“Just Say “No” to That Detox Diet or Juice Cleanse” Review — Weight Loss Personal Trainer in Denver and Chicago
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If you’ve overindulged and want to get back on track fast, a “detox” diet might sound like the perfect thing. Detox diets typically include a strict regimen of limited foods, juices, teas and/or a whole lot of nothing (i.e., fasting).
Oftentimes, these diets require you to purchase “detox kits” or prepared juices. The promise: to rid your body of toxins. It’s a nice idea: Clear out whatever bad stuff might be lurking within your body and maybe lose a few pounds while you’re at it.
Unfortunately, detox diets may do more harm than good. If you’re considering a detox diet or juice cleanse, read this first, then decide for yourself.
When it comes to food and nutrition, we can’t eliminate every toxin. That’s because, at some level, nearly everything we consume is toxic.
I’m not just talking about alcohol or sugar; even fruits and vegetables contain forms of toxins that would harm us if we consumed them in extreme amounts. Luckily, our bodies are designed to cleanse themselves. Our major “detox” organs include the digestive tract, kidneys, skin, lungs, liver, lymphatic system and respiratory system.
These systems enable us to eliminate toxic compounds via evacuation, sweat or breathing. The body does a pretty good job of this when we treat it properly.
Unfortunately, we can get in the way of our bodies’ self-cleaning crews. Alcohol, tobacco, pollution, overabundance of medications or supplements, highly processed foods and other nasties can make it harder for our bodies to do their jobs.
With this in mind, detox diets typically recommend nutrient-rich “superfoods” such as:
– Green tea
– Omega-3 fats
– Colorful fruits and vegetables
All of these foods may help the body deal with incoming toxins and can be a healthy addition to your diet.
Plus, most cleansing diets include food and drink that rarely triggers intolerances or allergies. So detox diets may have some benefits. But, generally, they don’t live up to their promises — and that includes one of their biggest selling points: weight loss.
Detoxing will not help you lose weight. At least not the weight you want to lose — fat weight. In fact, it might even lead to weight gain in the long term. Here’s why:
* Any weight loss from a detox diet is probably water, carbohydrate stores and intestinal bulk — all of which come back in a few hours after the detox ends.
* Most detox diets and juice cleanses are extremely low in calories. In other words, they’re starvation diets. Many cleanses are so low in calories that they’ll negatively affect your hormonal health.
* The restricted eating involved in a detox diet can result in anticipatory deprivation and trigger preexisting food obsessions. If the thought of a restrictive diet makes you go on red alert and want to overeat (“my diet starts tomorrow so I’m going to fill up now”), let this be a warning.
* What seems like a harmless cleanse might cause your body to rebound and, even worse, harm your relationship with food. And that is a real step backwards.
Weight loss aside, a juice cleanse could do your body more harm than good. For starters, it feels unpleasant. Some of the most frequently reported side effects include:
* Feeling weak, listless or dizzy
* Pounding headaches (possibly from an abundance of nitrates dumped into your body from an overwhelming amount of fruit and vegetable juice)
* Inability to sleep
In addition, high levels of fruit juices can cause major swings in blood sugar levels, which makes them dangerous for people with diabetes and potentially risky for others.
Meanwhile, the juicing process strips fiber from the fruits and vegetables. Fiber slows down digestion and aids absorption of nutrients. If you want to “clean out” your body, the last thing you want to do is eliminate fiber.
Many cleansing diets are also low in protein. Protein deficiencies can inhibit the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. So if you want to “clean house,” temporarily eliminating this macronutrient doesn’t make sense.
Here are 10 steps you can take each day to detox naturally:
1. Eat reasonable amounts. If you’re eating too much, you’re probably accumulating more toxins. Eating one cookie instead of six is a detox diet. Slow down and chew your food. We all have “anatomical juicers” — our teeth and our stomachs. Use them.
2. Build your plate around plant foods and eat organic when possible. This minimizes exposure to toxins. Veggies and fruits contain compounds that can help the body deal with all of the incoming chemicals.
3. Stay lean. Certain fat-soluble compounds can accumulate in body fat. Less body fat means less real estate for potentially problematic chemicals.
4. Drink enough fluids, including water and tea. And use a filter for your tap water: The kidneys are major organs of elimination, so keep them clean.
5. Allow time between dinner and breakfast. If you finished eating dinner at 7 p.m., maybe you could eat breakfast at 7 a.m. This gives the body a 12-hour break from food for every 24-hour cycle, and it might
improve your sleep too.
6. Get outside in the sun and fresh air each day. We synthesize vitamin D from the sun, plus we benefit from fresh air and the stress-reduction power of good old Mother Nature.
7. Exercise and sweat regularly. Our skin is a major elimination organ.
8. Limit unnecessary dietary supplements. Supplements don’t automatically equal health; some might be another burden for the body. Make sure each supplement in your cabinet serves a purpose.
9. Eliminate your problematic foods. If one cookie is too many and 10 is never enough, maybe it’s time to restructure your relationship with cookies. Seek out support if you need it.
10. Check your body products. Our skin is our largest organ, and each day we lather on hundreds of chemicals that enter our blood and circulate throughout the body. Check the Environmental Working Group’s website for a useful database of body products.
A magical weekend juice cleanse might sound nice in theory, but in reality it’s not going to do you any favors. Aside from anecdotal reports, there is very little unbiased research on detox diets.
Truth is, we already know how to improve our bodies and health: Cut down on excess calories and heavily processed foods and eat more whole foods, including fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
That’s it. No fancy juice machine. No expensive diet kits. Just smart daily choices for better health.
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What are you thoughts detox diets and juice cleanses? Are they necessary for optimal health?
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Review of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s 21-Day Cleanse
The first time I tried The Clean Program it was fall of 2009. At 5’9, I weighed 162 1/2 pounds and I really, really wanted to weigh 150 pounds. I read about the program on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter and I figured if it was good enough for Gwyneth (you get the picture).
I did the program not only to lose weight but also because I wanted to give my system a thorough cleansing. I figured it was the human equivalent of taking the car to get a complete system overhaul.
My first full day was a disaster. I caved in at an office party and ate 3 decadent slices of coal oven pizza and then that evening while wandering around Manhattan waiting for a party to begin, I caved in again and ordered a McDonald’s hamburger, small fries, and a Coke. Pizza and hamburgers are not on my daily menu, but there was something psychological going on there. Obviously, I was breaking all the rules and on purpose.
The second day, I seriously considered wiping clean the slate and using that as the first day but my friend talked me out of it, and so on my second day I was very, very good, except for three tiny pieces of Cadbury chocolate.
Days three and four I was also very, very good.
But enough about that, what about Day 5 through 22?
Day Five Through Day 22
As the days wore on, I was able to keep up with the program. Every morning I drank the shake (a mix of powder, ice, agave nectar and a frozen fruit, such as blueberries) and took my pills. Every mid-morning I had a snack of more almonds than is really allowed. Every day for lunch I ate skinless chicken and steamed veggies or fish and veggies or a big salad full of veggies. Every mid-afternoon I had another pile of almonds. Every evening I did another shake.
And every day I cheated with a piece of chocolate candy.
A word to those of you who are married (skip this paragraph if you live alone): I’m a single woman who lives alone but I’ve noticed that my friends who are married have a much harder time dieting because their lives are so entwined with their husbands. My friends, for example, drink a lot more than I do because each evening they share a couple glasses of wine over dinner with their families. I rarely drink alone. So my advice to those of you doing this who are married or who have a family is to ask for their support through this cleanse. If they agree to “have your back” as you go through 21 days of clean eating, then they will feel a sense of accomplishment with you when it’s over.
One hard thing about the Clean Program is feeling like a buzz kill when out with friends. Here they are, drinking wine and eating rich foods, and you are relegated to soda water with a splash of lemon. My friends were very nice to me, however, and I think people were generally impressed that I was sticking to a program.
The best thing about the Clean Program was how good I felt. I’ve told everyone that the biggest takeaway from the cleanse is learning how good it feels to eat cleanly. My stomach was never upset. I never felt bloated. My energy levels soared.
I did miss sugar and coffee and cream and bread. But my body didn’t. Once the cleanse was over, of course, I went back to some of my old habits, but I did learn so many good ones that I’ve kept to this day.
It’s very important to maintain some level of physical activity. Every day you should work out, run or walk because if you don’t, you simply won’t be burning enough calories to lose your maximum weight.
What Happened After the Cleanse?
In the end, I lost about eight pounds. I felt so great that six months later, I did the cleanse again. I didn’t lose as much weight the second time.
Update six years later: I never did the cleanse again. I have adopted some very healthy habits over the years that stem from this cleanse. For example, I rarely drink anything other than seltzer water with lemon and a morning coffee. I don’t even drink much alcohol. I also know how to make a mean morning smoothie full of yummy stuff like frozen organic blueberries, almond milk, chocolate protein mix (I love NuMedica powders) and some other good stuff like spinach (you can’t taste it) and cashews.
For those of you interested in this cleanse, I highly recommend Junger’s book, Clean—Expanded Edition: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself.
Read more about the “The Clean Program” on the official Website.
21 Day Sugar Detox Is OVER- Final Thoughts And Review –
Today is all about my review of the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.
At the beach celebrating my 21 Day Sugar Detox
I did it!!!! Yes, I survived my 21 Day Sugar Detox. Not only did I survive, but I also thrived. The last 21 days have taught me so much about how sugar is ruling my life. I am taking my life BACK!!!
Review Of 21 Day Sugar Detox Program
So many good things have come about because I took the time to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.
My taste buds now are sensitive to sugar. My toothpaste tastes so sweet that I had to change brands. This is good because I want to be aware of the foods and products that contain sugar.
I have not had any cravings. Really, I have not missed the sugar sweets, only the fruit, and the wine. In my next phase, I will try to incorporate fruits, starting with green apples into my diet-but not use them as a sugar fix. Wine will also be added back into my diet, but selectively, and only once a week.
Ready to get back to my FABULOUS self- feeling good with lots of energy
I have only lost 6lbs but my daughter lost 10lbs. This is a sugar detox, not a weight loss program but I am hoping that by adopting this into my lifestyle I can continue to lose weight.
Cooking meals at home with fresh produce has been a priority during the detox period. But this has been a good thing, my husband and I have cooked healthy meals and spent less money on takeout and restaurants.
One of the greatest benefits of the sugar detox has been sleeping. Deep, glorious healing sleep. I am truly hoping this will continue because waking up with energy is FABULOUS.
Sleep has been one of my greatest benefits to the program
The Journey Is Not Over
After Labor Day, I will go back on the 21 Day Sugar Detox plan. This time I will be working hard on things like portion size, eating out, adding exercise into my daily routine. Because I will not be going thru the withdrawal period, I hope to achieve great weight loss. I need to incorporate this into my new healthy lifestyle. I do not want to be enslaved by my sugar addiction.
