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My New Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe
My wife has recently been laughing at me regarding my massive excitedness each day over breaking my 12-16 hour overnight intermittent fast with my latest infatuation: a pumpkin pie smoothie. But I feel like I'm justified, because this thing is soooo good, and I'd be remiss not to share the recipe. So here you go:
For liquid, I like to use either bone broth or, for more calories, coconut milk. I use *just enough liquid* to get everything to blend so that the texture is more like ice cream rather than like a drinkable smoothie. I top this with a handful of unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, a few chunks of dark chocolate and a few chunks of Maple Pecan Keto Brick cut into pieces.
Try it sometime, and tell me if you don't go to absolute fall food heaven.
Supplements & Ingredients To Enhance Fat Burning From Cold Thermogenesis
On my recent podcast, Q&A 420: Which Stimulants Are Safe To Take At Night, Maximizing Benefits Of Cold Thermogenesis, When To Do Blood Flow Restriction Training & More!, Dr. Jay and I discussed research on specific supplements (compounds listed in this research article, along with the ketone salts/ketone esters discussed here) that can enhance white adipose tissue to metabolically active brown fat conversion while increasing activity of the mitochondrial uncoupling proteins responsible for burning calories to generate heat—all of which can be used to enhance the fat loss effects of cold thermogenesis, particularly when consumed in a fasted state.
For convenience's sake, after that podcast, I took the liberty of packaging all of the fat-burning compounds mentioned in the above research articles and in the podcast into a handy Amazon list that you can find here: “Supplements & Ingredients To Enhance Fat Burning From Cold Thermogenesis”.
Just pop this stack in the recommended serving doses (except for the cooling cream, of course—that is a topical that I would not swallow, but rather liberally apply to the skin, especially areas where targeted fat loss is desired) on each bottle 10-60 minutes prior to a cold shower, cold soak, cold bath, cold water swimming, frigid fall or winter walk, or anytime you want to enhance the fat loss you get from cold exposure! Let me know in the comments section if you try it and how it works for you.
Homemade Sour Green Apple Nicotine Spray
Rather than paying out the wazoo for a nicotine solution that's most likely going to be tainted with artificial sweeteners and preservatives, you can easily make your own—far healthier version—at home with the following ingredients…
…and it tastes amazing!
I used 20ml liquid nicotine, 20ml monk fruit sweetener, and 10 ml sour apple flavor, which based on my rough calculations gives me about 1.0-1.5mg nicotine per spray. You can get small spray bottles on Amazon, or—bonus points for recycling—do what I did and rinse out and use something like an old bee propolis spray bottle.
Fluoride In Pellegrino?
But later, I discovered a bit more from my friend, previous podcast guest and water researcher Robert Slovak…
It turns out this was…
A FALSE ALARM!
Let's go through this to ease your mind.
- Different forms of fluoride exist: “Natural” and “Chemical Additive”
- Natural – Calcium fluoride common in natural water supplies. Pellegrino fluoride appears to be entirely natural.
- Chemical additive to fluoridate municipal water – Fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride. These are derived from industrial chemical waste products and should be avoided.
- It's normal to get 1-2.5 mg of natural fluoride daily from all dietary sources (spring water, teas, food, etc.). The entire liter bottle of Pellegrino is only 0.47 mg. It's “nothing” and your body makes good use of calcium fluoride. There's even an RDA for babies, children, and adults. Natural fluoride for strong bones and teeth is no joke.
- The chemical additive fluoride (e.g., fluorosilicic acid) in fluoridated tap water should be avoided or reduced to low levels. Tap water typically has 0.7 to 1.0 mg/l. ONLY distillation and RO are suitable technologies for fluoride removal. DO NOT RELY ON media filters that claim to remove fluoride. (Learn more about water filtration in my podcast with Robert here)
Finally, keep reading to learn more about why this fluoride issue is so darn important…
Fluoride-Free Pineal Gland is “More Important than Ever”
by Paul Fassa
There has been some controversy over the activity of adding synthetic fluoride to municipal water supplies and elsewhere, but not enough. The seriousness of this issue is more than what most realize. Fluoridation ranks with GMO's and tainted, forced vaccinations among the great crimes against humanity.
