As Seen on Dr. Oz: Saffron Extract Curbs Your Appetite

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Dr. Susan Lark


In January 2011, I wrote an article in my newsletter about how to curb emotional eating, a very common weight loss obstacle for so many women. In that article, I wrote about an exciting nutrient that has been shown to significantly curb snacking: saffron extract. 
Scientists have identified at least two of saffron's active ingredients: safranal, which has been found to promote levels of the well-being neurotransmitter serotonin, and crocin-1, which inhibits the neurotransmitters dopamine (believed to condition you to expect “rewards” from comfort food) and the acute stress hormone norepinephrine. Saffron’s effects on these brain chemicals is believed to be one mechanism by which it combats mild to moderate depression; increases a sense of fullness and satisfaction; helps blunt the triggers of emotional eating; and promotes not just weight loss, but reduction of fat mass.
You may have seen a segment on this exact saffron extract yesterday on the Dr. Oz show. While I was pleased to see this nutrient highlighted on national TV, I must warn you--saffron is not a miracle weight loss "pill," as it was portrayed on yesterday's show. Research shows a significant reduction in snacking after four weeks, after continued daily use. For most women, the results are not nearly as immediate as the show would have you believe. So while I do highly recommend saffron extract if you are trying to curb your appetite, reduce your emotional eating, and ultimately lose weight, you must use it as part of a healthy weight loss program that includes exercise and healthy diet. 
You can find the specific saffron extract used in studies in Slim Select.

Crazy for Coconut

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by Kimberly Day
I can’t say enough about coconuts. You have three amazing options in one complete package: crazy for coconutcoconut meat (think coconut flakes and macaroons), coconut water (the clear liquid inside a real coconut, coconut milk (created when you puree the meat with the water), and coconut oil.

This once-maligned seed (yes, seed not nut) was often passed over by fat- and calorie-counter due to concerns over saturated fat. Research has shown that the fat in coconut is actually a medium-chain triglyercide, which is a fancy way of saying that it doesn’t clog your arteries and, in fact, is quickly metabolized, giving you a great source of energy.

The reason is that half of the fatty acids in coconut is lauric acid, which is also found in breast milk. Lauric acid has been shown to promote normal brain and bone development. Plus, it contains anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-carcinogenic.

Plus, coconut water is the perfect sports drink. I use it instead of Gatorade when training for a triathlon and half marathon. Coconut water has the same balance of electrolyte as your blood. In fact, the balance is so perfect that, during World War II, both the Americans and Japanese used coconut water (pulled directly out of the coconut) to give emergency blood plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. 

Quick note about coconut milk: The milk should be rich and creamy, with a mild coconut taste. When you open the can, you should see the thick cream the consistency of jellied cranberries, with the thinner water at the bottom. Also, don’t buy “light” coconut milk. Not only do you lose much of the flavor, so brands have added flour or other thickener to obtain the look and feel of regular coconut milk.

Crack open a coconut and drink the water with a straw, then indulge on the creamy meat inside. Add unsweetened coconut flakes to any cookies recipe. Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oils when sautéing.

For even more great nutrition tips, visit Dr. Lark's Web site.

Bust Cancer with Broccoli

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Everyone remembers President Bush’s least favorite vegetable, but little did he know what he bust cancer with broccoliwas missing!

Broccoli has so many accolades, it’s hard to pick just one. It’s a great source of both vitamin C and calcium, is rich in fiber, is low calorie, and can be eaten raw or cooked. But the it’s most impressive benefits come from DIM.

Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a plant-compound found in Brassica veggies like broccoli. When you eat these foods, the chewing process releases plant enzymes, which in turn create a phytochemical known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C). DIM is formed directly from I3C in the acidic environment of the stomach.

Originally, researchers looked to I3C for cancer-preventive benefits. However, they found it was unpredictable, reacted erratically during digestion, and was completely ineffectual until it was converted into DIM. Based on this data, researchers then turned their attention to DIM and found that it was highly stable, required no conversion, and promoted beneficial estrogen metabolism.

In fact, research has shown that when DIM is ingested, it not only encourages its own metabolism, but that of estrogen. While it is not an estrogen or even an estrogen-mimic, its metabolic pathway exactly coincides with the metabolic pathway of estrogen.

