Drinking Your Way to Thin

Monday June 08, 2015

Get the facts about the lemonade diet.

Also called the Master Cleanse, the lemonade diet has gained spotlight attention from celebrities like Beyoncé and Jared Leto. The diet claims to detox your system, improve health, curb cravings, and shed pounds over the span of 10 days, but does it work? On a diet in which solid foods aren’t allowed and all you can drink is water and a beverage similar to lemonade, will your body get the calories and nutrition it needs to function?

Before you try a fad diet like the Master Cleanse, know what you’re getting into.  Thanks to Riverside Fit Body BootCamp, you can be in the know about one of the newest fad diets.

The Promise

Proponents of the lemonade diet believe that by drinking the lemonade mixture offered in the diet plan, you’ll cleanse your liver, colon, and body of toxins; balance your body’s pH levels; reduce inflammation; improve skin and hair; provide nourishment for better health; and safely lose 20 pounds in a meager 10 days.

Support groups and online coaching are available for a small monthly fee. Otherwise, the diet costs only as much as the lemonade beverage ingredients.

According to the website, the diet only works if you adhere strictly to the guidelines. Also, you can expect symptoms of detox when on the lemonade diet. These include headaches, cravings, and tiredness.

The Premise

Wonder what’s in the lemonade drink besides fresh lemon juice? The recipe also calls for maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and pure alkaline water. Besides the lemonade, you should also drink plenty of pure salt water throughout the day—as much as twice as much as the lemonade you consume. Water, proponents of the diet claim, will assist the cleanse, prevent headaches, and reduce hunger pains. Before bed, you’re to drink an herbal-based tea that contains a laxative. In all, your daily calories will come to about 650.

While on the diet, exercise isn’t needed (or recommended). After surviving on water, lemonade, and herbal tea for 10 days, you’re allowed to slowly add solid foods back into your diet, starting with soup and juice and gradually adding fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of meat and dairy.

The Product

Does the lemonade diet live up to its promises? Well, any diet that severely restricts calories will lead to weight loss. As far as a cleanse goes, your body already naturally cleanses itself everyday through the work of the liver and kidneys. So a liquid diet isn’t needed to remove toxins from your body and blood. Will your health improve and your energy level rise? With such little nourishment, a personal trainer in Riverside says that it seems impossible.

The Problem

Diets like the Master Cleanse always come with risks. When a person consumes so few calories while taking a laxative, the weight that is lost will come largely from muscles, bone, and water rather than fat. And while watching the scale go in the right direction is encouraging, you don’t want to lose your precious muscle and bone.

Fad diets that lead to quick weight loss don’t provide lasting weight loss. After all, a person can’t survive more than a few weeks on a diet of lemonade, and once you start eating normally again, you’ll regain all the weight you lost in no time.

Additionally, yo-yo dieting places stress on your heart, weakens your immune system, and can cause kidney problems. A lack of nutrients leads to fatigue, pain, irritability, hunger, nausea, and vomiting. On the lemonade diet, your body won’t come close to getting the recommended daily amount of calories, protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin B-12, or vitamin D needed for health and wellness. But you will get too many carbs and way too much sodium.

Is fast weight loss worth a growling stomach, numerous bathroom breaks, and compromised health? Riverside Boot Camp says no! Especially since the weight returns as quickly as it goes.

“I’ve done juice cleanses in the past and in my 20s I did the Master Cleanse, which left me hallucinating after 10 days. Beware: a juice detox can crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain.”—Gwyneth Paltrow

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Modern Medicine Gone Modern

Thursday June 04, 2015

The gaining popularity of virtual doctor visits.

Imagine a doctor’s visit where you don’t have to miss work, sit in a waiting room full of sick people, or even leave the comfort of your bed. If you haven’t heard of virtual doctor visits, you probably will in the next few years as more and more insurance companies and doctors are getting on board with what’s called telehealth: the use of telecommunication technology to deliver long-distance health-related services.

Part of the telehealth business includes virtual doctor visits, ordering prescriptions, and monitoring health conditions. Calgary South bootcamp reviewed studies that have shown the possible dangers of telehealth services, however, the convenience and cost-effectiveness of an E-MD may override the risks.

How It Works

Any time of day or night, seven days a week, log onto your computer, smartphone, or tablet and within minutes you’re able to see a doctor via webcam. Digital doctors allow you to communicate via e-mail, talk on the telephone, or fill out an online questionnaire to diagnose an illness. If done through a videoconference, the doctor will walk you through an exam while he or she watches. Recommendations are made, diagnosis is confirmed, and prescriptions are ordered if necessary. Virtual doctors visits usually last only 10 to 15 minutes. Compare this to an hour or more at an office, not counting the commute.

Who to Trust

How can you know whether a website offering e-visits is legit? One way is to search well-known hospital websites for links to e-visit appointments with doctors. Whatever telehealth provider you choose, make sure the site provides extensive information about each doctor, explains the services provided, gives details about the fees and charges associated with the visit (usually ranging from $25 to $49 with insurance), protects your privacy, and is able to share your records with your primary care physician.

