Beach weather is calling—now is the time to slim down and shape up for summer. The good news is you don’t need to rely on harmful fad diets or deprive yourself of your favorite foods just to shed those few extra pounds. Here are three simple and healthful ways to slim down and achieve a healthy body weight in time for summer.
- Jumpstart Weight Loss with Cleansing‡: Your body is exposed to harmful toxins every day, and those toxins love to hang out in fat cells—which means the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body will retain. As you lose weight, those toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream where they can impede your weight loss efforts by slowing down metabolism and making it harder to burn fat. ReNew Life offers a full selection of natural herbal cleanses and weight loss support formulas designed to help eliminate toxins and waste, promote the use of stored fat for energy, and increase lean body mass.‡
- Curb Cravings with Fiber‡: We know from Brenda Watson’s The Fiber35 Diet that fiber has unique appetite-suppressing properties; it expands in the stomach, taking up more space, which helps you feel full.‡ It also slows the digestive process to help you stay satisfied longer after eating and triggers the release of a hormone called cholecystokinin, which tells the brain the stomach is full.‡ And just recently, experts at the Imperial College London discovered that the body produces a certain chemical after eating fiber which alters the brain cells that control hunger, prompting us to eat less.‡ Aim for at least 35 grams of fiber daily from non-starchy veggies and low-sugar fruits, along with a natural fiber supplement to help curb appetite.‡
Lose the Excuses and Get Active: A healthy body weight and regular exercise go hand in hand. It’s just that simple. Fortunately, one of the best things about summer is that the warm weather and extra hours of sunlight offer endless possibilities for outdoor activity—which means if going to the gym has gotten a little stale, now is your chance to get out there and get active! Active muscles suck up extra blood sugar, break down fat and increase metabolism, so make it a point to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week. A mix of aerobic activity and resistance training is ideal, with some stretching and/or yoga included.
Did you know the word “liver” comes from an Old English word for “life”? That’s because the length and quality of your life are linked to the healthy function of your liver. Every day this amazing organ manufactures roughly 13,000 chemicals, maintains 2,000 enzyme systems, filters 100 gallons of blood, and produces about a quart of bile to assist with digestion. And because the liver is responsible for cleaning the blood that nourishes the rest of the body, a weak or overburdened liver affects every other organ and system of the body.
If your liver is not functioning to full capacity—often referred to as a sluggish liver—it can impact your central nervous system, your digestive system, your endocrine system, your reproductive system, your cardiovascular system and more. The good news is there are simple things you can do every day to promote healthy liver function—like these five tips below!
- Go Organic. So many foods today are contaminated with pesticides, chemical additives, and even growth hormones and antibiotics—all of which put added stress on your liver. Opt for fresh, organic foods whenever possible, including meats from organically raised, grass-fed animals.
- Avoid Saturated Fats, Trans Fats and Sugar. The Standard American Diet (or SAD) is loaded with heavily processed, high-fat and high-sugar foods that can take a serious toll on the health of your liver. Instead, add more low-sugar fruits, non-starchy vegetables, lean protein sources and beneficial Omega-3s to your daily diet.
- Limit Your Alcohol Intake. Alcohol can damage liver cells and cause inflammation of the liver, eventually leading to cirrhosis and liver disease. While it’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages altogether, make it a point to be aware of how often and how much you drink, and limit alcohol consumption as much as possible.
- Cleanse & Detox Regularly. As the body’s primary detox organ, the liver requires specific nutrients to be effective. In addition to frequent total-body cleansing, many people benefit from using an herbal liver cleansing formula that contains a blend of herbs, antioxidants and nutraceuticals used traditionally to support healthy liver function.‡
- Exercise. Belly fat and liver fat often go hand in hand. In fact, fat from the liver can be sent to the belly, and vice versa—eventually increasing the risk of developing fatty liver disease. Regular exercise (at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) has been shown to support healthy liver function by stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation, which in turn helps eliminate toxins from the body and reduce the risk of obesity-related liver damage.