Monthly Archives: January 2015

Weight Loss Detox Water

Weight loss detox water!

Here is a weight loss detox water that tastes great and is simple to make. And of course you can drink it even if you are just thirsty and not even trying to lose weight. Instead of reaching for a sugary soda or a diet soda loaded with chemicals, why not try a refreshing and completely natural beverage?

Here’s how to make this simple natural drink:

2 liters water
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced,
1 lemon, thinly sliced,
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger and around
10 spearmint leaves.

Just throw everything together in a glass container big enough to hold the water and let it set for a couple for hours in the refrigerator so all the flavors blend together.

How could refreshment be more simple?
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Excitotoxins – MSG Repackaged

MSG Side EffectsDid you know that many of the chemicals known as excitotoxins that are added to your food to enhance the flavor also aggravate or precipitate many neurological disorders: disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease? What if you discovered that the food you were feeding your children could cause irreversible brain damage? What would you do?

It is important to understand that our bodies were designed to utilize the nutrients available to us in nature, not those made in a laboratory. As a result, researchers like neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock have discovered that some additives to our foods, like excitotoxins, may in many cases actually cause brain damage. The brain is a complex organ that requires the proper balance of nutrients and neurotransmitters to function properly.

Some of the common names for excitotoxins are MSG, aspartate (Found in NutraSweet), hydrolyzed protein, and natural flavorings. Most consumers who would never purchase foods containing MSG have no idea that “natural flavorings”, “hydrolyzed protein” and “spices” are simply hidden forms of MSG. Any of these additives may contain anywhere from 12% to 40% MSG. You will find these additives in nearly every processed food on your grocer’s shelf, whether it is your health food or regular grocery store.

Blaylock explains in his book, Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills, that many times manufacturers will even label their food additives as “all natural”. When in fact, as is the case with hydrolyzed protein, it is made from junk vegetables already very high in glutamate, aspartate and cysteine (naturally occurring amino acids that are also naturally occurring excitotoxins). Next, the vegetables are boiled in an acid bath and then neutralized with a caustic soda. The end product is a brown sludge that is highly concentrated in glutamate, aspartate and cystoic acid (converts to cysteine in the body).

Remember above we talked about the brain needing a proper balance of neurotransmitters for optimal functioning. Well, glutamate and aspartate are also neurotransmitters. When these amino acids are added to our food in the highly concentrated forms that they are, they become deadly toxins to the nerve cell receptors and neurons. They literally excite them to death.

In today’s world most of the food consumed in America bears little resemblance to the food God originally provided us to sustain our life and health. Instead, our food sources have been greatly corrupted. The plants and fruits that God originally provided have been over processed, stripped of all nutritional value, and loaded with flavor enhancing excitotoxins, preservatives and other chemicals.

You see, God uniquely created plant life to sustain human life. In Genesis 1:29 God says, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” The thousands of biochemical reactions that occur every second of every day in the human body are best supported by the nutrients in God’s original diet for human life.

How to Overcome Fitness Plateaus

Experienced exercisers know that at some point, you are going to reach a plateau in your training. It might come in the form not being able to lift any more weight or not being able to run any faster or longer. And when it occurs, it can be difficult to find a way to start making real progress again. Some people wind up simply being satisfied with the level of fitness that they have been able to achieve, and stay at that plateau. But if you want to keep progressing in your fitness level, you are going to want to find a way to bust out and reach that next stage of your fitness career.

Rest More – If you are the type who truly enjoys exercising regularly, there is a chance that your plateau is being caused by overtraining. Overtraining happens when we work our body faster than it is able to recover. So rather than allowing your body to steadily improve, you actually inadvertently make it weaker through too much exercise. The only way to counteract this is by taking a break from exercising every so often. If you think that you have been overtraining, it is actually a good idea to take a full week off to allow your body to totally recover. Once you hit the gym again, you will discover that you are able to approach your workouts with more zest and energy than you have in a long time.

Change Up Your Routine – Another major cause of plateaus is doing the exact same workouts over and over again. There’s nothing wrong with finding a favorite set of exercises, but if you stick to them for too long, they might actually slowly lose their full ability to improve your overall health. So every couple of months is a good idea to start being a little more adventurous and incorporating difference exercises into your exercise routine. For example, if you like lace up your sneakers and go jogging around the block to do cardio, you might try doing something different like working on a rowing machine or even playing a sport.

Limit Down Time In Between Sets – If you feel that you have hit a plateau in the weight training arena, that might be because you just spend too much time resting in between every set. When exercisers talk about feeling the “burn,” that burnings sensation is actually the build up of lactic acid. When you rest, you body has an ability to clear away that lactic acid from your body, and thus help prepare you for you next set, surprisingly fast. So taking a no more than ninety second rest in between each set should be sufficient. Any more than that and you won’t be putting enough stress on your muscles during your workout to help them develop to your personal ideal.

Drink More Water – Water is always important, but it is doubly so for active people. If you aren’t sufficiently hydrated, you won’t be able to perform at your peak, and you won’t be able to recover quite as well, which can stunt your progress. Always keep a water bottle on you so that you can drink plenty of water before, during, and after every workout.

Christopher William McCombs is a highly sought after Personal Trainer in Costa Mesa California . Chris developed a very different approach to helping people reach their ideal body which he uses to assist people all over LA County. Chris also teaches Marketing Strategies for Personal Trainers and helps personal trainers all over the country increase their income while reducing the number of hours they work.