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The Health Benefits Of Moringa Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:29:50 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="4953380"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

Fresh food is the best way to ensure optimum health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, but very few of us can meet this guideline. In fact, we run from home to office and back again and that makes our life too hectic to manage a balanced […]

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Fresh food is the best way to ensure optimum health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, but very few of us can meet this guideline. In fact, we run from home to office and back again and that makes our life too hectic to manage a balanced diet.

Nutritional supplements help us meet this deficit by providing a carefully planned dose of synthetic nutrients. Ideally, this is what all of us do, but natural alternatives are available, cheap and at hand.

Learn more about Why We Need To Supplement Minerals​

Instead of opting for synthetic supplements, fresh or dry Moringa can provide the necessary nutritional supplementation for men and women, but in an easy-to-consume, chemical-free version.

Benefits Of Moringa​

For centuries, people in Asia and Africa have been using Moringa as a nutritional and medicinal supplement. The tree is native to the region and it is considered a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals.​

Nine essential amino acids can be found in Moringa:

  • Histidine increases resistance to toxins and allergens, improves blood circulation and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Isoleucine helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.
  • Leucine helps build muscle and enhances energy and stamina.
  • Lysine is a key component in calcium absorption and bone development.
  • Methionine protects the liver from alcohol, drugs, and pollutants.
  • Phenlylalanine can elevate mood and is used as a supplement in treating depression.
  • Threonine is important for the formation of collagen and elastin which our skin needs.
  • Tryptophan is of great help in treating insomnia and can help stabilize mood.
  • Valine is used by our muscle tissue as an energy source.

Moringa is readily available in the form of a nutritional supplement and it is highly recommended for its alternative medicinal benefits as well. If you are considering adding Moringa to your diet for its nutritional and medicinal value, here is what you have to gain.

  • Nutritional Value – Moringa leaves retain their nutritional value while fresh or in dry form. According to a study, a Moringa leaf contains about 0.199 grams/kg of calcium, 0.0348 grams/kg of phosphorous, 0.111 grams/kg of iron, 0.00873 grams/kg of copper, 0.0693 grams/kg of zinc and trace amounts of manganese.
  • Control of Pain and Inflammation – Moringa contains bioactive compounds like aurantiamide acetate and 1,3-dibenzyl urea that can control pain and reduce inflammation. If you work-out, you’ll agree that muscle injury, pain and inflammation are an integral part of workout routines. Moringa could help stave off pain.
  • Aids in Regulating Blood Glucose Levels and Boosts Energy Levels – In traditional medicine, Moringa is commonly used to treat diabetes and to boost energy levels.

As you can see, Moringa provides several nutritional benefits and bioactive compounds through a simple supplement. It provides targeted nutrition along with allied medical benefits that can tone the body and ensure overall health. All you have to do is find a pure source of Moringa and add it to your diet.

Find out more about Garcinia Cambogia, another Miracle Food​

And these benefits are just the tip of the “Moringa Benefits” iceberg. Did you know that you can consume Moringa in various forms including supplements, teas, and oils? So choose the one you like. However a few words of caution before you go ahead and choose a Moringa provider.

Choose a reliable company to source your Moringa supplement. And be smart; don’t intentionally consume chemicals to stay healthy, boost your performance and endurance. Knowing all of this, how keen would you be to try Moringa and what for?​

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What Water Should I Drink Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:18:07 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="3975715"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

The basic foundation of health lays in answering this question. When I first tried to answer it myself, I began a quest that left me frustrated and bewildered. There are too many options! This article serves to demystify what kind of water you should drink.As a health coach, I’m always asked, “What kind of water […]

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The basic foundation of health lays in answering this question. When I first tried to answer it myself, I began a quest that left me frustrated and bewildered. There are too many options! This article serves to demystify what kind of water you should drink.

As a health coach, I’m always asked, “What kind of water should I drink? Is my water filter adequate? Is tap water ok?” This issue has become increasingly complex. It took me months to figure out what kind of water to drink. I went all over Los Angeles searching for the ‘best’ water, the best filter, my fountain of youth and health. My discoveries may surprise you.

Types of Water​

Pure water is a type of “whole food.” Like other whole foods, when it is tampered with, water loses most of its precious healing properties. Water is tampered with any time one adds anything to it, filters it using anything except carbon, spins it, alkalizes it, or does other things to it.

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All of these manipulations tend to ruin it, rendering it less healthy and hydrating. To clarify all the confusion, I’ve listed many different types of water or ways in which it can be tampered.

Spring Water is the only type of water you should drink. It’s okay if you drink other water occasionally, but try to make spring water the majority of the water you drink.

Spring water has been filtered by the earth in ways we do not completely understand, but which works better than any invented means of purifying water.

Another advantage is that it contains a wide variety of trace minerals that the human body desperately needs. Ideally, drink only spring water from remote places on earth.

It will be freer from pollutants. I like Ice Age water from a remote Glacier in Canada for its mineral profile. I love Hawaiian waters that run through mineral-rich volcanic rock (Hawaii is one of the most remote places on earth). Other spring water examples include Evian, Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, Volvic, and Poland brands.

Artesian Water. This is spring water. Artesian water comes from a well that is dug in the earth. When the well is dug, the internal pressure from the hole causes the water to burst forth spontaneously form the well like a fountain.

Artesian water comes from a well that taps a confined aquifer - a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand in which the water level is above the top of the aquifer. Examples include the Fiji brand water.

Reverse Osmosis. This method involves passing water at high pressure through a plastic membrane with tiny holes in it. This is a common filtration method in many bottled waters as it produces very pure water.

It is used in almost all home and commercial “drinking water” machines such as those in water stores, supermarkets and health food stores. It is also used industrially in bottling plants for soda pop, soups, juices, beer and many other drinks. I bought a reverse osmosis alkaline water system for $1100 before I had done my research.

Excited about my new purchase, I drank 10 glasses of water a day. I drank more and more, drinking ten glasses of water a day for weeks. But I was still thirsty! I never felt satiated. Then I read on Dr. L Wilson’s website that reverse osmosis water does not hydrate as well as spring water. I can certainly attest to this.

Since then, I have only drunk spring water and feel fully hydrated after 8 glasses a day. Reverse osmosis, sadly, is terrible for drinking. It does not matter if someone has added minerals back to it. These things cannot undo the damage to the water that occurs due to passing it through the plastic membrane. Examples include Dasani.

Alkaline Water. Alkaline water has been ionized to increase its pH to between 8 and 10. Some believe that the health benefits of alkaline water are overstated, and that it has little to do with stabilizing or reducing acidity in the body, but is more of a marketing scam.

A major issue with this kind of water is that there is not enough research conclusively showing the benefits actually exist. Even if many of the claims are true, the only people who really would benefit are individuals who have trouble keeping their body alkaline due to a bad diet, or people who have problems with their natural buffering systems.​

Alkaline water systems include the Jupiter, I-Water, Kangen, and others. Some devices pass tap water through a carbon filter, which does not remove many toxic metals and often does not even remove too many toxic chemicals because the water must move quickly through the filter.

Then the water passes over electrified platinum and titanium plates to alkalinize it. Platinum is a deadly toxic metal, as is titanium. Some people find that they develop extreme platinum or titanium metal toxicity after using these machines. Because of this problem alone, I do not recommend these filters.

Read The Full Guide to the Source and Symptoms of Toxic Metals

Some say alkaline water is beneficial because of its alkalinity (High pH-balance) and ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) that makes it an antioxidant. However, the antioxidant value only lasts 18-24 hours after it’s made.

The higher pH will last approximately 1-2 weeks. The smaller molecule cluster size of its water will last about 1-3 months. Given these facts, bottling alkaline water makes no sense, because the health benefits are gone is such a short period. Don’t waste your money.

Tap Water. Tap water contains heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine, medicines like antibiotics and antidepressants and hundreds of chemicals, many of which are not even measured or regulated.

Fluoride causes many, many side effects, weakening bones and increasing your chance of developing osteoporosis and cancer, yet it’s added to almost every municipal water supply in the US.

Drink it if you dare. Tap water, if unfiltered, often has too many toxic metals and chemicals in it to be good for drinking.

