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10 Things We Learned from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Amy Nebens and Jara Negrin   |   May 23, 2012   10:29 AM ET

A fitness documentary to get you moving

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a fascinating film that chronicles Joe Cross's personal mission to regain his health while traveling across America, juicer in tow, and inspiring others to do the same. Here's are 10 things we learned, which will hopefully inspire you to see the film.

1. While most people have a hard time doing the three days most juice cleanses recommend, Joe did 60 days of all green juice, so next time you think three is impossible...

2. You don't need to drive yourself crazy scheduling gym time, you can radically improve your health for the better simply by altering your diet.

3. Changes in diet can have way more of an impact than pills when it comes to treating a host of diseases.

4. Many health problems can be reversed with dietary changes.

5. The key is to make sustainable changes.

6. Juice cleansing can be a useful tool to reset your taste palette.

7. Make sure to consult a doctor if you have any medical conditions before going on a juice cleanse -- especially if you plan on doing it for more than one day.

8. In 60 days Cross managed to shed 90 pounds and alleviate the effects of an autoimmune disease... just 60 days!

9. Cross makes it a point to shop at local food markets, which we love because many people, sadly, can simply not afford to eat as many healthy foods as they wish because of price. If you buy locally and in-season prices drop dramatically.

10. What we loved most about this documentary is that it shows that when push comes to shove, the only person who can get you to change is you. Luckily if you're willing to do the work, miracles are truly possible.

So... What are you waiting for? Run out and buy yourself a juicer!

Dish with us: What's your take on juice cleanses?

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Spring Cleansing: A Spring Checklist for Cleansing the Body, Mind and Soul

Margaret Hyde   |   April 13, 2012   11:57 AM ET

Spring is here, and once again so is my desire to clean out all of the clutter and junk that has accumulated throughout the year. Instead of starting with my closets and the miles of old mail and magazines, I thought it would be truly refreshing to try to cleanse myself so that I can start the spring rejuvenated. Spring is a time of rebirth and new growth and I wanted to create a clean slate by cleansing my body, mind and soul.

There are so many fad cleanses out there that I wasn't sure where to start and what I could actually realistically commit to and complete. I love good food -- so I could never do a fast, and I do not think that I could keep up with my four children powered by juice alone. I also don't have time for a tedious and complicated mental and spiritual cleansing. I managed to find some inexpensive, relatively easy ways to cleanse myself from within.

Body Cleanse

"The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body." -- George Sheehan

1) Detox With Lemon Water -- Add to a glass of water half a fresh squeezed lemon to your morning routine, BEFORE coffee. The lemon juice helps cleanse the liver and aides its ability to remove toxins and fats from the body.

2) Add Cleansing Foods and Juices -- The following are foods known to help the body's natural cleansing and detoxifying abilities:

  • Apples

  • Avocados

  • Beets

  • Blueberries

  • Cabbage

  • Celery and Celery Seeds

  • Cranberries

  • Flax seeds and flaxseed oil

  • Garlic

  • Grapefruit

I try to add one of these foods into meals I already like and regularly eat, but my favorite way to get cleansing vegetables and fruits is to juice.

My favorite juice combination, which is also great for supporting the liver's cleansing and detoxifying, is the following:

  • 2 medium-sized beets

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1 lemon

  • 3 medium-sized carrots

  • 1 apple

You could also add flaxseed oil or any of the detoxifying foods listed above.
Add all ingredients to a juicer.

To read more about foods and juices for detoxifying and cleansing see these links:

3) Try Dry Brush Exfoliation -- Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic health practice that helps promote circulation, detoxing, is very relaxing and feels great. The skin is one of the largest detoxifying organs of the body, although most of us don't ever think of it that way. You always dry brush with a clean brush on bare, dry skin, preferably before showering. Traditionally, you brush away from the heart and press lightly. It is easy to do it yourself at home, but if you want to splurge it is great as a part of an Ayurvedic massage. There are many spas offering this now.

