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The Master Cleanse News Digest For The Week Ending 02.03.13

The Master Cleanse News Digest is a weekly curation of the best articles of the week about Master Cleanse and it’s pertaining topics.

From holistic healing to detox and cleansing to personal health and development, this article will bring you all you need to know about your favorite cleanse.

This article is put together thoughtfully and thoroughly throughout the week by one of The Master Cleanse writers, Sonya Solomonovich.

Holistic Healing

Natural Headache Remedies

headache-holistic-healthInstead of popping an aspiring, try a more holistic approach by keeping a headache diary and trying to find the root cause of the headache, suggests Shelley Stonebrook, Associate Editor at Mother Earth News.

It’s easier to find a cure for your headache if you can track when and where they occur, as well as what kind. When you feel a headache coming on, make a note of the day and time, as well as what you’ve had to eat within the past 24 hours, how long (and well) you slept the night before, and other details such as any unusual stress or circumstances in your life. Once the headache has passed, record how long it lasted, where the pain occurred and what techniques you used to make it stop.”

To read more about these natural remedies, head over to Care2.com

Holistic Nutritionists vs. Dieticians

holistic-healthMany people opt for getting their nutrition advice from a holistic health coach rather than a licensed dietician. But there are those who think that holistic health specialists are not qualified to dispense nutrition advice.

“When (a health coach) takes a client shopping, helps in meal preparation, and then counsels on better meal choices, they are performing the job of a registered dietitian,” said Jackie King, a registered dietitian and diabetes educator.

To read more about holistic nutrition counselors, head over to equities.com

Cleansing Diet

A Detoxing Veggie Brew

delish-detox-diet

The “Divas of Dish,” Anne-Marie Denicole and Pam Brandon, have come up with a cleansing veggie broth that you can either drink for a week as a cleanse or add to your regular diet.

“Think of this savory “tea” as a warm and soothing bath for your digestive track. Comprised of organic veggies, filtered water and shoyu (naturally brewed soy sauce), the broth is a delicious, nutrient-dense snack to enjoy between meals. It rids the body of excess acidity while boosting immunity and supporting healthy weight loss.”

To read more and get the recipe, head over to the Orlando Sentinel

Is a Fruitarian Diet Dangerous?

Ashton_Kutcher-fruitarianAshton Kutcher, who portrays Steve Jobs in the movie jOBS, recently suffered from pancreatic problems that landed him in the hospital. This health issue seemed to be result of Kutchers’ emulating Jobs’ fruitarian diet, although the Huffington Post questions whether this diet can actually damage the pancreas.

“In fact, a diet high in fruits and veggies can actually reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society,” reports the Huffington Post. However… “Columbia University’s Health Center reports that eating mostly or only fruit can cause deficiencies in essential vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D, B12 and other B-complex vitamins. It can also be too low in protein and fatty acids.”

To read more about the fruitarian diet, head over to the Huffington Post

Healthy Food

How Accurate Are Restaurants’ Calorie Counts?

calories-healthy-foodIf you’re an obsessive calorie-counter, the good news is that soon calorie amounts on restaurant menus will be a must across the U.S.A. Federal law will obligate chain restaurants and vending machines to provide a calorie count of their products starting next year.

But how accurate are these calorie counts? A recent study has shown that self-reported calorie counts at chain restaurants often missed the mark by as much as 420 calories. Strangely enough, the most demonized restaurant, McDonald’s was the most accurate reporter.

To read more about calorie counts, head over to Care2.com

Tips for Staying Healthy in Super Bowl Season

superbowl-healthy-foodStaying healthy in Super Bowl season doesn’t mean you have to hide away until all the fun is over. You  can still enjoy the games and the parties with some easy tips.

“There’s nothing like a good beer to accompany a game of football, but all the celebrating can make you a little more than tipsy — not to mention bloated!” says Leta Shy of Sugarfit, “Whether you’re a cocktail, wine, or beer lover, limit the imbibing by alternating each drink with a tall glass of water. Drinking water regularly will help keep you mindful of just how many alcoholic beverages you’re having and help you stay hydrated (no hangover here!)”

