In our pursuit of health (the state of being free from illness or injury) we discovered the magic of meditation, the wonderful benefits of prayer, and the infusion of mind, body, and spirit through the consumption of tea. In this pursuit, we have come across various writings, videos, and artistic presentations which can further these efforts. To be of additional service to you, we have compiled an assortment of these works which you may find helpful. Please enjoy as we have.
We love coffee. And what’s not to love? It perks us up in the morning, tastes heavenly and even has health benefits (plus a few extra benefits if you try it “bulletproof”-style). But as much as we love a hot cuppa as soon as we roll out of bed, it turns out that might not be the best time to take advantage of all coffee has to offer. In fact, scientists have found that there’s a better time to get your morning caffeine fix.
The right time for your coffee fix
Turns out the best time to drink coffee might not be first thing in the morning, but an hour after you wake up. This is because in the hour after you wake up, your body’s production of cortisol is at one of its three daily peaks, according to researchers who published a small but intriguing clinical study. We tend to think of cortisol as the “stress hormone” because it’s secreted in higher amounts when feel strain or tension from circumstances we perceive as demanding (and decreases when we eat yummy chocolate). But another way of thinking of cortisol is as the “alertness hormone,” because the reason our bodies produce more cortisol when we’re under stress is that it increases alertness (which supports our “fight or flight” response when we’re faced with stressful situations).
Why you should wait
Consuming caffeine while our bodies are already at peak cortisol-production teaches the body to produce less cortisol, according to chronopharmacologists who study the way drugs (such as caffeine) interact with our body’s natural biological rhythms. Not only does this undermine the effect of the caffeine, it also works against cortisol’s alertness effect. Perhaps even worse, it may contribute to developing a tolerance for coffee (meaning that it takes more and more just to get to the same place — yikes)!
So to get the biggest jolt from your morning coffee, try to wait an hour after waking to brew that first cup (I know it can be hard!). And when you’re looking to follow up with another caffeine fix, try to do it outside the other peak cortisol production times — typically between noon and 1:00 p.m. and between 5:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This will definitely help you kick any of those afternoon lull feelings and will power you into a productive evening.
The Master Cleanse Diet (Lemon Detox Diet)
What Is the Master Cleanse Diet?
The Master Cleanse diet is a liquid diet used to detoxify the body and promote weight loss. Stanley Burroughs created it in 1941. He proclaimed that the liquid cleanse was a healthy and natural way to flush the body of deadly toxins, pesticides, and other impurities. It was originally intended to treat ulcers and act as a detox. The cleanse became popular again after Peter Glickman’s book “Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 Days” was published in 2004.
The Master Cleanse diet must be followed strictly over a three- to 10-day period. It’s broken up into three phases: Ease In, the Lemonade Diet, and Ease Out. The Ease-In section isn’t technically required, but it’s recommended as a way to prepare your body for the rest of the diet. This first phase is divided into three days:
- Day 1: living foods, such as vegetables and whole grains
- Day 2: soup broths and fruit and vegetable juices
- Day 3: orange juice
The Lemonade Diet phase is the main component of the Master Cleanse. During this phase, you consume only a special “lemonade,” which is meant to be drunk six to 12 times per day, or whenever you’re hungry.
The Master Cleanse lemonade is made up of:
- 2 tbsp. of organic lemon juice that must be freshly squeezed
- 2 tbsp. of organic grade B maple syrup (not imitation maple syrup, as it contains additives)
- 1/10 tsp. of ground cayenne pepper
- 10 oz. of filtered water
During the Lemonade Diet phase, you must also take either a nightly herbal laxative, which you can buy at a drug store, or a morning saltwater flush made up of water and sea salt. These are meant to induce daily bowel movements.
The Ease-Out phase is essentially the Ease-In stage in reverse:
- Day 1: orange juice
- Day 2: soup broths and fruit and vegetable juices
- Day 3: living foods
Once the Master Cleanse has been completed, it’s important to wait at least 60 days before going on another cleanse.
The diet is also sometimes referred to as the Lemon Detox Diet or the Maple Syrup Diet.
The Master Cleanse Diet claims to help the body become healthier and more energized. Throughout the cleanse, toxins will naturally be removed from the body and weight will subsequently be lost.
Pros and Cons
Due to the low caloric intake, people will lose weight on the Master Cleanse Diet. However, the diet only includes 600 to 1,200 calories per day, which is well below the recommended 2,000 calories for an average adult. In addition to being extremely low in calories, the cleanse is deficient in vital nutrients, such as:
- essential fats
There’s also no scientific evidence supporting the claim that the cleanse helps to clear toxins out of the body. In fact, the body is designed to eliminate toxins on its own through the kidneys, liver, and lungs. This means people don’t necessarily need to go on cleanse diets to detoxify their bodies.
Exercise isn’t mentioned as part of the Master Cleanse. However, doing physical activity would probably be very difficult on such a low-calorie diet. People often suffer the following while on the cleanse:
What Healthline Says
The Master Cleanse is a crash diet that isn’t safe or sustainable. The cleanse is deficient in essential nutrients and calories, which puts the body in a state of starvation. This can reduce muscle tissue and destroy healthy bacteria that aid digestion and boost immunity.
There’s also no scientific evidence that shows that the Master Cleanse actually removes any toxins from the body. People can lose weight on this diet. However, they’ll most likely gain the weight again after this type of weight loss. Repeated periods of weight loss and gain can severely stress your body, particularly your cardiovascular system. There are much healthier and more effective ways to lose weight that don’t involve long-term health risks.
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