If tap water is filtered with only carbon, then it will hydrate the body and can be used for drinking, but is not usually as good as a high quality spring water. Note that carbon can remove some chlorine, but not fluorides. Since city regulators do not monitor or filter for medications, there are hundreds of them in your tap water. Not a good idea to drink it.​

Drinking water. Drinking water comes from a municipal source, but is better known as tap water. Don’t bother paying for bottled drinking water that you can get out of your tap. Examples include Sahara and Kirkland brands.

Distilled Water. Distilled water has gone through a rigorous filtration process to strip it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. When water is distilled, by boiling it and condensing it, all solid matter is left except chemicals that were in the water.

Most industrial distillers have methods to capture these substances to prevent them from remaining in the water. For this reason, I find that industrially distilled water is the very best. I do not recommend buying a home distiller because they cannot match the purity of industrial distillers.

Distilled water can be used for a few months to remove toxic metals and toxic chemicals from the body quite effectively. Drinking distilled water for longer than this, however, always results in vital mineral deficiencies. Examples of distilled water include Sparkletts and SmartWater.​

Mineral Water. Mineral water contains no less than 250 parts per million total dissolved mineral solids and is defined by its constant level of mineral and trace elements at the point of emergence from the source. No minerals can be added to the water. Examples include Panna from Italy.

Sparkling Mineral Water. Yes, the fizzy kind. But what makes it fizzy? This type of water contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had when it emerged from its source. Sparkling bottled waters may be labeled as sparkling drinking water, sparkling mineral water, sparkling spring water, etc. Examples include Perrier and Pellegrino.

Well Water. Well water can be fine, but often it is contaminated. This is especially the case if one lives in a location that was ever used for industry or agriculture. Even if your location is pristine, wells can easily become contaminated, especially with minerals such as iron and manganese.

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State testing laboratories cannot or will not test for hundreds of toxic chemicals and they often don’t even test for contaminants such as high levels of manganese. If you have a well, try to check carefully before using it for drinking purposes. Many of my clients that drink from wells usually have manganese toxicity, but usually have others as well.​

Bottled Water​

Bottled water pollutes the environment and is often nothing more than tap water. Always recycle!

When you must use bottled water, choose brands with high quality scores on EWG’s Bottled Water Scorecard.

Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog, analyzed 173 bottled water products to determine if companies disclose information on where water comes from, how or if their water is treated, and whether the results of purity testing are revealed.

The nonprofit also looked at how effective and advanced the water treatment methods were that were used on the bottled waters. Consumers have the right to know where their water comes from and what’s in it so they can make informed choices that affect the health of themselves and their families.

Tap water is regularly tested and consumers can find contaminants in their tap water online. That’s not the case with bottled water, which is not required to disclose that information to consumers. For this reason, bottled water is often no better than tap water.

Find out what’s in your bottled water in EWG’s Bottled Water Scorecard. Results for 173 bottled water brands are included in the report. Filtered tap water received the best grade, A, from EWG because it is purer than bottled water.​

Here are the EWG Bottled Water scores for the top 10 U.S. brands:

  • Pure Life Purified Water (Nestle), EWG grade = B
  • Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = C
  • Aquafina Purified Drinking Water (Pepsi), EWG grade = D
  • Dasani Purified Water (Coca-Cola), EWG grade = D
  • Deer Park Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
  • Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
  • Ozarka Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
  • Poland Spring Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
  • Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
  • Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water (CG Roxane), EWG grade = F

Functional Water

Slick marketing campaigns have managed to turn an essential part of your diet into a pure disaster. We now have an ever-widening array of flavored water, “zero calorie” water, and so-called “enhanced” or “functional” water products on the market. Avoid them all.

Typically, they will add artificial sweeteners and artificial coloring. These enhanced water products, if they don’t contain aspartame, contain enormous amounts of sugar and fructose, adding to the many health problems caused by both excessive fructose consumption and genetically engineered ingredients.

Water Filters​

Even though it’s best for you body to drink spring water, it is not always practical. Installation of a home water filter system is wise for drinking, cooking, washing vegetables, and even showering. One of your best bets for clean, pure water is to simply install a high quality water filter for your entire home.

A whole house carbon filter will remove contaminants from steamy chemical-laden vapors you and your family inhale while showering and washing dishes. It’s wise to install a house filter because the body absorbs a substantial amount of toxins, including fluoride and chlorine, through the skin during showers and baths.

I’ve compiled a guide for you to figure out the best filtration system for your needs. Great filters and live customer service to help you choose the right system for you can be found at APS Water. Follow these steps to find out the filtration system that’s right for you.​

  • Consider the style of water filter that will best fit your needs. Household water filters generally fall into one of two categories: point-of-entry units, which treat water before it gets distributed throughout the house; and point-of-use units, which include countertop filters, faucet filters, and under-the-sink units.
  • Determine what contaminants you need to remove. You may already know what chemical pollutants you want to be sure your water filter removes. But if you don’t, a great place to start is to look at what kinds of contaminants are showing up in your community’s drinking water.

Look up your water system on EWG’s tap water database. Can’t find your system? Call your local water utility and ask them to send you a copy of their Consumer Confidence Report, which contains information on its testing of your system’s water.

  • Choose the type of filter that best fits your needs. This list was reprinted from EWG’s site.
  • Carbon/Activated Carbon:                                                                                    Activated carbon chemically bonds with and removes some contaminants in water filtered through it. Carbon filters vary greatly in effectiveness: some just remove chlorine and improve taste and odor, while others remove a wide range of contaminants including asbestos, lead, mercury and VOCs.

However, activated carbon cannot effectively remove other common “inorganic” pollutants such as arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium, nitrate and perchlorate. These filters come in two forms, carbon block and granulated activated carbon.

  • Carbon Block: Carbon block filters contain pulverized activated carbon shaped into blocks under high pressure.
  • Granulated Activated Carbon: These filters contain fine grains of activated carbon. They are typically less effective than carbon block filters because of their smaller surface area.
  • Reverse Osmosis: This process relies on a semi-permeable membrane that retains particles larger than water molecules. Reverse osmosis can remove many contaminants not removed by carbon, including arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium, nitrates and perchlorate.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic filters have with very small holes throughout the material that block solid contaminants such as cysts and sediments from passing through. They do not remove chemical contaminants.
  • Deionization: An ion exchange process removes mineral salts and other electrically charged molecules from water. The process cannot remove non-ionic contaminants (including disinfection byproducts and other common volatile organic compounds) or microorganisms. This filtration method makes the water alkaline.
  • Ion Exchange: This technology passes water over a resin that replaces undesirable ions (charged particles) with others that are more desirable. One common application is water softening, replacing calcium and magnesium with sodium.
  • Ozone: Ozone kills bacteria and other microorganisms and is often used in conjunction with other filtering technologies. It is not effective in reducing levels of chemical contaminants
  • UV (ultraviolet): These systems use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. They cannot remove chemical contaminants.
  • Water Softeners: These devices use ion exchange to lower levels of calcium and magnesium (which can build up in plumbing and fixtures) as well barium and certain forms of radium. They do not remove most other contaminants.

No filter will give you good performance over the long-term unless it receives regular maintenance. As contaminants build up, a filter cannot only become less effective, but also make your water worse by releasing harmful bacteria or chemicals back into your filtered water.

Plastic, Glass, or Stainless Steel?​

Plastic chemicals can leach out of plastic bottles and contaminate the water, like phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA). Then there’s the issue with all that plastic trash being generated, which is wreaking havoc on our environment. Less then 30% of plastic bottles are recycled. Glass is the best option for your drinking water.

Chemicals used to make plastic bottles may leach into the contents, especially when the contents are heated (during transport, storage, or left in your car). One of the primary concerns is bisphenol-A or BPA, a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen in your body.

Research suggests that BPA exposure is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, estrogen dominance syndrome and a whole host of diseases. These plastics get in your body and gum up your metabolic pathways, inhibiting health and weight loss.

Time Magazine reported, “BPA is particularly worrisome simply because it is so common. Nearly every American has some amount of BPA in his or her body, in part because plastics are so ubiquitous.”

While many plastic water bottles don’t contain BPA, bottles with resin codes 3 or 7 in the recycle triangle may. However, 95 percent of all plastic products in one study tested positive for estrogenic activity, meaning they can still disrupt your hormones even if they carry a BPA-free label.

