Friday, September 25, 2009

Keep the Swine flu away by amping up your immune system

Is there an alternative other than a vaccination (which is a live virus, by the way) to protect you and your loved ones from the swine flu? Yes, there are two very effective alternatives. The first, is Vitamin D and the second is something called Beta Glucan.
Let’s start with Vitamin D first. Most Americans are Vitamin D deficient because we cover up and slather on sunscreen to protect our skin or we stay inside way too much. Did you ever stop to think why people are usually more sick in the winter time? There’s not as much sun exposure and the immune system becomes suppressed. Not only has Vitamin D deficiency been linked with a suppressed immune system, it has also been linked to prostate, colon and breast cancers and depression from seasonal disorders. While Vitamin D is best gotten from the sun, if you tend to cover up and or stay indoors during the winter months or have dark skin, supplementation is the best alternative. Studies have shown that supplementation with 2000 IU for children and 5000 IU for adults will usually keep Vtiamin D levels up during the winter time. The USDA recommendation of 400 IU was basically established years ago as a level that would prevent rickets but not optimize the immune system.

Beta Glucan: What is it? Beta glucan is found in oats, barley, yeast, bacteria, fungi. Each type of beta glucan has a unique molecular structure, which makes only some types effective in enhancing the immune system. A 2004 study has shown beta glucan, from yeast, to be effective at lessening the severity of the swine flu and lessening lung lesions as well. Beta glucan has been scientifically proven to enhance your own innate immune system to help better stave off all infections. Studies have also shown it to be effective in shrinking tumors and increase cancer survival by engaging the body’s own natural defenses. It also helps the body recover from radiation and chemotherapy by increasing the body’s ability to create new white blood cells.

Not all yeast beta glucans are equal. Please make sure that the supplement brand that you purchase purifies and separates the beta glucan from the other components of the yeast cells. Some companies simply repackage baker’s yeast without refining it to expose the beta glucan which then makes the beta glucan difficult to absorb and therefore much less effective.

The supplement line that I carry, Xymogen, has a wonderful product of Beta Glucan, called ImmunotiX 3-6. The price to my patients and friends is 15% off the list price. A bottle of 20 is $23.00 and for 60 $70.55. Children can also take this supplement. Just break open a capsule and put half into a shake.

If you are interested in purchasing either the Beta Glucan or the Vitamin D from me please e-mail me at

I hope for a healthy “flu season” for all of you and your families.

Take care,
Cindy D

The information here is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Symptoms of low estrogen

Symptoms of Low Estrogen In Women

Weight Gain
Painful Intercourse
Bladder incontinence and infection
Foggy Headedness
Mood Changes/depression

Low Libido

Heart Palpitation
Hot flashes

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August Cooking class

There will be 2 cooking classes this month. The same menu each date. The dates are Wednesday, August 19th and August 26th. This is a small venue and there are only 6 spaces available. Payment of $55 reserves your spot. Classes are held in Newport Beach, right off the 73 Fwy.

A Living Balance
Cooking Class Series “B”

Peared Arugula Salad

Killer Date Burrito

Portobello Mushrooms

Carrot Cookie ‘wiches’

Because of the nature of the class, the fee is transferable but not refundable.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Answer to Question of the day-Estrogen and men.

Higher levels of estrogen in men can lower libido, lower the ability to dissolve blood clots and raise PSA levels (a marker used for prostate cancer).

Belly fat or visceral fat often increases the production of estrogen in men and women. So getting rid of the spare tire around the middle will definitely improve how you feel and your overall health as well.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Men's health

Question of the day. How do higher levels of estrogen affect men's health?

Go ahead take some guesses. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

Friday, July 31, 2009

August Special on Supplements

This month's special is 25% off my starter kit which includes 5 supplements that I consider a base support that will benefit most everyone. These include a Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D3-2000 iu, Probiotic, Omega 3 820, Vitamin C. The multi-vit is a one month supply. All the others here are at least a 60 day+ supply. The retail price for this package is $146. plus tax. This months special price is $109.50 plus tax.

Xymogen is a very high quality supplement line. These supplements have the GMP stamp, their minerals are Albion chelated, their B vitamins are in their most bio-available form for better absorption.