While I am down at the beach this week, I will be planning my menus and shopping list for the next 21 days.
Thinking About Starting The 21 Day Sugar Detox? Some Advice
So many people have reached out to me in person and on social media stating that they are ready to start their journey. My advice to all is to PREPARE!!! Take this week to remove temptation from your home, shop for healthy sugar-free foods, prepare a menu for the 1st week of your detox, start slowly reducing sugar in coffee, and other drinks, and remove fruit from your meal plan. Grab the book, 21 Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide to help give you information on what your 21 days will look like and some recipes to try out. You can get it here from Amazon. I like the paperback version so I can mark pages, but it does come in a downloadable Kindle version
Most of all, reach out to others and have a support system in place when you have a bad day, and you will, encouragement is just a text away.
The 21 Day Sugar Detox – small eats
Last month, I quietly went on The 21 Day Sugar Detox, and just finished it this past Sunday. I wanted to experience it before talking too much about it, and now I’m here to share the detox with you and give you a sense of what it is, what it’s like, and if doing it would be right for you.
What is The 21 Day Sugar Detox?
The 21 Day Sugar Detox is a program created by Diane Sanfilippo, certified health consultant and huge player in the Paleo world. She’s the author of Practical Paleo and is half of the podcast team behind the Balanced Bites Podcast, and she has her own gluten-free, paleo friendly spice line called Balanced Bites Spices.
The program is designed to eliminate pretty much all sugars, processed foods and carbs, gluten and alcohol from the diet to give your body a chance to recover, reset and to take your blood sugar off a crazy rollercoaster. When you eat too much sugar and refined carbs and processed foods, your blood sugar is constantly spiking, which causes those energy slumps, hanger, and the feeling like you can’t get through your day without coffee.
By cutting those foods out and focusing on real foods that are lower in sugar, your body can balance itself out and your blood sugar can fall into a more natural rhythm.
The plan detailed is in Diane’s book, The 21 Day Sugar Detox. It explains how too much sugar can be harmful, lays out the plans, and offers a slew of recipes to try, as well as resources for 21DSD (the abbreviation for the program) friendly foods and ingredients. You can also sign up on 21daysugardetox.com and join an online program that gives you enhanced access to the program, like online forums, Facebook groups, and additional support. There are various levels of programs depending on the support you want, and they do charge. The prices are pretty reasonable, and some include the book so you don’t need to make a separate purchase. The book has all of the information you need, so if you prefer to just use the book, that can also work.
There are also coaches that can guide you through the detox. 21daysugardetox.com runs a detox each month on their site and you can also find a certified 21DSD coach in your area or online that can give you guidance through the detox. Coaches may or may not run their detoxes at the same time as the site.
How Does it Work?
The 21 Day Sugar Detox lasts for 21 days and there are 3 main levels to choose from. The book has a quiz to determine which level would be right for you, depending on any health issues you’re working though or health events like pregnancy. Each level has modifications if you’re pescatarian, work out or lead a very active lifestyle, and the third level also has modifications if you’ve got an autoimmune condition.
It’s recommended to start with the first level if you haven’t done the detox before. The first level allows gluten free grains and beans, whereas the second and third don’t. The second level allows dairy, and the third level doesn’t. The third level is more what I see as strict paleo.
Each level has a list of foods you can eat, foods you should limit, and those you shouldn’t eat. If the idea of trying to make recipes from these lists is overwhelming, each level has a meal plan laid out for the whole detox and they’re all in the book. The recipes clearly state what levels they’re good for and if you would need to avoid/modify the recipe for AIP or any food allergies.
The 21DSD Pinterest page also features 21DSD compliant recipes from other bloggers if some of the meals don’t really speak to you.
Who is This Program For?
This program is perfect for lots of people. If you get hungry during the day, crave sweet things at the end of a meal or during the day, crave carbs, get energy dips throughout the day, want to lose body fat, have trouble sleeping… sugar can cause and mess up all of these things.
I took it because I’ve gone off of birth control, and cutting out sugar is highly recommended to help with your hormonal balance as it starts to wake up again. And I definitely crave carbs and sweet things at the end of meals more than I would like to admit. Also I was curious to see if I could do it.
Having the book as a guide can help you figure out what to eat on this detox, so it can appeal to lots of people of all skill levels with cooking and thinking of recipes. People I know have also done this with their entire family or friends as well to get additional support.
What I Did
I bought the book and chose level 1. I’ve never done a detox, so I was good with easing into it. Sara Lloyd, fellow NTP and friend of mine is also a 21DSD coach and was leading a coaching group at a time that worked for me, so I signed up and paid to be in her group. She had a private Facebook group, sent out weekly emails, and had 3 coaching calls, one per week to address issues and answer any questions.
I didn’t pay for any additional online programs, I personally felt like I didn’t need them. I’m also a NTP, so I understood more of the nutrition that was going on behind this and how things worked, so keep that in mind as well.
I meal planned and cooked food like I usually do, I just used my Yes and No foods list to direct any decisions in what I would make, eat or buy. I checked the list often just to make sure each week I was doing things on program. I didn’t feel the need to follow the meal plan in the book, but I recipe develop and cook all the time, so it was a challenge I enjoyed taking on.
How It Went
For the most part, cooking and sticking to the approved foods went well. I mostly missed sweet potatoes and cashews, which were on the avoid list. I really love sweet potatoes and might lean on them more than I thought to add a little extra bulk to a meal, especially if it’s light on the animal protein.
I did miss peaches a lot, I ate one a day during the work week before the detox, and it did feel sad to walk by my favorite fruit stand at the farmers market for three weeks and not even have a sample of some amazing summer fruit.
Social events got a little more of a challenge. Being gluten free can already present a challenge, depending on where you go, and also being on a detox that cuts out processed carbs, flours and booze made some events really interesting.
At a work happy hour I stuck to water and had a bunless burger (even though the bun was gluten free) while others sipped on wine and enjoyed pizza. I went to a yoga and wine tasting event and brought my own kombucha and 100% dark chocolate (that doesn’t have sugar and can be hard to find!) to enjoy instead of the wine, chocolate and fruit my friend was having. I went to a few other parties sober and either brought or made my own food so I could eat within the detox guidelines.
I did eat out a few times, and did as much research as I could to find food that would be unsweetened with sugars and went with whole foods when ordering.
A lot of things are going on for me physically, so it’s hard for me to pinpoint changes to the detox, but I know they helped. My eczema stayed down and only flared up when we had crazy heatwaves or I didn’t drink enough water. I don’t measure myself, but I’m pretty sure I’ve lost some fat since the detox happened. The cravings are mostly at bay, and doing this detox forced me to get my breakfast situation together, which I know set me up for success during the day.
What was hard then and interesting to look back on now was just how much sugar is in EVERYTHING. Yes, obviously fruit has it’s own sugars, but so many foods sold are sweetened (even jerky and meat bars, much to my dismay during the detox) in some form. While that’s not terrible, lots were sweetened with fruit, it was really eyeopening and makes it really clear how easy it is to eat more sugar than you thought. It was frustrating during the detox to look for high and low for unsweetened chocolate/cacao and not really find too many brands, to pass on fruits at events, and just see a whole lot of “nope” when I read food labels.
Would I Do it Again?
With all of my experiences and fruit and sweet potato FOMO, I would do the 21DSD again for sure. The 21DSD is a detox and not a way of life, so I would allow for some time to pass before doing it again. And I would probably wait for a time when I didn’t really love the fruit that was in season, to be honest. I like fruit, so anything to make me miss it less during a detox I’ll try.
I would also make sure to choose a month without a huge amount of social outings, like the holidays would be a bit much. If there were social outings, I’m going to continue to make it work for me, and depending on what it is, even just bring my own food. That was something I’m just starting to be comfortable with, and I would lean into that more.
There were times on the detox I didn’t have enough fat or protein and needed a snack, so I would up my fat and or protein at meals and have more 21DSD friendly snacks in the house or on hand in case the hunger struck.
I personally don’t see the need to do the detox with a coach again. I understand the different levels enough from doing it once that if I did level 2 I feel confident doing solo, which I mostly did this time around. The book answers enough questions for me if I have any, it’s very comprehensive.
Things I Learned
If you’re thinking of doing the 21DSD, give yourself time to prep and prepare. The book will help you get set up, don’t forget to listen to it. I felt confident enough that I could find things on my own and be a little scrappy when needed. If you don’t feel like you could do that, meal prep and set yourself up for success.
Also make it clear to your significant other, roommate, friends, close family you see all the time that you’re doing this detox and share the foods you can and can’t eat. The support is very helpful to sticking to the plan, even if they get it or not. If you want additional support, look into the online programs or get a coach. You can work with my friend and 21DSD coach Sara Lloyd, NTP as well. She’ll be starting up new programs soon.
Stay strong, even with social situations. I did feel really weird at social events when I wasn’t doing what everyone else was doing, but I also noticed that most people didn’t notice. Or if they asked (especially around drinking), a simple “I’m not drinking tonight” or “I’m on a detox” was enough for most people. Resisting fitting in to serve your individual health needs is a new muscle you may start to flex with this detox.
Have any additional questions about my experience with The 21 Day Sugar Detox? Leave a comment below or send me an email at hello (at) small-eats.com.
D.TOX Review (UPDATE: 2021) | 12 Things You Need to Know
D.TOX is a “detoxification program designed to support your body’s natural detoxification system by following a restricted nutritional plan.” The product offers useful vitamins and nutrients while promising you’ll lose five pounds in 14 days. All of this sounds great, but we had to hit the brakes after noticing the very hefty price tag.
As D.TOX is quite expensive – hundreds of dollars for some packages – our researchers dug deeper to find justifications for it. We examined what users had to say as well as the actual science behind this routine. Then, we summarized our conclusions for you here.
D.TOX can be purchased through their Official Site.
What is D.TOX?
D.TOX is a 14-day diet program designed for both men and women. The program aims to help users achieve their overall wellness goals through improved mood, enhanced sleep, boosted energy, and weight loss.
This product claims to utilize the user’s body’s chemistry to design and correct the kinds and levels of exercise that it needs.
Also, D.TOX is not all about diet. It offers a holistic solution that may help with weight loss.
It makes use of various widely known techniques that are essential in the process of losing weight.
The D.TOX product is comprised of two supplements: Shake Mix and Fiber Blend. The shake mix comes in vanilla and chocolate.
D.TOX medicine also offers unlimited free coaching, exercise advice, food planning, and other health tips.
To achieve the optimum results, users have to take the supplements and engage in physical activities religiously.
Consumers have to be keen on their diet, and more importantly, a significant lifestyle change is necessary.
Does It Work?