When to Go Virtual

As you may guess, virtual doctor visits aren’t to be used for just any type of medical emergency. It’s estimated, however, that up to 70 percent of doctor’s visits could be handled online or over the phone. Common complaints such as allergies, colds, pink eye, earaches, diarrhea, vomiting, urinary tract infections, sore throats, coughs, rashes, yeast infections, or bronchitis are reasons to log onto your computer or smartphone app to schedule an e-visit. If your symptoms can’t be diagnosed over the web, Calgary South fitness centers says that the online doctor will advise you to visit your regular doctor.

Pros and Cons

When it comes to the benefits of virtual doctor visits, convenience is at the top of the list. You don’t have to miss work and the visit can be done on your own time. Second, you don’t have to wait in a crowded waiting room. It just takes a few minutes to register, enter your health history, and you’re ready to see the doctor. A third benefit of telehealth is its cost-efficiency. Doctors typically charge less for an e-visit than an in-office visit. Fourth, it’s a faster, simpler way to get a second opinion from specialists regarding X-ray or MRI results.

There are two sides to each coin. Many doctors are hesitant to offer telehealth services for the following reasons:

• The phone or Internet service cutting out in the middle of a videoconference or email chat can be a real hassle.

• Some doctors are resistant to change and new technology.

• Unless you’re face to face, able to touch patients, measure blood pressure, take temperatures, or perform diagnostic tests, accidents and misdiagnosis are more likely.

The best option? Calgary South Fit Body Boot Camp believes that seeing your doctor in-person is superior. Doing this should be your norm, but on those days when you can’t miss work, your car’s in the shop, or it’s too far of a commute, you may want to try a virtual doctor’s appointment. Just check with your insurance company first to see if it’s covered.

Big Money. The pharmacy chain Walgreens is now offering telehealth services in many locations, projecting the market to rake in $1.5 trillion in five years.

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Beating the Blues

Tuesday June 02, 2015

Before taking anti-depressants, try these natural remedies.

Seen as a quick fix, anti-depressant medications are often overprescribed by doctors. Those with moderate to severe depression may find relief with medication, but anti-depressants for mild depression isn’t as effective. While antidepressants can be lifesavers for clinically depressed people and those with hormonal imbalances, it may be worth exploring non-medication methods of treatment before running to the doctor or when you find medication doesn’t help.

Read on to learn the six ways that BattleFord Fit Body Boot Camp says can help you beat the blues without medical intervention

Find the Source

Many physical, psychological, and environmental factors can contribute to depression. It’s possible the reason you’re feeling blue isn’t a symptom of chemical imbalances in your brain, but are rather the result of circumstances in your life. A strained relationship, financial woes, ill health, or discontentment at work could be at the root of your depression. Be honest with yourself and examine your life. Dealing with the source of the problem may be your answer.

Get Regular Exercise

Ever heard of the runner’s high? It’s not a myth. As you exercise, your body produces brain chemicals called endorphins, which have an anti-depressant effect. Regular exercise over time will help your brain rewire itself to improve your mood. You don’t have to run a marathon to reap the benefits of exercise. Just get your body moving 20 to 30 minutes, several days a week.

Stay on Schedule

A lack of structure in your life can make you feel purposeless and lost. Your body functions best when it knows what to expect, so try to sleep and eat at about the same time every day and keep a daily routine. Skipping meals or waiting too long between meals causes your blood sugar to fluctuate and creates mood swings. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day and avoid naps. Depression can either make it hard to sleep or make you want to sleep all the time, both of which can worsen the condition, says a personal trainer from Battleford fitness centers.

Tell Someone

Holding in feelings of depression, sadness, and hopelessness only make the feelings worse, but talking about what you’re going through can be cathartic. Find someone you trust, whether it’s your spouse, a friend, or a therapist, and talk through your feelings. Join a support group of people experiencing similar issues or undergo cognitive behavioral therapy with a trained professional to help retrain your negative thinking patterns. This form of therapy has been shown as effective as medication for relieving depression.

Eat for Your Brain

Nothing is proven, but it makes sense that eating foods that boost the brain chemical responsible for happy feelings—serotonin—could ease depression. Many anti-depressant drugs work to increase serotonin levels in the brain so why not do the same thing naturally? Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon or anchovies), healthy fats, and protein. Many supplements claim to treat depression (St. John’s Wort, 5-HTP, folic acid, L-Theanine, SAMe, and fish oil), but Battleford bootcamp suggests that you always talk with your doctor before taking something new.

Do Something

You sit around because you’re depressed but doing nothing makes you more depressed than sitting around. Force yourself to get off the couch and find something to do. Set goals each day of things you want to accomplish. Take the focus off your own misery and do something nice for someone else. Accept new responsibilities to give you purpose and a sense of accomplishment. Challenge yourself to try a new activity and make time for doing things you enjoy.

And at the end of the day, you may find yourself feeling hopeful rather than hopeless, happy rather than sad, and ready to take on the world you were once convinced was out to get you.

More Risk for Whom? Depressed people are at a greater risk for serious health conditions such as obesity, stroke, and heart disease. They’re also more likely to be unemployed or recently divorced. Battleford fitness centers also found that more women suffer from depression than men.

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