To read more about healthy Super Bowl food, head over to sugarfit

Detox Diet

New Aster Detox Program

aster-detox-cleanseThe new Aster Detox Cleanse is a nine day program  for detoxification which will result in weight loss, clearer skin, and improved eyesight.

“There are two new additions to the program that will intensify your end result even more,” said owner and founder, Aster Elliott. “The first of these is the Detox II Nutritional Supplements. The formula in theses contain a combination of enzymes the boost digestion during the cleansing process. It also contains enzymes to aid digestions of carbohydrates, protein and fat. Second, is the Fiberberry Dietary Supplement, which is a combination of natural fibers, derived from fruits, vegetables, roots, seeds, and tree extracts with added prebiotics and friendly bacteria.”

To read more about this detox program, head over to PRWeb

Celebrities Love the 3 Day Green Juice Detox

rosie-green-detox-diet“It all started with wheatgrass shots and kale smoothies and now it’s developed into a full blown green juice revolution,” reports Sarah Jordan. “Celeb fans like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr have been Tweeting their approval of nutrient rich juices and soups, with some sources indicating that they contain cucumber, kale and parsley and Japanese wholefood Chlorella – a kind of green algae.”

“So what’s all the fuss about? Well, diets like the Green Juice Detox break down the fibre in vegetables ensuring that a rich supply of nutrients, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals can be more easily absorbed by the body. After three days, practitioners report surges in energy, lowered sugar cravings, less bloating and more regular bowel movements.”

To read more about this detox, head over to Handbag

Alternative Health

Using Amla as an Alternative Supplement

amla-alternative-health“I’ve been taking Amla off and on for about 12 years,” says Aimee Dansereau of Care2.com, “It was recommended to me by my natural health practitioner, and it happens to be one of my favorite herbs. It’s very nourishing and rejuvenative; and I enjoy the effects it has on my body.”

Among many things, Amla benefits the digestive and urinary systems, reduces inflammation, relieves menstrual cramps, and even gives us healthier, shinier hair.

To read more about amla, head over to Care2.com

Are BPA Free Bottles Really Safe?

bpa-free-alternative-healthBPA-free labels on everything from sports bottles to plastic bowls seem reassuring, but is the label just giving us a false sense of security?

Since being exposed as an endocrine disruptor, BPA has been banned in some states. It causes a variety of serious health risks including breast and prostate cancer. However, some hard plastics that were supposed to be a safe alternative were recently found to contain a similar danger in the form of bisphenol S.

To read more about alternatives to BPA, head over to Discovery News

Lose Weight Fast

The Controversial Fast Diet

intermittent-fasting-diet-lose-weight-fastThe intermittent fast diet, otherwise known as the 5:2 diet, has been gaining followers due to its weight loss effectiveness. The concept is quite easy to understand and to follow; for five days of the week, simply eat a normal amount food, and for the other two days you are allowed a very small amount of calories: 600 calories for men and 500 calories for women. The diet’s popularity  may be due in part to the freedom from calorie counting on the five non-fasting days.

However, critics say that fasting may deprive the body of essential nutrients. They are also concerned about psychological damage, especially to teenagers who are prone to eating disorders.

To read more about the 5:2 diet, head over to the Irish Times

Weight Loss Myths Debunked

lose-weight-fast-2“There’s no reason to think that slow, gradual weight loss is better over the long-term compared to losing lots of weight fast,” writes Matthew Herper of Forbes.

“A pooled analysis of randomized clinical trials that compared rapid weight loss and slow weight loss (or, to be more precise, extreme diets and less grueling ones) found that though the extreme diets resulted in the loss of 66% more weight (16% of body weight versus 10% for the regular diets), there was no difference at the end of a year.”

To read more about these weight loss myths, head over to Forbes

Juice Fast

A Juicy Adventure

juice-fast-005“Kyle and I have officially gone crazy. We’ve committed to a juice fast for the next week,” writes Alicia, author of Giving the Good Life  blog, ”We are currently on Day 3 and we plan to go for a total of 7. Before you really start to think we are crazy, this isn’t some Made-to-order TV weight loss program but rather an effort to cleanse out all the junk from our systems and start fresh.” 

In her blog post, Alicia answers some questions she has received about juicing, such as “How do you get all your nutrition? Aren’t you starving yourself?”

