Weight Loss

The Importance of Detoxification


Purify Your Body

Crystal Star’s PURIFY formulas support detoxification of key body systems like the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph system and even the skin. By ridding the body of its toxic burden, PURIFY formulas help your body function at its peak. You will cleanse your digestive tract of wastes and unhealthy bacteria that create health imbalances. PURIFY formulas can help repair damaged tissues and tone the colon-bowel system. Through purification and improved diet, your actual cell make-up can change!


What are toxins? Every day our body comes into contact with a cocktail of toxic substances able to cause harm. These toxins take multiple forms, some obvious (such as those found in cleaning products, smog, cigarette smoke and industrial chemicals); some not so obvious (such as the invisible pesticides and herbicides found on unwashed fruits and vegetables, and the invisible chemicals disguised as additives in pre-packaged foods). And even though our body is constantly working to remove these toxic substances from our system before they have a chance to do any harm, without healthy organs of detoxification (including your liver, kidneys, small intestine, large intestine and lower bowel), our internal processes of eliminating toxins may not work as well as nature intended. Sub-optimum elimination means damaging toxins may spend a longer time in the body. How do toxic substances enter and leave the body?

A Toxin’s Journey:

Step 1: Toxin entry – toxins enter your body either through the air you breathe (via your lungs), the food you eat (via your digestive tract) or your skin (via the surfaces you touch and some personal care products).

Step 2: Toxin transportation – once absorbed, a toxin is transported via the bloodstream to the liver.

Step 3: Toxin breakdown – on arrival at the liver, most toxins are processed by a myriad of enzymes and antioxidants, and rendered non-toxic.

Step 4: Toxin removal – once rendered non-toxic by the liver, these previously toxic materials are able to be safely removed from the body via the kidneys, (in the urine), the skin (through your sweat) & the bowel (in your fecal matter).

By giving your liver a break, your diet goes a long way to dictating the health of your liver. This means if you eat a lot of processed foods high in fat and sugar, or drink alcohol regularly, or consume caffeine daily – over time your liver can become stressed, fatigued or over-burdened. The most common signs of an overworked liver include indigestion following a meal (especially if the meal is high in fat), poor skin condition (due to toxic overload), digestive discomfort (including nausea, flatulence and foul odors from poorly digested food matter fermenting in your digestive tract) and bad breath (also a sign you are not digesting your food properly). Another nasty side effect when your liver is overworked are the severe, long lasting hangovers you experience from over-indulging (in alcohol, sugar laden foods, fatty foods or all of the above).

Source: Healthy Life

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In the News: Garcinia cambogia for weight loss!



Trying to lose weight? Garcinia cambogia’s reputation is growing for its extraordinary weight loss benefits. Now touted by even Dr. Oz, the constituent HCA (hydroxycitric acid) in garcinia blocks weight gain by preventing the body from turning carbohydrates into fat. It also suppresses food cravings, especially for fat and sugar, reduces fat production, and increases the rate of calorie burning.

More good news...

Garcinia Cambogia has very different action than most weight loss supplements. It offers slow but steady weight loss.... not a sudden water weight loss followed by poor energy and an all too familiar dieting plateau.


HCA reduces appetite by signaling a full feeling earlier, and it redirects calories away from fat storage to glycogen formation, a primary body source of energy. (Poor glycogen storage is a marker for insulin resistance, common among overweight people.) The net effect?  Appetite is controlled, food consumption is cut and calorie burning is boosted.

For the best weight loss results with HCA:

HCA should be taken 30 to 60 minutes prior to each meal. Results are up to 700% better when taken 2 to 3 times daily rather than just once. Drink 6 glasses of water a day, reduce fat intake to less than 30% of daily calories, increase fiber intake and exercises for at least 30 minutes a day to maximize weight loss. BONUS: HCA enhances weight loss without the side effects of ma huang or ephedrine. It does not lead to tolerance or rebound effects when discontinued.

