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Thought the Cleanses and Detoxes Myth was over? Think again.

I too thought that the Cleanses and Detoxes fad ended in about 2009. Well, despite being conclusively disproved some are still toting the benefits of such systems. The lemon detox, Master Cleanse, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse,  Isagenix Cleanse for Life, Blueprint Cleanse, Dherbs Full Body Cleanse, Slendera Garcinia and Natural Cleanse… Yep they’re all still out there fooling consumers and they’re going stronger than ever.

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Do Cleanses and Detoxes work?

No before I go any further lets make one thing very clear. It is science FACT that Cleanses and Detoxes DO NOT WORK. Here’s Why;

The basic idea behind ‘detox diets’ is to temporarily remove certain foods or food groups, or take a specific food or supplement, to help eliminate toxins that build up from our environment, diet and lifestyle, to help a person feel healthier and lose weight. But here’s the thing. Our bodies don’t work that way. We don’t just continually build up toxins from all the alcohol,  fast food and medications we consume until we explode in a disgusting toxic black mess.

The body is naturally designed to be able to clear waste materials such as toxins, chemicals and old hormones in order to prevent an accumulation of potentially toxic and harmful byproducts building up in our systems. It does this on a constant and consistent basis.

Our bodies do not need Cleanses and Detoxes. This is because they already do it all the time and they do a very good job of it – mainly through the actions of the liver, kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. There is simply no storage of toxins. These organs help remove any harmful substances that should not be in the body. In essence, the body is always in a natural state of cleansing and, therefore, detox diets are not necessary and can sometimes do more harm than good.

So if your natural detoxification is not functioning, a special supplement is not going to help you. It means that one of your organs is impaired. In these instances, it’s important to get to a hospital. NOT treat it with a ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’

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Why is My Friend Seeing Fantastic Results?

So why do people see results on these systems and speak so highly of them? The answer is simple; Caloric Defecit.  A caloric deficit is any shortage in the amount of calories consumed relative to the amount of calories required for maintenance of current body weight (energy homeostasis). A deficit can be created by reducing input/calories consumed (lower food intake, aka dieting). A deficit can also be created by increasing output without a corresponding increase in input (exercising). When we are in caloric deficit we lose weight, simple stuff.

Most of these systems work in a similar way. Basically, you replace some of your real meals with “shake meals” (240 to 280 calories), and, for your real meal, you eat something healthy between 400 and 600 calories. Some will also have small, 100 to 150-calorie snacks. After a few “shake days,” you’ll have a “cleanse day,” where you’ll drink servings of a low-cal cleanse liquid and snack on “Meal Bars”, which are more like a chewable vitamin tablet than a snack.

Users feel as though they are eating more than ever when in fact if you look at the total calories consumed for the week, they are far less than would be ever safely recommended for any individual. This is where cleanse systems become dangerous.

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The Risks of Cleanses and Detoxes

If your calorie intake dips too low, your body tries desperately to adapt. Initially you will lose a lot of weight. But as your body adapts it will start to store fat because it needs to preserve those precious few calories it is getting. You will be at a point where your body is kind of at a standstill. Your metabolism slows to a crawl, burning calories as slowly as possible to conserve its energy stores. This is why people who cut their calories too much will always reach a plateau, stop losing weight and eventually gain far more weight than before.

In addition to sabotaging your weight-loss efforts, eating too few calories can also harm your health. When you are in extreme caloric deficit, you are at increased risk for the following:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure and slow heart rate
  • Heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Electrolyte imbalances, especially potassium deficiency
  • Gallstones
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Loss of menstrual periods in women
  • Soft hair growth over entire body
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anemia
  • Swelling in your joints
  • Brittle bones
  • Depression

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The Final Say

The take away is this, While you will see fast seemingly impressive results from a cleanse or detox system, the weight loss is not attributed to anything more than caloric deficit. These results will be short term and users of these systems will run into weight gain in the future as well as possible serious harm to health. We know that Cleanses and Detoxes don’t work, this is not an area up for debate. IT IS PROVEN. No matter how convincing the pitch or how scientific sounding one of these systems is, don’t fall for it.

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Is There a Danger From Tanning Sprays?

We all know by now that tanning sprays are a much healthier alternative to our skin then laying in the sun or a solarium… but can tanning sprays be a danger to us now too?

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Firstly, how does a spray tan work?

Tanning sprays contain an active ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA. This chemical substance temporarily darkens the skin by infusing the amino acids in the layer of dead skin cells in the skin’s surface (epidermis).

This is why a tan will only last 3-10 days, because our dead skin cells replace themselves with new cells and when it does this, the tan will slowly fade away from the skin.

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Is DHA harmful?

Not necessarily when it comes to tanning sprays. Although there is still precaution to take when applying the product as it is highly recommended to use protective gear for your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent inhalation.