Even more disconcerting is the finding that BPA-free plastics can be even more harmful than BPA plastics. Rather than BPA, a more harmful plastic hardener, BPS, may be used. BPS is found to be almost 20 times more harmful that BPA, but there is very little research into this substance.

Consumers who switch from plastic water bottles to metal ones in hopes of avoiding the risk that bisphenol-A will leach into their beverages aren’t necessarily any better off, a new study finds. Some metal water bottles leach more BPA than do ones made from the now-pariah plastic due to an epoxy-resin lining based on BPA’s recipe

Glass bottles, however, also leach chemicals, including aluminum, explains a study by Clemens Reimann of the Norges Geologiske Undersøkelse in Norway. Aluminum is sometimes added to soda-lime glass to make bottles more durable.

Have you started drinking water yet? When I began writing this article, I started chugging water immediately and don’t plan to stop! Do your health a favor. Reduce your coffee, skip the sodas, drink the crappy water you have in your house and don’t ever buy it again, start drinking pure spring water by the gallon.

Did you buy a water filter and later regretted it? Do you have a story like mine about drinking tons of purified water and not feeling hydrated? Get ripped off buying an expensive, gimmicky water filtration system? Tell me your story by leaving a comment below.​

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Exercise – The Secret Weapon In Fighting Addiction Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:53:20 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="75013502"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="6842464"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

Whether your substance of choice is alcohol, nicotine, or prescription drugs, a dependency on any of these may lead to a significant impact on your emotional, mental, and physical health. For those of you on the road to recovery, or exploring ways to begin that journey, the future feels terrifyingly uncertain. The best way to […]

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Whether your substance of choice is alcohol, nicotine, or prescription drugs, a dependency on any of these may lead to a significant impact on your emotional, mental, and physical health. For those of you on the road to recovery, or exploring ways to begin that journey, the future feels terrifyingly uncertain.

The best way to get (and stay!) clean is to explore and embrace new passions that support behavioral change.

Many times, our addictions become our “me time.” While tending to everyone else’s needs each day (such as taking care of the kids or pleasing your boss at work), your addiction becomes your sanctuary: a retreat from the real world.

Find out What Makes Soda So Addictive.​

Developing and following through with a plan to replace that “me time” with something that positively and productively serves the same purpose is crucial for maintaining your sobriety.

Without a replacement that provides an equal or better feeling than that drug did, your chance of relapse is much higher.

Relapse rates range from 60-90% in the first year of sobriety, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

So how do you take charge and seek out the right replacement to keep you on the track to freedom? Start with the one choice that is guaranteed to boost your mood, aid in the reduction of withdrawal symptoms, help to speed up the detoxifying process: Exercise.

  • Exercise increases “feel good” chemical production in the brain
  • Exercise decreases stress hormones and helps to relax us
  • Exercise releases endorphins, which block the transmission of pain signals

The best part of incorporating exercise into your treatment plan is that it will help to improve brain function. Since addictions are technically considered brain disorders, it targets the part of the body that needs additional support the most.

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Many drug rehabilitation centers across the country are providing their charges with quite a few options when it comes to using exercise as a tool for treatment. Just remember: to ensure that exercise becomes as comfortable and natural to you as any other daily activity, it’s best to start out small. Be practical and set realistic goals for yourself.

Mix Relaxation with Exercise​

Keeping your mind focused on staying clean and sober is stressful, to say the least. With relapse around the corner, it's not easy to keep your mind empty.

So finding activities that offer de-stressing techniques and exercise all in one is a great way to spend your “me time.”

  • Basic stretching is a great way to start the day, or to wind down at the end of the night. It helps to warm and soothe muscles and increase oxygen flow through the blood.
  • Yoga has been found to help individuals reduce stress symptoms, decrease anxiety, increase sleep quality, and improve overall health.

Fun Exercise

There are many ways to make exercise fun and make you forget you’re even breaking a sweat. Take some time on the weekends to explore new activities.

Fun new activities to try out

  • Exploring the outdoors with hiking, biking, or kayaking.
  • Searching for treasure by geocaching
  • Dance up a sweat with classes offering Zumba, or learn to tango

No matter how you start off, as long as you’re moving, you’re doing it right. Once movement becomes the natural high of your daily routine, you can begin challenging yourself with more intense workouts and methods of exercise.​

It doesn’t matter where you start; just keep your focus on exploring and embracing new passions that support a health mind, body and spirit and continue to practice it every single day.

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Exercise provides structure. Obtaining and maintaining sobriety is all about learning to re-structure your routines. Without a new routine, boredom and increased temptations set in and before you know it, you’re back on addiction autopilot again.

In a recent Argus Leader interview, recovering addict Joan Swenson of Sioux Falls says, “My whole life was spent trying to alter my state of being with some sort of substance. Now I can alter my state of being through exercise.” She adds, “Cravings can hijack your through process, so focus is important for recovery.

Replacing a sometimes sedentary life of addiction with a fast-paced active life can be brutally difficult. But freedom comes with a cost. If you are willing to put the effort into it, the payoff will be bigger and better than what you could ever imagine.

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Little Known Causes Of Depression Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:44:57 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="39875550"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="27187877"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="72600111"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

Depression has many underlying causes that are not being adequately addressed by antidepressants. Learn about many causes of depression and how to reverse it naturally with diet, detoxification and other powerful natural remedies.Depression is the number one cause of disability in the US. It affects 10 million people in the US alone and 340 million […]

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Depression has many underlying causes that are not being adequately addressed by antidepressants. Learn about many causes of depression and how to reverse it naturally with diet, detoxification and other powerful natural remedies.

Depression is the number one cause of disability in the US. It affects 10 million people in the US alone and 340 million people worldwide. Depression is a normal state. It is a driver to action and change that has survival purposes.

It’s only when it is prolonged that it becomes a problem – or when you decide to take antidepressant drugs that could alter your brain chemistry permanently.​

In my efforts to overcome depression, I have studied it exhaustively in books, psychology classes, spent ten years in therapy, taking antidepressants and even using various stimulants and sugar to override my brain chemistry.

None of it really worked, though I would feel better temporarily when I had a good therapy session, discovered an insight in a book or drank some coffee. There are so many underlying causes of this common problem that I now realize are the major contributing factors to depression.

Depression Defined​

Depression is defined as having four or five or the following symptoms most of the day for at least two weeks.

  • Constant sadness or an empty feeling
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Significant weight change or appetite change

Causes Of Depression

Depression has a few underlying causes that most do not know about – or they don’t make the connection. Namely, copper toxicity and heavy metal toxicity.

These can have a profound impact on mood and yet I rarely read about their connection to depression.

The main biochemical and nutritional imbalances associated with feelings of depression include:

  • Stress
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Low Thyroid Function
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Copper Toxicity
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Mineral Deficiency
  • Poor Diet


Depression is a natural reaction to stress and exhaustion. Depression can be a positive adaptation to exhaustion, which is caused by stress. In fact, depression occurs to prevent further depletion of energy that could cause more serious illness.​

Stress depletes neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. If you use up your reserves living a stressful lifestyle, you will not have enough in reserve to produce good feelings.

Stress also causes adrenal fatigue and low thyroid function, which have a direct effect on our hormones and our moods.

Adrenal Fatigue

Many people feel depressed because they are simply tired or burned out. It is estimated that two-thirds of the population suffer from adrenal fatigue. Depression is just the body’s way of saying it is too tired to want to do much of anything.

Many people with adrenal fatigue must drag themselves through life, often using stimulants like caffeine, sugar, refined grains and even anger as a stimulant just to function.

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When stressed or stimulated, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol, a hormone that provides a natural “high.” However, when a cortisol high plummets, it is replaced by achiness, fatigue and often a lowered mood and depression.

A simple test for this is whether you are achy in the morning. If you are a little stiff and it gets better as the day goes on, your adrenal glands may be fatigued and nutritionally depleted.

The reason the aches and perhaps depression feelings improve as the day goes on is that the adrenals may begin to work better as the day progresses, usually due to stimulating them in some way with caffeine, sugar, etc.

Low Thyroid Function

Low thyroid function is a common cause of depression. Low thyroid hormones can play a role in a variety of emotional and behavioral symptoms and disturbances, including anxiety, excessive fear, mood swings, rage, irritability, confusion and obsessive/compulsive disorders.