When these pathways intersect, DIM favorably adjusts the estrogen metabolic pathways by simultaneously increasing the good estrogen metabolites and decreasing the bad estrogen metabolites. And this is bad news for cancer.

In a 2001 study, researchers looked at the dietary habits of postmenopausal Swedish women aged 50 to 74. When asked how often, on average, they consumed a wide variety of foods, including 19 different commonly eaten fruits and vegetables, researchers found that those women who ate 1 to 2 servings of Brassica foods a day had a 20 to 40 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those women who ate virtually none.

Additionally, a 2002 study from Biochemical Pharmacology found that DIM may have another intriguing benefit. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that DIM not only blocked DNA synthesis in human breast cancer cells, but also stopped the cells from spreading. They discovered that DIM also caused the cancerous cells to die.

In short, get that broccoli! Whether you enjoy raw with hummus, as part of a salad, or steamed with chicken or fish, broccoli is a natural choice.

For more great nutrition tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Berries Truly are Nature’s Candy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Forget chocolate and jellybeans. Berries are the only candy you’ll ever need.  berries truly are Nature's candy

Not only are they sweet and delicious, but can also help prevent or relieve a wide variety of health complaints. From antioxidants that fight cancer and heart disease, to bioflavonoids and minerals essential for energy and good bones, the nutrients in berries benefit your whole body—and come in a sweet, attractive, richly-textured package.

For example, a 1996 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that the flavonoids found in purple-colored berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, could actually reduce the risk of death from heart attack in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease.

And don’t even get me started on the fact that they are low glycemic and fit into virtually every natural weight loss plan on the market!

Whether you choose blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries, just choose organic and choose often!

For even more great nutrition tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Overactive Bladder: A Treatable Menopause Symptom

Thursday, February 24, 2011 by Susan Lark
I came across an article about overactive bladder/urinary incontinence--another effect of menopause that's not only difficult to discuss with others (like your doctor), but quite debilitating. While I like a lot of the treatment recommendations the author lays out in her article, including biofeedback, dietary changes, weight loss, and Kegel exercises, I am opposed to using medication and hormone replacement therapy for this menopause symptom, especially since relief can be found using the solutions mentioned earlier, as well as the following supplements:
  • Pumpkin seed extract has been found to be powerful in the treatment of the hypersensitive bladder in menopausal women suffering from urge incontinence. I like Enzymatic Therapy’s pumpkin seed extract product Better Bladder for Women.
  • Varuna is tailor-made for the treatment of urge incontinence. The bark of this medium-size tree, which grows along streams and river banks in India, is known for its ability to soothe bladder pain and neurogenically normalize bladder hypersensitivity. This herb is difficult to find on its own in reputable North American outlets, but I have included a high quality form in my bladder support product called Confident Control.
  • Magnesium supplementation has been shown to significantly cut down the frequency and severity of urge incontinence episodes, reduce the number of urinations per day, and decrease nighttime urination. In one study, the women in the treatment group saw significant improvement within a month of taking 350 mg magnesium hydroxide orally (that’s one teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia) twice a day. If your doctor approves, that’s the dose I’d recommend.

Healthy Eating Made Easy: Thai Turbot

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Kimberly Day
I just got a call from my husband…his parents are coming over for dinner. Tonight.healthy eating made easy: thai turbot

I adore my in-laws, so that isn’t the problem. The issue is, well, it’s Friday. The day before I usually go to the store. So I headed to the kitchen to see what I had on hand.

I have wild turbot (a healthier version of tilapia, which is always farmed), coconut milk, several spices, and quinoa. Voila! Thai Turbot!

The coconut milk will give us all an immune boost. Paired with the inflammation-fighter curry, we’ll have a “one pot” meal that's healthy AND delicious.

Note: You can use any wild white fish for this recipe and swap the quinoa for brown rice.


