too much mercury in canned fish which is why some people nowadays prefer to take it supplements instead. Fish oil supplements are also readily available at most pharmacies and health food stores.


However the fish that has the highest levels of Omega 3’s are in your kitchen cupboard are in the form of canned salmon and tuna.  Canned fish is widely available and the more you eat it, the healthier your arteries will be.


Consuming enough Omega 3 oils has other health benefits as well. Besides protecting your heart they have also been found to help you lose weight. Researchers have proved that a diet high in Omega 3 oils can positively affect the body’s metabolism so that it burn fat almost six times more efficiently.


Yet another excellent source of Omega 3 fat is flaxseed. It is also high in fiber and eating fiber is one the most efficient and simplest of ways to lower your cholesterol level. It also helps to flush cholesterol and other wastes out of the colon.


You can buy flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and flaxseed bread in most health food stores.  You can also sprinkle ground flaxseeds into smoothies and on top of ice cream and add it to chilis, muffins and sauces.  You can use it as a condiment or as an ingredient.


Omega 6 fatty acids, which are easier to find in food sources than the Omega 3 acids also help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.


Omega 6 fatty are founding vegetable oils, meat, eggs and dairy products.

Most of us get enough Omega 6 fatty acids through our daily diet because they are widely available in a variety of foods.  We don’t really have to be concerned about getting enough Omega 6 oils in their diet.