Some people argue that if we eat well, organic, grassfed, we should be able to get all of the nutrients that we need to be healthy. Well, maybe 75-100 years ago, that rang true. But since the late 1800's over 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced into our environment causing a tremendous burden on our system. That's a lot of chemicals for our liver to get rid of. We need to help support our bodies with some basic supplementation. Blood tests show that most people are at the less than optimal levels of the vitamins and minerals that are in this package.

Take advantage of this great offer! To order your basic supplement kit please e-mail me at I also carry many other supplements that support moods, good sleep, the digestive system, curtail anxiety, cravings, PMS, menopausal symptoms, blood sugar swings, etc. If you would like to know more call (949) 370-9843

I accept Mastercard and Visa.

Always check with your Doctor before taking any supplements to make sure that they will not interfere with any prescription medications.

Emerald Salad

Try this wonderful dish from one of my yoga students, Sara. She also has a wonderful bog Enjoy your weekend!!!

{photo from Sprouted Kitchen}

1 lb. Broccolini
1 lb. Broccoli
1 Lemon, zest and juice-
1 Large Leek
3 tbsp. -Olive Oil
1 tsp. -Black Pepper
3 Cloves Garlic
6 oz. (about 3 Cups) Fresh Spinach,
roughly chopped3/4 Cup Flat Leaf Parsley,
Chopped3/4 Cup Sliced Almonds,
toasted1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
Oven set to 475′

1. Cut the broccoli and broccolini into roughly two inch chunks, on a bias. Using the white and light green parts of the leek, slice length wise and rinse out the dirt. Slice thin. Toss the veggies with the olive oil, pepper and lemon zest.
2. Slice the garlic cloves as thin as possible, no mincing. Add the broccoli mix to a large roasting pan. You don’t want to cram them in a dish as they will end up steaming in their own moisture. Give them space. Sprinkle the garlic slices on top so they feel the direct heat in the oven.
3. At this point, you could cover and wait until you’re getting ready to eat. Or, pop that pan on the top rack of the oven for 12 minutes.
4. Pull out the baking pan, and toss in the spinach, parsley and lemon juice. Toss in the pan so the heat wilts the spinach and the dressing it’s created, distributes. Put in your serving dish and crumble the feta cheese on top.
* This may seem like a lot of parsley, but it’s a lot of broccoli.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

restless leg syndrome

There are two supplements that can help alleviate restless leg syndrome naturally. Magnesium (200-400mg) and Omega 3's (caution if taking anti coagulating drug).

Restless leg syndrome can be caused by some antidepressants and mood modulating prescription drugs. So if this happens try increasing both of the above. Which by the way can also help with moods and anxiety.

Hate taking fish oil pills (omega 3s) because of the after affects of tasting it again? Try this easy solution to end that-freeze the capsules and that should take care of that.

To your health

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Answer:Food Allergies

Most of the medical profession is in agreement that inflammation is the underlying cause of most chronic diseases-allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, sleepniness, psychological disorders, etc.

But what causes this inflammation?

  • Diet

  • Food allergies

  • Toxins-such as mercury and pesticides

  • low grade chronic infections

  • Stress

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Inadequate sleep-less than 7 hours

  • Nutritional deficiences such as vitamin C, B's, D, Zinc, and omega-3 fats

The food allergies that I'm talking about here are not your clear cut allergic responses that one may have with eating peanut butter but often a delayed response that may be hard to pinpoint as it may take 2-3 days to show up and you do not make the connection between eating bread on Monday and by Tuesday or Wednesday feeling depressed.

One way to figure out what foods might be causing you problems is to eliminate them from your diet and then add them back in slowly. This is essentially what you do on a detox elimination diet where you are eating only foods that are usually not allergy forming as well as detoxifiying your system. At the end of the elimination diet you add foods back in slowly so that you can determine which foods cause an allergic reaction. For some individuals, it is still hard for them to pinpoint what they are sensitive to. I had one client who ended up showing an allergy to spinach and grapes(bummer, that includes wine). How was this discovered? She took the Alcat Test which is done by simply drawing blood. She probably would have taken a very long time to figure out the foods that she is sensative to on her own through just using trial and error.