Thai Turbot
Serves 4

2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1 cup red pepper, chopped
1 cup red onions, chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons curry paste
½ teaspoon ground cumin
4 teaspoons tamari sauce
1 tablespoon xylitol
22 ounces coconut milk, divided
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
4 6-ounce turbot fillets
olive oil
3 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 cups cooked quinoa
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Add pepper and onion and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in curry powder, paste, and cumin and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add tamari, xylitol, and coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add cilantro and immediately remove from heat.
  8. Brush fish with remaining teaspoon of sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Place on broiler pan brushed with olive oil and broil for 8 minutes (or until fish flakes easily).
  10. Place fish on top of quinoa and top with sauce.
  11. Serve hot.
  12. Serves 4 (each serving ½ cup quinoa, one fillet, ½ cup sauce).
Nutritional Info (per serving): Calories 302, Total fat 24 g, Cholesterol 21 mg, Sodium 488 mg, Carbs 16 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 11 g

For even more delicious recipes, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Healthy Eating Made Easy: Chicken Piccata

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Wednesday. Hump day. That mid-week day that signals the coming weekend. For me, it’s also healthy eating made easy: chicken piccataone of the busiest days. It’s the day that everything I didn’t get done earlier in the week seems to pile up on as I try to clear my to-do list for the weekend.

Then throw in the need for a healthy dinner and Wednesday quickly becomes “we need dinner” day.

Thankfully I have this go-to recipe in my back pocket. I almost always have chicken on hand, as well as broth and lemon juice. If you don’t have shallots, onions work just as well. Add some brown rice and steamed broccoli and you have a fantastic, healthy meal in minutes!


Chicken Piccata
Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 4-ounce chicken breasts
¼ cup shallot, chopped
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add chicken breasts and cook for 8 minutes on each side, until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  3. Add shallots to skillet and cook for one minute.
  4. Add broth and lemon juice and deglaze the skillet.
  5. Stir in parsley, capers, lemon zest, and pepper. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add chicken back to skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes, until chicken is reheat.
  7. Serve warm.
Nutritional Info (per serving): Calories 152, Total fat 5 g, Cholesterol 53 mg, Sodium 210 mg, Carbs 3 g, Fiber trace, Protein 24 g

For even more delicious recipes, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Get Nutty!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. They are quick and healthy, not to mention a delicious get nuttysource of EFAs.

While EFAs in general provide a whole host of health benefits, there is quite a bit of research focused specifically on nuts.

One study from Preventive Medicine found that people who ate nuts more than four times a week had a 37 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease than people who ate nuts rarely, if at all.

Another study, this time from Circulation, found that people who ate eight to 13 walnuts a day had enhanced dilation of their arteries. This is great news for women with high blood pressure!

Lastly, a study from the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate nut butters up to four times a week enjoyed a significant reduction in death from cardiovascular disease.

I strongly recommend that you make nuts a regular part of your diet, but do so in moderation. Because they can be high in calories, I recommend eating no more than 10–15 raw nuts per day three or four days a week. (Stick with raw versus roasted or salted nuts.)

Allergy note: Peanuts are one of the most common food allergens in the United States. However, they are not technically nuts—they are legumes. Still, if you are unsure that you have a nut allergy of any kind, schedule yourself for an IgG food antibody test just to be sure.

For more great health and natural weightloss advice, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Your Natural Weight Loss Plan: Remember that Waist Size Matters

Thursday, February 3, 2011 by Susan Lark

Researchers have recently reported that waist circumference is associated with higher risk of mortality among all women—but interestingly, mortality rates were especially high in those women who had a normal body mass index, or BMI (and therefore, were not considered overweight or obese). 

BMI is not always a clear indicator of whether or not your weight is in the healthy range. For instance, many athletes who have a great deal of muscle mass (and therefore weigh more because of that muscle mass) would be considered overweight by BMI standards. Therefore, I do believe that BMI is only one tool to assess health risk. Waist circumference is a great indicator of health because women with thicker waistlines (usually more than 35 inches around) have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions.

Eating a healthy diet (which includes natural appetite control measures) and exercising regularly are the best ways to whittle down your waistline and achieve natural weightloss. Try walking, cycling, jogging, tennis, yoga, dancing, or any other exercise that appeals to you and keeps you motivated. In time, your waistline—and your weight overall—will decrease and you’ll be in much better health.

For more great tips on achieving your weight loss goals, visit my Web site.