- The Journal of Nutrition — ” Dietary fiber intake, independently of macronutrient and caloric intake, promotes weight loss and dietary adherence in adults with overweight or obesity consuming a calorie-restricted diet.”
- Pharmacological Research — “Data presented herein suggests that strategically chosen food components might be highly effective in the prevention of HFD-induced alterations and may further be developed as functional foods. “
- PLoS One — “Metabolically, arabinogalactan fermentation showed a higher production of propionate when compared to n-butyrate in the obese microbiota fermentations.”
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How Did D.TOX Start?
D.Tox is a program involving exercise and nutritional supplements designed by a company called Life Time Fitness. The company is operating in around 36 markets across Canada and the United States.
Life Time Fitness aims to provide innovative solutions to weight loss and other health care problems associated with weight gain.
Aside from this weight loss program, the company also offers various personal and team training programs tailored to the clients’ needs and goals.
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To encourage users, the manufacturer includes some real-life stories from avid users of this product. Life Time Fitness programs claim that their state-of-the-art product will help users achieve their health goals within just 14 days.
The first supplement is Fiber. This unflavored and unsweetened supplement is designed to balance the body’s gastrointestinal flora.
Developed by Thorne Research, this prebiotic formula will help stimulate the production of beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.
The Fiber Blend blend contains:
- Partially hydrolyzed guar gum (source of fiber)
- Prebiotic isomalto-oligosaccharides
- Rice bran (source of fiber)
- Apple pectin
- Prune powder
- Green tea phytosome
Adding more fiber to one’s diet is probably one of the most common ways to lose weight.
Fibers are carbohydrates derived from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that are not digested by the body quickly.
According to the journal Nutrients, they only offer a bulking effect, and they pass through the digestive tract without releasing sugar.
Most fruits and vegetables have fibers, but they are abundantly founding in the seeds, membranes, and skin.
Strawberries, rice bran, and raspberries are among the best sources of fiber.
Unlike other weight loss fruits and vegetables, fibers don’t work by burning fat. They will make you full and satiate, though, so you won’t be forced to add more calories to your diet.
Though pectin doesn’t have a magic fat-burning ability, it is still a prevalent ingredient in weight loss products.
It works by giving the user a feeling of fullness, which helps curb one’s cravings for food.
Once it enters the stomach, it will immediately absorb the water and form into a gelatinous mass, which will move through the stomach and small intestines without getting digested.
Pectin also works by triggering the receptors to send signals to the brain that the stomach is full. In effect, the brain will send hormones that will extend the feeling of satiety via PLOS.
It also works by slowing down the process of emptying the gastric, so the food leaves the stomach longer than usual, making the user feel fuller for a longer period.
Pectin is mostly derived from vegetables and fruits such as pears, guavas, apples, plums, oranges, quinces, and citrus fruits.
According to a study published in Eating Behaviors, eating prunes may be able to help you eat less at meals.
According to this study, feelings of appetite suppression and less desire to eat were experienced by subjects. These effects lasted until the next meal, where less energy intake was consumed.
These findings suggest a short-term satiety effect in prunes. However, there is a lack of research on the effects of prune powder.
The Detox portion of the kit includes the ingredients:
- Curcumin phytosome
- Milk thistle
- Methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM)
- Organic flax seed
- Betaine anhydrous
- N-acetyl L-cysteine
- Green tea phytosome
- Grape seed phytosome
- Choline citrate
- Sulforaphane glucosinolate (broccoli seeds)
Milk thistle has important therapeutic benefits. Its silymarin content is known for its ability to boost natural detoxification.
Grape Seed Extract
There has been a rise in the popularity of grape seeds as a dietary supplement.
Research shows that grape seeds offer a wide range of health benefits, including immune system enhancement, cellulite reduction, and weight loss.
Just like most weight loss products, grape seeds have fat-burning abilities. Grape Seed Extract contains potent ingredients that help boost metabolism, reduce food cravings, and suppress hunger.
It can also improve a sluggish lymphatic system. It works by eliminating excess water, which can also result in weight loss.
Grape seeds are also known for their antioxidant effects.
In a study conducted by a group of researchers at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the researcher group concluded that grape seed extract consumption reduces the food intake of overweight individuals.
When it comes to weight loss, green tea is perhaps one of the most common ingredients you’d ever find. Green tea is jam-packed with antioxidants and powerful substances that work best in assisting weight loss.
It comes with a fat-burning ability because of its caffeine and catechin contents.
Caffeine is a stimulant that speeds up the process of burning fats and increasing the user’s athletic performance.
On the other hand, catechin is a highly potent antioxidant that can significantly increase your metabolism rate — the antioxidant EGCG aids in inhibiting the enzyme, which breaks down and increases the level of norepinephrine hormones.
On the other hand, green tea is also useful in increasing the energy level when exercising.
One study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that men who took green tea burned 17% more fat than those who didn’t take the supplement. The study also confirmed that green tea does not burn fat during physical activities; it also manifests fat-burning properties even when at rest.
Curcumin has a long culinary history, but researchers have found other significant benefits in using this powerful herb in recent years.
More importantly, it can give a boost to your metabolism rate.
If you are looking to lose some weight, then broccoli seeds might help you. Broccoli has different mechanisms to promote weight loss.
First, it contains tons of fiber, and as previously discussed fibers are great when you aim for weight loss. Fibers bring about a sense of satiety, which prevents you from having the urge to eat more often than usual.
If you are on a diet, you must reduce your calorie intake, but it may not be easy as that could mean missing out on other nutrients that your body needs. This is where broccoli comes in.
A cup of broccoli will give you an ample amount of vitamins A, B6, C, and K, as well as potassium but with low calories. This means that your body gets to have the nutrients it needed, you will full easily without having to eat so much food, yet you only consume a few calories.
Also, it contains highly potent phytochemicals that show potentials in burning fat, says the Journal of Exercise Nutrition and Biochemistry.
The vitamin C content of broccoli aids in synthesizing the carnitine compound, which is essential in burning fats. It is worth noting that when the body is low in vitamins, it only burns a small fat amount.
On the other hand, broccoli provides calcium, which is also essential in slowing down new fat cell production. It also stimulates the breakdown of stored fats in the body.
Does It Work?
Does D.TOX Work?
The program involves a regimen that claims to promote weight loss within just 14 days.
It promotes the natural detoxification program of the body by requiring users to follow a specially formulated nutritional plan that users should follow at all times.
The nutritional plan involves the exclusion of hormones as well as food allergens and toxins.
On the other hand, the program recommends having a healthy lifestyle and focusing on nutritional supplements.
Food hormones can significantly affect one’s cravings.
Leptin is one of the hormones linked to hunger. Leptin is even called a “hunger hormone.”
Produced by the fat cells, this hormone signals the brain if the body has enough energy.
However, research shows that excessive fat in the body may cause leptin resistance.
In effect, your metabolism rate reduces, and you can experience more hunger, claims Disease Models and Mechanisms. You’re likely to crave a high-calorie food, which can aggravate weight gain.
To control your hunger hormones, you need to avoid high-fat food.
This is among the most basic rules in this program. Eating high-fat food will only leave your body craving for more calories.
Thus, you tend to gain weight, your body stores more fats, and the cycle continues.
In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, food supplements are also included in the program.
Benefits & Results
D.TOX Benefits and Results
D.TOX Cleanse is a 14-day weight loss regimen that promises weight reduction with an average of 5 pounds.
The company states that users should also eliminate sugar, caffeine, and alcohol from their diet for the best results.
Instead, they should focus on increasing their water intake.
The manufacturers highly recommend an intake of whole natural foods.
Enrolling in a yoga class, hitting a dry sauna, or having a lymphatic massage could also help optimize the results of your weight loss regimen.
Lastly, eliminating your intake of processed comfort food will significantly boost their weight loss results.
How to Use D.TOX?
There are different ways in which the D.Tox product works:
Once you receive your D.TOX remedy kit, you should see the supplements and the instructions to unlock the program. By then, you should start identifying and eliminating the culprits of your weight gain.
Detoxification should happen in the next 14 days. You short would be best if you started D.TOX and strictly follow a smart diet plan.
Lastly, the manufacturers recommend that you add a new set of foods to your diet.
To use Fiber Blend, you have to add the powder to the water or your favorite beverage.
It offers a glycemic effect to your meals.
Potential D.TOX Side Effects
It may cause gastrointestinal upset. If you are taking medications, it is best to speak with your doctor first.
On the other hand, grape seed extract is useful; however, experts suggest that you exercise extra caution when taking it.
As listed in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, other side effects of grape seed intake include nausea, dry and itchy scalp, headache, and indigestion.
Furthermore, pregnant women, children, and breastfeeding women should not take grape seed extract.
D.TOX Product Warnings
The D.TOX program aims to help consumers get healthy and fit in numerous ways. But it involves significant lifestyle changes.
While the manufacturer claims that the product is useful, they emphasize that it is not designed to treat, diagnose, or replace any medication given by your doctors.
It is always best to consult your doctor before adhering yourself to any weight loss regimen, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions.
The Science Behind D.Tox
Let’s take a good look at the ingredients in D.TOX supplements. These products offer vitamins and minerals to nourish the body and boost immune system health. They also include fiber and prune powder to suppress appetite and improve regularity.
Other components like protein and amino acids are added to support lean body mass.
Green tea is another key ingredient. Green tea is proven to have positive effects on boosting metabolism and improving fat loss.
What Users Are Saying
“Well, I posted earlier in this comments thread and came back because I wanted you all to know how I did! I lost 45 lbs in 5 weeks and am keeping it off. The results speak for themselves. This product is life-changing – thank you.”
“I just did the 2 week DTox and couldn’t figure out why I had such strong chocolate/sugar cravings. Then, this morning I looked at the vegetarian Fast Fuel and saw the 3rd ingredient is cane sugar. Why was I cutting out sugar along with most other things for 2 weeks, yet putting it in a shake every morning? I think my cravings were linked to the fact that I kept sugar in my system.”
“In sum, the program is a whole foods based program designed to limit exposure to toxins and support the bodies natural ability to detoxify. I have two reasons I’m excited about this. First, because I’ve never found a whole foods based detox program as comprehensive as this. Instead of intending to be a quick fix it’s designed to really rebuild your health from the inside out.”
The Bottom Line – Does D.TOX Work?
Now, will D.TOX help you lose weight in 14 days? There’s a chance. But, it’s nice to see that both healthy eating and exercise are encouraged with this program. We also like that some user success stories are posted on the main website. But we are concerned about the fat price tag and negative user reviews regarding these supplements’ taste.
If you’d like to get started losing weight, consider a program that can meet your personal needs, and is clinically-proven.
Among the best apps, we have seen one called Noom. The program has been tested and published in scientific journals like Scientific Reports and BMJ Reports and provides its users with customized meal plans, extensive tracking, and human coaching.
