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Zoloft has been shown to Substantially Increase the Risk of Severe Heart Defects and other Birth Defects when used During Pregnancy.
Zoloft, also known as Sertraline Hydrochloride, is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression and anxiety. The drug was approved for sale in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 and has since become one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants.
Recognizing that women are at a greatly increased risk of developing depression between the ages of 18 and 40 (child bearing age), the drug manufacturers advertised Zoloft, Paxil and other SSRIs as being safe to use during pregnancy.
In the past 5 years, however, several prominent studies have emerged suggesting that SSRIs like Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro and Prozac actually cause serious and sometimes life threatening birth defects when used during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, the thousands of expectant mothers who took Zoloft because they were told that it safe to use during pregnancy are now having to cope with the devastating physical and emotional effects of raising or losing a baby from the severe and sometimes fatal consequences of the drug.
Heart Defects & Other Serious Birth Defects Associated With Zoloft
Learn more about the birth defects that have been associated with Zoloft use During Pregnancy as below:
Congenital Heart Defects
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
Atrial septal defects are congenital heart malformations which cause blood to flow between the right and left atria through the inter-atrial septum. A hole is formed in the wall separating the upper chambers of the heart, causing improper blood flow.
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
Ventricular septal defects are congenital heart malformations in which the left and right ventricles are not properly separated, causing oxygen-rich blood from the left side of the heart to flow into the right side and be reintroduced back into the lungs, even though it is already oxygenated. This defect places a great deal of strain on the heart can cause the heart to enlarge
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn describes the circulatory system’s failure to automatically kick in and begin supporting the infant following birth and physical separation from its mother. The transition allows the newborn child to live without relying on assistance from the mother’s circulatory system. PPHN results when a major blood vessel in the fetus, known as the ductus arteriosus, remains open instead of closing immediately after birth as intended. With this blood vessel open, hypertension in the infant’s lungs forces blood through the aperture and into other areas of the body before it is able to properly oxidize in the lungs. The child will be left unable to breathe and can quickly develop hypoxemia or even acidosis. Recent studies have demonstrated that mothers who took Zoloft while pregnant run a much higher risk of giving birth to a child with PPHN than mothers who did not ingest the medication.
Omphalocele and Diaphragmatic Hernias
Omphalocele and diaphragmatic hernias are congenital birth defects that cause a child’s intestines or other abdominal organs to protrude or stick out from the navel. According to studies, mothers who took Zoloft while pregnant run a heightened risk of giving birth to babies with omphalocele and diaphragmatic hernias.
Craniosynostosis is a congenital birth defect that causes sutures to prematurely close on a newborn infant’s skull. Sutures are fibrous joints that give the skull limited flexibility so that it can grow and develop with the child. Sutures that prematurely close can cause a skull to be misshapen or deformed. Mothers who took Zoloft during pregnancy have an increased risk of giving birth to babies with craniosynostosis.
Anal Atresia, also known as imperforate anus, is a congenital birth defect in which the rectum forms improperly. There are several types of Anal Atresia including:
- Persistent Cloaca: where the rectum, urinary tract and vagina or urethra are combined into one channel;
- Low Lesion: where the colon remains near to the skin; the anus is often narrowed or missing entirely with the rectum ending in a sealed pouch; and
- High Lesion: where the colon is located higher up in the pelvis; generally the bladder, rectum and urethra or vagina are connected by an opening or fistula.
Club Foot, also known as Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV), is a congenital birth defect in which one or both feet are rotated inward at the ankle.
Coarctation of the Aorta
Coarctation of the Aorta, also known as Aortic Coarctation, is a congenital birth defect in which the aorta narrows at the point where it connects with the ductus arteriosus. This condition requires the heart to work much harder in order to pump blood through this narrowed vessel. The defect is often present in combination with other heart defects and can range from mild to severe.
