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Benefits of MCT OIL

MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) = MCT OIL

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MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) is something I used religiously while on my HCG plan. It is a good fat and helps with digestion aka regularity. When you are on a food plan that might cause constipation the MCT can help keep things going. When I was using it at that time I also added apple cider vinegar and drank it like a shot. So I am back to doing that now. I know it is used in the bulletproof coffee but I’m not much of a coffee drinker. When I would get hunger pains it definitely calmed those down too. Like many things that are good for us we sometimes stray from them. I recently was reading an article and it helped me remember the benefits of MCT and realized I needed to get back to using it regularly. I was happy to find a brand with convenient travel packs. Trying to transport a bottle of MCT oil would be a hassle and if it broke or spilled just think of the mess. Since getting MCT back into my routine I think having the added GOOD fat in my system has helped in more ways than I expected. Put it this way not just putting lotion and oil on your skin but allowing the MCT to lubricate from within is a great idea.
Along with the benefits I am experiencing I am excited about the benefits I have read it has that are probably going on inside my body and I don’t even realize it…Like heart health, the antioxidant benefits and I like the idea that it can help my metabolism. Remember I read an article recently so all this is fresh in my brain and I figure I should share with those who may not know.

Medium-chain fatty acids possible benefits:
• Maintain a healthy weight — since they both make you feel full
• Specifically reduce stored body fat and they can also raise your metabolic function
• Have more energy
• Think more clearly
• Experience better digestion/regularity
• Help balance hormone levels
• Improve your mood
• Fight bacterial infection and viruses
• Absorb fat-soluble nutrients from various foods

 

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 One Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar-Give it A Shot

Apple cider vinegar has been hailed as a cure-all dietary supplement, with health benefits ranging from relief from allergy symptoms to helping the body burn fat and lose weight. There are testimonials from people who believe that drinking apple cider vinegar has helped, ME being one of them but is there any evidence to back up these claims?

While a few studies have been conducted on the possible health benefits of apple cider vinegar, the “experts” say the number of people in these studies is typically small, and the evidence is not yet convincing. They say “One or two small studies is not enough to prove a benefit.”

Sorting Out Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Weight loss. The idea that has been floating around is that apple cider vinegar somehow speeds up fat loss. So far there is no scientific evidence based on the small group studies to suggest that apple cider vinegar can affect metabolism, which is the way an individual breaks down food and burns calories.
  • Feeling full. A 2006 study found that people who took doses of vinegar while eating bread reported feeling more full than people who ate bread alone. While this study is considered proof by those who believe in the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is important to note that it only tested 12 individuals, and the authors concluded that much more research was needed before firm conclusions could be drawn. This study did not suggest that the way these people burned calories was affected.

BUT let me say from personal experienceWhen I drink just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar when I feel hungry which is usually when dinner time hunger pains/pangs(however you like to call them)) start to kick in. That uncomfortable sensation goes away almost immediately! Plus I don’t really care about eating like I did before I had the “shot.”

My Challenge to you – Try it yourself for one week on whatever diet plan you are currently doing and just see what happens 😉

 

  • Cholesterol. A successful study that was done on rats but has yet to be replicated in humans. The study found that rats on a diet with an acetic acid supplement had lower cholesterol levels than rats without the acetic acid supplement. Acetic acid is one of the ingredients in apple cider vinegar and many other kinds of vinegar. For those who believe in the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, this study is promising. But there are other things to consider before assuming that the findings will be true in humans — primarily that there are key differences between the metabolism of rats and humans. The study authors recommend that the next trial be on hamsters, which break down fat in a way that is more similar to humans.
  • Diabetes. A few studies have found that apple cider vinegar helped in the management of diabetes; however, these studies are also limited by their small size. One study, which found that taking vinegar at bedtime reduces blood sugar levels the next morning in people with type 2 diabetes, examined only 11 people. Another study found that taking cider vinegar might have some effect on insulin sensitivity in some diabetes patients, but that research, too, was limited by the small number of people being studied.