Plus, Noom is so confident in their program that they are offering Dietspotlight readers a free trial offer – nice touch.
Learn More About Noom »
Honest Review of Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset 21 Day Detox — Half of Gabby
One big benefit of this detox being 21 days is that once you’re done, you’ve really settled yourself into a healthy pattern.
But if your main goal is to simply lose some bloat, kill your cravings, and quickly get back on track, the 3 Day Refresh Detox would do the job without the big price tag.
However, if you are so off track that three days is nowhere long enough to right your path, then maybe the 21 day reset would be a better option. In my opinion, I don’t think any ‘boxed’ or ‘packaged’ detox of any kind is truly necessary. I believe with the right foods, lots of sleep, Epsom salt baths, and lots of hydration, we can detox on our own. But again, these types of detoxes make it easier because you don’t have to think. It’s all laid out for you already. Honestly, that was my main reason for trying it. I was in a funk and didn’t feel like putting in the extra effort into figuring out things on my own. My laziness won. Sad but true.
Do you need this detox?
Do I think anybody needs this detox? Absolutely not. Just my opinion. There isn’t anything in particular about this Ultimate Reset that is magical. You can come very close to getting the very same benefits from simply eating detoxifying foods and/or taking natural supplements on your own. But the fact that it shows up at your house all tucked neatly in a box with everything you need and a manual and a schedule appeals to the masses. I mean it did to me and I already know what the hell I should be doing. I’m just saying with some planning and some balls, you could get similar results on your own without spending the money.
In the end, I will say I’m very glad I did it. My energy is back, my mind is right, and my body feels like it’s running efficiently. I can take it from here. So this detox did exactly what I wanted it to do.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or lost or unsure of where to even start with things then yes, I would recommend this detox. It does all the thinking for you and you don’t have to worry about what to do. If you just need a little boost in the right direction, then I would recommend the 3 Day Refresh Detox. I do feel like anyone could get very similar results trying a natural detox on their own though, but with that would come some research and thinking and well, we all hate thinking most of the time. I’m including myself in that last statement.
But nobody needs any kind of pre-packaged detox program. Our bodies are designed to repair and restore themselves and with proper nutrition, regular activity, and adequate sleep, they do just that. If anybody tells you that you must take (and buy) a ton of different supplements and detox drink powders to get healthy again, they are full of shit. With that being said, if you follow a sound and safe program, which I believe both the Ultimate Reset and the 3-Day Refresh to be, it can be helpful in getting you to a good starting point. But there’s a big difference between helpful and necessary.
This detox wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to follow, but it’s doable. And it’s only three weeks. Just about anyone can deal with anything for three weeks… even fucking Power Greens.
I lost 9 pounds and 8 1/2 inches in 21 days. I was pretty impressed with the results, especially since I didn’t follow the regimen exactly how it was laid out. I also was a little surprised because I didn’t really have that much extra weight on me. I was expecting at the very most maybe a 4-5 pound loss.
I was even more happy about losing the inches. I learned long ago that the scale is a stupid bitch. I don’t trust it and I certainly don’t let it rule my emotions or define me anymore. But measurements I trust! You can always count on measurements to tell you the truth.
Now if this detox had been strictly a liquid diet or a super low calorie plan (which I would never do), I would chalk up the weight loss as mostly water weight loss or lean muscle weight loss. But the fact that you get to eat three meals, plus a snack everyday and get to eat real food, I would assume that the weight loss is true fat loss.
I would love to hear about your results or thoughts/opinions if you have done this 21 day detox. Please let me know in the comments. I’m curious!
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Sakara Life Review – Must Read This Before Buying
About Sakara Life
Sakara offers nutrition programs and wellness essentials to redefine your relationship with food. Using science-backed nutrition, their meal deliveries and wellness products promote a whole-food, plant-rich diet made with ingredients you can trust.
The brand is used by celebrities like Lily Aldridge and has been featured in Vogue, Forbes, Time Magazine, Refinery29, Bloomberg, US Weekly, PopSugar, to name a few publications. They boast an impressive 350k followers on Instagram and 78k on Facebook.
This Sakara life review will take a close look at the brand and their best-selling products, fill you in on how their meal programs work, provide examples of real customer experiences, and more to help you decide if they are the right choice for your needs.
Overview of Sakara
Founded in 2011 by best friends Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle, Sakara started as two desperate girl’s need for balance. Both had a rocky relationship with food, and after a scary trip to the ER, the duo decided to make a change in their lives for good.
Duboise enrolled in nutrition school, and the friends incorporated everything she learned into their own diets while working on the brand.
What started as cooking for 25 clients from their NYC apartment turned into a business with 85 employees that has now prepared over 1M meals. Sakara’s mission is ultimately to “nourish your body and change your life.”
Still located in NYC, the company delivers nutritious, plant-based meals right to your doorstep. Before taking a look at those meals, this Sakara review will fill you in on the brand’s pros and cons:
- Offers a selection of meal plans with science-backed, functional ingredients
- Products are centered on gut health and providing complete nutrition
- Their blog has a great variety of health & wellness articles, including the Sakara hemp chocolate review
- Customers say their meals are diverse and filling. They also experience great results from their meal plans, such as less bloating and weight loss
- To help save money, the brand has a Sakara Rewards Program, and subscribers save 10%
- Free shipping for subscribers and meal delivery
- Afterpay available on orders $35 and over
- Meal plans are expensive
- No international shipping options
- Only available in the contiguous US
Sakara operates primarily as a meal plan service. They offer subscriptions to weekly meal delivery, as well as a variety of health-boosting products to keep your body working the way it should.
Sakara Life Review
This Sakara review will feature the brand’s best-selling products, including a range of superfood teas, water, meal enhancers, as well as holistic treats and meal plans.
Sakara Detox Tea Review
Sakara Detox Tea
Extreme diets, years of overeating, or denying our bodies what it needs can contribute to our hunger signals being completely off. The Detox Tea supports intuitive eating by cleansing our bodies of toxins and resetting hunger hormones to their natural state.
Made from a blend of superfoods, this sweet, citrusy tea is completely caffeine and stimulant-free. Cleanse and restore your body with a box of 20 teabags for $20.
Sakara Sleep Tea Review
Sakara Sleep Tea
Sleep is so important for our health. If you’ve ever had a restless night, then you know how haggard and almost hungover you can feel the next day. That’s a sign from your body that it needs something more to repair and restore cell health.
With 20 tea bags, the Sleep Tea provides a deep, healthy rest that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed in the morning. Catnip, Valerian root, and Passionflower all work together to help you relax before your head hits the pillow.
Have a great, proper night’s sleep with the $20 Sleep Tea.
Sakara Digestive Tea Review
Sakara Digestive Tea
Eating the wrong kind of foods can lead to poor digestion, an unhealthy gut, gas, fatigue, and even acne. The Digestive Tea works to stimulate the digestive enzymes that support your liver on its quest for detoxification.
Caffeine and stimulant-free, this tea gently encourages proper digestion by breaking down foods and eliminating bloat. Peppermint works to calm the stomach, while Gentian spurs the liver to action.
Kick your digestive system into gear with a box of 20 tea bags for $20.
Sakara Detox Water Drops Review
Sakara Detox Water Drops
Drinking water improves digestion, normalizes blood pressure, and carries nutrients to your cells.
Detox Water Drops are designed to boost your water drinking experience, helping to further assist in digestion and elimination, as well as improving gut health, immunity, and liver function.
All of this is done with the help of friendly and potent chlorophyll. A rich, green color, Sakara uses chlorophyll from the white mulberry leaf for antioxidant-fuelled healing. Make the most of your water with a 2 fl oz dropper and bottle combo for $39.
Pair this product with a Sakara Detox Bar if you’re in the mood for some extra cleansing.
Sakara Nootropic Chocolates Review
Sakara Nootropic Chocolates
You may have heard that dark chocolate is great for health, but generic chocolate bars usually contain overwhelming amounts of sugar, additives, and dairy that negates any health benefits.
Cue Nootropic Chocolates, a low-sugar, raw cacao, bite-sized snack packed with nootropics, antioxidants, and adaptogens. The chocolates contain a host of beneficial ingredients including L-Theanine, Green Tea extract, and Lion’s Mane mushroom.
Pop one in your mouth during that 3 pm slump to balance blood sugar, increase alertness and mood, and elevate brain function. Containing 30 chocolate bites per container, the Nootropics Chocolates are $45.
Sakara Metabolism Super Powder Review
Sakara Metabolism Super Powder
Metabolism is the process that converts food into usable energy. If you’re experiencing bloating, fatigue, brain fog, or extra weight that won’t budge, then your metabolism may be slowing down.
That being said, no Sakara review is complete without mentioning the Metabolism Super Powder. Using powerful herbs and potent natural ingredients, this product can improve energy and mental clarity, as well as rev up your metabolism with Sakara probiotics.
This rich, chocolate powder can be used to make lattes, desserts, or even smoothies. Restore a healthy metabolism with the Sakara Metabolism Powder, available in the following formats:
- 10 Single-Serving Sachets: $45
- 30-Day Supply Pouch: $90
- 30-Day Supply Pouch Subscription: $80 + Free Shipping
Sakara The 10-Day Reset Review
Sakara The 10-Day Reset
If you love cooking and want to kick start your journey to improved health and wellness, The 10-Day Reset is a great place to start. The kit gets you involved with meal prepping and helps to establish a healthy mind-body-food connection.
This box set contains over 20 plant-based Sakara Recipes for you to try out, as well as the following goodies:
- Beauty Water Drops
- Detox Water Drops
- Complete Probiotic Formula
- Detox Bars
- Energy Bars
- Organic Protein + Greens Super Powder
- Detox Tea
All of these great products come together to provide a variety of benefits, including clearer skin, a healthier gut, and an increase in energy. The 10-Day Reset is available for $195.
Sakara Beauty Water + Detox Water Drops Review
Sakara Beauty Water + Detox Water Drops
We know water is good for us, there’s no doubt about that. The Beauty Water + Detox Water Drops elevate your water game by deeply hydrating and nourishing cells for better digestion and detoxification.
Beauty Water Drops contain 72 trace minerals, helping to eliminate bloat and support collagen production.
Detox Water Drops use antioxidant-rich chlorophyll to provide improved immunity, digestion, and energy.
If regular tap water isn’t doing the trick, try a 30-day supply of Beauty Water + Detox Water Drops for $39, or subscribe and save 10%.
Sakara The Granola Collection Review
Sakara The Granola Collection
Who doesn’t love good, crunchy granola? So many varieties in the supermarket are loaded with sugar and usually don’t have anything good for you besides a bit of fiber.
The Granola Collection lets you sample three of Sakara’s best-selling granolas, including the Classic Superfood, Dark Chocolate, and Plant Protein.