Understanding the Different Fluorides
There are two types of fluoride. Calcium Fluoride, which appears naturally in underground water supplies, is relatively benign. However, too much consumed daily can lead to bone or dental problems. Calcium is used to counter fluoride poisoning when it occurs. This redeeming factor indicates that the calcium in naturally formed calcium fluoride neutralizes much of fluoride's toxic effects.
On the other hand, the type of fluorides added to water supplies and other beverages and foods are waste products of the nuclear, aluminum, and now mostly the phosphate (fertilizer) industries. The EPA has classified these as toxins: fluorosilicate acid, sodium silicofluoride, and sodium fluoride.
For this article, the term Sodium Fluoride will include all three types. Sodium fluoride is used for rat poison and as a pesticide. According to a scientific study done several years ago, Comparative Toxicity of Fluorine Compounds, industrial waste sodium fluorides are 85 times more toxic than naturally occurring calcium fluoride.
Health Hazards of Sodium Fluoride
Generally, most fluoride entering the body is not easily eliminated. It tends to accumulate in the body's bones and teeth. Recently, it has been discovered to accumulate even more in the pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain.
This consequence of dental fluorosis, which seriously harms teeth, from daily fluoridation has been documented. Yet, the American Dental Association (AMA) continues beating a dead horse, promoting fluoride. There is a refusal to admit that instead of preventing tooth decay, fluoride causes even more dental harm.
The flood of sodium fluoride in water and food also creates other more serious health problems that are not widely publicized, even suppressed. Nevertheless, in addition to fluorosis, independent labs and reputable researchers have linked the following health issues with daily long term intake of sodium fluoride:
- Genetic DNA Damage
- Thyroid Disruption – affecting the complete endocrine system and leading to obesity
- Neurological – diminished IQ and inability to focus, lethargy and weariness.
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Melatonin Disruption, lowers immunity to cancer, accelerates aging, sleep disorders.
- Pineal Gland, calcification, which clogs this gland located in the middle of the brain.
How Did We Get Stuck With Stuff?
According to investigative journalist Christopher Bryson, author of The Fluoride Deception, getting large quantities of sodium fluoride into the water and food system was a ploy of public relations sponsored by the industries who were saddled with getting rid of the toxic materials.
Fluoride was necessary for the processing or enriching of uranium. The pro-fluoride propaganda was started during the Manhattan Project to create the first atom bombs in the 1940's. The spin was to convince workers and locals where the largest nuclear plant was located in Tennessee that fluoride was not only safe, it was good for kids' dental health.
In the early 1950's, the notorious spin master and father of advertising, Edward Bernays, continued the campaign for adding fluorides to water supplies as an experiment in engineering human consent! Then the AMA picked up on the dental issue and endorsed sodium fluoride's addition to water supplies. The few dissenting health studies and reports were usually squashed. Those dissenting voices were dismissed as quacks regardless of their credentials.
Approximately 2/3 of the USA water supply is laced with sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is a common pesticide. So that residue is in some foods. Some sodas, packaged orange juices, and even bottled drinking water for babies contain fluoride additives. Buyer beware. Read your labels carefully.
Keep in mind that boiling only increases the concentration of fluoride to water more. But removing fluoride from tap water is not so difficult. Reverse osmosis works well for removing fluorides. If you own your home and can spring for the bucks, you can have one installed under the sink in your kitchen. That makes things very convenient for your fluoride removal from tap water.
If this is not your situation, grab a couple of large jugs and fill them up from reverse osmosis machines in health food stores, supermarkets, and other locations. There are several such machines around, usually labeled as using reverse osmosis, and they usually take coins. So it is the most accessible and cheapest way to go if you can't install one where you live.
