The Truth About Cleanses

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Lots of rumors and misinformation surround cleanses, but the main idea is rather simple. Cleansing is meant to detoxify the body from the less desirable things that have been put into it, like toxins or unhealthy foods. Cleanses can also be used to kick start a diet or a change in habits.

Some may confuse fasting and cleansing but they are quite different from one another. Fasting is restriction or abstinence from some or all foods and drinks and could be done for variety of different reasons, such as religion. Cleanses focus more on cleaning out the body and refilling it with nutrient-rich items.

It should be noted that cleanses are not a weight-loss solution. This can be confusing because you will probably lose weight on a cleanse, but you should expect to gain it back afterwards because it is water weight being eliminated from the body. This is similar to diets that prohibit a person from eating one thing or one category of things, like carbohydrates. While it does work in that you will lose weight in the short term, once the item is introduced back into the diet, the weight probably will be too.

Saying that, if you’re feeling unhealthy, sluggish or overweight, a cleanse might be just the thing to get your body headed back in the right direction. Here are four easy cleanses to get you on your way. Continue Reading…

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The Top 6 Vacations for Warming Up Over Winter

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With winter having well and truly clasped its icy tendrils around us, it can get harder and harder to get out of bed in the mornings. For some of us, winter is the perfect excuse to dust off the snowboard and hit the slopes; for others it’s time to hibernate.

If your idea of a perfect winter getaway doesn’t revolve around the snow, and the prospect of icy temperatures has you shivering already, don’t despair. Simply follow the sun with our pick of some of the best winter blues-busting destinations in Asia and beyond. Continue Reading…

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8 Things That Make CrossFit Different from Your Local Gym

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CrossFit is hardcore. Some articles will want to convince you that it’s flexible and that everyone can enjoy it, but let’s face it, not everyone enjoys doing push-ups to the point of vomiting. CrossFit is not for the feint of heart. To put it into perspective, the Canadian Forces actually use this in their military training. And those Canadians are a pretty tough breed.

In a nutshell, CrossFit is a branded type of exercise (like Zumba or Nia) that focuses on core strength and conditioning, hitting all 10 major fitness domains: stamina, strength, flexibility, speed, coordination, power, agility, balance, accuracy, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance.

This is truly an exercise for elite athletes, policemen, firefighters and military men. Because it focuses on toning and conditioning, CrossFitters don’t end up bulky like heavyweight champions, which is important for many women who want to do intense fitness training. (Testosterone is what makes bodybuilders bulky, and women just don’t have the genetic profile to add that much muscle.)

It’s not for everyone, but those who love it are crazy for it. Here’s a little of what makes this new sport so special: Continue Reading…

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5 Ways To Have A Healthy Valentine’s Day

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Search “Valentine’s Gifts” on Pinterest and you’ll get a lot of pretty (and girly) crafts involving candy and chocolate. And sometimes pepto bismol. It’s pink, after all, and all that candy’s not going to digest itself.

This year, why not skip the refined sugar and create an evening for you and your lover that doesn’t involve acid reflux? Or any pink at all really, unless that’s a colour the two of you actually like.

We can start by acknowledging that most men aren’t that into crafts. Or pink. Or stuff that serves no purpose other than a decorative one. Instead, try some of these simple gifts that any couple can enjoy, that solve the problems of overeating, overpaying and under-enjoying on your special day of love. Continue Reading…

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The Adrenal Fatigue Diet Demystified

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Adrenal Fatigue: The Facts

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms that result from an underperforming adrenal gland. Of these symptoms, the most prevalent one is fatigue that will not go away, even with extra sleep. As may be expected, adrenal fatigue can be hard to diagnose and pinpoint because the sufferer may not feel like she has a specific illness. Severity can range from a general feeling of being tired and unwell to more extreme cases where the sufferer may hardly be able to get out of bed. The less the adrenal gland performs its proper role, the more the rest of the body is negatively affected. Continue Reading…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Be the 8% and Keep Them

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New Year’s resolutions have been made for many years, with origins dating back to the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to their gods at the beginning of each year. While their promises to pay back debts and return what they’d borrowed may seem outdated, it is not so different from what many people promise to do now. In fact, bettering finances and getting out of debt are very popular resolutions these days. Improving career, education, spiritual life and happiness are other common resolutions. Continue Reading…

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Packing Essentials for Your ‘Round the World Trip

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A summer of backpacking across Eastern and Western Europe. Six months hopping from beaches to mountains to jungles in the heart of Southeast Asia. An entire year, or more, of seeing every country you can, until the budget runs out. Extended travel means different things to different people, but there is one constant – the long-term traveler must be prepared. A good toiletry bag is essential to health and happiness during your adventure. Fill it wisely. Continue Reading…

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3 Tips From Sherlock to Improve Your Mind Power

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Television’s favorite suited-and-sassy sleuth is back. Sherlock Holmes (in the hands of the very capable Benedict Cumberbatch) is learned, observant, and intelligent to a fault. He makes deductions in a matter of seconds; solving mysteries by inspecting, analyzing, and remembering everything he knows. If you’re struggling to boost your own brain power, take some tips from the great problem solver himself. Continue Reading…

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The One Reason Your New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Sticking

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New Year’s resolutions…ugh. The source of so much anguish. I should eat better, exercise more often and quit my job for real this time. Oh wait…that was last year.

It’s time to say sayonara to New Year’s resolutions. Just chuck ‘em. You know what you have to do. You’ve always known it. You know what you should be eating, how you should be exercising, where you should be working and what sort of people you should be spending your time with. You know it.

What’s more, what you need to do isn’t complicated. It requires infinitesimal steps daily in a certain direction.

So if it’s so simple, it must follow that something is holding you back. There’s something in the way of you and your best self. Continue Reading…

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