Gastroschisis is a congenital birth defect in which the infant’s intestines protrude or stick out through a hole in the abdominal wall that forms near the umbilical cord. While similar to Omphalocele, the intestines are not covered by a membrane in the case of Gastroschisis.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is a congenital birth defect that causes the left side of the heart to develop improperly. As a result, the left side of the heart will be unable to send enough blood to keep the rest of the body functioning. This left-side weakness will ultimately force the right side of the heart to try and compensate. The right side can support the entire body temporarily but will inevitably fail once the strain becomes too much. Areas of the heart affected by Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome include:
- The Aorta;
- The Left Ventricle;
- The Aortic Valve; and
- The Mitral Valve.
Limb Reduction is a congenital birth defect which causes one or more of an infant’s limbs (arms or legs) to develop improperly. Limb Reduction can result in the limbs being reduced in size or missing altogether depending on the severity of the condition.
Pulmonary Atresia is a congenital heart defect in which the pulmonary valve fails to develop properly. As a result of Pulmonary Atresia, the pulmonary valve remains blocked by tissue and is unable to pump blood from the right side of the heart into the lungs so that it may oxygenate.
Pulmonary Valve Stenosis is a congenital birth defect in which the pulmonary valve is narrowed and unable to allow enough blood to flow to the lungs for oxygenation. The pulmonary valve lies between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery.
Spina Bifida, also known as Myelomeningocele or cleft spine, is a congenital birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal fail to properly close prior to birth.
Tetralogy of Fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect that can cause cyanosis, a blue-purple tint to the skin resulting from a lack of oxygen. Tetralogy of Fallot is typically associated with four other malformations:
- Pulmonary Infundibular Stenosis: A narrowing of the right ventricular outflow duct.
- Overriding Aorta: Misalignment of the Aorta.
- Ventricular Septal Defect: A hole between the left and right ventricles.
- Right Ventricular Hypertrophy: A condition in which the right ventricle becomes overdeveloped.
Tranposition of the Great Arteries
Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) is a congenital heart defect in which the two vessels largely responsible for moving blood away from the heart, the Aorta and the Pulmonary Artery, switch places. TGA is a cyanotic defect that can cause the skin to have a blue-purple tint due to decreased oxygen levels.
Studies Linking Zoloft with Heart and Other Birth Defects
Since its introduction to the U.S. market 20 years ago, Zoloft, known generically as sertraline hydrochloride, has been widely prescribed to pregnant women in order to help them cope with feelings of depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that pregnant women who are exposed to Zoloft, or other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro, run an elevated risk of giving birth to a child with a serious heart defect.
For example, in a June 28, 2007, a study printed in The New England Journal of Medicine, doctors found a disturbing link between sertraline hydrochloride (Zoloft) and the development of heart defects, including atrial and ventricular septal defects, and other serious birth defects, including intestinal problems, like omphalocele and diaphragmatic hernias, limb reductions, anal atresia, and clubbed foot.
Researchers observed as much as a 100% increase in the occurrence of septal defects, right ventricular outflow tract obstructions (e.g. Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, Tetralogy of Fallot, Pulmonary Valve Stenosis, Pulmonary Atresia, etc.) and left ventricular outflow tract obstructions (e.g. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Mitral Stenosis, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Coarctation of the Aorta, Bicuspid Aortic Valve, etc.) in mothers who took Zoloft while pregnant.
By Julia Rosien
For many parents, a child’s first birthday heralds the end of babyhood and the beginning of toddlerhood. A walking, talking little person ready to explore the world takes the place of midnight feedings and T-shirts caked in spit-up. It’s momentous.
Your baby probably won’t remember anything about the event, but why not celebrate the first birthday with a party the whole family will treasure? It’s a great way to mark how far you’ve come in only a year.
Who to Invite
Limit the number of youngsters when planning your child’s first party. “If a child is one, there shouldn’t be any more than one other child his age,” says Phyllis Cambria of Party Plans Plus in south Florida, and co-author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Throwing a Great Party.” Limit the number of children to the age of the child. Too many children may overwhelm your birthday star and take away from his “specialness.”