Fortunately, tanning sprays contain a low amount of DHA, so it is considered non-toxic!

Do tanning sprays protect your skin from burning in the sun?

Absolutely not! You will still need to wear SPF+ sunscreen to protect your skin when laying in the sun. Being brown does not mean you are going to tan easier and not burn. Tanning sprays do not protect your skin as they only contain a minimal amount of SPF (3-5), certainly not enough to protect yourself from burning – so slip slop slap!

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Do tanning sprays cause premature skin ageing?

It can potentially increase the risk of ageing the skin if you don’t provide your skin the care that it needs. Ensure to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated as most tanning products can dry the skin out! Who wants to feel uncomfortable with itchy flaky skin? No one!

What is the safest option for spray tanning?

  • Self application products using a mitt or body lotion will minimise the inhalation of the product.
  • Use protective gear to cover your eyes, nose and mouth when getting sprayed will help reduce the chances of inhaling the product.
  • And if you really don’t want to risk it Eco Tan is your go to. Eco Tan was the first tanning manufacturer in Australia to be approved organic by the Organic Food Chain. The products are made with purely natural ingredients and does not contain any DHA. https://ecotan.com.au

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Conclusion.

Unless your going to breathe in lots of the chemical substance in on a daily basis, there is no short- or long-term effects from tanning sprays. So, what are you waiting for…?  go give yourself that beautiful bronzed glow a go!

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The Most Powerful Fat burner in Existence; How Lipodrine is Changing the Industry

I love writing articles on new and exciting things that hit the market. Anything that is cutting edge or has a point of difference always pricks up my ears. A few months ago a product came to my attention, not only for the fact that its ads were plastered all over my news feed, but the main company selling it was also one who I regularly write articles for – Universal Supplements. Pretty biased right? Well to be honest my first reaction to its claims were sceptical. I have seen many products come and go that claim to assist in fat loss but when it comes down to the crunch results seem negligible. This product seemed different. It was called Lipodrine.

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What makes Lipodrine so Different?

Not to be confused with the American product LipodrEne which contains the illegal inclusion of ephedrine. This is a product produced by the company Growth Labs Australia. An Australian product, that people are going absolutely bonkers for, I had to find out more. I contacted Growth Labs Australia to find out just what Lipodrine’s point of difference was. I must admit I was impressed with the response and even more impressed when I tried the product for myself. But we will get to that.

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So what is it that makes Lipodrine so different? The innovative team at Growth Labs Australia had tapped into some key problems with existing products. There were also some hurdles to overcome with recent changes to laws surrounding supplements and the ingredients used. Firstly GLA (Growth Labs Australia) realised that generally a capsule product is preferred to a powdered product that must be mixed as a drink. This is nothing new, there’s plenty of companies manufacturing capsule products. But there’s an issue with capsules that doesn’t come with powdered products. The issue is SPACE. You simply can’t fit as much into a capsule as you can in a scoop of powder. So how did they get around it? well… They kept the ingredient profile simple. Combine only 5 ingredients. 5 powerful ingredients that interact perfectly with each other. 5 ingredients that could be clinically dosed within a capsule. 5 ingredients that are backed by peer reviewed studies and clinical trials. No pixie dust, no blends of 20 ingredients leaving dosages minuscule. So what are they? they’re listed plain as day on the labels but I thought I’d go through them for you and explain exactly what each one does:

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine (Caffeine)

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine is a central nervous system stimulant that reduces fatigue and drowsiness, in addition to improving reaction time, wakefulness, concentration, and motor coordination.

It has also been shown delay or prevent sleep and improves task performance during sleep deprivation. Shift workers who use 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine make fewer mistakes due to drowsiness.

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine also has psychoactive effects that promote alertness, attention, and task switching.

It is a proven ergogenic aid in humans. which means it improves athletic performance in aerobic (especially endurance sports) and anaerobic conditions. 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine also increases basal metabolic rate in adults, which means more fat burned by doing absolutely nothing!

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine improves muscular strength and power, and may enhance muscular endurance. It also enhances performance on anaerobic tests. Consumption before constant load exercise has been shown in peer reviewed studies to reduce perceived exertion. This Means that supplementing with 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine makes torturous exercise feel easier, allowing you to train harder for longer!

5-Hydroxytryptophan

5-Hydroxytryptophan is a necessary precursor for the brain to produce more serotonin.

Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. It is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. It has been shown that taking 5-Hydroxytryptophan orally will speed up serotonin production.

5-Hydroxytryptophan has also been long used off-label to treat obesity (by promoting weight loss).