Dr. Barry Durant-Peatfield, in his book Your Thyroid and How to Keep It Healthy, states that up to one-half of depression is due to unrecognized hypothyroidism.

Thyroid hormones T4 and T3 play a part in the optimal functioning of your brain, including your cognitive function, mood, ability to concentrate, memory, attention span, and emotions.

Christiane Northrup, MD states that T3 “is actually a bona fide neurotransmitter that regulates the action of serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is important for quelling anxiety.”

She also states that, “If you don’t have enough T3, or if its action is blocked, an entire cascade of neurotransmitter abnormalities may ensue and can lead to mood and energy changes, including depression.”


A simple cause for depression is lack of sleep. The most important factor is going to bed early before 10 PM. Many people who simply increase their amount of sleep will see their symptoms improve.​

If you have difficulty sleeping, taking supplements can aid sleep. One of the most effective remedies is calcium and magnesium at bedtime. These are the minerals that relax your body and promote sleep. They were instrumental in regulating my sleep patterns and finally sleeping through the night after years of nightly waking.​

Sleep is absolutely critical for all aspects of health, including your thoughts and emotions. Be sure to not overlook this important and simple cause for depression.

Mineral Deficiency​

Deficiencies of nutrient minerals, vitamins, amino acids and other important nutrients are a critical cause of depression in millions of people today.

Even if you eat a healthy perfectly Paleo organic diet, the soils are deficient. Most people suffer quite severe mineral deficiencies today, which can manifest as depression.

Many minerals can play a role in feelings of depression. Zinc, for instance, stimulates the neocortex of the brain, which is the newer part of the brain. When zinc is deficient, the brain cannot function properly and depression can result.

Essential minerals including manganese, selenium, chromium and others affect carbohydrate tolerance and the body’s ability to regulate glucose metabolism. When these are deficient or unbalanced, this can cause severe fatigue and perhaps feelings of depression.

Metal Toxicity And Depression

A number of metals can contribute to depression. Excess copper, nickel, mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic and/or aluminum are often found in hair mineral tests and blood tests of those with depression.

Learn more about Toxic Chemicals In Your Kitchen

Low level toxicities of these metals are surprisingly common due to their prevalence in our air, food and water and due to many people’s reduced ability to detox them from the body. Removal of these metals can lift depression without any other changes in a person’s life.

Copper Toxicity​

Copper toxicity is a very common mineral imbalance associated with feelings of depression. This type of depression is often accompanied by excessive emotions of many types such as anger, rage, frustration and others​

Coppor toxicity is very common today, mainly due to:

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Zinc Deficiency
  • Copper in the environment – copper piping
  • Vegetarian diets (rich in copper and low in zinc, which antagonizes copper)
  • Drugs like steroids, birth control pills
  • Copper IUD’s

Copper is known to stimulate production of neurotransmitters that enhance brain activity. They include epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. Copper toxicity is associated with symptoms of mind racing, insomnia and inability to stop thoughts (rumination – a common feature of depression).

When the adrenal glands are underactive, they are unable to send out a message to the liver to release ceruloplasmin from the liver and, therefore, copper becomes biounavailable.

As a result of excessive tissue storage of biounavailable or unbound copper, copper toxicity and a deficiency of available copper occur, even when dietary intake of copper is more than adequate.​

Adrenal fatigue > Copper toxicity >
>Excessive neurotransmitter stimulation > Depression

Nickel Toxicity

Toxicity with nickel is highly associated with severe depression, usually accompanied by anger and suicidal thoughts. Excess nickel comes from wearing dental braces, drinking too much rooibos tea (or other red teas), or eating hydrogenated oils (nickel is used as a catalyst in the processing of the oil).

Occasionally it is due to wearing nickel-plated costume jewelry or occupational exposure in metalworking industries.

Amazingly, when the nickel is removed from the body, which in some cases can occur within a few months on a Mineral Power program, all of a sudden, the depressed and suicidal thoughts just go away, even when one’s life has not changed in other ways.

Cadmium, Mercury, Arsenic and Lead

​Other toxic metals including cadmium, mercury, lead, and arsenic commonly cause brain fog and depression. They are found in tap water, junk food, medical drugs, cigarette smoke and enter our bodies from the air.

Toxic metals may interfere with energy production, alter neurotransmitter levels and can affect all body systems. You can learn more about symptoms and sources of toxicities of these metals in my Toxic Metal Guide.


Diet is a major factor in depression. Naturally, when the brain and body do not receive the proper nutrients, they will not function properly. The most common nutrient deficiencies seen in depression are omega-3 fats and eating foods that deplete the body of minerals like sugar and refined grains.​

Consuming Anti-Nutrients​

Most people today, especially children, eat sugar, toxic food additives and other substances found in processed foods that provide little to no nutrition and can promote depression.

Consuming anti-nutrient ‘foods’ like refined sugar, Aspartame, MSG, and foods that have been stripped of nutrients like bleached, white flour aggravate deficiencies and open the way for the development of depression in many people.

Not only do they not provide nutrients, but they require minerals and nutrients for their digestion, robbing them from your body.​

Learn How To Stop Sugar Addiction with Cinnamon

Drugs that Cause Depression

A number of drugs have depression as a side effect.

Common Drugs that could potentially cause depression are:

  • cortisone therapy
  • birth control pills
  • patches and the birth control IUD
  • hormone replacement therapies
  • depressants such as valium or
  • benzodiazepines like Xanax, ADHD drugs
  • blood pressure medications such as beta blockers.

Always be sure to check the side effects of any medication you are using on a regular basis if depression begins to occur. Even if depression is not a recognized side effect of a medication, it can still cause the problem and a trial without the drug or using another drug instead can be worthwhile.

Medications of all kinds can cause depression directly by inhibiting various neurotransmitters in the brain. They can also cause depression by inhibiting or interfering with other nutrients.

They may also affect your appetite, sex life, sleep habits, or other areas that lead indirectly to feelings of sadness, inadequacy or other problems. This applies to over-the-counter remedies equally as it applies to prescription or recreational drug use.

For example, birth control pills, patches or the newer insertable Nuvo-ring can cause depression by affecting copper balance and inducing copper toxicity. Many are unaware that these drugs can affect one’s entire personality and can even cause suicidal thoughts.

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When it comes to treating dandruff, finding a cure instead of a treatment can be next to impossible. The truth of the matter is that millions of people are dealing with dandruff, and almost everyone will experience some form of it at, at some point in their life.Dandruff is a broad term assigned to a […]

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When it comes to treating dandruff, finding a cure instead of a treatment can be next to impossible. The truth of the matter is that millions of people are dealing with dandruff, and almost everyone will experience some form of it at, at some point in their life.

Dandruff is a broad term assigned to a group conditions that causes unsightly flaking that falls from your scalp, and often is accompanied by itchiness and irritation. Without having a clear medical diagnosis from your doctor, treatment can be more hit and miss.

Common Causes of Dandruff

  • Dry scalp
  • Seborreheic dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Allergies to hair care products
  • Irritation caused by the body having a type of allergic reaction to a naturally occurring fungi that lives on the scalp

Try some Home Remedies for Dandruff​

In today's world, natural treatments are more sought after, but hard to find. The end goal in natural medicine is to help restore the body back to a balanced state. Here are some remedies you can use at home.

Tee Tree Oil​

Tea Tree oil is one of the most easy to recognize names in natural dandruff treatments.

It has been gaining popularity over the last decade and is featured in many different products.

You can find tee tree oil in both all natural formulas and as an accent to artificially sourced shampoos.

You can also find it available in a pure oil form, which allows you to administer it as you please. One of the simplest ways to use the oil is to add a 2 to 3 droplets into your shampoo portion before applying it to your scalp.


Lemon is a mild treatment that be done every day or until symptoms improve.

Use a bit of fresh lemon juice as a pre-soak before a shower or as a separate treatment session.

You can massage at least 2 tablespoons into your scalp and rinse with water that has a ratio of 1 teaspoonful to 1 cup of water.

Learn more about the Many Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

A word of warning though, lemon juice can cause changes to hair color, such as lightening darker tones and bronze blonder shades if there is a lot of sun exposure too soon after using it.

Baking Soda​

Using a few teaspoons of household baking soda and scrubbing it all over your scalp, after it has been dampened, can help to gently scour away scales. When using it, do not shampoo it out, bust just rinse it out completely. It can also help reduce the population of overactive fungi if that is the cause of the dandruff.