The Physiological Importance of the Pineal Gland
During the late 1990's in England, a scientist by the name of Jennifer Luke undertook the first study the effects of sodium fluoride on the pineal gland. She determined that the pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain, was a target for fluoride. The pineal gland simply absorbed more fluoride than any other physical matter in the body, even bones.
Because of the pineal gland's importance to the endocrine system, her conclusions were a breakthrough. Her study provided the missing link to a lot of physiological damage from sodium fluoride that had been hypothesized but not positively connected. A veritable root source for the chain reaction of blocked endocrine activity had been isolated.
Good news though. Frequent exposure to outdoor sunshine, 20 minutes or so at a time, will help stimulate a fluoride calcified pineal gland. Just make sure you take off your hat. This is more important than most realize, because the pineal gland affects so much other enzyme and endocrine activity, including melatonin production.
The 2012 Connection
First a bit about 2012, a date many have heard about. According to Carlos Barrios, anthropologist, historian, and investigator who was initiated as a Mayan ceremonial priest and spiritual guide, “Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the inscriptions . . . but they do not read the signs correctly. . . . Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed.”
Carlos Barrios goes on to say that the transformation will be both spiritual and physical. The transition started in 1987. He says that we are in a spiritual transition from the rule of materialism, greed, and enmity to a new period of cooperation and peace – but not without difficulty. The current oligarchy is happy with what they have and don't want to give it up, and they are powerful. The Mayans claim that 2012 marks the end of the period of the fourth sun and the beginning of the fifth sun.
Carlos points out that adversarial revolution against the ruling class will not work. It is up to those who want this shift to connect with others of like mind and begin actively creating networks of real cooperation. The old will crumble. The new period will dawn with its growing pains, the severity of which depends on our ability to accept what is happening and go with the flow. This, he says, requires evolving to unconditional love, with an open and simple heart, forgiveness, and cooperation with less ego competition.
Connecting the Pineal Gland to This 2012 Matter
Well, what does all this have to do with the pineal gland? A lot. It is considered a portal to the inner or higher self by yogi masters, including Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Psychics consider it to be the link for inter dimensional experiences. It is associated with what many call the third eye or sixth chakra, which is a doorway to higher consciousness and bliss.
And it is vital for supporting intuition, an ability that will be needed during hard times. So it is necessary to evolve spiritually in order to help create better understanding, acceptance of our fellow humans, and easier group cooperation. Meditation is a part of this evolving. That and a little sunshine, good rest and food, can cause a calcified pineal gland to loosen up and allow that portal to open.
An unusual psychiatrist, professor of medicine at University of New Mexico, and practicing Buddhist, Dr. Rick Strassman, MD, has written a book based on actual human studies of people under the psychedelic drug, DMT, titled DMT, The Spirit Molecule. He has discovered, among other things, that the pineal gland is a source of DMT production during birth and at death, and during near death or mystical experiences. This chemical approach corroborates the idea of the pineal gland as a portal, where the spirit passes through to other dimensions, either entering this physical realm or leaving it.
South American and Central American shamans use Ayahuasca, an herbal potion that stimulates DMT for psychological healing and spiritual initiation ceremonies. They have expanded their ceremonies with Ayahuasca by traveling throughout the world or opening their local facilities to non natives. They are doing this urgently in anticipation of 2012. Their desire is to jump start and expand individuals' consciousness so the transition of consciousness will be facilitated and incorporate as many as possible.
This information is meant to link the physical realm's pineal gland to higher states of awareness and other realms. The point is not to advocate or discourage psychedelic drug use, but to encourage health, meditation and spiritual growth by maintaining a fluoride free pineal gland. 2012 is approaching. Time to get in shape!
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If your doctor recommends it, there are ways to lose weight safely. A steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is recommended for the most effective long-term weight management.
That said, many eating partouze leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied. These are major reasons why you might find it hard to stick to a healthier eating plan.
However, not all diets have this effect. Low carb diets and whole food, lower calorie diets are effective for weight loss and may be easier to stick to than other diets.