Diet For Healthy Weight Loss


The importance of cutting back on saturated fat cannot be overstated. Saturated fats are hard for the liver to metabolize. Focusing on healthy fats from seafood, sea greens, nuts and seeds can curb cravings by initiating a satiety response.


• Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Breakfast is the worst meal to skip if you want to raise metabolism. It sends a temporary fasting signal to the brain that food is going to be scarce. As a result, stress hormones increase, and the body begins shedding lean muscle tissue in order to decrease its need for food.

• Drink plenty of water! Expert dieters drink eight glasses of water a day. Water naturally suppresses appetitite, helps maintain a high metabolic rate, and promotes good digestion.

• Add sea vegetables to your diet like kelp, dulse and nori, rich in natural iodine.

• Eat fat burning foods that raise metabolism, like fresh fruits and vegetables (full of enzymes), whole grains and legumes. Eat fruits for breakfast or between meals.

• Add thermogenic fat burning spices like cinnamon, cayenne, mustard, and ginger to speed up your fat burning process.

• Try dipping raw veggies in mustard throughout the day. One teaspoon of mustard can increase metabolism 25% for up to 3 hours!

• Add ice to your drinks to boost calorie burning.... up to 25 more calories per drink!

• Avoid breads and pastries; if you have any wheat or gluten sensitivities you’ll bloat when you eat them.

• Limit alcohol consumption, even wine, to two glasses or less a day. With seven calories per gram, alcohol sugars shift metabolism in favor of fat depositing.

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February 2013- The Diabetes Epidemic


 Type 2 Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Today nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. Over a million are diagnosed each year. (Another 8 million people have diabetes, but don’t yet know it.) With its complications (stroke, heart attack, blindness), diabetes can be serious if not managed correctly. In fact, diabetes is now the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.

Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease, linked to overconsumption of refined carbohydrates and sugar, and a lack of fiber. It’s a vicious circle disease; poor fat and sugar metabolism lead to excess weight, which then leads to diabetes.

This type of diet overworks, then damages the pancreas, so your body loses the ability to use insulin correctly, the hormone that helps convert food into energy. As simple carbs and sugars cease to be metabolized, they accumulate in the body as fat. Excess body fat and lack of exercise bring on insulin resistance, so less energy moves into the cells. Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but don’t use it properly (insulin resistance).

Note: Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile onset diabetes, is more severe, almost entirely dependent on insulin to sustain life.

Healing Diet for Blood Sugar Balance

Diet improvement is absolutely necessary to overcome diabetes. The diet below, in addition to balancing blood sugar use, has the nice “side effect” of healthy weight loss.

On rising: take the juice of two lemons in a glass of water with 2 tsp. green superfood powder.

Breakfast: take a glass of aloe vera juice, or a fiber drink mix in apple juice or water; and make a mix of 2 tbsp. each: nutritional yeast, wheat germ, lecithin granules, rice or oat bran. Sprinkle some daily on breakfast foods, or mix into yogurt with fresh fruit. Or, have either: 1) poached egg on whole grain toast; 2) muesli, whole grain or low sugar granola cereal with rice milk; 3) buckwheat or whole grain pancakes with apple juice. Midmorning: have a green drink, or a sugar balancing herb tea, like licorice or dandelion tea.

Lunch: have a green salad, with marinated tofu, and mushroom soup; or baked tofu, or turkey with steamed veggies and brown rice; or a whole grain sandwich, with avocado, low fat (or soy) cheese, a low fat sandwich spread and watercress.

Mid-afternoon: have a glass of veggie juice; or some fresh veggies with a low fat dip, and bottled water.

Dinner: Keep it light! Have a baked or broiled seafood dish with brown rice and peas; or a stir-fry with rice, veggies and miso soup; or a beans and rice dish with onions and peppers. A little white wine is fine with dinner for relaxation and has surprisingly high chromium content.

Before bed: take a fiber drink mix with apple juice; or warm miso soup.