Try substituting baking soda for shampoo. Here's how.

Neem Oil

​Neem oil has become as popular as tea tree oil when it comes to adding something helpful for dandruff to shampoos.

As a home remedy you can add a few drops of pure neem oil to your favorite shampoo before using it during your regular grooming routine.

By itself neem oil is too potent to apply directly to your scalp, so always mix it with other oils before using. A popular combination for fighting dandruff is to mix together jojoba, coconut, and neem as a pre-soak before you shampoo.

The sit times can vary, between 5 to 20 minutes, even up to an hour. Though you should be careful to watch for irritation and rinse out immediately if you feel any uncomfortable sensations.

Coconut Oil​

A few different sources also say that coconut oil can help with dandruff at times. The common recommended treatment is to massage about 3 to 5 tablespoons into your scalp and let it soak it at least an hour before shampooing out.


You can use just about any type of salt, from table to dead sea, to help gently and naturally get rid of the scales before you shampoo. Shake it into onto your head and work the grains all over your scalp. There are even some shampoos that include dead sea salts in particular because the minerals it has is suppose to help fight irritation even more.

Aloe Vera​

Aloe Vera is one treatment that can work really well if you have a lot of itching and irritation.

As a gel or even as the goo fresh squeezed from the plant itself, applying it to your scalp can calm the itch and irritation.

Reducing the irritation can also reduce flakes when they are the result of the irritation.


Garlic is well known for its anti-fungal properties, and given that one of the leading causes of dandruff is when the body has an adverse reaction to a naturally occurring fungi, reducing the amount of the fungi can help stop dandruff.

To apply it, simply crush up fresh garlic and mix it with fresh, natural honey, then rub it into the scalp. Let it sit a few minutes after being worked in thoroughly, and then shampoo it out.

Olive Oil​

One of the few natural remedies that is suggested as an overnight soak is olive oil. The suggested use is to massage the oil into your scalp, usually about 10 or so drops worth, in and let is soak over night, then wash hair as normal in the morning.

Obviously with this one a shower cap or other type of night cap, should be used to prevent any oil from rubbing off onto the pillow case. You can also lay a thick towel over your pillow to prevent messing up the pillow as well.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is that annoying little plant that gave you rashes when you would play in the field as a child.

It is also a very effective anti-dandruff treatment. Get some dry stinging nettle and let it infuse in warm water until it cools down.

​Poor it over some baking soda and use it as shampoo. Wash your hair and carefully rinse it out. It should show some results after the second usage. 

Find out which is The Best Shampoo for Dry Scalp

Depending on the exact cause of the dandruff, it may take awhile before finding what works best for you. When it comes to really managing persistent dandruff, it is often a good idea to use more than one treatment and alternate them.

Your body can grow resistant to the same substances being used. At times when there is thick scaling, coal tar may be the only close to natural treatment that works. Regardless of what you try, it takes time to work, especially for more severe cases.

Though, we would like to hear your take on the matter. Have you tried any of the remedies listed here, or have you tried any of the older natural approaches? Please leave a comment or question below. What have you found that works to treat dandruff without using a bunch of harsh chemicals?​

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Wearable Tech: Distractors or Fitness Motivators? Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:46:27 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="84559216"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

​ We’ve all survived dotcom bubbles and housing bubbles. Will wearable tech be the next bubble to burst? In case you haven’t been paying attention lately, wearable tech is all the rage right now, with competition only looking to heat up as we head into a brand new year.With the world still awaiting the Apple Watch […]

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We’ve all survived dotcom bubbles and housing bubbles. Will wearable tech be the next bubble to burst? In case you haven’t been paying attention lately, wearable tech is all the rage right now, with competition only looking to heat up as we head into a brand new year.

With the world still awaiting the Apple Watch with bated breath, and every one of their rivals rushing to bring their own devices to market, we’re meant to believe that wearable tech will be the next “get onboard or get left behind” trend, just like smartphones before them.

But is this fledgling industry destined for a crash? Will they really give us something we can’t live without – or will they be swept aside by something better?

Like many people, I find the fitness tracking capabilities of these new wearables to be their most compelling feature. And, like many people, I’m counting on that feature being the shot in the arm my fitness plan needs in order to rise from the ashes of past New Years’ Resolutions.

The only problem, naturally, is the logic that dropping a few hundred dollars on a new gadget will be the thing that gets us off the couch. I predict lots of short-term gains followed by a chorus of discontentment when everybody who buys or receives a smartwatch realizes that there are better first steps to take if you’re looking to get fit.

Below are three big reasons why you don’t need technology to motivate you.

Read about The 7 Most Common Excuses for Not Exercising

Better Ways to Quantify Your Physical Activity​

I’m as interested as anyone in finally having a convenient way to quantify how, when, and at what intensity I engage in exercise. But beyond the novelty of charting how many steps you take per day, I’m not sure there’s a lot of long-term benefit to be had from playing this kind of numbers game. There are already plenty of ways for us to track our progress.

At its simplest, a fitness tracker keeps an eye on the number of steps you take throughout the day, along with the distance you’ve traveled. That’s all well and good, but what the fitness novice needs isn’t data; it’s a plan.

How To Make Your Own Fitness Plan
  • Set your fitness goals. Do you want to lose weight, build muscle or get a more balanced lifestyle? In order to motivate yourself and not lose determination, make sure you know what you want to do.
  • Eat right. Anything that has to do with fitness starts in the kitchen. You can’t pump your muscles on fast food. So make sure you know how to have a healthy diet as well.
  • Start with a routine. Any aspect in life starts with generalization and then it gets nuanced down to what is specific to you. Find a routine that you think you would be able to do and then start adding and taking out exercises.
  • Don’t delude yourself. With the internet at our fingertips, it’s easy to start deluding ourselves into believing fitness myths. There’s no such thing as spot reduction, nor is there a miracle protein shake to shortcut your way into health.
  • Plan different activities. You may not have time everyday to pilates, but you can always squeeze in a 20 minute walk around the city. Diversity is key to success.
  • Don’t forget to rest! We all have high goals when it comes to fitness, but we must not forget that our bodies need rest and recover. Plan your fitness according to how much rest you might need post or pre-workout.

Honestly, the best thing you can do is simply pick a set amount of time per day to exercise. And when I say pick a time, I mean a time when that’s all you’re doing. Even if it’s something modest like 15-20 minutes per day, simply making time ought to be your very first step. You can worry about accessorizing later on.

Maybe running is more suited for you. Here are The Best Running Tips for Beginners​

An Apple Watch Will Buy You A Year-Long Gym Membership​

Comparing a one-time purchase to a recurring expense is a bit of an apples-oranges game, but hear me out.

According to Apple, their entry-level watch (assumed to be the brushed aluminum model) will set you back $349 when it launches in 2015.

What you get for your hard-earned dough is a fancy step counter with some (admittedly impressive) sensors in it. The question, though, is how all that fancy hardware stacks up as an investment.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the average monthly cost of a gym membership is about $43, which means the purchase price of an Apple Watch could account for about eight months of a gym membership – and closer to a year or more if you spring for the stainless steel model instead.​

I won’t claim that the money you’ve earmarked for fitness expenses is a zero-sum game, but it’s worth asking where your money will do the most good if you’re really looking to get in shape.

Common sense at the Gym. Do you have it or not?

Gym memberships won’t be the best option for everyone, but it’s more likely to be a strong motivator than having a new toy strapped to your wrist with notifications going off all day.​

Exercise Can Be Free; Don’t Complicated It​

The last point I have to make pretty much sums up the first two: exercise should be as carefree as possible.​

I love that we can almost always count on technology to make our lives better, easier, and more productive – but I’m also pretty sure there are areas in our lives where technology simply doesn’t need to make an appearance. Fitness is one such area.

You can walk out your front door and find countless ways to exercise. Confession time: I lived in my current residence for almost two years before I discovered a beautiful series of hiking trails throughout a nearby wooded area. I only found it by exploring, on foot, without any assistance from the panoply of technology at my disposal.

Find out How To Buy The Best Sport Equipment​

I’ll admit that I’m pretty excited to see how the Apple Watch – and all of its competitors – shape up once they become available. Until then, I’m going to double-down on some low-tech solutions instead. Your mileage may vary, but I suspect you, too, can achieve the results you’re looking for without breaking the bank.