Although there is not currently good scientific evidence for a health benefit of apple cider vinegar, this may change in the future. Researchers are still involved in some exciting research about apple cider vinegar, and the future is likely to bring better information.

 

Here is my last two cents worth – With both apple cider vinegar and lemon juice (I will do a post about what I think about lemons on another post) let’s simplify this thing down. A natural CLEANING solution that works very well is vinegar. Yucky build up on windows, household items and even your hair has been cleaned away by something as simple as vinegar. Who is to say that can’t hold true for helping clean out the “YUCK” in your body. Usually cholesterol, some allergies and excess fat or waste are attributed to an accumulation of sludge that you should want to strip out of your system.

I’m going to throw in one more “cent”.

It is my opinion that the real deal meaning the actually liquid and not pills or capsules saying it has apple cider in them is the most effective.

Ok- I have ran out of pennies for today…Be Well and Be Happy!  

 

HCG Before and After PROOF

HCG Before and After PROOF

I know I NEED to make a WONDERFUL Website Banner Showing Before and After PROOF . Till I finally DO here it IS!!!!

HCG Questions Answered!

HCG Daily Question

I keep meaning to create a FAQ page on this website. Here is a confession…. I am a terrible typist so by the time I answer everyone’s individual questions the day is done and it is time for bed – LOL.
So for now I am going to feature a question I am asked each day.
I also recorded a vlog which was inspired by these questions. I will add the vlog to this post once I get it uploaded to good old youtube!

And Now today’s AWESOME question or should I say Questions

Q – First of all what I wanted to know if you lost any more weight in your experiment round? –



ANSWER – My first week I did great then I became a “slacker” as far as protocol. As each week went by I realized I was experiencing what Dr S was talking about as far as the abnormal fat. HCG had done its duty and I didn’t have the abnormal fat that the hcg could work on and I began to get just plain “starving like” hungry just like he said would happen. My initial loss was good and became my new “set point” which was great. My inch loss went well and I lost sizes which was awesome. In hind site I should have never planned on a 40 day round – silly me. No regrets though, It was a good learning experience and a way to help others when they get to that point.

Q-When it comes to the MCT and ACV shot, what time of day do you take it? –
ANSWER – I think it is best before you have dinner
Do you do it on phase 3 also?
Phase 4?
For life?
ANSWER – You can but when I’m not on a round I tend to not use it because I use the two ingredients for other things I eat,salad dressing etc.

Q-How did the MSN powder work? – ANSWER – I mix it in water but found that using the liquid msm was far less bitter.
I think taking msm in a liquid form makes the difference because your body can absorb it more efficiently.
Q-What phase do you take yours on? Phase 1-4 for a lifetime? And what time of the day. –
ANSWER – I wish I had used msm as soon as I started HCG. because it helps with our skin, joints, muscles etc I feel it can be a life long supplement. To answer the time of day – ANSWER – I don’t think it matters,I take mine now when I am doing my skin recipe for my face because it is sitting right there anyway.
Q-any other advice on products that work on tightening your skin? and the round you used them on please.
My RESPONSE – Colostrum and Antler Velvet has been great along with the Skin recipe I’ve been doing on my face. I think adding those 2 supplements have been helping tone my skin overall as well.

Q-Did you ever get massages done while on p2? i know your not suppose to, but someone on a blog said they did and it helped their releases? Just wondering if you did.
ANSWER – Didn’t have any back or body massages but if pedicures count then yes 😉

Q-What time of the day do you take the California kickers?
ANSWER – I would either divide the serving up and do half mid morning then mid afternoon or the whole thing mid afternoon.

I sure hope posting this helps many others with the same questions :)

Help for Cravings

A fellow HCGer who was starting a new round mention the the first few days are difficult because of cravings.
For some including me it takes a few days for the hcg level to kick in so hunger and cravings aren’t an issue.

Back when I started my first round someone posted that L-Glutamine helps with cravings, especially sugar cravings.

Simply pour the contents of L-Glutamine capsule under your tongue 😉

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Good Health for the Entire Family

Detailed information on LGlutamine

Benefits of L Glutamine
L Glutamine Facts
L- Glutamine Benefits

Before discussing the benefits of l glutamine, which are substantial, we would like to just highlight a few l glutamine facts.