For more information on dry brushing and dry brushing techniques go to the following links:

Mind Cleanse

"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ear, by the heels or any other way you can manage it." -- Mark Twain

Cleansing the mind by shedding negative thoughts and perceptions can take a weight off your whole being. Dr. Andrew Weil says, "Many health professionals identify depressive rumination as the root cause of unhappiness." There is a whole school of psychology today called positive psychology, pioneered by Dr. Martin Seligmen, whose sole focus is to help people do this kind of mind cleanse. Positive psychology helps get rid of negative thoughts by helping people get rid of the judgments they form about things that are happening in their lives.

There are several positive psychology techniques called "interventions," which may be beneficial.

  1. Three Good Things Every Day -- Try writing down three things that are going well and why. Do this every day for a week.
  2. Using Signature Strengths -- Try writing down what you believe are your personal strengths (e.g., creativity or loyalty) and then use them in a different way daily.
  3. Five-Minute Rant Write Down -- This is a technique that I created for myself based on the core ideas of positive psychology that I have found invaluable for cleansing my mind. Take five minutes every week and write down every negative thought that comes into your mind. Then take that piece of paper and tear it up, bury it or shred it.

For more information of positive psychology you can go to the following links:


  • Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil

  • Positive Psychology in Practice by Linley and Joseph

Soul Cleanse

"The Soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on." -- Holland

Soul cleansing is the cherry on top of the personal cleansing process. It is the part of the process that lightens the spirit and helps leave you feeling clear, purposeful and content.

1) Meditation -- Try meditating every day, even if it is just a minute or two. All you have to do to meditate is sit quietly for a few moments and let the thoughts come and go and breathe deeply. Be sure to turn off your phone, computer or whatever distracts you. Just be still with yourself. Mediation is an ancient practice that has been rigorously studied by modern medicine as well. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and improves overall health. I truly believe that it does all of those things for the body as well as uplifting and cleansing the soul.

For more information and help with meditation check out the following links:

Information of the benefits of meditation:

2) Gratitude -- Each day try waking up asking, "What am I grateful for?" Go to bed asking the same question and throughout the day express your gratitude to those around you.

Try keeping a gratitude journal. Write down 10 things every day that you are grateful for. Once a week, try writing a note or sending an email to a person in youe life expressing your gratitude for them and the things that they have contributed to your life.

Gratitude lifts the spirit and fills the soul with positivity. In terms of measurable health benefits, researchers maintain that gratitude fosters optimism, which has been shown to positively influence the immune system.

For more information on the power of gratitude, check out this website.

3) Service -- Try being of service by giving back to others, whether it is a few hours a week, or a month or a year. Find an organization in your community (or beyond) that speaks to your soul and one that you feel you can really contribute to.

Maya Angelou said that she found that "Among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

For information on service and volunteering:

Whether you're cleaning your closet or cleaning out the clutter in your mind, the energy and renewal that comes with cleansing is worth it for your body, mind and soul.

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Another Avenue for Weight Loss: Detox

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.   |   February 14, 2012   12:31 PM ET

Detoxification isn't just for the new-age crowd anymore. It has become an essential component of good health for people in all walks of life, because we live in a toxic world. This added stress can be the tipping point for thyroid disorders, severe menopause symptoms, cancer and weight gain, to name a few.

When I say the word detox, many of my patients look worried and confused. There are so many different notions out there regarding detoxifying, but I want to make two things clear:

1. I'm not referring to drug or alcohol detox, and
2. I'm not referring aggressive colon cleanses or fasting on lemon juice

I'm referring to dietary and lifestyle changes you can do at home to help clear your body of overwhelming toxins -- and even shed pounds while you're doing it.

What Are the Symptoms of Toxicity?

  • Stubborn weight
  • Acne and skin rashes
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating, gas, GI distress
  • Canker sores
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Headaches
  • Noticeably reduced tolerance to alcohol and caffeine
  • Postnasal drip, scratchy throat, sinus congestion
  • Negative reactions to odors, cleansing agents, perfumes, etc.
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Chronic health problems

Why Do Toxins Cause Us to Gain Weight?

As you've heard me say before, when we're under any kind of long-term stress, our bodies keep weight on to protect us from a crisis. From exposures to pesticides on our food to the electromagnetic radiation from our mobile phones and computers, our bodies are managing many stressors at once.

