How to Keep Your Body Clean and Lean
by Ray Florio
Everyone knows someone who wants to lose weight, get leaner or just stay at a low and healthy body fat percentage. But did you know that, as different as those three goals are, they require the same strategies?
I'm talking about detoxification, a process that can be very effective, regardless of a person's current weight or future goal. The following foods and techniques can kickstart fat loss by doing so much more than just raising your metabolism.
Food of the Gods
Chocolate can aid in weight loss, since raw cacao contains no sugar and has small amounts of caffeine, depending on the variety of the bean and where it was grown. It's also a powerful antioxidant, high in magnesium (known to be good for the heart) and a strong appetite suppressant. Try small amounts and see how you feel, but don't use for extended periods of time.
A significant amount of weight can be lost just by drinking enough pure water. The key word, however, is "pure." Acidic, unstructured, synthetic vitamin- and mineral-filled water will only further contaminate the body, so drink up eight glasses of the pure stuff (alkaline water) to neutralize the acids in your body.
Qigong, Yoga and Massage
Deep tissue massage helps to break down calcifications under the skin and gets the lymph fluid moving. Qigong and yoga also serve as forms of massage by putting the body into awkward postures. Combined with the proper breathing, internal organs are able to get stimulated and massaged, breaking up fat stores that can form around them, and flushing out toxic materials.
The body needs dietary fat in order to know it's OK to release the body fat it's already storing. Processed trans-fats and cooked saturated fats are stored in the body and clog up systems. Diabetes and heart disease have been directly linked to the storage of these kinds of "wrong" fat, which puts stress on the cardiovascular system and the internal organs, interfering with the effectiveness of absorbing nutrients and clearing the body of toxins. CLA, coconut oil and omega 3 fats, on the other hand, are good for you in moderation, and help the body to release fat.
Hormonal imbalances (such a high stress, which produces excess cortisol) and vitamin deficiencies (such as lack of sunlight, which means a lack of vitamin D3) are common reasons for difficulty in losing weight. Vitamin D is actually considered more of a hormone than a vitamin because of its crucial role in proper endocrine system function. To make sure you're getting enough of it, spend 15 to 20 minutes in the sun each day — preferably your whole body. Alternatively, find a tanning bed with electronic ballasts instead of magnetic ones.
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