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Enemy #1: Dehydration
Few of us drink enough purified water, which is the transport mechanism that flushes toxins out of the body. The basic "rule of thumb" formula is to take your body weight and divide by two. That gives you the minimum number of ounces your body needs on a daily basis. Since we are inundated from pollutants everywhere we turn today: the air we breathe, the tap water we drink, preservatives and artificially processed food--and the list goes on and on--the body is plain overwhelmed with its job and needs help. When it comes across foreign agents that it can't get rid of such as fat-soluble toxins, it warehouses them in fat to protect the body from harm. Hence, the more toxins, the more fat.
Enemy #2: Stress
When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol that prepares your body for "fight or flight." Part of that action slows down your metabolism so your body can conserve as much energy as possible in case you need it (sooner or later) to flee some danger. Decreased metabolism triggers storage of this energy into fat cells. Once that occurs, it's very difficult to remove since fat cells expand to accommodate this extra baggage and then hang onto it for dear life!
Enemy #3: Nutrient Depletion
It’s hard to find nutrient-dense foods in today’s market, mainly because a plant is only as healthy as the soil in which it’s grown. Today’s modern chemical fertilizers and overfarming have depleted the soil of its native array of nutrients, only augmenting with fertilizers containing the bare minimum nutrients: phosphorous, potassium, and nitrogen (without which the plants can’t grow at all). To top it off, you now have to worry about (GMO) food made from genetically modified organisms--including genes from animals and pesticides inserted into the very food itself.
Enemy #4: Overwhelmed Digestive System
When you overeat, your body cannot assimilate everything without the assistance of specialized enzymes. Raw fruits and vegetables contain their own enzymes to help in this process, but metabolizing cooked food puts a tremendous burden on the body. When food is not digested properly, it can become toxic to the body. Digestion requires a lot of energy and is one of the reasons you feel like taking a nap after eating a large meal. Intermittent fasting and detoxification are two ploys used by many people to give their digestive system a break, keep their weight under control, and slow down the aging process.
Enemy #5: Lack of Exercise
Fitness trainers estimate it takes five pounds of muscle to burn one pound of fat, so exercising regularly helps keep that extra padding at bay. You are encouraged to alternate aerobic workout and strength training days for at least 30 minutes each session to give your body maximum benefit. Establish a set time daily for your routine and buddy up with someone else to help keep you on target!
As you can see, there are five areas to consider when you would like to shed those extra pounds. Stay tuned for more information in future blog posts!
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