Overcoming Sugar Addiction

Friday, January 21, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Beating any addiction can be difficult, and sugar is no different. And, like all addiction, you first overcoming food addictionneed to admit the problem.

Next, you have to break the physical hold of the addiction. I have found that the best way to do this is to go cold-turkey. This means no candy, bakery items, sugary coffee drinks, etc. Nada. Nothing.

This will take about five days to completely break. In that time, lean on fruits when you need a sweet treat, and drink lots and lots of water and herbal tea to help flush the sugar out of your system.

You can also try using to of the nutrients Dr. Lark recommends for controlling your appetite and reducing cravings. These include 5-HTP and chromium.

5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin, a critical neurotransmitter in your brain that influences mood and diminishes hunger. Take 50 mg of 5-HTP twice per day. Take it with half of an apple and 50–100 mg of vitamin B6 to facilitate uptake into the brain. 

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that is necessary for controlling blood sugar and helping to reduce food cravings. Aim for 400 mcg of chromium picolinate per day.

Once you’ve broken the physical hold, you’ll need to address the emotional reasons that lead to the addiction in the first place. This may include:

  • Seeing a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and/or addiction;

  • Checking out Overeaters’ Anonymous, a 12-step program based on Alcoholics Anonymous;

  • Journaling; or

  • Confiding in friends and/or family.

Once you address the physical and emotional ties of sugar, you CAN break the hold of this addiction.

For more great nutrition advice, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

The ABCs of Healthy Eating

Friday, January 14, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Following a natural weight loss plan can be difficult. Not only are you fighting off cravings and the ABCs of healthy eatingtrying to manage your appetite control, but finding the right foods can be a challenge in its own right.

That’s why I try to simplify things with little mnemonics to help me out:
  • Add more fiber. Begin each meal with a high-nutrient, high-fiber foodósuch as a salad or an appetizer like 1/3 cup of hummus with baby carrots. This will give you a feeling of fullness before you begin your main course.
  • Breakfast like a king.  Eat your heavier meals during the day (breakfast and lunch) and a lighter meal for dinner. This gives your body time to digest the heavier meals long before bed.
  • Calm down when you eat. Research shows it takes at least 20 minutes from the time food hits your stomach until your brain receives signals of fullness. If you eat too fast, you’ll eat past your “full” point, taking in too much food.
  • Don’t quit. If you do eat something that you know you shouldn’t, or that isn’t right for your type, don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty. This is not a short-term program, but a lifetime approach. Work to make these recommendations the norm in your life, with foods like refined sugar, white flour, alcohol, and red meats the exception.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods. Otherwise, you may begin to feel bored and deprived. Plus, you need a wide variety of nutrients for good health.
  • Fifteen-minute meal preparation. You’ll be less likely to give in to temptation and hit the fast-food chains if you know you can throw a healthy dinner together in 15 minutes.
  • Go with small portions first. We seem to be programmed from childhood to leave a clean plate. It’s much better to take a little more if you’re still hungry than to feel stuffed because you felt compelled to finish everything on your plate.
  • Honor mealtimes. Light candles, play soft music, and consider mealtimes an opportunity for reflection, planning, and community, whether you’re eating alone or with others.

For more natural weightloss tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Spice Up Your Natural Weight Loss Plan

Thursday, January 13, 2011 by Susan Lark
A cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine is that losing weight requires stoking the metabolic fire externally through physical exercise, and internally by using spices that have a “heating virya” (a flaring initial effect, like tossing fuel onto a flame) and a “pungent vipaka” (a longer, slower, post-digestive heat, like smoldering embers). This process is better known as thermogenesis. Here are two spices that can boost your natural weightloss efforts: 
  • Hot peppers. Capsaicin is the “hot” ingredient in hot peppers. Studies show that, in spite of being fed a high-fat diet, laboratory rats given supplemental capsaicin actually lost body fat and 8 percent of their starting body weight, while the rats not given capsaicin gained both weight and fat. I recommend Nature’s Way Cayenne 40,000 H.U. Take 450 mg three times daily with food.
  • Turmeric. A well-known antioxidant and anti-cancer agent, turmeric is also a traditional Ayurvedic weight-loss agent. Its active ingredient is curcumin, which studies show suppresses fat deposition in mice fed a high-fat diet. I recommend a turmeric extract standardized to 95 percent curcuminoids, which you can find at any health food store or vitamin retailer. Take 500 mg three times daily. Or, simply add this wonderful spice to your recipes! You can find many recipes that include turmeric online.
For more information and tips on improving your natural weightloss efforts, visit my Web site.