Relatives and special adults in your child’s life will want to join in the celebration, but too much attention may make her cranky and you tense. “Give her a day that’s special and focus on just her,” Cambria says. “Instead of sending invitations to all your relatives, mail a booklet of photos a week after the party.” If relatives do come, keep it simple and order food in advance.
“With our first child we had a huge party and invited both sides of the family,” says Steve Miller of Ontario. “By the fourth baby we held many little parties scattered over a couple of weeks. It didn’t overwhelm the birthday child as much and was a great way to build self-esteem.” Miller’s children enjoyed smaller parties with fewer packages to open.
What Kind of Party?
Cambria suggests building the party theme around things that interest your child. “If he likes trains, do a train theme,” she says. Make trains out of boxes and let him be the engineer. Or let him be ringmaster at the circus by using animal cracker boxes. Build cages for stuffed animals by cutting holes in the sides of boxes. Use ropes or ribbon to make the bars and put his stuffed animals inside. Create a fish party with goldfish crackers, fish plates and a fishing bucket with magnets and washers. Make a fish cake using licorice for the mouth and candies for eyes, and put fins on your paper plates.Make a train cake using a few loaf tins flipped upside down after baking and arranged in a line. Ice each one a different color and link together with Oreo cookies. Let baby help out by placing the candies on the cake after you’ve iced it. It won’t be perfect to adult eyes, but he’ll love it. And the time you spent making it will be the best gift you can give him. “My wife loved baking with the kids,” Miller says. “I think our guests were a little leery eating something a toddler helped to prepare, but that didn’t matter as much as seeing the pride on a little face.”
If you’re pressed for time, take advantage of the many party packages available in stores. If your child loves Franklin the Turtle or Blues Clues, buy a party package she’ll enjoy. “Our first child loved Ernie and Bert,” Miller says. “We bought a huge cake that he immediately hugged.” Miller’s oldest child was delighted to discover his best friends tasted great.
Be careful of thrusting kids into an unfamiliar situation. Kathleen Purcell of Missouri arranged for a clown to visit her daughter’s party. Mommies held children on their laps, and everyone awaited the clown’s arrival. “He peeked around the corner, and carefully stepped into the room with his huge feet,” she says. “As he offered the first mommy a flower, her child burst into a high-pitched wail. In seconds the whole room was in full-wail mode.” The clown beat a hasty retreat and Purcell learned that one-year-olds might not like clowns.
“Make it fun and don’t stress about what you should be doing,” Cambria says. “Your child will be happiest when you’re relaxed and having fun, too.” First birthdays only come once. Make it perfect for your child, not for the guests attending.
Instead of a Party…
Instead of hosting a party, you might do something meaningful he’ll be reminded of his whole life. “Plant a tree in your yard or a relative’s yard,” Cambria says. “Or plant it at a park where your child can visit his special tree.” As your child grows, so will the tree, and you can take pictures each year to mark his birthday. Some cities have commemorative walkways, and you can buy a brick with your child’s name and date of birth on it. The money often goes to charity, so you’ll be doing two great things at once.
Whether or not you host a party, be certain to do something your child enjoys. It’s meant to be a fun day for the toddler-to-be, and a day of reflection for parents. The year went by quickly, and a birthday is a reason to celebrate all the milestones that have taken place since that little person entered your life just one year ago.
About Smoothies Diet
Smoothies are a delicious way to start your day. But smoothies aren’t just for breakfast. If you can replace regular meals with smoothies, you can burn tons of calories while getting your daily recommended vitamins. A smoothie diet can consist of either home made or store bought smoothies. For a fresh smoothie you can make at home, you’ll need a blender and a selection of fruits and vegetables, additional supplements such as protein powders, and the like, are optional.
