Diet just 7 days to drop 100+ pounds by spring

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The al­ka­line foods that re­set your me­tab­o­lism for fat burn

Fat, foggy and fa­tigued is not how we plan on spend­ing 2019. This year, we’re look­ing for a health re­set—a way to shed those stub­born pounds and re­claim our en­ergy for good. Of course, we’ve tried—and had some suc­cess—be­fore, but it seems our progress al­ways stalls and the num­ber on the scale be­gins to creep back up…and ev­ery year, we have to put in a lit­tle more ef­fort to get the same re­sults.

What gives? The prob­lem isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the di­ets we fol­low; it’s that the body is caught in a fat trap that pre­vents last­ing weight loss. That’s be­cause by our late 30s and 40s, most of us are suf­fer­ing from a slug­gish di­ges­tive sys­tem. To blame: acid-pro­duc­ing foods (think: the re­fined su­gar and pro­cessed foods that dom­i­nate the stan­dard Amer­i­can diet) com­bined with an acidic life­style (read: stress and not enough sleep) shift the body’s pH out of bal­ance and cause the di­ges­tive sys­tem to be, in a sense, “clogged” with acid waste, yeast and bac­te­ria. And that blocks the body’s abil­ity to ab­sorb nu­tri­ents, ex­plains Ross Bridgeford, au­thor of The Al­ka­line Re­set Cleanse: The 7-Day Re­boot for Un­lim­ited En­ergy, Rapid Weight Loss, and the Pre­ven­tion of De­gen­er­a­tive Dis­ease. The re­sult? “Your gut is full of undi­gested mat­ter, your cells are starved for nu­tri­ents,

Re­search from Tufts Uni­ver­sity re­veals why women can’t lose pounds. The good news: Seven days is all it takes to re­set your di­ges­tive sys­tem for ef­fort­less weight loss all year long!

you feel bloated and slug­gish, and you can’t lose weight, no mat­ter how care­fully you fol­low a diet.”

Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters: All that waste stuck in the gut ends up in a state of pu­tri­fi­ca­tion, caus­ing a cas­cade of other health prob­lems. “As gate­keeper, your gut has a huge task to not only serve as a por­ous fil­ter for the build­ing blocks of life but also to keep out all the detri­men­tal sub­stances you may be ex­posed to,” says Vin­cent Pe­dre, M.D., au­thor of Happy Gut: The Cleans­ing Pro­gram to Help You Lose Weight, Gain En­ergy, and Elim­i­nate Pain. And if it can’t do that job? Dr. Pe­dre ex­plains the ef­fects of an acid-clogged gut can in­clude chronic fa­tigue, mus­cle aches, joint pain and brain fog.

“Most of us— in­clud­ing most doc­tors—do not know that di­ges­tive prob­lems wreak havoc in the en­tire body,” adds Mark

Hy­man, M.D., Med­i­cal

Di­rec­tor for Cleve­land Clinic’s

Cen­ter for Func­tional Medicine. “Di­ges­tive prob­lems lead to al­ler­gies, arthri­tis, au­toim­mune dis­ease, chronic fa­tigue, mood dis­or­ders, de­men­tia, cancer and more.”

Rid the gut of that acidic waste, though, and wow! “Hav­ing a healthy gut means more than sim­ply be­ing free of an­noy­ances like bloat or heart­burn—it is cen­tral to ev­ery­thing that hap­pens in your body,” says Dr. Hy­man. In­deed, Bridgeford adds,

“If we cleanse the di­ges­tive sys­tem of acidic wastes, we get a huge in­stant en­ergy hit that can last for­ever be­cause our body is now ab­sorb­ing 100% of the nu­tri­ents from the good­ness we eat.”

It doesn’t take long to re­set your di­ges­tive sys­tem. A study from Thai­land re­vealed that the body can be thrown into an acidic state in just one week—and the in­verse is also true: Seven days of al­ka­line eat­ing can kill un­wanted yeast and bac­te­ria and flush any undi­gested junk stuck in the gut.

As acid lev­els come down, the func­tion of slim­ming or­gans like the liver and thy­roid im­proves to speed me­tab­o­lism, re­search from Tufts Uni­ver­sity School of Medicine shows. And sci­ence from the Uni­ver­sity of Texas sug­gests that peo­ple with less acid in their sys­tem have a BMI that’s 52% lower than those with the high­est amounts. “You’ll undo years of poor diet, stress and cu­mu­la­tive toxic buildup, and you’re help­ing your body re­bal­ance its di­ges­tion, hor­mones, liver, kid­neys, im­mune sys­tem and more,” prom­ises Bridgeford. “Ev­ery cell in the body is touched by this.” Women from around the world rave about the ben­e­fits. Take it from Juanita But­ler, 47, who went al­ka­line to help bat­tle lu­pus: “[Doc­tors] told me I would not have a day that was pain-free, and I have proved them wrong,” she says, adding that in ad­di­tion to pain re­lief, she lost 20 pounds! And Denise Bird-Newell, 49, of Hamp­shire, Eng­land, fol­lowed Bridgeford’s ad­vice af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with arthri­tis. “The en­ergy that came back the first week was amaz­ing. I felt well again—full of life,” she says. “The swelling in my joints went down and weight just dropped off!” Read on for the heal­ing plan!

“A healthy gut means more than just be­ing free of an­noy­ances like bloat…it is cen­tral

to your health.”

—Mark Hy­man, M.D.

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