Filled to the brim with fiber, antioxidants, and healthy proteins, these granolas are also made with gluten-free oats for easy digestion. The products feature nutrient-rich ingredients such as Goji Berries, Ashwagandha, and a personal favorite of this Sakara review, Matcha.
Whether you’re camping or waking up early to go to work, you can cleanse and nourish your body with The Granola Collection for $48.
Sakara Meals Review
Meal Programs can be super helpful for anyone who either don’t have the time to prepare their own meals, or who doesn’t know how to design their own meal plan and get the results they want. Sakara offers three different delivery meal programs:
Signature Meal Program (Level I) Review
Signature Meal Program (Level I)
This is a completely customizable meal plan. It’s offered as a fixed program or a weekly subscription. You’ll be able to choose the frequency and amount of meals, with subscriptions auto-renewing each week.
You’ll also receive daily tea and functional supplements, as well as access to holistic health coaching.
Check out the Sakara menu each week before you order. Prices vary based on frequency, program length, and meal type.
Detox Program (Level II) Review
Detox Program (Level II)
This is a fixed-term meal plan, delivering three meals per day for five days. You’ll receive plenty of organic, whole-food meals, as well as daily kefir, digestive tea, water drops, and medical-grade supplements to assist in your detox.
A holistic health coach will check in with you every day to monitor your progress. This program is offered monthly with a limited number of spaces available. The Detox Program costs $400 for five days.
Bridal Meal Program Review
Bridal Meal Program
Get ready for your big day with four weeks of clean, organic meals. You’ll get three meals a day, five days a week, as well as a daily tea, supplements, and access to health coaching.
This program also comes with beautifying gifts and access to a month of workouts, all available for $1,395. The cost might be steep, but not having to worry about your health and nutrition while you plan your wedding can be a major blessing.
Sakara Reviews: What Do Customers Think?
This Sakara review turned to the internet to find out what customers are saying about the brand’s meal plans and wellness products.
Ahead, you’ll find reviews sourced from the official website, Reddit, and Byrdie, each featuring personal experiences with Sakara products.
The Nootropic Chocolates are rated 5/5 stars by 162 customers on Sakara.com. The majority of reviews praise the effects on energy levels and focus.
One chocolate lover wrote, “I used to “need” an after caffeine beverage to keep me going… I’m so happy I can just grab one of these chocolates instead. They help me with my focus, my energy. And they’re the perfect sweetness.”
Another reviewer had less-favorable things to say about the product, “My Nootropic chocolates…taste dry, stale and extremely chalky. Nothing like chocolate whatsoever. The taste is unappealing and not enjoyable.”
Many other products share similar reviews on the official website. From Sakara bars to the detox tea, here are a few fan favorites:
- Detox Tea: 5/5 stars out of nearly 450 reviews
- Detox Super Bar: 4.4/5 stars out of over 600 reviews
- Dark Chocolate Granola: 5/5 stars out of over 750 reviews
- Metabolism Super Powder: 4.4/5 stars out of a tremendous 2,452 reviews
The bulk of Sakara food delivery reviews on Reddit are about how meals are filling, tasty, and convenient.
One Reddit Sakara review wrote, “I just did it for 3 days…it worked really well. Everything tasted delicious and was really satisfying. [If you’re busy but] want something delicious and highly nutritious, then it’s a great option.”
The main downside to Sakara meal delivery is the expense. While the meals are varied, wholesome, and filling, one user went on to say, “Honestly if I could have them feed me all the time I would but I can’t afford that.”
A Byrdie Editor provided an honest review of her experience while doing the Detox Level II. In terms of the body-mind-food connection, the detox made her “hyper-aware of how much my cravings dictate my food decisions, which almost always leads to poor diet decisions and excessive snacking.”
The editor said that she experienced weight loss and less bloating, but by day 4 she had “textbook detox symptoms like dizziness, headaches, and lightheadedness.”
With all that in mind, we can clearly see that Sakara provides quality meals and wellness products that are loved across the board. The only notable downside is that this nutritious food can be expensive.
Is Sakara Worth It?
Is Sakara worth the money? We think so, as the brand’s meals and products aren’t intended as a quick fix diet, but rather the start to a new relationship with food.
This Sakara review did not come across any customers that spoke badly about the variety or taste of their meals. They are filling, diverse, and flavorful. The main issue that makes them inaccessible to many is the price.
At $70 a day for three meals, the average person won’t be able to experience the benefits of their programs.
Worry not, as Sakara also offers wellness products in their Clean Boutique that help you make small yet significant changes to your diet. The boutique features products at a reduced rate, and for those who want to try their meals but can’t afford them, the brand offers a 10 Day Detox plan for a fraction of the price.
We love that their meals are plant-based and satisfying, as well as the overall message the brand promotes. For those who can afford it, their meal delivery service and products are definitely worth the buy.
Sakara Promotions & Discounts
This Sakara review has found the following promotions and discounts available on sakara.com:
- Subscribe and save 10% + get free shipping
- The Sakara Rewards Program lets you earn points for every purchase that can be redeemed for meals and products
- The 10 Day Detox lets you prepare the same type of meals Sakara provides at a reduced price
- The Referral Program gives a friend $50 towards their first purchase of $75 or more. You’ll receive 850 points to your rewards account
Where to Buy Sakara
You can buy Sakara products directly from sakara.com and amazon.com.
Sign Up for Sakara
To sign up for a Sakara subscription to their wellness products, head to the official website and follow these steps:
- Click ‘Shop Clean Boutique’
- Choose ‘Subscribe’
- Click on the product you wish to subscribe to
- Select ‘Add to Cart’
- Enter billing information
Where is Sakara Life located?
Sakara Life has kitchens located in Long Island, New York, and Gardena, California.
Is Sakara Life vegan?
Sakara Life recipes and Clean Boutique products and meals are completely vegan.
Does Sakara help you lose weight?
Sakara’s meals and products are not specifically for weight loss, but many users have reported losing weight while subscribing to their service.
Can you freeze Sakara meals?
After delivery, Sakara meals can last three days in the fridge. Due to the fresh bio-active nature of the ingredients, it’s not recommended that you freeze them.
How much does Sakara cost?
The price of Sakara varies based on if you’re a subscriber, the meal delivery plan, and the frequency of your meals.
For example, if you choose to subscribe to the Signature Meal Program with three meals per day, five days per week, the cost of food is $70/day or $350/week. The same option without a subscription is $410.
How do I cancel my Sakara account?
To cancel your Sakara account, follow these steps:
- Login to your account
- Click on your profile
- Choose ‘Cancel’
This Sakara review notes that you must cancel before Wednesday at midnight to avoid the charge for next week’s meals.
What is Sakara’s Shipping Policy?
The brand only delivers to the contiguous US. Shipping for Sakara’s meals and subscriptions is always free. Your meals will be delivered on the day you choose before checkout.
Delivery for orders from the Clean Boutique is available to customers in the continental US. Your order should arrive in 4-10 business days, and you’ll be sent a tracking number when your order ships.
What is Sakara’s Return Policy?
All Sakara products are considered final sale and cannot be returned. If you received a damaged product, contact their Wellness Team and they will work to get you a replacement.
How to Contact Sakara Customer Service
If you need any other information that this Sakara meals review did not include, you can get in touch with their Wellness Team Monday-Friday 9 am – 6 pm EST by:
- Emailing [email protected], or [email protected]
- Calling 1-(917) 261-3593, or 1-(917) 261-3593
- Using the Contact Form available on their website
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90,000 Detox Diets: Do They Really Help
- Claudia Hammond
- BBC Future
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Popular detox diets that supposedly cleanse the body of toxins and help to lose weight, become relevant primarily in the winter months of the year. But whether they are actually useful, the BBC Future health columnist wondered.
If recently you have not led a very healthy lifestyle, overeat, abused alcohol and did not deny yourself anything, the idea of cleansing the body of harmful substances, or “detoxification”, looks very tempting.
Numerous products and services offer assistance: detox massages and cocktails, herbal teas, diets and fasting. The result is fantastic – radiant skin, slimming and overall wellness that will help you get rid of winter fatigue and fill you with energy.
Super! But is there really any proof that this works?
The term detox is used with two different meanings. The first concerns medical programs to cleanse the body of patients with serious alcohol or drug poisoning.
The second is detoxification “at home”, which promises to free our body from “toxins”. Modern life, of course, forces us to come into contact with a large number of synthetic chemicals, as well as some natural substances that can be toxic.
But is there any scientific evidence that detox programs actually help get rid of them?
If you give up alcohol and switch to a healthy diet, toxins will begin to be excreted from the body.But this happens on a daily basis, and not just when you drink the miraculous juice from raw vegetables.
Our body is already equipped with an intelligent system to combat toxins. If it stops working, we will have serious problems.
Work to protect the body from harmful substances, as well as to remove those that have already entered the body, is going on in almost all organ systems.
The skin is primarily a barrier against the dangers of the outside world. Fine hairs in the respiratory system envelop foreign particles in mucus and flush them out of the body when we sneeze or cough.
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A diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is more of a psychological trick that signals a reboot of the body
Part of the small intestine contains special lymphatic cells, Peyer’s patches, which detect and filter out harmful particles in order to they did not enter the bloodstream along with beneficial nutrients.
While it may seem like our intestines are dirty and need to be cleansed, they are actually just doing their job.
At the same time, the kidneys filter half a glass of blood every minute, removing toxins from the body in the form of urine.
When it comes to alcohol, the liver is the main detoxifier. This takes place in two stages.
Alcohol is first converted by enzymes into acetaldehyde, which is a toxin, but it is soon broken down into acetic acid, and then carbon dioxide and water.
If the amount of alcohol entering the body exceeds the volume that the liver can metabolize, the level of alcohol in the blood will begin to rise.
Continuous alcohol abuse leads to the fact that acetaldehyde can damage the liver. But the liver is quite capable of cleansing the body from a moderate amount of alcohol.
This is another dynamic way to cleanse the body that we always have with us.
But do special diets help to cleanse the body? There are very different detox programs.
Some involve giving up alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar, while others, more severe, require you to drink only liquid for several days, and then gradually introduce solid food in small volumes.
In 2012, Edzard Ernst, professor emeritus of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, attempted to conduct a systematic review of scientific research.
The scientist, however, found that there are very few individual studies on home cleansing of the body, and most reviews on this topic relate to drug detoxification programs.
In 2014, two scientists from Sydney published a review of research on nutritional issues.
They did not find a controlled clinical study of commercial detox diets, although they did find several studies without control groups.
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Quitting alcohol for one month a year is not as effective as not drinking alcohol a few days a week
They also found small studies on individual toxins, but there were also numbers negligible, did not include control groups or had other scientific deficiencies. This led the authors to conclude that there is simply no sufficient evidence to support detox diets.