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Review of: The Venus FactorAuthor: John Barban Editorial Quality Effectiveness Price Ease of use We likedHow comprehensive the program isThe virtual nutritionistThe great diet planThe efficient workoutsWe didn't likeThe layout of the contentThe marketing inside the bookThe continuity between the chaptersSummary: The venus factor system is one of the best weight loss program for women we've […]

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Review of: The Venus Factor

Author: John Barban

Editorial Quality



Ease of use

We liked

  • How comprehensive the program is
  • The virtual nutritionist
  • The great diet plan
  • The efficient workouts

We didn't like

  • The layout of the content
  • The marketing inside the book
  • The continuity between the chapters

Summary: The venus factor system is one of the best weight loss program for women we've reviewed in a long while. The program makes sense, the diet plan is fantastic. It has a few flaws but we love it here at Health Ambition.

From $47

Being Skinny is great, but this is not everything. Many people are skinny yet have unattractive body. This is often referred to as being "skinny fat".

Most programs promoting weight loss will tend to push you towards becoming skinny fat.

This means that you will look decent when dressed up but underneath your closes, your body will still remain mostly unattractive.

This is where a program such as the Venus factor stands out. It will not only help you lose the unnecessary weight. It will also help you achieve this attractive "toned" look most women (and men) dream of.

Let's dive into the secrets  found within the venus factor system !​

What is the Venus Factor?

The Venus Factor is a total body program designed by John Barban, together with Brad Pilon. It is created with the woman’s body in mind, with the nutrition and workout programs included targeting the shaping of a woman’s specific physiology.

It’s not a weight loss program – it’s a program designed to help women achieve the best shape for their body.

The Mind Behind the Venus Factor: John Barban

According to John Barban’s official website:

“My formal education background is a Masters In Human Biology and Nutrition from U of Guelph, where I spent 3 years as a varsity strength and conditioning coach for the ice hockey team. I did further graduate research and taught exercise physiology at the University of Florida. I’ve taken a bunch of personal training certifications, all the usual ones such as the NSCA CSCS, ACE PT, CSEP, etc.”

John Barban
Creator of the Venus Factor

He is also the creator of the Adonis Golden Ratio workout program – the equivalent of the Venus Factor program for men.

The Venus Factor Package Review

The cost of the Venus Factor program is $47 – not too bad when compared with programs like the P90X.

Included in the Venus Factor package is:

  • The Venus Factor Diet and Weight Loss Manual – a 180-page ebook
  • The 12-Week Venus Factor Workout System – a library with instructional exercise videos
  • The Venus Factor Virtual Nutritionist – an app that helps you to track calories and protein intake according to your body.
  • The Venus Community – access to the exclusive Venus Factor community, including blogs, forums, etc.
  • The Venus Index Podcasts – audio interviews by other Venus Factor members on their success stories

This makes for a very comprehensive package given the price of the product.

A Look at The Venus Factor

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Within the first few pages of the Venus Factor Diet and Weight Loss Manual, the purpose of the program is made clear:

“The Venus System is designed to be the simplest possible to achieving fat loss while also providing a workout program for developing and shaping muscle in a manner that is specific to a woman’s body.”

The manual breaks down the process of the Venus Factor diet into two parts:

Part 1: Weight Loss/Fat Removal

Before you can start shaping your body the way you want it, you need to get rid of all the excess fat and weight clinging to your frame.

The Venus Factor promotes diet as the most important factor in your weight loss/fat burning, so a good part of the book is dedicated to helping readers plan their diet for weight loss.

Part 2: Muscle/Body Shaping/Toning

A person’s body structure and shape is defined by two factors:

  1. Location and quantity of body fat
  2. Muscle shape and size

The workout component of the book aims to shape the muscles and tone them in order to give you the body shape you want.

Understanding Metabolism and Hormones

The Venus Factor spends a few pages discussing the different factors that affect women’s metabolisms, specifically:

  • Body Composition ­- the % of body fat
  • Size – the different heights, widths, and lengths

The manual proceeds to discuss the importance of testosterone and estrogen in a woman’s weight loss – specifically that women burn less calories than men simply because they have less testosterone.

Leptin is another hormone specifically discussed in the book. This hormone is the one that controls your appetite, and the Venus Factor aims to increase your body’s natural sensitivity to leptin by:

  • Sleeping properly
  • Exercising
  • Use supplements
  • Fasting

The Venus Factor Diet Review

A very large chunk of the book is spent detailing a healthy diet for those who are trying to shape their bodies with the Venus Factor.

First, they look at food list that will make it difficult for you to lose weight, including:

  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • High-calorie beverages (juice, soda, alcohol, etc.)
  • Low-fiber carbs
  • Fats

The Venus Factor Manual examines the calories in fats, protein, and carbs, but doesn’t discuss in much detail what’s a healthy amount of each for a proper diet.

Hard, Cold Facts

Thankfully, the Venus Factor does get into some details and provide real, usable numbers on certain things, such as:

BMR Understanding the metabolic rate enables Venus Factor users to determine how many calories they need to burn per day. This is the true key to success in any diet, and thankfully the manual provides charts that help women to figure out their BMR according to their height and weight.

Meal Planning The manual examines not only how much to eat, but how often. This helps readers to determine the best diet plan according to the number of calories they can eat every day, making it easy to break down their meals.

Calories The Venus Factor Manual actually tells readers roughly how many calories are burned by their body, such as:

  • The heart burns 200 calories per day
  • The kidney burns 200 calories per day
  • The brain burns 110 calories per day

Now, whether or not this data is accurate is difficult to prove, as there are no links to follow from the manual to find out where they obtained the data from. Still, it breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand.

The Reverse Taper Diet

The Reverse Taper Diet is a unique eating plan created by Brad Pilon – co-writer of the book. It is found only in the Venus Factor Manual and other books sold by Brad Pilon.

What is the Reverse Taper Diet?

To put it simply: you eat more as you lose weight.

Let’s say you weigh 180 pounds with a 30% body composition. That means that your lean body mass is just 127 pounds. If your goal is to work your way down to a low body composition, you want to eat fewer calories in order to lose weight.

However, as you shed the pounds of fat, your lean body mass stays the same. In fact, if you’re working out, it should actually increase as you build more muscle. According to the Reverse Taper Diet, as you lose weight, you should eat more.

The less you eat, the more calories your body needs to burn from fat. However, once you get rid of the fat in your body, there is less fat accessible. This means that your body will not be able to burn that fat, so it will burn muscle cells if you don’t consume enough food. For this reason, you eat more food as you lose more weight, providing the fuel your body needs to continue the fat burning.

Brad Pillon
Creator of the reverse taper diet

While this is designed to make the weight loss diet easy, there is little scientific research to prove that it actually works. The theory sounds very plausible, but with no facts to back it up, there’s no way to say how it will affect the body.

The 12-Week Undulating Metabolic Override Program

This is the 12-week diet plan included in the Venus Factor program is actually quite complicated. It took me a few minutes of reading and re-reading to understand exactly what needs to be done. It requires the Venus Factor app, which will direct you to eat a certain number of calories of fat per day/week.

Here’s a breakdown of the diet:

Week 1 – 2: 5 & 1 Protocol For the first five days, eat a lower number of calories as directed by the app. On Day 6, eat a higher number of calories as directed by the app.

Week 3 – 4: High Fat 2 & 1 Protocol For the first two days, eat a lower number of calories as directed by the app. On Day 3, eat a higher number of fat calories. Repeat this twice per week for two weeks.

Week 5 – 6: 5 & 1 Protocol Back to the first diet plan.

Week 7 – 8: High Protein 2 & 1 Protocol Similar to Weeks 3 and 4, simply replacing high protein intake for high fat intake.

Week 9 – 10: 5 & 1 Protocol Back to the first diet plan.

Week 11- 12: High Carb 2 & 1 Protocol Similar to Weeks 3 and 4, simply replacing high carb intake for high fat intake.

The purpose of this diet is to “confuse” your metabolism – forcing it to keep running at high speeds in order to keep up with your changing diet.

Does this metabolism-centric diet work? The lack of studies backing up the claims in the book leaves me skeptical, though the theory does have its merit. Without scientific proof that it actually works, I wouldn’t follow it blindly.