“We are probably consuming WAY more nutrients each day than we normally do in multiple days,” she writes, “The only thing we are not eating is fat and fiber. Although there is likely some bits of fiber from the juice and you can make it a bit pulpier if you want a little fiber.”

To read more about Alicia’s juice fast, head over to Giving the Good Life

Nutri-Pro Juicer Reviewed

juicer-juice-fastNicole German of dietblog had mostly positive things to say about the cold-press Nutri-Pro juicer she tried out. Pros include its ease of use and quiet operation. It’s also easy to wash and does not take up too much space.

“Results are a little more “pulpy” than other juicer juice I have tried,” she said, “but I enjoy this. It makes me feel like I am eating more of the plant. If you want less pulp, they give you a convenient second strainer that gets rid of the remaining waste.”

To read more about the Nutri-Pro juicer, head over to dietblog

Personal Development

The Importance of Spontaneous Kindness

kindnessAccording to Wikipedia, a random act of kindness is “…a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual… There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile or be happier.” Meditation and personal development gurus Ed and Deb Shapiro support this idea, though they prefer to call it “spontaneous” acts of kindness:

“Perhaps it is the use of the world random that is misleading, and that it would be easier if we used the word spontaneous instead. Spontaneity means we are acting on an impulse, in the moment, freely; we are moved to do something for someone without any thought of receiving something in return. Such behavior is surely the ground of a healthy and joyful society, where we happily give of ourselves to help another and such an act is happily received.”

To read more about spontaneous acts of kindness, head over to Care2.com

How to Prevent Fear from Making You Sick

fear-personal-development“It surrounds us. Many of us are completely ruled by it, moment by moment, day after day,” says Lissa Rankin of Care2.com, “But did you know that, even more so than smoking or boozing it up or eating fried food or being a couch potato, fear is bad for your health? There. Now you have something else to be afraid of. (Just kidding.)”

“When you’re scared, your lizard brain also turns on the sympathetic nervous system (the “fight-or-flight” response), causing the adrenal glands to release epinephrine and norepinephrine, which increase pulse, blood pressure, and affect other physiological responses.  The secretion of these hormones leads to a variety of metabolic changes all over the body.”

To read more about fear, head over to Care2.com

Health Management

Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

indoor-health-managementMost people think of pollution as something that happens outside their homes, but indoor air can be polluted too. It’s important to reduce your indoor air pollution as according to the Environmental Protection Agency, as we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors.

By simply by taking off your shoes at the door and declaring the house an “outdoor-shoe-free zone” you prevent outside toxins from being tracked inside the home. You can also reduce air pollution simply by avoiding conventional paints, air fresheners, and of course, cigarettes.

To read more about indoor air quality, head over to Care2.com

Stay Forever Young with These Anti Aging Drinks

anti-aging-health-managementAging can mean different things, such as memory loss, decreased physical capability, and of course looking more grey-haired and wrinkly. While many people accept these things as facts of life, you don’t have to. There are many things you can do to retain your youthful glow and to keep your body functioning like a well-oiled machine.

Simply choosing some of these fabulous anti aging drinks can go a long way to staying forever (or at least for a long time) young.

To read more about these and other anti aging drinks, head over to Yahoo Shine

Self Care

Donna Hartney’s “Aha” Moment Book

quit-self-carePerformance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. is the author of a self-help book designed to help people quit smoking which she calls an “aha” moment guide. She has created a free quiz, “Kick the Smoking Habit – A Quiz to Test Your Readiness,” to point out the trouble spots of each person’s smoking cessation.

“It’s a challenge to quit smoking once and for all, but there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of success,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

To read more about Donna Hartney’s book, head over to PRWeb

Self-Help Books Are Effective

self-help-self-careAlthough self-help books have been the butt of many jokes regarding their uselessness, a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) shows that reading a self-help is an effective way to alleviate depression.

The findings show that patients who had read self-help books based on cognitive behavioral therapy were able to reduce their depression levels much more effectively than those who were simply put on antidepressants.

To read more about this study, head over to the Daily Mail

What was your favorite article in the The Master Cleanse News Digest? Are there other articles about The Master Cleanse you read this week that you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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