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Drink THIS to lose fat & heal your digestion

Today's article shows you a superfoods drink that I also personally use every day, can help you to lose fat and heal your digestion problems... and it's also very simple to make.

Our resident expert, Dr Kareem explains in the article below...


Drink THIS to lose fat & fix your digestion
by Dr. Kareem, Author of 14-Day Fat Loss Plan


The longer I've been in the healthcare industry, the more I realize that a 'balanced body' is the key to just about any health goal you might have. Whether you want to lose weight, reduce bodyfat, build muscle, or increase athleticism, the faster you balance your body the quicker you'll see results. 

The first step is to balance your 'Macronutrient Ratio,' which is just a fancy way of saying that you have to balance the amount of carbs:proteins:fats you consume.

Here's a simple rule that I like to follow, as a general theme to healthy eating and high energy output:

9 grams of carbs: 7 grams protein: 4 grams fat

Assuming you're eating a large amount of veggies, that means a good portion of those carbs will be indigestible fiber, and the caloric ratio will end up almost equally balanced between slow carbs, protein, and healthy fats.

Next, consider the 'Nutrient Density' in everything you eat. Not all calories were created equally, not even from the same macronutrient classification or category.  Eating animal fats usually means more dietary cholesterol, but this isn't necessarily a problem like most people think...

Cholesterol is actually normal and healthy for your body -- it's something your body naturally produces because it's required to sustain life.  However, inflammation combined with high levels of LDL cholesterol can result in a very dangerous situation.

'Triglycerides' are often a root cause of inflammation and heart disease as a result of poor diet.  High triglycerides are often caused by eating too much sugar and refined carbs and poor insulin sensitivity.

If you eat sugar, you're inflaming.  If you eat cookies, crackers,bread, cereal, or estrogenic products like soy and non-organic fruits and vegetables (pesticides are estrogenic), you're inflaming. 

Ultimately, this means that your body will have a harder time processing the carbs it consumes.  Your body's relationship with a normal macronutrient changes, and it will affect you differently. 

If you have a lot of inflammation in your body, fix this first, then adjust your diet for increased nutrient density.  Get rid of any trans fats, most of the grains you consume, and any food category that you're particularly sensitive to.  Alongside, take a careful look at your environment -- if you are in a stressed-out situation, take time each day to calm your mind through meditation, positive self-talk, and visualization of happier circumstances.  I recommend at least 15-20 minutes, as this seems to be an accepted time by HeartMath.org, which is the leading organization for battling depression through natural means.

Once you address the inflammation in your body, you can hone in on eating the "right" foods, even if they have things like cholesterol in them that scares you.  Now its time for the grass-fed beef, free range organic chickens, and the eggs they produce (yolks included!) 

Last, but certainly not least, it's important you balance your micronutrients and hydration.  These are the 'invisible' aspects of your daily health rituals that need to exist.  Hydration is pretty easy, unless you have some extreme reason for dehydration -- just drink half your bodyweight (pounds) in ounces of water each day.

Micronutrients, on the other hand, are an uphill battle.  To derive all of the micronutrients your body needs simply from the food you consume is very difficult.  For example, you'd have to eat a variety of about 25 different fruits and vegetables, but just small pieces of each one.  This is how you'd get the proper mineral balance, natural vitamins (not artificial), and antioxidants you need for optimal health.

In addition, the health of your digestive tract determines how well your body will respond to any of the information above.  Digestive enzymes that target ease of digestion and enzyme release specifically designed to break up difficult to digest substances, can make a game-changing difference in the balance of your overall health.

Again, you can do a lot for your gut by consuming 'probiotics' in the form of plain (non-sweetened) kefir and yogurt, and strengthen your digestive tract significantly.  However, this is only part of the equation, and it would have to be daily habit.

For the fastest and most reliable (daily) solution to micronutrients, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and electrolyte balance, I simplify my life with a unique smoothie each morning (actually, my wife makes it for me -- she's awesome!) -here's exactly what goes in this daily digestive system healing smoothie:

    *2 heaping tablespoons Athletic Greens (essential ingredient teeming with every micronutrient you need, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and powerful antioxidants)
    *1 tbsp chia seeds (healthy omega-3 fats, lots of fiber)
    *1 scoop protein powder (this protein contains no deadly artificial sweeteners)
    *Frozen wild blueberries (handful)
    *8 to 10 ounces of water (or use half water and half kefir if you want extra probiotics)

Drink this superfood-smoothie daily and watch your body balance out.  You'll be losing fat in no time, and you'll watch your digestion and overall health improve substantially.

Grab Athletic Greens for your daily digestion-healing smoothie here



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