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N,N-dimethyltyramine

N,N-dimethyltyramine is a nootropic that is effective for both cognitive and athletic enhancement. For anyone trying to lose weight, N,N-dimethyltyramine can boost one’s metabolism while decreasing appetite. For this same reason, bodybuilders take N,N-dimethyltyramine as it promotes fat loss but encourages strength.

It is also commonly used by individuals who are looking to achieve an upper edge within the workplace, as it promotes focus, motivation, and energy levels. These varied effects make this supplement ideal for a wide range of people, who are looking to achieve a wide range of benefits.

Higenamine HCL

Higenamine is a chemical found in several plants including aconite, Annona squamosa, Nandina domestica (sacred bamboo), and others.

In supplements, higenamine is showing amazing results as a pre-workout supplement for improving athletic performance. As an added bonus it has also been shown to be effective for weight loss, cough, asthma, and erectile dysfunction.

Synephrine HCL

Synephrine is a naturally occurring substance known as an alkaloid that’s found in plants. It’s particularly abundant in the bitter orange fruit, which is why it’s often referred to by that name. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, synephrine has been in use for thousands of years, obtained mainly via citrus peels. It’s chemically similar to the ephedrine and pseudoephedrine found in many medications, weight loss and energy supplements.

Accordingly, synephrine impacts the adrenal system of the human body and increases basal metabolic rate, which accounts for up to 70% of your daily caloric expenditure.

If you want to lose fat, you need to burn more energy than you eat. Thus, anything that helps you burn more energy (like synephrine), can help you lose fat faster.

Synephrine is also often referred to as a “stubborn fat burner.” And the great news is there’s a plethora of studies to back it up. The bottom line is most people who supplement with synephrine lose fat faster.

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The Stimulant Issue, New Laws and New Innovations

The only other thing plaguing GLA was a change in supplements laws in Australia. Towards the end of 2017 the government put a ban on the use of all Methylated Alkylamines which were the main class of stimulant used in all fat burners and pre workouts up to that point. They gave energy, drive, focus and a euphoric sensation that users loved. But GLA discovered something they could do with Caffeine. Humble caffeine doesn’t get too many people screaming hallelujah from the rooftops these days. After all it is relatively mild compared to the stimulants previously used… or is it? Caffeine can give great energy drive and focus, but its lacking that euphoric sensation I mentioned earlier. Luckily a compound exists known as 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan). 5-HTP doesnt give much energy, drive or focus, BUT it allows for the release more serotonin AKA the feel good hormone. Mix Caffeine with 5-HTP and you have a Powerful stimulant that gives energy, drive and focus as well as the euphoric sensation that everybody loves. It’s a knockout punch.

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What Did I Think?

If I was going to write an article on this stuff I thought I’d better give it a go. After all who doesn’t want to lose a couple extra kgs?

Initial thoughts… “This stuff is strong.” For probably the first week I felt like I had downed 3 energy drinks and two strong coffees about 20 mins after consuming. I also felt a little flushed in the face, a kind of warm sensation. Although it was strong I pressed on. I stepped on the scales at the end of week 1 with anticipation. I hadn’t changed anything other than taking Lipodrine. I was down 900g which was great but I guess I hoped for a miracle overnight.

Week 2 was the week things really got exciting. I decided to try and give my Lipodrine its best shot of working. I’m generally pretty active anyway but I decided to also cut out soft drink. I don’t have a lot, maybe 3 cans a week but I cut it out anyway. The side effects in week 2 were nowhere near as bad as week one. In fact I really started to enjoy the energy I felt and I was far less flushed. Once again I stepped on the scales… Another 1.3kg down! this meant that in 2 weeks I had lost over 2 kg’s! I was over the moon!

I’m currently nearing the end of week 3 as I write this article and I have to say I’m impressed. I can physically see a change in my body and I feel the number is going to be just as exciting as week 2. I guess you could say I went from a sceptic to a preacher. Lipodrine is by far the best weight loss supplement I’ve ever tried. Id encourage anyone who is struggling to lose weight or has hit a plateau to give it a try. What have you got to lose?

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Is Breast Cancer Inherited?

If one of your close family members has been diagnosed with breast cancer you may be quite concerned about the chance of yourself receiving the same diagnosis in the future. Read ahead to find out if breast cancer is inherited and what you can do about it.

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What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia. It is the abnormal growth of the cells that line the breasts; these cells can grow uncontrollably and spread to other areas of the body if not caught in time. Although breast cancer is mostly associated with women, men can also develop this disease too. The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women and 1 in 631 for men and the overall 5year survival rates breast cancer is actually quite high at 90%, if the cancer has not spread from the breast then it rises to 96% yet if it has spread to the lymph nodes it lowers to 80%.