Exciting New Natural Remedies for Weight Loss

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Susan Lark

In my most recent newsletter issue, I shared some exciting new discoveries in the world of natural weightloss. I'd like to share some of them with you this week. Let's start with a vitamin I have discussed many times in conjunction with bone health, immunity, and even female hormone balance, that now also has been shown to play a critical role in maintaining a healthy weight--vitamin D!

In one very recent study, overweight or obese individuals in a diet and exercise weight-loss program, who concomitantly took supplemental vitamin D, lost significantly more weight than those who were not taking vitamin D. Here’s the twist: Those who had ample blood levels of vitamin D at the start of the weight-loss program did not benefit weight-loss wise from those ample levels. It was when vitamin D levels in the blood increased over the first six months of the two-year study that their weight-loss success blossomed.

I recommend taking 1,000 to 4,000 IU vitamin D3 daily (D3 is more effective than D2). This dose will get your serum levels increasing towards that target level and give your natural weight loss plan a boost. 

For more tips on improving your natural weigtloss efforts, visit my Web site.

Size Does Matter

Monday, January 10, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Over the years, when trying to stick to a natural weight loss plan, I’ve come to realize that size does mattersimply cutting out “bad” foods and eating more vegetables is just one piece of the puzzle. For me, the key really lies in not overeating. Or, in other words, watching portion control.

I tend to not worry about the amount of fruits or vegetables I eat, but when it comes to proteins and especially carbs, I have to admit, my radar goes out the window.

So, to help, I picture the appropriate serving size as an actual item to help me stay on track. I hope it helps you too!
  • 4 oz. fish/poultry—a deck of cards
  • 1 cup—a softball
  • ½ cup—a handful
  • 1/4 cup—a golf ball

For more natural weightloss tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

It’s Okay to Cheat

Monday, January 10, 2011 by Kimberly Day
When it comes to any natural weight loss plan, there’s what you say you are going to do and it's okay to cheatwhat you actually do.

On the good days, they are the same thing. But, on the bad ones, well, all bets can be off. Whether you are out of town and out of your routine or simply give in to temptation, there are always going to be occasions when you either can’t or choose not to follow your natural weight loss plan.

Rather than get discouraged, just remember to say “PLEASE”:
  • Plan for your indulgence and be extra vigilant the day before.
  • Limit the number of indulgences you take in any given month.
  • Exercise for 60 minutes rather than 30 minutes the day after.
  • Always remember, indulgences are the exception, not the rule.
  • Substitute a shake for breakfast and another for lunch the day after.
  • Enjoy! You’ve worked hard and deserve an occasional treat!

For more natural weightloss tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Oatmeal for Detox

Friday, January 7, 2011 by Kimberly Day
One of the keys to effective detoxification is to facilitate elimination. And, in addition to water, oatmeal for detoxfiber in another critical component of elimination facilitation.

I’ve found that making oatmeal a part of the daily diet is a delicious answer to this dilemma. Not only does the fiber help with the detox process, it also helps with appetite control, lowers cholesterol levels, reduces your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, balances estrogen levels, and enhances immune responses.

Baked Oatmeal
(Serves 6)

3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup Truvia, stevia, or xylitol
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk
1/2–1 cup berries
olive oil spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl.
  3. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together and add the berries.
  4. Spread in a 9×9 pan that has been lightly sprayed with olive oil.
  5. Bake 20–30 minutes and enjoy warm.
For more delicious recipes, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Exercise Boosts Sex Drive

Thursday, January 6, 2011 by Susan Lark

In addition to the nutrients I talked about earlier this week, studies have found that good old-fashioned exercise can really lift your libido. Unfortunately, loss of sex drive is one of those effects of menopause that many women experience. Here's how exercise can help relieve this menopause symptom:  

A recent study of 336 healthy, middle-age women found that those who engaged in regular physical activity not only felt better physically, but also had significantly fewer menopause symptoms than the women who were less physically active. In fact, more than half of the highly active women had no menopause symptoms at all.