This means that we have to rely solely on subjective experience.Radical diets or juice fasting usually allow you to lose weight in a short time, but it is not known whether people manage to maintain this weight.
So are detox diets worth the effort?
For example, with regard to alcohol, it is much more effective to give up alcohol for several days a week than one month a year.
Eating more fruits and vegetables for some time will also benefit your health.
The point is, there is no quick fix.
A one-time diet will not be as effective as a healthy diet and lifelong physical activity.
However, the idea of shock cleansing of the body seems very attractive to many.
If you really want to punish yourself for indulging your weaknesses, maybe you are fighting not with toxins, but with your sins.
On the other hand, a detox program can be a good psychological impetus to fight old bad habits and start a new life.
However, it is worth making a plan for the future, as old habits will come back just as quickly.
Therefore, we should consider detoxification as a metaphor for the beginning of a healthy lifestyle, and not as an instant cleansing of the body from harmful substances. After all, our body already does this every day without special teas, exotic juices or diets.
But you can significantly help him with a healthy diet, clean drinking water, regular exercise and good sleep.
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6 effective programs from the Luciano spa complex in Kazan
To Kazan – for beauty! Today, you don’t have to fly overseas to feel like a luxury spa resort. The opportunity to gain harmony, restore health and fully relax is offered by the Kazan spa complex Luciano in its programs with accommodation.
The spa embodies a modern approach to spa tourism, offering a full range of the latest beauty services and wellness programs in spacious, comfortable rooms.A unique opportunity to see one of the most dynamically developing cities in Russia and get yourself in great shape. They took into account all the nuances for a comfortable stay of guests, including a transfer to the spa complex.
To restore vitality
Being able to relax, eat right, give the body a competent load – all this is vital. Participants in any of the six programs developed at the Kazan spa complex Luciano (@luciano.spa), will be under the vigilant attention of highly qualified specialists who help to strengthen physical and psychological health, gain harmony and recharge with energy.
Wellness procedures and technologies are the most important element of the system. Spa specialists are armed with a large arsenal of modern tools and techniques, including:
- Diagnostics on devices “Oligoscan” and “Bikom Optima”, as well as impedance measurements
- physiotherapy (myostimulation, magnetotherapy, denas therapy)
- intestinal lavage, liver tube
- hydrotherapy (Charcot shower, underwater hand shower massage),
- various massages (lymphatic drainage, visceral, restorative, anti-cellulite, etc.))
- various training sessions on land and on water, including in a special pool Aqua Cup
- body sculpting wraps, warming wraps
- procedures on a vacuum simulator
- pine baths
- gymnastics, including breathing
- phyto drinks
What programs does the Luciano spa complex offer
“Detox: body cleansing” (duration 1, 3, 7 or 10 days)
Toxins are poisons that lie in wait for us everywhere: in household chemicals, the environment, in poor-quality water and unhealthy food.Our bad habits, such as overeating, only increase the problem. At first, the body copes on its own, but with an increase in the load, it becomes more difficult for it to do this.
Signs of intoxication – headaches, digestive problems, deterioration of the skin, bruises under the eyes. Then Detox can come to the rescue.
The program, developed and patented by our doctors, provides an integrated approach. Many nuances are taken into account, including lifestyle, and procedures and treatment are prescribed only after examination.Every day on the program is a new step towards an active healthy life.
“Body shaping” (duration 7 and 10 days)
It is a carefully thought out and scientifically based system that harmoniously combines healthy nutrition, a range of wellness procedures and fitness training. A program for those who take care of themselves and strive for excellence.
Each day of your stay includes a whole range of procedures aimed at improving and correcting your body silhouette.
“Antistress” (Magnesium detox), duration 3, 7 or 10 days.
It will help relieve nervous tension, recover, improve the emotional state, and increase stress resistance. The program allows you to reduce the deficiency of magnesium – an essential element for natural cleansing and healing.
The system provides yoga, qigong, boxing, color pulse therapy, as well as active psychotherapy, including group therapy.
Health program (duration 1, 3, 7 or 10 days)
The main goal of this program is to maintain health and quality of life. Our experts approached the issue with all seriousness, because health is extremely important for all spheres of human life. We are open to everyone who strives for a long and active life.
The program includes, among others, water training, breathing exercises, denas therapy, Pilates and bowel lavage.
“Intensive” (duration 7 or 10 days)
You can achieve results in a short time! Physical activity, correctly selected medical and spa treatments, a specially developed nutrition system, as well as your purposeful work on yourself will help to tighten muscles, correct your figure, and improve skin condition. And most importantly, they will allow you to develop healthy habits for your new life.This is one of two new programs created in connection with the great interest of guests in this format.
Anti-Age program *
New – a personalized, integrated approach to health problems with the conscious involvement of the patient. It includes work in a whole range of areas.
- Epigenetics. Accounting for genetic profiles, early detection and prevention of hereditary diseases
- Interpretation of functional analyzes
- Detoxification – removing toxins from the body, correcting the influence of the environment.
- Nutraceutical correction
- Restoring hormonal balance
- Stress management:
Correction of nutrition according to the results of tests for food intolerance, selection of a diet, exclusion from the diet of harmful products that cause allergies and / or food intolerances.
Restoration of sexual desire and functions of the reproductive organs.
Improving concentration and memory, regulation and activation of thinking, creativity.
Oncoprotection – protection against the appearance of oncological diseases
Fight against increased fatigue and chronic fatigue.
Skin rejuvenation and hair condition improvement.
The initial consultation consists of two specialist receptions and an intermediate laboratory and instrumental examination. The program does not include accommodation.
At this stage, the guest undergoes a full examination and receives an appointment. The doctor determines the control points – the indicators that need to be achieved by a certain time.
During the second consultation, it is determined how effective the appointments were, whether the desired was achieved.If not, then the therapy is adjusted.
The anti-aging effect is based on the restoration of health, which renews vitality, energizes and turns back the clock. Program without staying in a spa complex.
What is detox and does your body need it? / Blog / Clinic EXPERT
Advertising about the so-called detox programs to cleanse the body of toxins and dirt, which ultimately endows the body with health, lightness and beauty, is actively spread on the wide open spaces of the Internet, in social networks and not only.Quite often you hear that our body already from childhood with improper diet, stress, sedentary lifestyle begins to slag, which can manifest itself in the form:
- insomnia or drowsiness
- skin rashes
- unpleasant mouth
- weight problems
- depression or hysteria
and leads to faster aging.
The fact is actively promoted that when the body is slagged and symptoms appear, it is necessary to visit doctors more often, which ultimately leads to dependence on medicine and the constant use of a huge amount of drugs.It is interesting to note that this is a very successful move in the hands of marketers, who, thanks to such a fashionable trend in the use of detox programs, have considerable profits.
However, before agreeing to the use of such programs, let’s figure out what they are, what the pros and cons are.
Testimonials of doctors about detox
The word “detox” means detoxification of the body. In medical science, detoxification is the treatment of dangerous conditions:
- drug overdoses
It is carried out only in a hospital.According to supporters and promoters of detox, the body is not able to get rid of toxins and toxins on its own.
The detox program is a popular nutrition system that is based on the systematic consumption of fortified drinks of natural origin and the complete rejection of other foods. It turns out that fruits, juices and vegetable soups can cleanse our body. Of course, the fibers of fruits and vegetables, their vitamin and mineral composition, are certainly beneficial for humans.But as a means of cleansing the body, they cannot be compared with the systems that are already embedded in us.
Slags and detox
The words “slags” and “detox” have nothing to do with medical science. Slag is a waste of metallurgical production.
Normally, the cleansing of the body is provided for by its physiological characteristics, the liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs and skin are actively involved in this process. Nature has endowed the body with sufficiently strong systems of purification and self-regulation.For example, the gut microbiota is capable of producing natural antibacterial agents and regulating immune and allergic responses. The liver, kidneys and lungs are cleansed at the cellular and molecular levels. Of course, with improper nutrition, poor environmental conditions, frequent stress and genetic disorders or a predisposition to certain diseases, the physiological cleaning system may suffer. But, this happens already at the stage of a particular disease, often without obvious clinical manifestations, which requires, first of all, a visit to a doctor.
Official medicine does not recognize any cleansing, since there are many examples when self-cleaning of any organs (for example, the liver and gallbladder with lemon juice and olive oil and the development of blockage of the biliary tract with calculi) led to hospitalization, including surgical branch.
If these programs really cleansed our body and got rid of diseases, then this approach would be actively taught in medical universities.But studies of “cleansing the body” with detox juices or soups have been conducted on a limited number of people, reports are based on their sense of self, measurements are qualitative, not quantitative – all this does not allow them to be taken seriously. In addition, the placebo effect has not been canceled. However, these programs can have dangerous side effects, affect blood sugar regulation and cause electrolyte imbalances. Many of the detox supplements are laxative and diuretic and can lead to dehydration and wasting of the body.
Contraindications to detox diets
The therapeutic course of a detox diet should not be carried out for people who suffer from gastrointestinal diseases (gastritis, colitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis), rheumatological diseases, endocrine diseases (diabetes mellitus, etc.), urolithiasis, heart disease -vascular system; contraindicated for people who are preparing for surgery, children and the elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Advantages of home detox diets
If we talk about the advantages of home detox diets, the most important thing, perhaps, is that a person develops certain dietary and lifestyle habits and he (or she) automatically begins to restrict himself from all harmful products and habits, because he simply does not want all this.
However, if you want to help your body get stronger, become more active and energetic, you just need to give up heavy and “junk” food (fast food, chips, fried, fatty, flour, sweet soda, etc.), from sedentary lifestyle, bad habits, drink plain water and eat rationally, fully, fractionally.
If something bothers you, and you want to change your diet, start actively exercising, start with a doctor’s consultation or at least with general clinical examinations, and not with self-diagnosis and self-treatment with similar programs.
Are there any special features of detox in St. Petersburg
Many clinics, including in St. Petersburg, offer detox programs to patients, which, along with doctor’s advice, laboratory and functional diagnostics, can include the so-called detox-spa procedures:
Of course, such rest and recovery of the body has a positive effect: weight loss, increased immunity, normalization of stools, and improved skin quality. Of course, such procedures are useful. After detox-spa programs, the patient feels better and looks rested.
However, after the program of cleansing the body, patients return to their usual way of life, and the positive effect disappears.
Therefore, do not abuse junk food and alcohol, include regular physical activity in your regimen, be attentive to your health.If you experience any unpleasant symptoms, see your doctor. If there is no cause for concern, go through the check-up or clinical check-up at least once a year.
Colon cleansing as a form of detox
90,000 According to scientists, there is no evidence of the usefulness of post-holiday cleansing of the body
Timothy Caufield is the host of the Netflix documentary series How to Cheat Death? User’s Guide to Cheating Death, in which he tests various “detox” (methods of detoxification of the body).