Certain cosmetics, plastic products, clothes, computers and furniture contain toxins that can mimic the action of our own hormones and disrupt fat deposition.[1] And more specifically, research is proving that exposure to toxins can alter the way we metabolize sugar in our bodies. We're now seeing that people with Type 2 diabetes often have elevated levels of many different toxins in their bodies, so there is clearly a connection between toxins and how we process sugar in our bodies.[2]

Tips For Your Detox Plan

I know that spring is not here yet, but mid-winter is a good time to start planning for a spring detox. And I've done this with enough women to pick up a few tips along the way. There are three main areas to look at when attempting to detoxify:

1. Your Food. One way to lighten the toxic load on your body is by cleaning up your diet for a week or two. Food is information for the body and changing what we eat can make a big difference. I recommend removing sugar, syrup, honey, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners and additives, processed food and grilled or charbroiled meats from your diet. And include detoxifying foods like: alfalfa sprouts, brown rice, dark green veggies, lemon, garlic, gluten-free oats, millet, root vegetables and seeds.

2. Your Environment. There are many small things you can do here to lighten the load. Instead of keeping your mobile phone with you at all times, turn it off and take breaks, especially at night as you prepare for sleep. Buy more houseplants and make sure you have at least one in every room. Use old glass jars to store food in place of Tupperware and plastic wrap. Use vinegar and baking soda in place of toxic cleaners. For more tips and non-toxic cleaning recipes, see my article on "green" household cleaning.

3. Herbs and Supplements. First, be sure your body is getting its basic needs met by finding a good multivitamin with calcium and magnesium. Then you can include herbs like milk thistle, kudzu, turmeric and dandelion to help support your natural detoxification pathways. There are also supplements like N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and antioxidants like Co-enzyme Q 10 that can help as well.

The bottom line is that we have to assist our bodies in clearing out the clutter present in our modern world. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive blog on detoxification and how integral it has become to good health.

For more specific information, I developed a two-week detoxification plan we call Women to Women's Quick Cleanse. It's a great idea to do this cleanse once in the spring and then again in the fall. But any amount of detox you can incorporate into your life will help your body and your weight.


[1] Sargis, R., et al. 2010. Environmental endocrine disruptors promote adipogenesis in the 3T3-L1 cell line through glucocorticoid receptor activation. Obesity, 18(7), 1283-1288. URL: target="_hplink">

[2] Rylander, L., et al. 2005. A cross-sectional study of to the association between persistent organochlorine pollutants and diabetes. Environmental Health, 4, 28. URL:

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Day 16: The Wall Pose Stretch

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 21, 2011    8:22 AM ET

Yoga poses have a detoxifying effect on the body. The wall pose creates a stretch in the shoulders, legs and back that mobilizes muscle tissue and stimulates nourishing blood circulation in normally inactive areas of the body. Lymph fluid then begins its cleansing action, tissues become toned and detoxified and the result is a feeling of well being.

2011-08-31-1yp90Wall_Pose0064.jpgWall Stretch
1. Begin by standing 3-4 feet away from the wall.
2. Face the wall and place the ball of your right foot against it at a 45-degree angle. (See illustration)
3. Keep the weight on the center of your right heel and let the left foot turn out a little. (See illustration)
4. Keep the front of the hips parallel to the wall and place the hands as far up the wall as you can reach.
5. Open the hands, spreading the fingers and straighten the elbows.
6. Keep the legs straight, firming the kneecaps onto the knee joint and pull the thigh muscles up.
7. Extend the back heel into the ground.
8. Move hips away from the wall, let the neck relax and extend the head toward the floor. It may rest on the wall.
9. Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds, breathing normally.
10. Then, keeping your hands on the wall, repeat the pose with the left foot against the wall.

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Day 15: Sleep Better By Blocking out the Light

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 20, 2011   11:58 AM ET

Back in the days of our ancestors, we rose with the dawn and slept when it became dark, and this cycle imprinted itself in our genes. But today, when it comes to light, we're overfed and undernourished -- just as we are with food.

During the day, most of us get artificial light from fluorescent bulbs instead of sunlight, so most of us miss out on getting the sun's vital vitamin D. And at night, when we need the dark to trigger melatonin production, we stay up too late and the excessive artificial light disrupts our body rhythms even more. So we have too much light when we don't need it (at night) and too little natural light when we do (during the day).