To make a cool smoothie without using ice, cut up your favorite fruits and freeze them. When they are frozen add them to your blender with fresh yoghurt and a liquid like soy milk or fresh fruit juice. Blend it up and enjoy the delicious taste. If you don’t have time to prepare your own thre are a variety of dietary smoothies available. Sometimes they come in a can, sometimes they’ll come in a powder form that you can simply add to milk or water. No matter what type of diet plan you’re on, one thing is for certain, you can expect to lose weight, and feel good doing it.
Make a Recipe
Easy to make, the following recipes are power packed with nutrition and health. A yogurt and fruit smoothie is a quick, easy, and healthy way to get more fruit and calcium into anyone kids as well as adults. The recipe tastes even better if you add some as it makes them healthier as well as taste smoother and creamier.
Yogurt is popularly known and eaten for its many health benefits, and when added with fruit and nuts, it just increases its health factor. Smoothies with yogurt are a delicious smoothie variety, prepared by low fat or non fat yogurt and fruits. They are very easy, quick and healthy way to get more fruits and vitamins into your diet.
The recipes have many variations such as banana, or cranberry or a long time favourite strawberry yogurt smoothie. The smoothies are rich and creamy, and have a flavour that everyone loves. Yogurt makes a great addition to just about any smoothie recipe. The recipes are thick, rich and filling and make great meals on the go.
Some suggestions for these recipes are:
Ingredients: 1 cup yogurt (any flavour, but vanilla is a good base), 1 cup apple juice, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 small banana, 2 cups of ice.
Ingredients: 1 cup cranberries, 2/3 cup cranberry or raspberry juice (less, if this is too sweet for you, but I like it sweeter), 1 cup raspberries, 8 oz of yogurt, preferably Raspberry and 1 1/2 cups of ice.
Ingredients: 2 cups eggnog, 1 banana, 1 cup non fat vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup of 2% milk, 2 cups of ice, Pinch of nutmeg and Pinch of cinnamon.
Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 7 oz vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 cup ice.
A glass full of great yogurt smoothie is the perfect way to beat the heat and especially if you are making it with healthy ingredients such as lusciously red strawberries, bananas and yogurt. A glass full of strawberry banana yogurt smoothie is a great breakfast option and can also be quickly whipped up for unexpected guests or your kid’s playgroup.
I always find it helpful to have yoga props on-hand when doing my yoga practice. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yoga practitioner, there are many benefits to using props. And keep in mind, just because the person beside you isn’t using blocks or a strap, remember that your practice should always cater to your own needs.
I’ve witnessed students struggle in poses when they don’t need to. Instead of relaxing they are in discomfort, or maybe even pain. I like to think of yoga props as an extension of the body as they can help you find ease and comfort in a pose. And the more you can relax in a pose, the more your body opens up, which ultimately means you experience a deeper stretch and a stronger practice. In an post I wrote earlier this year, I talked about the importance of relaxation in our practice and how forcing and pushing can cause the opposite.
Yoga props are also excellent for promoting proper alignment. Have you ever been in a pose where you’re straining to touch the floor? Enter a yoga block. In this situation, a yoga block acts as an extension of your arm, so that your body can be properly aligned as it comes into the pose without having to overcompensate. The result is a deep stretch and no risk of pain or injury from doing a pose incorrectly.
There are various yoga props that can be used in yoga practice. I recommend that you talk to your teacher and ask them to suggest a few props that you can use in your own practice. From my experience, the most common props that are used time and time again (and you couldn’t go wrong if you bought them) are straps, blocks and the bolster. You can always find a way to use these props in your practice.
Here are some common yoga poses that many people find it helpful to use yoga props in.
Seated Meditation – Sit on a blanket or use a block or bolster to give you some height, so that your hips are higher than your knees. This helps people with tight hips stay relaxed and comfortable. It also helps to prevent your lower back from collapsing backwards and causing your front body to compress, constricting the diaphragm and making it difficult to breathe.
Seated Forward Fold – Place a strap around your feet to avoid rounding your back. Using a strap helps facilitate lengthening of the spine, releasing shoulders downwards and keeping the chest wide.