Glutamine is an amino acid (building blocks of protein) found in the muscles of the body. In fact, it is the most abundant free amino acid.

Technically, glutamine is classified as a semi-essential amino acid, which means that under normal circumstances the body can manufacture it on its own to meet the physiological demands.

However, there are times that glutamine becomes an essential amino acid due to metabolic stress situations like trauma (including surgical trauma), cancer, burns, and sepsis. Under such conditions, it is important that there is an adequate intake of glutamine to meet the increased demand created by these situations.

With that being said, let’s move to more l glutamine facts and L- glutamine benefits.

L Glutamine Facts: Health Benefits of L Glutamine

General Info

# Serves as a source of fuel for cells lining the intestines
# It’s involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid.
# Some experts point out that glutamine can pass through the protective blood-brain barrier and, because of this, it is known as brain fuel.
# Aids in protecting the body from ammonia toxicity.
# Appears to be necessary for normal brain function.
# Essential for maintaining amino acid balance in the body during times of severe stress.
# It’s used by white blood cells and contributes to normal immune-system function.

L Glutamine Facts: Health Benefits of L Glutamine

General Health Benefits

# Promotes the maintenance of a healthy digestive tract.
# May promote mental alertness and improve mood and memory.
# May boost immune function and fight infection.
# May decrease sugar cravings and the desire for alcohol.
# Helps to prevent the kind of muscle loss (wasting) that can accompany prolonged bed rest or illnesses such as cancer and AIDS who may be incapable of manufacturing their own supply of glutamine. Side Note: It’s important to note that stress an injury (including surgical trauma) cause the muscles to release glutamine into the bloodstream. In fact, some experts state that during the time of stress as much as one third of glutamine present in the muscles may be released. As a result, stress and/or illness can lead to the loss of skeletal muscle if not enough glutamine is available. Therefore, one of the benefits of L glutamine is to ensure enough of it is available in the body to help prevent muscle loss (wasting).

The Role of L Glutamine Supplements

L glutamine as a supplement may be helpful for the following:

# Gastro-intestinal disorders
# Depression
# Irritability
# Withdrawal support for alcoholics
# Protection of liver tissue against damage from cancer chemotherapy and drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)
# Prevent the kind of muscle loss (wasting) that can accompany prolonged bed rest or illnesses such as cancer and AIDS
# Athletes (may help protect the immune system from overtraining stress)

Glutamine Food Sources

Glutamine-rich foods include: beef, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, raw parsley, raw spinach as well as soybeans and other legumes.

Are there any side effects and precautions?

The Benefits of L Glutamine

Glutamine supplement is considered safe when used in accordance with proper dosing guidelines. At the time of this writing, the most commonly experienced side effects while taking glutamine include: constipation and bloating.

However, anyone with cirrhosis of the liver, kidney conditions, Reye’s syndrome, or any type of disorder that can result in an accumulation of ammonia in the blood are advised to avoid supplemental glutamine.

In addition, because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications it is crucial that you always speak to a knowledgeable healthcare provider before taking any dietary supplements, including glutamine. This advice is also recommended for anyone suffering from a health condition.

Pregnant and nursing women should only take an amino acid such as glutamine after consulting your physician.

Hunger Pang Killer

AVC/MCT Drink Shot

Be aware that if you are on P2 you should proceed with caution. MCT is an oil and like mac nuts some people get a release from adding them to P2, while others my want to stick with “virgin” protocol.

Where to get MCT Oil

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See below for information on mct benefits

Benefits of MCT Oil

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oils are a special class of fats that are digested and handled by the body in a different way than most fats. Most fats are long-chain triglycerides which are difficult to process, so the body prefers to store them in fat cells.

MCT oils are absorbed in the bloodstream, passing the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCT oil provides quick energy for the body and therefore is less likely to be stored as body fat. MCTs are such an easy source of fuel, they are even more likely to be burned off than low-fat fare. When MCT is metabolized in the body, it behaves like a carbohydrate not a fat.