Intro to Meal Planning & Diet Plan

Once you finish the section on the Undulating Metabolic Override Program, the book goes on to talk about meal planning.

This is probably the most valuable part of the book, for it gives a number of complete menus for users to customize for their various meals.

There are:

  • Ten 1,000-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,100-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,200-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,300-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,400-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,500-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,600-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,700-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day

The beauty of these meal plans is that readers can pick and choose as they desire, allowing them to create hundreds of meal combinations no matter how many calories they want to eat per day.

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Our Final Venus Factor Review

The program is designed with women in mind, and it’s definitely tailored to the unique needs of women and their diets/exercise programs.

It has a lot of very valuable information, and readers will find that it does offer a complete program to lose weight and work towards the shape that they really want.

Here’s what we like and dislike about the Venus Factor system:

We’re Not Fond Of

The Lack of Research As with any workout/weight loss/fitness program, it’s difficult to trust it if there’s no proof backing up the claims. In my studies as a fitness trainer, I’ve learned that there is no way to shape muscle, and yet The Venus Factor claims to be able to shape the body. Where’s the proof to back this up? There are however interesting studies cited at the end of the book that do provide some credibility.

The Layout Reading the book was a lot more of a chore than I expected. The content was great, but the layout was a bit challenging because the text was broken up by testimonials every few pages. There are a lot of pictures that made for a nice break, but overall the layout actually detracted from the content (although maybe that's just me).

The Structure The book felt a bit slapped together. The information was complete, but it wasn’t easy to follow along because it jumped from one topic to another without any real breaks. It felt like they didn’t always close a subject before moving on.

The Testimonials Yes, we understand that people have found your program effective, so there’s no need to put in 30 to 40 testimonials. It interrupted the flow of the content, and made it hard to concentrate on the information.

We Love

The Abundance of Information For those who know little to know about weight loss, dieting, and fitness, this is a great book. It comes with a lot of information that explains all of the important parts of getting fit, including the BMR, calories in food, meal planning, and more. It breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand.

The Venus Factor Virtual Nutritionist — The app makes planning your meals supremely easy. You can figure out what your ideal measurements should be, your total calorie intake, the amount of weight you can lose, the amount of weight you are losing, and your estimated protein intake in seconds. It’s a tool that blows most calorie counters out of the water.

The Meal Plans 80 different meal plans complete with calorie and nutritional information in one book? Yes please! You can pick and choose from the various meals in the book, and it just gives you the list of ingredients rather than the recipe you are following. This makes it easy for you to add or subtract ingredients however you want. For this part alone, I would pay $50.

The Venus Factor Workouts In the Venus Factor Workouts book, you’ll find all the workout programs you need to get you through the diet. The workouts are easy to follow, and you have access to instructional videos through the Venus Community. It’s a complete workout program as well as diet program.


So does the venus factor work ? Absolutely. Is it a scam ? Not at all. It's a great weight loss program with a great community and access to one on one advice.

The Venus Factor offers a good deal of value to customers and stays far from weight loss scams found everywhere online. It does break down the diet/workout process to make it easy to understand.

according to its testimonials and reviews, it is also an effective program! If you have any question, drop it in the comments.

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Hidden Health Benefits Of 6 Holiday Herbs And Spices Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:59:00 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="20617559"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="37335553"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="68412021"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="23948206"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="78877352"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="61960148"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

These days, we’re flooded with warnings to carefully scan labels, avoid genetically modified produce, and ditch factory-farmed meats. Needless to say, it’s becoming increasingly rare to find someone who isn’t well-informed about the common health risks associated with certain foods. But as we fill our shopping carts with ingredients we seem to buy in bulk […]

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These days, we’re flooded with warnings to carefully scan labels, avoid genetically modified produce, and ditch factory-farmed meats. Needless to say, it’s becoming increasingly rare to find someone who isn’t well-informed about the common health risks associated with certain foods.

But as we fill our shopping carts with ingredients we seem to buy in bulk during the holidays, we may not be aware of the associated health benefits. Many herbs and spices commonly used in cooking during the holiday season are greatly beneficial for us, and we should consider using them throughout the entire year; not just to dress a turkey.

The following six ingredients are popular for their distinct holiday tastes and smells, but their nutritional profile goes way beyond vitamins and antioxidants:


An incredibly aromatic herb very much associated with the holiday season, rosemary has some incredible health benefits to offer.

To reap the most rewards, purchase in pure oil extract form if not using fresh.

  • Controls cancer cell growth. Rosemary and its polyphenolic diterpenes (carnosic acid and carnosol) are known to possess antioxidant activity that may be beneficial for cancer control. Alternate studies also suggest that rosemary extracts, or its isolated components, can retard chemically induced cancers.
  • Enhances mood. Studies have shown that inhaling rosemary has a positive effect on mood, and is mentally stimulating. It’s also been shown to improve circulation.
  • Clears skin. Rosemary oil has been proven to contribute to acne reduction, when diluted with water and spread on the affected skin.
  • Treats and prevents baldness. Rosemary has been shown to contribute to preventing baldness (especially in men), by promoting hair growth.


Thyme is an evergreen herb with many medicinal properties. It originates in Europe, and can be used for both culinary and ornamental purposes.

As far as its nutritional profile goes, here are some great health benefits that thyme has to offer:

  • Anti-septic. Numerous research studies have concluded that thyme can act as an effective intracanal antiseptic solution against oral pathogens.
  • Antispasmodic. Many clinical studies have shown thyme to be effective in involuntary muscle spasm relief.
  • Disinfectant. Thyme is a powerful disinfectant, and can be safely used for disinfection of moldy walls in the dwellings in low concentration.
  • Removes heavy-metals. Studies conducted throughout the 1990’s found that specific compounds in thyme are able to bind to and chelate free radical heavy metals, inactivating harmful ions.
  • Anti-bacterial. The herb has been thoroughly recognized for its acne-fighting ability to clear skin and other topical infections.

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Sage has been used as a healing herb for thousands of years, and is fairly simple to grow both indoors and out in the garden.

Like the rest of the herbs listed above, it’s high in vitamins and antioxidants. But what else does sage have to offer?

  • Lowers cholesterol. Sage tea has been found to decrease levels of LDL cholesterol after only two weeks of treatment.
  • Improves memory and cognitive function. Sage has been proven helpful in strengthening short-term memory, and preventing memory loss.
  • Reduces menopausal symptoms. In a 2011 study conducted on women exhibiting moderate to severe hot flashes, a once-a-day sage tablet of fresh sage helped reduce their symptoms by 50-100% within 8 weeks of treatment


Many of us associate this spice with holiday eggnog—what good is ‘nog without a little nutmeg sprinkled on top?

But aside from this popular wintertime drink, nutmeg is an amazingly versatile spice that can be used almost anywhere cinnamon can.

It’s very strong, and in large doses has even been observed to have a hallucinatory effect. Luckily, you only need a pinch to reap the rewards of the great flavor (and health benefits) it has to offer. Here is a list of some of the health contributions nutmeg holds in its portfolio:

  • Relieves pain. Nutmeg extract has been found to be efficient in contributing to pain relief in the areas of chronic inflammation (like arthritis), as well as acute wounds and injuries.
  • Anti-bacterial and antiviral. In recent clinical studies, nutmeg has shown to be helpful in protecting against oral pathogens. It has also shown to be effective in hindering halitosis (bad breath).
  • Anticarcinogenic. A 2007 research study concluded that nutmeg aids in inducing apoptosis (controlled death) to cancer cells.
  • Improves digestion. Nutmeg powder is high in fiber, which helps with constipation. It also stimulates secretion of gastric juices, thereby aiding in more complete digestion.


Cloves are a spice that originate from clove tree, most often found in Sri Lanka.

Like nutmeg, this spice is very strong, and as far as dosage goes, less is more. Here are what cloves have been proven to help:

  • Controls yeast. Eugenol, a major component in clove oil, has a therapeutic implication for biofilm-associated candida (yeast) infections. A 2009 research study confirmed that eugenol is indeed anti-fungal.
  • Anesthetic. As with nutmeg, clove oil has been proven an effective pain reliever, especially when concerning gum pain and toothaches.
  • Repels insects. Clove oil is an effective alternative to conventional insect repellent, and doesn’t rely on DEET to fight off little pests.
  • Anti-inflammatory. Cloves have an inflammation-reducing effect on the body, particularly with regards to stomach bloating and throat swelling (due to cough and cold).
  • Helps with nausea. This spice has been shown to have an effect on calming nausea and vomiting.