Pigeon – As you move into this hip opener, if your hips are uneven, place a block, blanket or bolster underneath the lower hip to elevate it to the same level as the other.
Standing Forward Fold – Place your hands on the block to avoid over stretching of hamstrings and releasing of neck and back.
Warrior 3 – Place hands on blocks and work on balancing and strengthening the standing leg. Make sure to square off hips as the other leg is raised parallel to the floor.
Bridge – Place block underneath sacrum to help facilitate opening the chest and release of hips.
Downward Dog – Place a block at its lowest height, horizontally on the floor. Bring the thumb and index finger of each hand to wrap around each side of the block. This helps keep hands and arms shoulder width apart and helps stabilize upper body and shoulder blades in the back.
Michelle Uy is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Owner of LoveActionYoga. She is Co-Creator of the Eat Well Feel Well Program, a nutrition program.
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By Peggy Deland
Xanax (alprazolam) is a prescription-only medication approved by the FDA to treat generalized anxiety and panic disorder. It is also prescribed for treating frequent nightmares and reducing tension caused by quitting smoking. Although people of any age who take Xanax can expect to experience some side effects, certain ones may be more pronounced in the elderly.
Xanax belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. The medication works directly on the brain by modifying its response to tension and anxiety. Xanax is a non-selective drug. This means that it may affect other functions in the brain other than simply reducing anxiety, which can lead to a variety of side effects. The majority of side effects caused by the drug are related to thinking and brain function. Some physical side effects also occur, but these are a result of how the brain controls certain body functions.
The most common side effects associated with Xanax are sleepiness, dizziness, forgetfulness, difficulty waking, blurry vision and loss of interest in sex. Elderly people tend to become more sleepy than younger people when they take Xanax. The elderly are also more likely to experience confusion and difficulty concentrating. Because Xanax tends to cause balance problems, especially in older people, the drug increases the risk of falling and being injured. Sometimes elderly people who take Xanax may appear to have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but the symptoms are actually caused by the medication and stop when the drug is discontinued.
Xanax should not be taken by people who have narrow-angle glaucoma, because it can worsen the condition. It can also worsen depression, liver or kidney disease and breathing disorders. Xanax may cause interactions with certain medications; talk to your doctor about all drugs and herbal supplements you take. Taking Xanax, especially for a long period of time, can cause dependence to this drug, especially if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Taking more Xanax than you are prescribed, or taking it with alcohol, can cause a life-threatening overdose. Accidental overdoses of Xanax are fairly common; this sometimes occurs when a person repeatedly forgets that they have already taken their medication. This is more likely to occur with Xanax and related drugs because the medication itself may cause forgetfulness and confusion. It may be helpful to use a pill organizer marked with the date and time of day to prevent accidentally taking extra pills.
Xanax should only be used by people over 65 years old when absolutely necessary. Most doctors prescribe much lower doses of this drug for elderly people to help prevent serious side effects and injuries caused by balance problems.
A Shot of Youth !
As more anti aging options emerge, looking as young as you feel is easier than ever. But as the cat fight between competing manufacturers heats up, not everyone may be telling the truth about what their product can do. Here’s an honest look at each of the most popular wrinkle fillers, how they work, and what they can do for you!
by Colette Bouchez
Once upon a time, looking young – even when you weren’t -was the domain of the rich and famous. Not so anymore.
Today eternal youth is up for grabs, thanks to injectable wrinkle fillers – treatments that immediately plump, pouf, and fill your lines and wrinkles in under 10 minutes for as little as $700 – with results lasting up to 2 years or longer.
Here’s a look at what’s available – and the treatments compare:
WRINKLE INJECTION COMPARISON CHART List by Wrinkle Fillers
Ingredient; A smooth Hyaluronic Acid gel made from a bacterial protein
Effects: 6 months or longer
FDA Approved for: Moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds
FYI: Not recommended for use in patients with severe allergies, particularly to bacterial proteins.
Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid particles suspended in a gel.
Results: 6 months to 1 year or longer
FDA Approved for: Moderate to severe wrinkles around nose and mouth.
FYI: Allergic reactions are rare. .
Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid particles suspended in gel
Effects: Up to 1 year
FDA approved for: Moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around nose and mouth
FYI: Is often used to add volume to cheeks.
Hylaform, Hylaform Plus
Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid particles derived from rooster combs
Effects: 4- 6 months.
FDA approved for: Moderate to severe wrinkles around nose to mouth. Hylaform Plus
used for filling deeper wrinkles.
FYI: Possible allergic reaction for those sensitive birds or bird byproducts
Ingredient: Biotechnologically engineered, stabilized hyaluronic acid gel particles,
Effects: 6 months to 1 year
FDA approved for: Moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. A cousin to “Restylane”
the particles in Perlane are larger and go deeper into the dermis allowing for the
correction of deeper folds, lines and wrinkles.
FYI: This filler is meant to be injected deeper into the skin and should not be
used for surface lines.
Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid (in the highest cross linked concentration allowed by law),
in combination with the anesthetic lidocaine.
Effects: One year or longer expected due to a new process of cross-linking of
FDA Approved for: Wrinkles and scars; is expected to be also used for lip
FYI: Should not be used by anyone with sensitivity to lidocaine.
Ingredient: Micro spheres of the mineral calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in gel
Effects: Up to 2 years; research shows that the body begins producing collagen
around the micro spheres, which can lead to longer lasting effects over time.
FDA approved for: Long lasting fill of deep lines including nasal-labial folds;
FYI: Clumping of the filler can develop when injected into the lips so not
recommended for use in this area. . Small risk of allergic reaction.
Ingredient: 80% purified bovine collagen with .3% lidocaine; 20% micro sphere
particles made from polymethylmethacrylate, a plexi-glass type material not
absorbed by the body.
Effects: Permanent, but full results take up to three months. Initially the collagen
fills the lines; the body reacts to the spheres by creating natural collagen that
ultimately offers permanent fill.
FDA approved for: Deep and severe wrinkles and folds around nose and mouth
it is considered to be a permanent implant rather than strictly a wrinkle filler.
FYI: Not to be used for lip augmentation; should not be used by those with a
sensitivity to lidocaine, or bovine allergies; not to be used if you have a history
of keloid (scar tissue)formation.
Main Ingredient: Synthetic polylactic acid in micro spheres
Effects: Lasting up to two years
FDA approved for: Volumizing of HIV patients suffering from loss of facial structure. In use outside the US as the facial filler “New Fill”. Off label use in the US for facial rejuvenation.
FYI: The ingredients in this filler are made for deep injections below the muscles and not as an injectable into fine lines. At least one study published in the journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that using this filler incorrectly could lead to permanent disfigurement
I am seeing so many ads for Acai Berry Colon Cleanse to help with weight loss and increased energy. I want to know the truth about this product. All of the testimony sounds convincing, but I assume it is all written by the company selling it. Is it a scam or is it really healthy and good for you? Do you know anything about it?
I am looking to lose 40 pounds and would like help getting started, with the first 5-10 pounds being a more rapid loss. I recently bought a good quality elliptical and loved Sarah’s article on how to maximize my workout.
As with any product, the advice should always be “buyer beware”. At the risk of sounding cliche, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I don’t know much about the specific product you’re talking about; an internet search brought up several different products, none of which seemed overly legit to me. And, as you may have heard, some of these companies have recently been sued by Oprah and Dr. Oz for claiming they endorsed the products when they haven’t (I notice quite a few mention Rachel Ray, too, although I doubt she’s actually given an endorsement either).