Here are some ways to lose weight that employ healthy eating, potentially lower carbs, and that aim to : reduce your appetitecause fast weight lossimprove your metabolic health at the same time
One way to lose weight quickly is to cut back on sugars and starches, or carbohydrates. This could be with a low carb eating plan or by reducing refined carbs and replacing them with whole céréales. When you do that, your hunger levels go down, and you generally end up eating fewer calories
With a low carb eating plan, you’ll utilize burning stored fat for energy instead of carbs. If you choose to eat more complex carbs like whole céréales along with a calorie deficit, you’ll benefit from higher fiber and digest them more slowly. This makes them more filling to keep you satisfied.
If you choose to eat more complex carbs like whole grains along with a calorie deficit, you’ll benefit from higher fiber and digest them more slowly. This makes them more filling to keep you satisfied.
If your doctor recommends it, there are ways to lose weight safely. A steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is recommended for the most effective long-term weight management.
A 2020 study confirmed that a very low carbohydrate diet was beneficial for losing weight in older populations
Research also suggests that a low carb diet can reduce appetite, which may lead to eating fewer calories without thinking about it or feeling hungry
Note that the long-term effects of a low carb diet are still being researched. It can also be difficult to adhere to a low carb diet, which may lead to yo-yo dieting and less success in maintaining a saine weight.
There are potential downsides to a low carb diet that may lead you to a different method. Reduced calorie diets can also lead to weight loss and be easier to maintain for longer periods of time.
If you opt for a diet focusing instead on whole céréales over refined carbs, a 2019 study correlated high whole grain with lower body mass index ( BMI )
to determine the best way for you to lose weight, consult your doctor for recommendations.
Reducing sugars and starches, or carbs, from your diet can help curb your appetite, lower your insulin levels, and make you lose weight. But the long-term effects of a low carb diet are not yet known. A reduced calorie diet could be more sustainable.
Eating a recommended amount of protein is essential to help preserve your health and force mass while losing weight
Evidence suggests that eating adequate protein may improve cardiometabolic risk factors, appetite, and body weight,
Here’s how to determine how much you need to eat without eating too much. Many factors determine your specific needs, but generally, an average person needs
Exercise, while not required to lose weight, can help you lose weight more quickly. Lifting weights has particularly good benefits. By lifting weights, you’ll burn lots of calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight
Try going to the gym three to four times a week to lift weights. If you’re new to the gym, ask a se reproduire for some advice. Make sure your doctor is also aware of any new exercise plans. If lifting weights is not an option for you, doing some cardio workouts such as walking, jogging, running, cycling, or swimming is very beneficial for weight loss and general health.
Resistance training, such as weightlifting, is a great option for losing weight. If that’s not possible, cardio workouts are also effective. Choose what’s sustainable for you.
Let’s face it — there’s an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet about how to quickly shed pounds and get in shape. If you’re looking for the best tips on how to lose weight and keep it off, this seemingly endless amount of advice can be overwhelming and confusing.
From the diets promoting raw foods to meal partouze that revolve around shakes and prepackaged foods, a new fad diet seems to pop up every day. The problem is, although very restrictive diets and elimination meal plans will most likely result in short-term weight loss, most people can’t maintain them and end up throwing in the towel within a few weeks.
Although losing 10 pounds ( 4. 5 kg ) in a week by following a fad diet may seem tempting, the reality is that this type of weight loss is often unhealthy and unsustainable. The real key to safe and successful weight loss is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that suits your individual needs and that you can maintain for life.
The following tips are saine, realistic ways to get you back on track and headed towards your weight and sport goals. Here are 25 of the best dieting tips to improve your health and help you lose weight.
Plus, foods like candy, soda and baked goods that contain lots of added sugars tend to be very low in the nutrients your body needs to stay saine. Cutting out foods high in added sugars is a great way to lose excess weight. It’s important to note that even foods promoted as “healthy” or “organic” can be very high in sugar. Therefore, reading alimentation labels is a must.