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Breast cancer and genes

The biggest fear when it comes to developing breast cancer is when a close family member gets the diagnosis, as most people realise that they too may develop hereditary breast cancer. Unfortunately this may be true for some, as breast cancer can be inherited but this happens in only a small 5-10% of breast cancer diagnosis. Hereditary means that it is passed through certain gene mutations from either your mother or fathers side. The most common hereditary gene mutations for breast cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2 although there are also a few other mutations that can also cause breast cancer but these are far less common.

If you have a family history of breast cancer you could possibly have a gene mutation that is being passed down, now I know that this sounds scary and this gene does significantly increase your risk of developing breast cancer to 30-60%, but not everyone with this gene mutation actually develops this disease. There are also a number of other lifestyle factors that can influence whether you develop breast cancer or not.

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Other risk factors

A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of developing breast cancer. While most risk factors can influence a person’s development of cancer, most risk factors do not directly cause breast cancer. It is important to know that not everyone with risk factors will develop cancer, and that some people with no known risk factors may unfortunately still be diagnosed with cancer. By understanding your risk factors you can learn how to make changes to your lifestyle and how to keep your health.

Risk factors for breast cancer include:

  • Age- most breast cancers are found in women who are over the age of 50.
  • Personal history of breast cancer- if you have previously had breast cancer then your chance of getting it in the other breast is higher.
  • Family history of breast cancer.
  • Exposure to female hormones
  • Unhealthy diet
  • High alcohol consumption.
  • Family history of ovarian cancer
  • If you are a smoker

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What should I do if I have a family history of breast cancer?

If you do happen to have a family history of breast cancer then you can do a simple blood test that screens for the genetic mutation. This DNA sample is searched for a fault in the genes which can take a while to get results back; if a previous family member has been tested the results will be much quicker as they simply search for the same fault.

All women who have the breast cancer gene mutation should have regular breast check-ups including mammograms and should discuss options and prevention methods with their DR.

While there is no proven prevention method as yet, you can greatly reduce your risk by lowering alcohol intake and by maintaining a healthy weight.

Women with a strong family history of breast cancer may benefit from hormone treatment such as tamoxifen which is usually administered over 5 years. Another option is a mastectomy, which is complete removal of all breast tissue.

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Conclusion

While it can be inherited it’s not a definite diagnosis, if you think you are at risk of breast cancer then speak with your DR today, prevention and early detection are key!

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Do Self-tanners Cause Cancer?

Getting that sun kissed glow is now easier than ever, we are now spoiled for choice with sprays, lotions, wipes and creams which we can easily apply ourselves without ever stepping out into the sun. We all know the dangers of baking under the sun, but are self-tanners causing us damage as well?

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Safety of self-tanners

Sunless self-tanning products can help us to achieve that oh so lovely tan without causing our skin damage from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The active ingredient of most tanning products is the colour additive called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). When this product is applied to our skin it reacts with the dead skin cells and darkens our skin to temporarily give us that wonderful tanned look, before wearing off after a few days. Fake tans are so much healthier for our skin then sitting out in the sun and baking away, although people do have concerns about the safety of self-tanners.

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It’s the DHA that people are concerned about, and this is largely due to a study showing that highly concentrated amounts of this product can cause free radical damage and lead to cancer. Although this sounds quite concerning the amount of DHA in sunless tanning products is extremely low and considered non-toxic and non-carcinogenic so there is no cause for alarm. In fact DHA is the only product that is approved for use in cosmetics and has been for many years now.

Another issue surrounding the safety of self-tanners comes from those that are sprayed onto our skin; this is because the product can be sprayed into our eyes and mouth which is defiantly not recommended as it can cause asthma, lung disease and even cancer. If you use a spray tanning product ensure to wear protective gear for your mouth, nose and eyes.

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Why not just sunbake?

Sun baking can naturally give us a tan and is one of our much loved summer activities but it comes with a price:

  • Dehydration can occur as the UV rays from the sun which can not only damage our skin it can also cause heat stroke which can lower your blood pressure to the point of collapsing.
  • Sunburns are another side effect that can occur with sunbaking. Sunburn happens when our skin is deeply damaged by the sun causing a red, burning area of damaged skin.
  • Skin cancer is something we are all aware of and the reason behind sunscreen. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause our skin cells to morph and turn cancerous.
  • Finally premature aging of our skin is also caused by damage from the sun, so always use sun screen to prevent looking like cracked leather.

Although it’s very dangerous to expose bare skin to the sun for long periods of time, a quick 10 minutes daily of our arms and face exposed to the sun will give us our daily dose of vitamin D, after that that friendly sun turns nasty and begins to cause damage this is why self-tanners are a safe alternative to get that heavenly glow.

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Fake it

So there we have it, self-tanners are an effective and safe way of maintaining that summer tan without the harmful effects from the sun.  So next time you’re thinking about getting a tan, always opt for the fake one!