Darken Your Bedroom

At night, if there is even the tiniest bit of light in the room, it can disrupt your circadian rhythm and your pineal gland's production of melatonin and serotonin.

• Cover or move your clock
• Use dark shades or drapes on windows if they are exposed to light, or wear an eye mask

There should also be as little light in the bathroom as possible if you get up in the middle of the night. Try keeping the light off when you go to the bathroom at night. Believe it or not, as soon as you turn on a bright light, you immediately cease all production of melatonin for that night.

Sleep well,

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Day 14: A Delicious Cleansing Recipe

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 19, 2011   11:02 AM ET

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the weekend and that you're feeling more energetic and alert. Today we have an easy and delicious salmon recipe for you to enjoy.

Roasted Salmon with Mustard and Dill

• 4 fillets of salmon, about 6 oz each
• 1-2 tablespoons of stone ground mustard -- enough to sufficiently coat the salmon (do not coat the skin side)
• Juice of 1 lemon
• Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• Salt and pepper
• 2 tablespoons of fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dried dill

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the salmon fillets
3. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder
5. Spread the mustard evenly over the top of the salmon, sprinkle the dill over the mustard, coating the salmon generously.
6. Place the salmon skin side down on a lightly oiled roasting pan and roast in the oven till salmon is fork-tender and flakes easily (about 10 mins depending on thickness).

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Days 12 & 13: Nature Meditation

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 17, 2011   12:58 PM ET

This weekend, I encourage you to get outside for a meditation with nature. This idea of meditating with nature may seem a little hokey, but I strongly suggest you try it. This nature walk is about becoming more sensitive to the environment and the extraordinary fact that you are alive. And the fresh air and sunshine will wake your body up and set your rhythm for the day.

Even if you don't have time to go to the park or a nearby woods, read the meditation through and try this in your home or apartment.

1. Find a park, woods, a beach, a nature preserve or a reservoir.

2. Depending on your time schedule, give yourself 15 minutes or half an hour.

3. Depending upon where you are, take your shoes off or keep them on.

4. Walk around for a few minutes until you come to a place where you feel like pausing.

5. Stand still for a moment and take in what is around you. Notice where you are. Take in everything -- the trees, grass, sand, water, sounds, the texture of the air. Take 10 deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.

6. After a few more breaths, allow your feet to become more sensitive to what they are touching -- the rocks under your shoes and socks, the sand under your feet, the grass between your toes. Feel where your weight is. Maybe it is time to move your heels.

7. Notice how your body feels. What feels sticky, tired, achy? What parts feel loose and easy? Take five more breaths, directing the breath to the sticky places. If your hips feel tight, inhale, picturing the breath traveling down and into the hips, then exhale, picturing the tension and pain streaming out of the hip socket.

8. With this newfound spaciousness, begin walking again.

9. For the remaining minutes, allow yourself to be completely absorbed by what is in front of you, beside you, under you, behind you. Look at the bark on the trees, the stones in the sand, a spiderweb, the shape of your footprint, the length of your stride. Let yourself be curious about everything. Listen for the wind, the birds, your breath.

10. When you are done, notice how you feel. Maybe your breath is easier. Maybe you are more relaxed. Maybe you feel more connected.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Day 11: Tennis Ball Neck And Shoulder Release

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 16, 2011    9:16 AM ET

This simple exercise releases tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders. It's a great DIY massage that you can do before bed to unwind and relax tense muscles.

1. Lie on your back, knees bent and feet hip-width apart.
2. Place two tennis balls at the top of your shoulder blades, side-by-side, in the area where you love to have a massage.
3. Slowly lower head and shoulders down.
4. Place a pillow behind your head if your neck is uncomfortable.
5. Lift your arms to the ceiling, then move them slowly toward knees and then toward the wall behind you.

Note: Repeat this 10 times and to get the best results, pause on the tender areas for at least 10 seconds. Avoid placing tennis balls on your neck.

Releasing stress from the body is a great way to prepare for sleep - enjoy!

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Day 10: Torso Twist for Detoxification

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 15, 2011   11:33 AM ET

Twisting yoga poses aid detoxification, stimulate digestion and refresh the spine. This pose helps the spine, relaxes the diaphragm and stimulates liver detoxification.

