Diet just 7 days to drop 100+ pounds by spring
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.