Last, but not least, the season's favorite spice - cinnamon!

Cinnamon has been used in abundance for centuries, and is definitely a holiday staple spice. It possesses countless health benefits, including the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory. Polyphenols found in cinnamon bark have been proven many times over to have an anti-inflammatory effect on humans.
  • Anti-microbial. Studies have shown that cinnamon oil is effective in killing salmonella on contaminated vegetables.
  • Anti-tumor. Recent studies have concluded that components of cinnamon control angiogenesis associated with the proliferation of cancer cells.
  • Lowers blood sugar. People with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and polycystic ovary syndrome all show beneficial effects of whole cinnamon and/or aqueous extracts of cinnamon on glucose, insulin, (and) insulin sensitivity.

Find out how you can Stop Sugar Cravings With Cinnamon

So there you have it! Herbs and spices are not just for festive times of year—enjoy them yearlong for countless health benefits, and an endless variety of fragrant, flavorful experiences.

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The Full Guide To The Source And Symptoms Of Toxic Metals Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:33:24 +0000 [data-tve-custom-colour="37663099"] { color: rgb(0, 128, 128) !important; background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="37061968"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; } [data-tve-custom-colour="29785454"] { background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244) !important; }

Everyone today has toxic metals in their body. Industrial dumping and manufacturing unleash metals into our air, food and water. Metal accumulation is also exacerbated by nutrient deficiencies. This guide will inform you of sources of toxic heavy metals, symptoms of toxicity and how to remove them from your body.Heavy metals are deadly hidden toxins […]

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Everyone today has toxic metals in their body. Industrial dumping and manufacturing unleash metals into our air, food and water. Metal accumulation is also exacerbated by nutrient deficiencies. This guide will inform you of sources of toxic heavy metals, symptoms of toxicity and how to remove them from your body.

Heavy metals are deadly hidden toxins in our food and environment. Cadmium, aluminum, mercury, antimony, lead, arsenic and others are added to the food chain from upstream industrial dumping and pollution, pesticide runoff, incinerator emissions, smokestacks, aviation, and auto exhaust.

Read more about Toxins In Your Kitchen: 5 Chemicals To Avoid​

Our bodies cannot metabolize these metals, which must be actively purged and detoxed from the body on a continual basis before they cause disease.​


  • Arsenic - conventionally raised poultry, pesticides, beer, table salt, tap water, paints, pigments, cosmetics, glass and mirror manufacture, fungicides, insecticides, treated wood, contaminated food.
  • Beryllium - air pollution (burning fossil fuels), manufacture of plastics, electronics, steel alloys and volcanic ash.
  • Cadmium cigarettes, (tobacco and marijuana), processed and refined foods, large fish, shellfish, tap water, auto exhaust, plated containers, galvanized pipes, air pollution from incineration and occupational exposure.
  • Copper - copper water pipes, copper added to tap water, pesticides, swimming in pools, intra-uterine devices, vegetarian diets, dental amalgams, nutritional supplements – especially prenatal vitamins, birth control pills, weak adrenal glands and occupational exposure.
  • Lead - tap water, cigarette smoke, hair dyes, paints, inks, glazes, pesticide residues and occupational exposure in battery manufacture and other industries.
  • Mercury - dental amalgams, large fish, shellfish, medications, air pollution, manufacture of paper, chlorine, adhesives, fabric softeners and waxes.
  • Nickel - dental crowns and fixtures, hydrogenated oils (margarine, commercial peanut butter and shortening), shellfish, air pollution, cigarette smoke, plating and occupational exposure.

Ideal levels of Metals in Our Bodies

The acceptable levels of toxic metals varies somewhat, but I believe one should aim for metals to be at these very low levels.

The first number, for example 0.1 mg%, refers to what the ideal level should be on a hair mineral analysis. The second number, ppm, refers to parts per million.

Lead 0.1 mg% or 1 ppm
Mercury 0.025 mg% or 0.25 ppm
Cadmium 0.008 mg% or 0.08 ppm
Nickel 0.06 mg% or 0.6 ppm
Aluminum 0.2 mg% or 2 ppm
Arsenic 0.009 mg% or 0.09 ppm
Copper 2.5 mg% or 25 ppm
Iron 1.9 mg% or 19 ppm
Manganese 0.04 or 0.4 ppm

If you’ve done a test, please be aware that a glowing first test means nothing — heavy metals stored in your tissues like the bones, brains and organs will not show on the first test. Many people are very ill by the time they do a hair test and their bodies do not have the energy or are too sick to detox any longer.

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​Most metals are what we call “hidden,” which means that the toxic metals don’t show up in the hair even though they are in other parts of the body. In many people, their bodies are too tired and malnourished to get rid of these toxins, so they stay “hidden” in these tissues.

​When the body gets stronger, it will start pushing metals out and removing them, which will be revealed in future hair mineral analysis tests.

If the body has enough energy to get rid of it on a continual basis, the level is higher on the hair test.

A very low level means that one can’t get rid of it, and it is accumulating inside one’s body. Heavy metals must actively be purged for years and will only reveal themselves on subsequent hair tests as they are flushed out of the body.


  • Aluminum – anemia and other blood disorders, colic, fatigue, dental caries, hyperparathyroidism, kidney and liver dysfunctions, neuromuscular disorders, osteomalacia.
  • Arsenic – abdominal pain, abnormal ECG, anorexia, dermatitis, diarrhea, edema, enzyme inhibitor, fever, fluid loss, goiter, hair loss, headache, inhibition of sulfhydryl enzyme systems, jaundice, muscle spasms, pallor, vasodilation, vertigo, vitiligo and weakness.
  • Beryllium - adrenal insufficiency, arthritis, bone spurs, bursitis, depression, fatigue, osteoporosis and symptoms of slow metabolism.
  • Cadmium – hypertension, arthritis, anemia, arteriosclerosis, impaired bone healing, cardiovascular disease, reduced fertility, hyperlipidemia, hypoglycemia, headaches.
  • Copper - acne, adrenal hyperactivity and/or insufficiency, agoraphobia, allergies, hair loss, anemia, anxiety, elevated cholesterol, cystic fibrosis, elevated estrogen, failure to thrive, fatigue, headaches, hyperactivity, hypertension, hypothyroidism, infections, inflammation, insomnia, iron storage diseases, decreased libido.
  • Lead – abdominal pain, adrenal insufficiency, anemia, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, attention deficit, back problems, constipation, convulsions, fatigue, impaired glycogen storage, hallucinations, hyperactivity, inflammation, learning disabilities, diminished libido, migraine headaches, tooth decay.
  • Mercury - adrenal gland dysfunction, alopecia, anorexia, ataxia, blushing, dermatitis, discouragement, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, hearing loss, hyperactivity, insomnia, loss of self-control, memory loss, mood swings, nervousness, numbness and tingling, pain in limbs, rashes, excessive salivation.
  • Nickel – hemorrhages, low blood pressure, malaise, muscle tremors and paralysis, nausea, skin problems, tetany and vomiting.

Removal of Toxic Metals

​A Mineral Power program is the best program I have seen to remove all heavy metals from the body.

Other methods, like chelation, only remove metals superficially and throw the body more out of balance because the body is using the metals for different purposes. 

Based on your hair mineral analysis, you will be given Supplements to balance and replenish minerals and detox heavy metals and chemicals. One must replenish mineral levels in order for the body to release heavy metals. Lifestyle and detox protocols aid the body’s removal of metals on this program.

I urge one to slow down, rest, sleep 8-10 hours per night and meditate, which assists detoxification by inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system. When we are in this fight-or-flight mode state, the body cannot detox.

Learn the facts: Why We Need To Supplement Minerals​

Coffee enemas and near infrared saunas are employed to assist the body’s eliminative organs, which are overburdened in our toxic environment.​

Once you know and provide the exact nutrients your whole body needs thru diet and supplementation, in the exact combinations to properly balance your body chemistry, your body starts to heal itself. Toxic metals and chemicals are removed naturally and safely and symptoms and disease start disappearing.​

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