Seated Torso Twist
1. Follow the illustration, hold the back of the chair and twist the torso away from the knees.
2. Keep the chest and spine lifted and exhale while rotating the torso into the twist.
3. Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side by taking the legs round to the other side of the chair.
4. Do the pose on one side and then the other two or three times.
5. As you get more secure and familiar with the pose, experiment with rotating further into the twist.
6. Always exhale while moving further into the twist and keep the chest lifted

Happy twisting!

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Day 9: Seated Breathing Exercise

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 14, 2011    9:21 AM ET

When we are aware of our breathing, it helps to calm the body and mind. Breathing consciously is easy and convenient. Tuning in to your breathing anchors you in the awareness of your body, in the here and now.

Here is an easy breathing exercise you can do anywhere, even at work:

Abdominal Breathing
1. Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed.
2. Get into a relaxed seated position, with both feet flat on the floor.
3. Put your hands on your abdomen
4. Close your mouth gently and touch your tongue to your upper palate and breath through your nose. If your nose is blocked for any particular reason it is fine to breath through your mouth.
5. Inhale deeply and slowly, being aware of your diaphragm moving downward and your abdomen expanding. Your hands on your abdomen will feel the expansion like a balloon filling.
6. At the end of the inhalation, don't hold the breath and your abdomen will fall automatically as you exhale.
7. Try to get all the breath out of your lungs on the exhalation. The exhalation should normally be about twice as long as the inhalation when you get relaxed.

Keep repeating this, keeping your focus on your hands rising on the abdomen with inhalation and falling with exhalation.

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Day 7: Kick Off The Cleanse (Recipes!)

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 12, 2011    8:27 AM ET

Good morning and welcome to week two of your Healthy Living Community Cleanse!

Over the past week, you have cut down on sugar, caffeine, gluten and dairy. You have gone shopping for healthy, whole foods. Now you're ready to officially kick off your cleanse!

If You're Doing The Full Cleanse Program:

If you are doing the full cleanse program, you will start drinking your shakes, taking your supplements, and following the cleanse diet today.

Cleanse Sample Meal Plan:
Here's an example of what time you will have your shakes and meals. You can adapt this to fit your schedule as needed.

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast shake
  • 10:30 a.m. Mid-morning shake
  • 12:30 p.m. Light lunch with supplement pack
  • 4 p.m. Mid-afternoon shake
  • 6:30 p.m. Light dinner with supplement pack

Light Lunch and Dinner Ideas:
• Soup and a salad
• Dinner-plate size salad, include some fish or organic chicken if desired
• Stir-fry with chicken, veggies and brown rice
• Curried Lentils or vegetables with brown rice
• Gluten-free pasta with roasted vegetables
• Fish with quinoa or brown rice and vegetables
• Braised organic chicken and vegetables
• Lettuce wraps (recipe below!)

Cleanse Snacks:
• Mary's Gone Crackers Gluten-Free and Wheat-Free Snacks
• 1/4 cup mixed raw almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
• One apple sliced with one tablespoon organic raw almond butter
• Piece of fruit (please check diet guidelines for allowable fruits)
• Carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus
• Organic gluten-free and wheat-free rice crackers or brown rice cakes

Cleanse Shake Recipe:

Here's a delicious shake recipe for you to try. Just add all ingredients to your blender bottle, shake it up and enjoy!

1 packet of cleanse powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet stevia (or to taste)
Dash of cinnamon
1 cup of almond milk

Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Use grilled chicken or fish, add some crunchy vegetables like cucumber, radish, carrots, add a little fresh mint and/or cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix together and spoon into a lettuce cup (use butter lettuce for easy rolling), roll and eat.

If You're Following The Cleanse Diet Only:

If you are doing the cleanse diet, you will start following the diet today.

What To Expect

By the end of your cleanse you will look and feel great. During the first few days, however, as you adjust to a new way of eating and the toxins are flushed from your body, you may experience some of the following symptoms: lightheadedness, headaches, joint or muscle stiffness and increased bowel movements. These symptoms should disappear after a few days and you should feel more energetic and mentally alert, with a heightened sense of well-being.