According to experts, the belief that detox diets and cleansing procedures remove toxins, pesticides and other toxic substances from our bodies is “scientifically absurd.”
Timothy Caulfield thought his brain was filling with blood. He was hanging upside down in gravity boots attached to a horizontal bar, and his team worried that he would not ditch himself.
Theorists of inversion therapy claim that it detoxifies the body and drains the lymphatic system, and also improves the circulation of substances necessary for the organs of the body.However, while many detoxes are touted as scientific, detoxifying the body is sheer nonsense, Caulfield said.
This Canadian bioethics expert examines the enduring popularity of detox and cleansing in the first episode of Netflix’s documentary series How to Cheat Death? User’s manual”.
In addition to inversion therapy, Caulfield, professor of health law and policy at the University of Alberta, has tested a variety of diets and treatments that purportedly detoxify the body, including ionic foot baths, magnetotherapy, and infrared sweating. sauna, beer and tea detox, as well as jumping on a trampoline (these jumps seem to allow you to shake out of the body – literally! – all harmful substances accumulated in it).
Commercial detox and cleanses are wildly in demand, especially after holiday abuse. Down with the old, give the new! “Clear your way to a completely new self!” – calls for advertising. The idea that stimulating and clearing internal organs can somehow press the reset button plays a huge role at the level of intuition, Caulfield admits.
However, he stresses, “there is really nothing scientific at the heart of this view.”
Indeed, as a 2015 critical review showed, Despite brilliant anecdotal reports, there is very little clinical evidence to support commercial detox diets .
Those who advertise detox never specify exactly which toxins or chemicals they remove and what the “mechanism for removing these substances is, making it difficult to verify,” write the authors of an article published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics .
In conventional medicine, the term “toxins” is commonly used to refer to drugs and alcohol. In this case, “detoxification” means abstaining from the use of alcohol or drugs until they are completely eliminated from the blood.
But in the booming world of detox marketing, Caulfield notes, the term “toxin” is used to denote a vague and uncertain threat, playing on the fears that modern society generates in people. In addition, there is “such a spiritual basis as exorcism, which drives out demons from us.”
Exorcism, according to experts, originated in the era of early civilizations.
“The idea that we are somehow poisoning ourselves and need atonement for our sins, apparently, is inherent in humanity by nature, otherwise how can we explain its presence in most world religions?” – posted on Science-Based Medicine by pharmacist Scott Gavura.
However, a person cannot help but be exposed to all sorts of chemicals, emphasizes internal diseases specialist David Juurlink, who outlined his point of view on detoxification on Twitter (“… Here is a toxicologist’s explanation of how they work: no way “.).
About 2,000 new chemicals are introduced into food and non-food products each year in the United States alone, according to the aforementioned article by Hosen Kiat and Alice Klein of Macquarie University Hospital in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Hospital) in Sydney, Australia.
At the heart of the detox industry “is the idea that chemicals can be clearly categorized as“ good ”and“ bad ”, as one of its authors, cardiologist Keat, stated after the publication of this study. “In fact,” Kiat noted, “the poison does the dose.”
Take lead. “Anyone can find some lead in their blood,” says Juurlink, a clinical toxicologist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. “This is normal for people living on a planet where lead is everywhere.And it does accumulate in people exposed to it. But being exposed to something and being sick because of it are two completely different things. ”
When the kidneys and liver are healthy, they very effectively rid our body of all unnecessary, be it toxins or drugs, emphasizes Juurlink. For example, the kidneys remove drugs and other water-soluble chemicals from the body, the liver releases chemicals we don’t need into the bile and intestines.
“However, it seems to me,” says Juurlink, “many people imagine that the liver is an organ that can be squeezed or squeezed out in some way, that the kidneys can be flushed, and that the colon can be used as a channel for a violent purification of the body.” …
“I have no doubt,” notes the Toronto toxicologist, “that after cleansing, or these stupid diets, or all sorts of enemas, people feel differently. “But this result does not mean that these treatments magically rid them of toxins.”
Very often, detoxification involves the use of a laxative, some types of which can drastically lower the level of potassium or magnesium and even cause dehydration, which can be fatal. Colon “hydrotherapy”, or “irrigation,” popular with naturopaths, can lead to microcracks in the colon.
“There will always be people who cannot be discouraged that detox is a good, healthy thing,” says Juurlink. “However, to those who doubt this, I will say unequivocally: ‘No’”.
According to Caulfield, even the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health – a US government agency that has itself been criticized for promoting pseudoscience – has concluded that there is no conclusive evidence that fasting, juice , colon hydrotherapy and other detox products “really detoxify or improve health.”
The main health risks that many detox diets pose are associated with excessive fasting. It can cause protein and vitamin deficiencies and electrolyte imbalances. In addition, those on these diets run the risk of overdosing on dietary supplements, laxatives and diuretics, and even water.
Detoxifying the body with celery for seven days leads to weight loss by requiring you to starve. It is worth stopping – and the previous weight inevitably returns.
Caulfield lost and then quickly gained three kilograms after 21 days of cleansing – a detox program to “achieve good health and restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself.”
Here is a diet promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop (see also https://22century.com/popular-science-publications/nasa-vs-goop) that claims to be a healthy lifestyle goal: breakfast – a milkshake, for lunch – products according to a special list (excluded: dairy products, sugar, fiber, soy, corn, beef and pork), for dinner – a milkshake, throughout the day – “pure additives”.
Cleansing as part of this diet made Caulfield feel “crap and grouch,” mainly because he had to avoid caffeine, which, as the Canadian professor put it, “nearly killed” him. However, he understands why the Goop diet has a lot of fans.
“After going through it all, you can still experience the uplift that you expected – thanks to the sense of accomplishment,” he says. “I am still impressed by this upsurge, although I am well aware of how scientifically ridiculous what I was doing.”
90,000 Post-holiday recovery
The huge variety of delicious dishes on the festive table is a great temptation even for those people who always strictly adhere to diets. Passive vacation on vacation. All this could not but affect the figure and health. We recommend several sports, entertainment and SPA areas that will help you get back in shape easily.
Kotelnicheskaya emb., 1/15, bldg. H / m Taganskaya / (495) 660 8784;
Lomonosovsky prospect, 29, bldg. 2 / m. University / (495) 643 9977
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Photo source: the press service of the Thai SPA network “Kinari”.
The Thai SPA network offers a complex of procedures to restore health and shape: detox, a detoxification program aimed at renewing and moisturizing the skin, as well as removing toxins, eliminating excess fluid from the body, relieving swelling and getting rid of toxins; slim-procedures, in which a special massage technique is used in combination with natural creams, will make the body elastic and fit.There is also a course to consolidate the results achieved. Easy and enjoyable programs will quickly get you back to normal.
La Salute sports & relax club
st. Zemlyanoy Val, 77 / m. Taganskaya (TKL), Marxist, Taganskaya (KL) / (495) 911 1122 / www.lasalute.ru
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Photo source: press service of La Salute sports & relax club.
The beauty and health center focuses on the fight against excess weight. As a serious weapon, they offer a comprehensive 1.5-hour spa-program Dolce vita, which includes a hydromassage bath “Karakala”, chocolate wrapping and moisturizing with cream. “Caracala” has several modes and options (manual and automatic massage), milk protein is also added to the bathroom. This procedure forms an excellent figure and tones the body. The result of the Slimming and Body Contour Thalasso Bretagne wrap will be consolidated in combination with courses of hardware techniques (cavitation, LPG, pressotherapy) and the Anti-cellulite and Corrective massages.
Yaroslavskoe highway, 1 km from MKAD (SEC XL) / VDNKh metro station, Exhibition center / (495) 258 0683 / www.kva-kva.ru
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Photo source: Kva-Kva Park official website.
An evening after a hard day’s work is pleasant to spend in the water park. Water carries away all the bad things, besides, it is always fun in Kva-Kva Park.But in addition to this, a range of services is provided here aimed at restoring strength and health: steaming with brooms, hot tubs, coffee peeling, chocolate wrap, exotic peeling with Garra Rufa fish and massage procedures. Thus, guests will cheer themselves up, improve their skin condition, relieve stress, free their heads from unnecessary thoughts, tighten muscles and lose weight if necessary.
Kholodilny lane, 3 / metro Tulskaya / (495) 954 5552 / www.rollholl.ru
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Photo source: Roll Hall entertainment center press service.
This large complex offers a wide range of entertainment options: rollerdrome, bowling, billiards, slot machines and Q-zar. But the most popular of them, attracting the most guests to the Roll Hall, is, of course, the rollerdrome of 1500 sq. M.m. Here you can actively relax with the whole family and thus bounce back after long holidays. You should not be afraid of injury, because aggressive skiing is prohibited here. For those who rarely get up on the rollers, individual and group lessons are organized. And if you do not have rollers or protection, then you can rent it.
Izmailovskoe sh., 71 (GTK Izmailovo, building Delta, 2nd floor) / metro Partizanskaya / (495) 737 7100;
Youth st., 15 / m. Vykhino / (499) 373 1040; (499) 374 5149;
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Photo source: the press service of the network of fitness centers “Mark Aurelius”.
The network of fitness centers “Marcus Aurelius” sympathizes with those who treacherously do not fit clothes after the most “enriching” holidays in our country, but advises not to lose heart, but to start actively moving. Any dance style is suitable, aerobic exercise – from pump to cycle, – classes on a treadmill, stationary bike, ellipsoid.Even if you walk more often and drink plenty of water, it will already be better. The body will work great if it loses extra pounds and removes harmful deposits.
Novocherkassky boulevard, 44 / m. Maryino / (495) 349 1101 / www.missfitness.ru
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Photo source: the press service of the fitness center “Miss Fitness”.
Miss Fitness debunks the myth that strength training disfigures a woman’s figure, and calls on to pay attention to them. The main thing to know is that strength training makes the body not only sculpted, but also slim. Moreover, women burn fat faster than build muscle. The ideal figure is achieved through the development of the muscles of the back, hips, buttocks, arms and legs. Heavy basic exercises help to increase the body’s resources, which allows you to maintain the acquired shape for longer. Age and level of training are unimportant.The trainer will help you choose the right weight and technique, and protect you from injury.
st. Red Pine, 2A / m. VDNKh / (495) 640 1640;
Mozhaiskoe highway, 2 / metro Kuntsevskaya / (495) 925 2505;
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Photo source: press service of the N-ERGO fitness club chain.
If you are still thinking about which fitness club card to buy, we advise you to pay attention to the clubs of the N-ERGO chain.N-ERGO on Mozhaisk highway is equipped with a swimming pool with a cascade and a jacuzzi, there is a children’s pool, as well as a bath complex (Finnish saunas, hammam, Russian bath with a plunge pool). The highlight of the club on the Yaroslavl highway is a huge gym, which is rightfully considered the best in the area. Children are enrolled in dances, yoga and are welcome to attend karate and boxing classes. Before you start exercising, go through fitness testing and fitness expertise.