So if you have good results with trial and error method, then you may not need this test. But if you are experiencing gut issues, hypothyroidism, eczema, brain fog, lackof energy, you may want to have this test ran. Many insurance companies will cover this procedure. If you are interested in this test please let me know.

In Health,


Monday, July 20, 2009

Coconut water

It's summer. It's hot. Try coconut water to naturally quench your thirst and replenish your electrolytes. It is naturally sweetened-no sugar. Your kids will love it too. You can also try it as a base for a shake instead of water or juice or nut milk.
Along with supplying lots of potassium, this wonderful liquid is antibacterial and anti-viral and fungal. It is very helpful to your digestive track.
You can purchase this little gem in cartons and cans at many stores-even some larger grocery chains. It is also available at Mother's and Wholefoods and other healthier food chains.


Congratulations to all of you who have completed the 10 or 14 day detox.

Hopefully all of you are feeling very energized and light at this point. To keep this feeling just keep on eating foods that I listed in last Thursday's blog. If you do not know how to cook these foods easily, then come to one of my cooking classes. E-mail me at to get on my e-mail list for upcoming events, including on how to make simple, straight forward, easy, nutritious food. You may also want to continue a 1-2 scoops of the detox shake 4-5 days a week.

Remember that as you incorporate different types of food back in to your routine, notice signs of allergic reactions such as itchy eyes, a runny nose, bloating, smelly gas, diarrhea increased aches and pains, sudden sleepiness within 1 hour after a meal. It's good to keep a log for the next couple of weeks so that you can better pin point what foods are causing you problems.

Check out for great recipes and info.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A list of foods to choose to keep your body happy

What is a whole food?
Whole foods are foods that are in the same form that they are found in nature. They are fresh, unprocessed, simple, and organic. You will see overlap of the some foods in different categories as whole foods usually supply more than one main nutrient.
Foods that are not “real” or whole

Any foods that does not mold or turn rancid in 2-3 weeks left at room temperature is not a living real food.

High-fiber Healthy CHO’s(Carbohydrates)
v Beans Vegetables
v Whole grains Whole Grains
v Vegetables Beans
v Fruits Fruit
v Nuts
v Seeds

Quality Protein
v Beans
v Nuts and Seeds
v Eggs
v Fish
v Lean Poultry, lamb, pork or beef (preferably organic, grass or range fed)
v Milk for those who can tolerate it-Organic is a must and preferable raw

Healthy Fatsv Fish Oil
v Extra Virgin Olive Oil
v Cold expeller-pressed plant oils, such as grapeseed, walnut, and sesame
v Avocado
v Olives
v Coconut
v Nuts
v Seeds
v Flax Seed oil

Foods to stay away from:
Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Vegetable oils
Processed foods
Foods with food coloring, preservatives and additives.
Sucrulose aka splenda

Become an ingredient/label reader!!!!

Easiest steps to begin to take is to minimize shopping at grocery stores.
Shop mainly at Trader Joes, health food stores and farmers markets.

Other things to help us stay on track:
v Eat slowly-chew and taste your food
v Eat before you are starving-it’s best to eat 4-5 times a day
v Make one meal a day a very relaxed enjoyable experience-the other meals, make it simple and healthy, basically for sustenance.

Lastly, meals that bring us real sustenance are prepared with caring hands and a touch of love.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Black Beans with Quinoa

Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 tsp grated lime zest (opt)
2 -21/2 T. lime juice
2 T. olive oil
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 (14-15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 medium tomatoes, diced
4 scallions, chopped OR chopped sweet onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Cook 1 cup quinoa (rinsed well) in 2 cups water, uncovered. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover, cooking for 15 minutes more, until tender, fluffy and dry.

Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, oil and butter, salt and pepper in large bowl.

Add black beans, tomato, onions and cilantro. Stir in cooled quinoa.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Day 12

I hope you are all finding ways to get plenty of fresh organic vegetables and brown rice to go along with your detox shake.