To your health,

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Days 5 & 6: Use Dairy Alternatives

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 10, 2011    9:55 AM ET

For the next two days, stop or seriously limit consuming dairy products.

This includes milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, butter and non-dairy creamers.

Though cow's milk may be the perfect food for baby cows, it's not necessarily great for adult human beings.

There are over 60 hormones in an average glass of milk. The process of pasteurization eliminates many of the beneficial components of milk, and homogenization creates fats that are foreign to most human digestive systems.

Dairy Sensitivity

Classic symptoms of dairy sensitivity and allergies are mucus production, respiratory problems, digestive symptoms (such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation), fatigue, joint pains and skin problems from rashes to acne.

Most people have heard of lactose intolerance, which affects 10 percent of adults. Another less known problem is difficulty digesting casein from cow's milk. When casein is not properly digested, it gets into your blood, and the immune system reacts, causing inflammation.


I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk or hemp milk instead of cow's milk. And sheep's milk feta or goat cheese are a better option than cheese from cows, because they're much easier to digest.

Rice milk and almond milk are both great alternatives to accompany your morning tea.

Have a great weekend,

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Day 4: Give Up Gluten

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 9, 2011    9:27 AM ET

For the next three days, cut your gluten consumption in half.

This cleanse is about removing the foods that irritate and exhaust the system to let the body rest. Along with sugar and processed foods, I believe that for many people there is no greater drain on energy than gluten.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a mixture of gliadin and glutenin proteins found in wheat, rye and barley.

More: Gluten-Free Eaters At Risk From Lax Labeling, Lack Of FDA Rules

For an increasing number of people, gluten causes an immune reaction, as though it is a foreign body rather than a nourishing food. It can also cause celiac disease, which is the most dramatic response.

Unfortunately, these grains are so cheap -- and foods like bread and pasta are so convenient -- that they are the staple of most people's diets.

Why Eliminate It?

My experience over many years is that eliminating gluten grains for a few weeks helps almost every patient who comes to see me. The body is expending less energy to deal with this hard-to-digest protein, so it has more energy for other processes. Plus, the liver and digestive and immune systems are given time to rest and recover.

How To Cut Out Gluten

Depending on your current diet, taking gluten out may be relatively easy or you may feel there is no food left on the planet. Fortunately, this feeling should only last a day or two, until you find things to replace your habitual grains.

For instance, brown rice pasta is a great alternative to regular pasta. This means that if you've been having a bagel for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner, you could instead have a smoothie for breakfast, a protein-rich salad for lunch, and grilled fish with brown rice and steamed greens for dinner.

"Allowed" And "Not Allowed" Grains On The Cleanse Diet Plan:

Gluten-free grains:

• Amaranth
• Brown rice
• Wild rice
• Brown rice pasta
• Pure buckwheat noodles
• Milla
• Guinoa
• Teff
• Buckwheat

Gluten Grains To Stay Away From:

• Wheat
• Corn
• Barley
• Rye
• Spelt
• Bran
• Farina
• Kamut
• Couscous
• Oats

Good luck!

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Day 3: Cut Back On Caffeine

Dr. Frank Lipman   |   September 8, 2011    8:56 AM ET

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can disrupt your sleep, exhausts your adrenal glands and create an acidic state in the body.

But, if the thought of starting your day without coffee seems unthinkable, I have a plan that should help even the most addicted caffeine addicts slowly taper their intake over the next week.

Follow this schedule over the next seven days:

Today: Have your normal amount of coffee. We have already axed soda from your diet because of the sugar. And if you're still thinking that diet soda is okay, it is not -- because of the harmful artificial sweeteners and the caffeine. Quit soda now.

Friday to Sunday: Blend your coffee 50-50 with decaf.

Monday to Tuesday: Blend 25 percent regular coffee with 75 percent decaf.

Wednesday: Start drinking herbal tea. (If necessary, opt for green tea, weak black tea or Yerba Mate. These have some caffeine but are gentler on your system than coffee).

You can continue drinking tea throughout the program.

This plan should reduce your physical cravings and ease your caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Drink plenty of water to help flush your system.

You may have a headache for 2-3 days, but soon you'll be amazed by how good you feel. My patients sleep better and have more energy when they stop drinking coffee.

Dr. Lipman and the Be Well Team
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