An even larger study of healthy women in the same general age group found that the greater the level of regular physical activity, the better their sexual functioning, including libido, pleasure, and orgasm.

Taken together, all of these studies show that to boost your overall health physically, metabolically, emotionally, and sexually, the very best thing you can do is to increase your level of physical activity. My favorite form of exercise for weight loss and toning is walking. And yoga is excellent for toning and mental balance. But do whatever form of exercise keeps you motivated and stimulated, whether it’s tennis, dancing, golfing, cycling, etc.

Delicious Detox Quinoa Salad

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 by Kimberly Day
One of the hardest parts of detoxing is knowing what to eat. There are foods to avoid, foods to eat, it can get nuts!!!delicious detox quinoa salad

That’s why I always make sure I have this salad on hand whenever I am detoxing. It uses quinoa, a gluten-free seed from a leafy plant related to spinach.

Not only does it provide great appetite control, but the quinoa is an excellent source of protein. Plus, it also contains high levels of potassium and vitamin B2; as well as vitamins B1, B3, B6; copper; magnesium; and zinc. Use it as a side dish at dinner or as a stand-alone lunch.

Quinoa Salad
(Serves 4)
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup garbanzo beans
2/3 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon tarragon
3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, then chill for at least one hour before serving.

For more delicious recipes, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Detox Away the Holidays

Friday, December 31, 2010 by Kimberly Day
Okay, admit it. You drank too much wine, ate too many sweets, and allowed that brother-in-law detox away the holidaysto tug at your last nerve. In other words, the holidays are nearly over and you’ve overindulged. Don’t worry…I’m right there with you.

The reality is it can be very difficult to maintain healthy eating habits and a cheery disposition when continually faced with seasonal delicacies and family turmoil. Fortunately, committing to a detox program during the month of January is one resolution you can keep.

In case you aren’t familiar with detoxing, it’s a great way to gradually cleanse your body of its harmful accumulated toxins (physical as well as emotional) and get you back on track. You see, detoxification is one of your liver’s most important and vital functions. And it has a myriad of benefits, including:
  • eliminating toxins from your body;
  • cleansing and invigorating your cells and tissues;
  • improving your ability to lose weight and gain appetite control;
  • promoting radiant skin and lustrous hair;
  • protecting your nervous system and brain from unmetabolized toxins;
  • reducing your risk of heart disease, PMS, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and breast cancer;
  • enhancing libido;
  • fighting fatigue; and
  • balancing estrogen levels by supporting estrogen metabolism.

The process of detoxification pulls stashed toxins out of hiding and brings them into the blood and lymph circulation where they can be properly eliminated. During this process, their brief presence in your circulation can make you temporarily more toxic, though this will last only until your detox program successfully eliminates the toxins.

Once they have been expelled, you will experience a significant improvement in the way you look and feel, which will escalate as your liver repairs and regenerates itself.

I will outline a program over the next two days so that, come the 1st or 2nd of January, you will have the tools you need to undo the damage of holiday festivities and ring in the New Year in health and radiance.

If you want even more information about detoxification, check out Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Be Prepared for Holiday Temptation

Friday, December 24, 2010 by Kimberly Day
It’s Christmas Eve and you are face-to-face with all the wrong foods. Your appetite control and Be Prepared for Holiday Temptations with Peppermintwillpower have just walked out the door and that plate of cookies seems to be calling your name. What do you do?

Grab peppermint gum or drink a hot cup of peppermint tea. Not only will you still be in the holiday spirit, but peppermint is an aromatherapy lifesaver that can rescue you from cravings.

For really serious situation, you may want to load up on Binge Buster, a mint and chocolate flavored oral spray that contains green tea and Hoodia gordonii. It starts working immediately to suppress appetite. Plus, it alters the taste of sweets long enough to break your cravings. This is a great anti-bingeing tool to carry in your purse to all of your New Year's parties!

For more tips on avoiding holiday weight gain and sticking to your natural weight loss plan, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.