If you happen to eat out, consider ordering steamed vegetables and bring your shake along or if that is not apporpriate, then order some grilled chicken or fish.

On Day 12, you will start to add in more types of grain other that brown rice.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


If you have questions about the detox and/or comments about what you're experiencing please write a comment. It will probably be useful to your other fellow detoxers.

Importance of moving your body

I just wanted to remind you all that this is a detox of your whole body which includes, sweating to cleanse through your skin, getting your heart and lungs worked out to get blood and toxins moving through and out of your body more efficiently. So what that means is that you must be moving your body a minimum of 30 mintues a day at a pace that increases your heart rate.

Also, this is a time to be detoxing your mind. This would be an excellent time to experiment with no T.V. and cutting back on time spent on the computer (except to read this blog =) ) and trade that time to get more sleep, quiet time, time to spend reading, or on a hobby, time to move your body and time to just be outside enjoying these beautiful long days. You may be surprised how cutting back on one hour a day from the TV or computer allows for things that you thought you had no time for. So I would like to invite you, for the remainder of the detox-just 6 days, to turn off the TV or at least cut back significantly on the computer time too. I guarantee you that you will discover things about yourselves, and habits that you had not noticed before. 6 days, no TV. try it!

Remember to be kind to yourselves and give yourselves pats on the back everyday for taking care of your bodies.

Take Care All,

Day 8 of detox and preview through day 11

The eating plan for yesterday and today (days 7 & 8) is about increasing the amount of Opticlense GHI and cutting out all animal sources of food while continueing to eating nuts, beans, legumes, fruits and veggies and non gluten grains as listed on from the allowed foods on your list.

Tomorrow, Wednesday day 9, you will be cutting out beans and legumes.

Thursday and Friday, days 10 & 11 you will be getting about 95 percent of your protein from the shakes, which you will be having 3-4 times a day (depending on if you're a male or female) while continueing to eat as many veggies, fruits as you like and brown rice in moderation. Please remember to fill up on all this good stuff. There is no need to feel hungry.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

more recipes

I hope all of you have been enjoying this wonderful weather!!

Here are a few more recipes that you mght enjoy now and hopefully after your detox days:

Spicy Lime Cilantro Avocado Salad

3 Tablespoons Minced Cilantro
3 T. Fresh Lime juice
1 tsp. medium glove garlic minced
¼ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp chipotle pepper
¼ tsp ground pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously. Toss with 8 cups of romaine lettuce, 1 large avocado cubed, 1-2 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal, ½ cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, toasted by placing in a small skillet over medium-low heat for about 3-4 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned.
Curried Lentil Soup with Mango Yogurt
from kingston hotel cafe cookbook (washington state)

this is an EASY dish--15 minutes prep time, less than an hour’s cooking. Once you have the garam masala and major grey chutney in your cupboard, it’s a cake walk.

6-8 servings

3 cups diced onions
3 tbsp minced garlic
3 cups brown lentils
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
9 cups water
8 bay leaves
2 cans coconut milk
4 tsp garam masala (an Indian dry spice worth looking for in international section of most groceries)
3 tbsp peeled, minced fresh ginger root
zest of 2 limes
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp Agave nectar
1 cup cilantro leaves, packed

Add at serving time: (only after your detox is done)
1 cup plain yogurt (I used organic goat milk yogurt) mixed with a couple of tablespoons of Major Grey Mango Chutney (look in international part of grocery condiment section—worth the hunt!)
1 tsp cumin

in a large pot, medium-high heat, saute onion, garlic, lentils in oil until the onion goes clear. add the water and bay leaves, cover, bring to a boil. turn doen to low heat and simmer for 40 minutes.

add the coconut milk, garam masala, gingerroot, lime zest and juice, salt and sugar or honey. stir and let simmer another 10 minutes. add cilantro and stir. add cumin just before serving.

stir diced mango into yogurt and use to top each bowl of soup. (or if still on the detox use only the mango without the yogurt)