Turchaninov lane, 3, bldg.1 / m. Park Kultury (SL), Park Kultury (KL) / (499) 246 1344 / www.chayka-sport.ru
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Photo source: the press service of the Chaika SPA center.
One of the most visited sports and recreation centers in Moscow believes that after long holidays it is necessary not only to lose weight, but also to restore health and advertise a little. In this regard, several programs have been prepared here: “Flawless Body”, “Healthy Back” and “High Performance”.Certified specialists of the SPA center will individually select the most suitable programs to quickly achieve an excellent result: steaming with brooms in a Russian bath, water procedures in the pool and hot tub, wellness and corrective massages, SPA treatments.
Vlada Zakharova’s Argentine Tango Studio Theater
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Photo source: the press service of the Argentine tango theater studio of Vlada Zakharova.
During the holidays, many have already managed to get bored, and the immobilized muscles have become numb. It’s time to get rid of this unpleasant state, giving yourself great pleasure from the techniques and rhythms of passionate Argentine tango in the studio theater under the direction of Vlada Zakharova. Here professional teachers will teach guests to dance a hot dance, plunge them into the atmosphere of fire and passion of Argentina. If you wish, you can study with real Argentine macho, as well as attend tango parties in Moscow and even in Buenos Aires.
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Tatiana Tsarenko, employee of Planet Fitness.
Photo source: the press service of the Planet Fitness network of sports and health clubs.
The network of sports and health clubs “Planet Fitness” advises to get in shape after the holidays without sudden movements.Morning shower should be warm or contrasting, not icy. The diet should contain the correct ratio of nutrients, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and at least 1.5 liters of liquid per day. Moderate regular exercise will not hurt either. Walking, skiing and skating, visiting a fitness club and swimming pool are perfect. This contributes to the overall toning of the body and psychological relaxation.
st. Medvedev, 10 / (495) 720 2192 / www.sport-town.ru
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Photo source: the press service of the Sportown fitness club.
Sportown recommends going for an extraordinary fitness diagnostic and getting individual recommendations for exercise, so as not to damage your health by a sharp drop. Bath complex, massage, solarium, fresh juices in the fitness bar – this is enough for the first stage. On the second, you should start low and medium intensity loads: water aerobics, swimming, dancing, stretching, yoga, Pilates.You need to consolidate the result with something more serious: classes in the gym with a personal trainer, high-intensity and strength group programs.
90,000 Features of sanatorium detox programs for cleansing the body
The word “detox” in the last few years can be heard in various areas of human life. Under such a loud name, various cosmetic procedures are carried out, hair care is carried out and, of course, are offered by clinics and sanatoriums of the detox program of the body or a specific organ.There are many directions, but which of these really works, and is there a real detox that is good for your health? Today we will tell you about sanatorium detox programs, which are based on a comprehensive cleansing of the body, about who is indicated for such treatment and who is not recommended.
General concepts of detox
Detox, derived from Detoxification, is the elimination of poisons and toxins of biological origin from the body, naturally or artificially. Simply put, this is getting rid of all that unnecessary and harmful that accumulates in our body at the cellular level, coming from the outside.Sources of poisons around us: poor quality food with pesticides, preservatives, food additives and dyes; contaminated water; smoking and drinking alcohol; polluted atmosphere and bad ecology; physical inactivity, lack of sleep and constant stress; viral infections.
When a large amount of toxins accumulates in the body, a malfunction occurs in the work of organs and systems, metabolic processes are disrupted. It is also possible that problems with the intestines, the appearance of excess weight and nervous disorders, may begin to hurt joints and other dangerous diseases of vital organs may occur.
However, our body is a unique “mechanism” capable of self-cleaning from harmful toxins. The main guardians in the fight against poisons are the liver and kidneys. These important organs in a healthy person work fully and get rid of accumulated toxins on their own. But sometimes the body needs help in this fight. The human body simply cannot cope, because it is impossible to completely eliminate harmful factors from your life. For this, there are many ways of artificial detoxification.
One of the most proven ways to cleanse the body is the spa detox programs, compiled by specialists with many years of experience in medicine and carried out under their strict supervision.
Sanatorium detox programs in Europe
All sanatorium detox programs are based on cleansing the body through therapeutic fasting, balanced dietary nutrition in combination with an extensive medical base and a variety of procedures. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the popular methods of weight correction and body cleansing in European resorts.
Fasting according to the Buchinger-Lutzner method
In Hungary, in close proximity to the unique thermal lake Heviz, in the very center of the resort is the NaturMed Carbona sanatorium.A unique method of treating various diseases is successfully used here – curative fasting according to the Buchinger-Lutzner method.
The Buchinger-Lützner Fasting Treatment is not an extreme diet in which you literally starve, but a diet of low-calorie fluids. The minimum course at which you can achieve detoxification of the body is 10 days. An individual fasting program, a menu and a list of procedures are drawn up for each patient.Indications for therapeutic fasting are: diseases of the nervous system, digestive organs, liver and biliary tract, gynecological problems. It is worth remembering that each case is individual and the patient, before going to a sanatorium for detox recovery, should undergo an examination of the body and get expert advice. Only on the recommendation of the attending physician can you begin healing with hunger.
The large-scale and well-equipped health and wellness center “NaturMed Carbona” offers its patients a wide variety of detoxifying and strengthening procedures based on the use of a unique natural factor – the healing waters of Lake Heviz and local mud from the thick lake peat layer.For a full-fledged detox effect, you can be prescribed compresses for the liver, mud applications, various wellness massages, medicinal drinking of mineral water, bowel cleansing, balneological procedures, and respiratory therapy.
RAW-food, literally translated from English means “raw, unprocessed”. If you stick to this value, then RAW food is nothing more than the trendy raw food diet lately. With such a food system, any heat treatment of food is completely excluded, since at temperatures above 45 ° useful enzymes are destroyed.But in sanatoriums, for example, in the detox hotel “Villa Ritter”, located in the Czech Karlovy Vary, RAW food is used in a slightly different, but very close to its original meaning.
For cleansing the body, the Villa Ritter detox hotel offers a special vegetarian menu. All RAW dishes are prepared here using a special technology at a temperature of no more than 42 °. This method of light heat treatment allows you to preserve the beneficial properties of products in dietary dishes.
The menus are made by doctors and nutritionists of the sanatorium in such a way that eating in small portions, the patient does not feel hunger and receives the required amount of microelements and vitamins.There is an individual approach to each vacationer here, experts select a menu depending on the state of the body and the severity of concomitant diseases.
Indications for referral to the Villa Ritter detox hotel are diseases of the digestive system, endocrine system, eating disorders and metabolic disorders. Before traveling to the resort, you must consult with your doctor and undergo the necessary research. Any illness in the acute stage will be a contraindication to this type of rest; children, adolescents and the elderly need to use the RAW-feeding system with caution.Each case is always considered individually, and only a doctor can unambiguously determine the possibility of taking a course of sanatorium recovery.
Naturally, as in any other sanatorium, in “Villa Ritter” balanced curative nutrition is complemented by an individual program of spa procedures. Patients can be prescribed: hardware lymphatic drainage, inhalations, enemas, taking medications to normalize the intestinal flora, massages, physiotherapy.
Fasting according to the Austrian physician Franz Xavier Mayer is a special rehabilitation therapy based on intensive dietary treatment.According to the scientist’s theory, a healthy intestine is the key to overall human health. Therefore, the essence of the treatment comes down to a comprehensive bowel cleansing, normalization of the digestive system and restoration of the acid-base balance in the body.
Indication for undergoing a treatment course according to the Mayer method:
- metabolic and digestive disorders
- vegetative disorders
- diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and biliary tract
- disorders of the heart and blood circulation
- sleep disorders.
Due to therapeutic fasting according to the Mayer method, detoxification and cleansing of the body occurs – this solves problems with digestion, metabolism and excess weight, blood and lymph are renewed, cells and tissues are rejuvenated, the body tone is increased.
When drawing up a detox course in all European sanatoriums, the characteristics of each individual patient, his wishes and the general condition of the body are taken into account. Patients feel the effect of such a personalized and integrated approach literally after a few days of rest.The state of health improves, strength appears, the vitality of the body rises.
After completing the full course of the sanatorium detox program, patients show a noticeable weight loss, normalization of digestion and sleep, and an increase in efficiency. And if, upon returning from the sanatorium, follow the doctor’s recommendations and apply the knowledge gained, then the effect of recovery will not only last for a long time, but also multiply.
Sanatorium Sputnik in Belarus (Naroch)
Sanatorium “Sputnik” is located on the territory of the Naroch National Reserve and the resort “Naroch” (Myadel District, Minsk Region).
The Narochansky region is famous for its beauty, amazing nature, hospitality and kindness of people. Pine forests, moor meadows, endless azure sky and water, unique landscapes. Here the air, clean and infused with the smell of resinous coniferous and deciduous forests, absorbing the breath of the lake water surface, is already healing in itself.
The area of this sanatorium, opened in 2006, is 3.8 hectares. Guests are accommodated in two seven-storey buildings, there are also eleven cottages made of wooden beams.The room fund consists of standard single one-room suites, double (one- and two-room, including deluxe) rooms and double two-room apartments. Each room includes a bathroom with a shower, a set of furniture items, as well as the necessary household appliances (refrigerator, telephone, TV and electric kettle). Guests of the “luxury” -category rooms will also have at their disposal a bidet, a bath, a double bed, a set of upholstered furniture and an iron. All rooms – both in buildings and in cottages – are equipped with Wi-Fi access.The maximum number of beds in the sanatorium is 296.
Medical specialization – elimination of problems of the musculoskeletal system, treatment of cardiovascular diseases, as well as nervous diseases. Staying in a sanatorium contributes to the overall health of the body, increases its resistance to stress, and also has a preventive effect. In addition to natural factors, methods such as physiotherapy, exercise therapy and dietology are used for therapeutic purposes. Qualified employees of the sanatorium offer vacationers high-quality functional diagnostics.The principle of an individual approach is expressed in the selection of a unique wellness program for each patient, aimed at restoring and developing the body’s reserve forces.
Five meals a day, according to the “menu-order” principle. The dining room with European cuisine is located in a separate one-story building. There is also a cafe on site.
The infrastructure of the sanatorium includes a bath complex with a Finnish sauna, an indoor swimming pool with an area of 175 square meters with a section for children, a solarium, a beauty salon and a spa, a library; services of a tour desk and sports equipment rental are provided.At leisure, the guests of the sanatorium have the opportunity to go in for sports in the exercise therapy hall or in the gym, go water skiing for a fee, visit the cinema and concert hall or play billiards.