To me it sounds like these companies are taking two buzz words, “acai berry” and “colon cleanse”, and putting them together to sell products. Yes, acai berries are good for you, but the reason for this isn’t directly related to the colon or weight loss. Acai berries are valued because they are very high in antioxidant nutrients, meaning they are full of free-radical scavengers, preventing free radical damage to cells. Free radical damage can cause inflammation, which may lead to weight gain, but this isn’t likely to be the root cause of the weight issue. I’ve never come across any evidence to suggest that consuming acai berries leads directly to weight loss.
And yes, colon cleansing is a good idea, particularly correcting the good bacteria to bad bacteria ratio in the digestive tract. But again, there is no guarantee that this will lead to weight loss. Cleansing is something that is undertaken for the purpose of correcting unhealthy imbalances and allowing the body to heal itself. It is part of an overall process that, taken by itself, may or may not bear results. If you’re overweight then weight loss may be a nice side effect to bringing your system back into balance, but this isn’t something undertaken in a weekend – we’re really talking about a lifestyle change.
In my opinion, a cleanse has more to do with what you’re eating and eliminating from your diet than it does with what supplements you’re taking. This is why I’m not generally a fan of the “cleanse in a box” idea. This isn’t to say that there aren’t good products out there and that supplementation isn’t necessary, I just think that the focus is in the wrong place. How can one expect to cleanse anything if they’re still exposing themselves to the same stuff that made them “dirty” in the first place?
You don’t necessarily need someone holding your hand through the whole process, but getting some advice from a holistic practitioner is recommended. And consider reading some books on the subject. Buying a “cleanse” from a health food store on a whim in order to lose weight is, I think, misguided. You really need to have the guidance of someone who knows what cleansing is for, how it works and what you can hope to accomplish with it. I recommend Dr. Mark Hyman’s books or those by Donna Gates or Sherry Rogers (there are many other books too, these are just the ones I tend to like). Going in to the process with knowledge instead of blind hopes is not only safer, it’s likely to make the process more effective.
In my experience, there is no miracle product. Yes, cleansing is a good idea and is in fact a necessary step down the road to true health. But if you’re going to do a cleanse find out all you can on the subject first. Try to avoid going for products advertised on the internet making promises that sound too good to be true. A cleanse is a process, not a magic pill.
The Healthy Foodie is Doug DiPasquale, Holistic Nutritionist and trained chef, living in Toronto.
What’s the deal with being ravenously hungry after swimming? I’ve been spending a lot of time in my backyard pool followed by a lot of time in front of the kitchen fridge. I fear I am undoing all the good of my pool workout.
While your post-swimming hunger may be because you put in a good workout, there are two main reasons why hunger strikes upon leaving the water. One, your body’s changing temperatures as you move from land to pool and two, dehydration.
The water you swim in is cooler than the air and cool water is a great environment for working out especially on sweltering hot summer days. Immersing your body in cool water lowers your body temperature, even when you are swimming really hard. When you return to dry land (warmer temperature) your body wants to re-establish its ‘normal’ body temperature and what happens is that your body mistakes being cold for not enough fuel too keep it warm, which is when your hunger signal strikes.
Solution: Reheat without refueling. While your body does need carbohydrates to replenish its energy stores and some protein to repair the muscles, what it really needs post swim is to reset its temperature. A few good ways to do this are light stretching, going for a brisk walk or taking a hot shower.
The thing is, you’re not hungry, you’re thirsty. Every cell in your body needs water, your muscles are 75 percent water; your lungs are 90 percent water, your blood is 82 percent water and even your bones are 25 percent water. When your body does not have enough water to perform all its tasks, it searches for insulin (sugar in the blood that can be used energy). When you exercise in water you often forget to drink it! Did you know that being even five percent dehydrated leads to an energy loss of 25-30 percent? That’s enough to make you go running for the fridge.
Solution: The best way to stabilize your body temperature is to pre-hydrate: Drink 500 ml of water 20-30 minutes before you jump in the pool, drink 200-300 ml ( two to three gulps) of water for every 10-15 minutes you are in the pool, and follow up with 500 ml of water when you reach dry land.
Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at GoodLife where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow, Boot Camp and yoga but she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.