Friday, July 10, 2009

What to expect while detoxing your liver

Over the next 10 days you will be drinking two different types of shakes, the Opticleanse GHI and Fitfood. The Opticleanse GHI has ingredients in it that will help to detoxify you liver, kidneys and digestive tract. Depending on how toxic any one of these organs are, especially the liver, it is not unusual to experience any one of the following:
Coated Tongue
Foggy Brain
Weight Loss
Bad Breath
Feeling Cold
Body Aches
Night Sweats
Low Energy
You may not have any of these reactions!
So be nice to yourselves. Take Epsom salt baths, get a massage, take a long walk, journal, listen to calming beautiful music, meditate, read a good book, rest, get 8 hours of sleep, take a sauna, slow down a bit and smell the roses.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The importance of detoxing the Liver

Good day to you all!
Hopefully you are all beginning to get the hang of eating really good, healthy, non allergy causing, organic foods. And maybe some of you are already beginning to feel more energetic and better. This feeling will increase as you continue on the detox program. Starting Saturday you will begin to incoporate your shakes into your eating plan. The Opticleanse GHI is designed to detox your kidney, liver and gastrointestinal system all at the same time. Today I would like you to know a little bit about what is associated with a liver that is experiencing a toxic overload and how it affects your emotions, thyroid, and sex hormones.

Liver and Emotional Health

In many traditional medical systems, the health of the liver is considered directly related to emotional stability. The ancient Greeks treated emotional health by treating the Liver. The term “melancholy” comes from the Greek for “black bile”, indicating the sluggish nature of bile in the Liver. It is thought by eastern medicine that emotional instability, unreasonable anger, depression, hopelessness, and anxiety can all be related to a toxic Liver. Traditional Chinese Medicine prescribes sophisticated treatments for depression, anxiety and panic disorders that address various aspects of Liver imbalances.

Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, must be processed by the Liver for neutralization or elimination. Sometimes these chemicals are stored in the Liver, when the amount released into the bloodstream is too much for the Liver to clear efficiently. This can contribute to emotional imbalances, such as depression and anger, as well as stress-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease.

The Liver and the Under-active Thyroid

Thyroid imbalances are commonplace, this can be troublesome as the Thyroid, a hormone producer, controls metabolism and thus affects every cell in your body and also influences your body’s ability to produce sex hormones.

The Liver regulates the Thyroid, by converting the hormone thyroxin (T4), into the more active form (T3). A compromised Liver can limit this conversion.

Thyroid imbalances can result in difficulty losing or gaining weight (sluggish metabolism), hair falling out, blood sugar swings, feeling cold, poor memory, lethargy , menstrual problems, water retention, headaches and trouble swallowing, low libido.

Despite the prevalence of Thyroid drug therapy, many patients with a sluggish Thyroid have had great success with detoxification. Since environmental chemicals have been reported to cause a reduction, of both T4 and T3, reducing the toxic load may allow the Thyroid function to improve significantly.
Bottom line, a happy liver makes you much more enjoyable to be around, and allows you to enjoy life more too.
Keep up the good work, everyone!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Day 1 of the Detox

Hi gang,

Tip for the day. Think clean, organic, real food and you will be fine. Today and for the next 3 days your job is to eat clean and only items listed on the sheet for allowed foods. Nobody is to be feeling hungry-fill up with this good food especially with veggies.

This is a time to start walking or moving at least 30 minues a day, getting your heart rate up for the next 14 days. Movement detoxes your mind, your lungs, your skin, and digestive system.

See you tomorrow!

Yummy Recipes

Here are some ideas for making your shakes as well as for getting in some extra veggies. On the days when the plan calls for using only the GHI shake, then use two scoops of that instead of 1 GHI and 1 Whey.
Fresh Blender Juice:
1 Zucchini
1 Cucumber
1 Tomato
1 Pear
Handful of Parsley
½-1 cup water, to your taste

Fresh Fruit & Veggie Blender Juice:
1 cup swiss chard
1 zucchini
½ bell pepper
3 celery stalks
1 cup canteloupe, or 1 peach
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 Tbsp agave syrup
1 cup water or to taste

Detox Cleanse Protein Shake:
1 scoop Whey Protein or Rice Protein
1 scoop Opticleanse GHI*
1-2 Tbsp Mega Greens
½ cup organic berries
4 Chunks frozen mangos
1-1/4 cup filtered water
Ice if desired
1 Tbsp Lecithin (optional)
1-2 Tbsp Flaxseed meal

Detox Creamy Protein Shake:
1 scoop Whey Protein or Rice Protein
1 scoop Opticleanse GHI*
1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
½ cup organic berries
1-2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1 Tbsp lecithin
Add a little water if too thick

Mini Detox Shake:
1 scoop Opticleanse GHI
¾ cup water
2 ice cubes
¼ berries

*Start Opticleanse GHI slowly at first to avoid detoxing too fast.

