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Monday, 22 August 2016 – Your Health Magazine – Loudoun/Fairfax, VA

The Diet Dilemma By  Health For Life, LLC    703-851-7954

Solving “the diet dilemma” is a common problem. Our diets are affected by habit, culture, economic feasibility and/or food addictions, yet all of us seem to suffer at some point from slowed metabolism. Ancient man had few food choices, little food access, no convenience foods, worked for his food, and only lived a short lifetime. He wasn’t subjected to chemicals in his foods or “fake foods” and exercise was a way of life.

We are not cavemen and have plenty of fake and convenience foods. Our culture has trained us that weight control is a matter or our diet, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. “The current epidemic in obesity cannot be explained solely by alterations in food intake and/or decrease in exercise… Indeed, the level of chemicals in the environment is purported to coincide with the incidence of obesity, and examples of chemicals that appear to cause weight gain by interfering with elements of the human weight control system – such as alterations in weight-controlling hormones, altered sensitivity to neurotransmitters, or altered activity of the sympathetic nervous system – are noted. Indeed, many synthetic chemicals are actually used to increase weight in animals”, according to Jarrold Heindel, PhD, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (Heindel, 2003)

Losing stubborn fat is about chemical control, because our endocrine system requires nutrients, not chemicals. The wrong chemicals can jam up our receptors and act like fake hormones. Is it any wonder there are so many women and men with hormonal balance issues?

Instead of looking for the perfect diet, isn’t it time to try balancing your body instead? The body is similar to an engine – it requires the correct fuel but also needs basic maintenance, like gentle detox routines and other natural remedies to keep all systems working in harmony. The parts should last longer and it should work more efficiently and smoothly for a long, healthy life.

Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00 – Your Health Magazine – Loudoun/Fairfax, VA

Psyllium Does the Body Good By   – Health For Life, LLC    703-851-7954

There are many “nutritional foods” that are great for the body.  Nutritional foods offer extra benefits and are usually added to the diet for those benefits.  You might know about aloe vera juice, spirulina, chorella, wheat grass, chlorophyll and plant oils like flaxseed, hemp, and pumpkin seed.

But how much do you know about Psyllium?  Psyllium, which is an all natural plant used mainly for colon cleansing, and as a “bulk forming” laxative, or, just as a soluble form of plant fiber, has many other added health benefits. According to some sources, psyllium can affect your heart by lowering blood pressure, improving lipid levels, and strengthening heart muscle.  So, why not add a little psyllium to your daily diet and see what beneficial changes you notice?

Psyllium is quite readily available in almost every grocery store chain, as well as drug stores, and online. It is probably the cheapest, easiest, perhaps most beneficial nutritional food to increase body health, including bowel function, heart and even skin health.  It assists in natural body detoxing, allowing toxins to exit, which affects virtually every bodily function.  In addition, the skin is the largest detox organ, so people with skin issues should always look at their bowel health.

You might think of the body’s inner waste system as a “pipe” and psyllium as a “rooter router” because it gently helps to clean out your pipes.  Some people refer to it as a natural scrub brush for the inner terrain.

Psyllium is mainly used as a dietary fiber, which is not absorbed by the small intestine. Its mechanical action works to absorb excess water while stimulating normal bowel elimination. Although its main use has been as a laxative, it is more appropriately termed a true dietary fiber and as such can help reduce the symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea. The laxative properties of psyllium are attributed to the fiber absorbing water and subsequently softening the stool. It is also one of the few laxatives that does not promote flatulence.

As a general rule, it is safe to add it to your daily diet and it works best with lots of liquid.  It is probably the easiest, cleanest, and safest body cleanser available.



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