Fresh Gazpacho soup:
In the Blender… blend until smooth.
4 organic tomatoes
½ onion chopped
1 cucumber
1 ½ yellow bell pepper
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup organic tomato juice
1 Tbsp cilantro
1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice

Simple Fresh Vegetable Soup:
4-6 cups organic vegetable stock
1 onion chopped
2 cups zucchini, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 garlic clove, pressed
½ cilantro, chopped

Saute onions, celery and garlic in 5 Tbsp of broth until tender. Add rest of broth, bring to a boil. Add zucchini for 3 minutes, add cilantro and serve.

Expanded Vegetable soup:
4-6 cups organic vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup leeks, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 can organic roasted or plum tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 cup greens, diced
2 cups zucchini, diced
1 cup cabbage, shredded or celery diced
salt and pepper to taste
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Place the stock in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil. Place the bay leaf, onions, leeks, tomatoes, and carrots into the stock. Turn down heat, simmer for about 15 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer until greens, zucchini and cabbage are tender, maybe 5 minutes or less. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup
3 cups carrot juice ¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 small ripe avocado ¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup coconut meat (optional) 1/4 cup Lime juice
1 Tablespoon minced ginger 1 Tablespoon Agave nectar
1/4 Cup shooped cilantro
1/3 Cup Plain Yogurt

In a Vita Mix or high speed blender, puree the first eight ingredients until completely smooth. Taste for seasoning. Divide among bowls, top with a Tablespoon of yogurt and cilantro. Can serve cold or just warm.

Coconut meat: fiber, supports digestive tract, gets rid of parasites, anti viral and anti bacteria properties.
Ginger: Increases immunity and decreases cancer growth, anti-inflammatory
Cilantro: Detoxes /good source of Vit C
Cayenne pepper: reduces inflammation-arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, cardiovascular and ulcer protection.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Additional suggestions to enhance your detoxification

Additional support and preparation for Detox Diet
Meditating/breathing is highly recommended for 20 minutes a day during this time of detoxing. Breathing quiets things down and your lungs are also a big elimination organ.

Journaling:It is important to put down your emotions that may come up while Detoxing. Detoxing your Liver may release stored anger or resentment. You may find old memories reappearing. Write them down and let them go. Journaling is a great habit to get into. I like to think of it as dumping things out so new things, thoughts, etc have room to come in.

Exercise:Try to move your body, even if just walking 30 minutes a day. Exercise moves sludge out by moving the blood, oxygenating it, and increased respiration and metabolism. Also helps to de-stress. It is essential during detoxing.

Sweat: Your skin is your biggest elimination organs. Take saunas, do Bikram yoga, vigorous activities.

Deep Tissue Massage: works by increasing circulation to lymph system, cardiovascular system ad stimulates removal of toxins from fat cells.

Take Epsom salt baths: Add 2 cups of Epsom salts detox with its sulfur component to water as hot as you can stand it. Sulfur pulls out toxins. Soak about 20-30 minute, sipping cool water. Have an Emergin C or electrolyte replacement like coconut water to replace minerals and electrolytes. This along with Lavender Essential oil and some relaxing music will get you ready to sleep.

Coffee Enema: Detox Liver, Gallbladder, and relieves constipation.

Infrared Sauna: Has been shown to speed up Detoxification by removing pesticides, heavy metals, cellular debris and increased fat burning.

Use a Loofah to remove dead skin. Or dry brush skin.

Colonhydrotherapy: Helps to remove impacted fecal matter, bacteria and yeast from the colon.

Additional Supplements: to aid in the detox process.
A buffered Vitamin C-1000mg with 8 oz of water first thing in the morning. Additional 1000mg throughout day
1-2 Tablespoons of Organic olive oil mixed with 1 tsp. of lemon juice in morning-promotes bile production.
Magnesium Citrate: 200-400 mg daily
Digestive Enzymes
Probiotic 2x /day
A gentle laxative if you are not having a daily bowel movement. Bowel movements are essential to detoxing!!!! (additional 1000mg Vitamin C-)
Additional herbs to support-Renew cleanse smart is a good gentle product.
Fiber powder or Ground flaxseed- tiny but mighty. Source of omega-3s. Readily absorbs water in your stomach and intestines to increase bulk and movement of stool.*
Blue green algae or chlorella- Widely studied for its ability to bind with environmental toxins.*
Milk Thistle

14 day Detox

Good morning to all of you who are ready to embark on a wonderful 10-14 day journey of detoxing and nourishing your body. I will be posting hints, additional instructions and encouragement almost daily, if not daily. I would like to invite you to use this blog as it will be a great way for all of you to share your experiences as well as get feedback from me and those of your fellow detoxers.

Tomorrow will mark your first day of the 2 week program. These next four days are about preparing your body for the detox by eliminating all alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, sugar, white flour and pasta. These are also days to start planning and purchasing foods for the next seven days. I would like to suggest buying more vegetables/salad makings than you think you will eat. You will be eating a lot!!! And if vegetables are not your favorite fare, then think about juicing them or making soups. It is well worth the effort to get a lot of detoxing greens down you.
It is only 14 days, I would like to invite you to take full advantage of eating clean, organic, whole foods.

On one side of the sheet that you received is a "Comprehensive Elimination Diet Guideline" aka "Basic Dietary Guidelines" on your sheet. During the next 14 days, you will be selecting foods that are listed on this Guideline under "Foods to Include" and avoiding the ones that are listed under "Foods to Exclude." You may be a little surprised to see some of the foods to avoid such as shellfish, eggs, and oranges. All of the foods on the "Exclude" list are foods that people are most commonly allergic to and often do not realize it.

Also, on your Step by Step instructions sheet, you will see that something called MedCaps DPO is listed there. I highly recommend this proprietary blend of vitamins and herbs as very good liver support and is available through me. More information on this product can be found at If you choose to not take this during the cleanse I would like to recommend at least getting Milk Thistle as it assists in the detoxification of the liver. Milk Thistle is available at a health food store. Detoxifying your liver is a key component to cleaning out your system as the liver is one of your most important detoxifiying organs. You will get more on this in the next couple of days.

I can not stress the importance of your body's ability to eliminate toxins during this time which means that you must have at least 1 good bowel movement a day. If you are having difficulty with this then please start taking 300-400 mg of Magnesium citrate before bed (it will help you sleep too) and 2000-3000 mg of Vitamin C first thing in the morning. I will post some more instructions following this post.

Congratulations to you all for caring about your well being and taking these preventative and healing steps.

In Health,

Thursday, June 25, 2009

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. Ralph H. Blum

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feel better than you have in years!!
Have better Energy,Clarity,Digestion,Sleep,Weight Loss

Get all of this by joining us for a fabulous 14 day Detox program starting July 7th-July 21st

This program is carefully designed to fully support your body nutritionally while enhancing the detoxification ability of your liver, kidneys, and digestive tract. We use a specific eating plan along with a medical food to maximize your body’s ability to excrete toxins and waste. You will have online support through A Living Balance’s blog, “” where there will be hints and instructions posted as well as support and conversation from fellow detoxers (is that a word?)

The cost of this 14 day program, including the medical food(which is a meal replacement for approximately $3.75 per meal) is:
$104.00 for a single person
$175.00 for a couple

For those who do not have 14 days but have 10 days, the cost is $65.00(basically due to less medical food). I do highly recommend the 14 day if at all possible for a longer period of time for your body to rest and be rejuvenated.

This program is presented by A Living Balance and Cindy Dupuie,
Please e-mail or call (949) 370-9843 if you would like to join us on this fabulous venture!