Unlike other fats, it does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized and released like a carbohydrate and then is used for fuel. MCT has a thermogenic effect in the body, helping you to stay slim by keeping your body fat levels down while keeping energy levels up. MCT oil is easily absorbed by the body and is therefore ideal for individuals with digestive problems. For those with Crohn’s and irritable bowel syndrome, the healing effects of MCT oil could be beneficial. MCT promotes intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.

Diabetics could benefit from using MCT oil as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Supplementation of MCT oil began as a fat source to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity and fat malabsorption. Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have used MCT for its fat burning and energy-sustaining powers. It has been found that MCTs burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than other fats. It is thought that MCTs stimulate production of thyroid hormone, improving thyroid function boosting metabolism.

Athletes benefit from the use of MCT oil for both weight gain and weight loss. Bodybuilders must consume incredible volumes of food to put on size. We have found that adding MCT oil to their diets is an easy way to increase the caloric intake of their food without increasing the volume that they must eat. Since MCT acts like a carbohydrate and not a fat, athletes do not increase their body fat percentages while increasing their calories with this product. Since MCTs are thermogenic, not only are athletes increasing their muscle mass, but they are decreasing their fat percentages at the same time. We have put champion bodybuilders on stage consuming as much as 2000 calories from MCT oil starting 16 weeks from show day and continuing right up to contest day. These athletes have competed at body fat percentages of less than 2% and still maintained a healthy appearance. MCTs help to add flavor to the food that bodybuilders consume. The bodybuilding diet is know to be quite bland, adding MCT to rice and tuna helps to make it quite palatable.

MCT oil is beneficial for any individual who wishes to gain or lose weight, maintain a healthy immune system or maintain constant blood sugar levels. We have used MCTs since the late 1980’s with our high performance athletes. We feel this product has given our athletes an advantage in weight loss over other competitors. It is just now becoming more popular with the general public as a very valuable product for health and weight loss. The athlete’s secret has now become public knowledge. We highly recommend the use of this product for continued good health.

Metabolism Boost & Stall Buster

The California Kicker

Metabolism Boost, Stall Buster and Digestion Aid for Me

Ingredients
Mug full of water
For 2 drinks per day – Juice of half a lemon per drink
When on P2 – You are allowed the juice of one lemon per day
Cayenne Pepper (don’t use too much all at once)
Approx. the same as the contents of 2 cayenne capsules opened up and poured out
I prefer to use a cayenne pepper from the spice bottle and measure out approx 1/8 of a teaspoon.
Stevia to taste
Either use boiled water or zap in the micro to the temp you desire.

P3 Exercise and Beyond

Since my body was not use to exercise when I first started HCG I took Dr Simeon’s advice and didn’t suddenly begin an exercise regime.

During my first solid P3 was when I began walking the treadmill and using light weights for my upper arms.
Because my body was then use to that activity, in my later rounds on P2 I was able to exercise without any adverse effects.

Below is a study that another great hcger shared, thanks Dee.

I read the article and much to my surprise my regime was very much like what was suggested.
I will be making a couple of tweaks that were explained in the article and am excited to see how much it will boost my results.

http://fitness.mercola.com

The Whey Protein I Like Is the Jay Robb Brand

Chocolate Delight:10 Tips

Once Again Shannon saves us with some GREAT HCG Cooking Tips

If on P2 – Proceed with caution. Some HCGers get releases from including chocolate delight, yet others get the opposite result.

Weight Loss Tea

There are a few teas that I really like to drink during protocol and when not on protocol.

Two of them are made by Triple Leaf

Super Slimming

Detox

I have found the best price on the links I have provided.

I have also tried the Ultra Slimming tea from the same maker. I have no idea why but the super slimming tea works better for me.

A SUPER Cleansing tea (if you get my drift) is made by Edom Labs.
This one is a serious “roto rooter”. Be careful when buying this tea. The first time I tried to purchase online through a yahoo store I never got the product. Now I order directly from Edom. On their site is a list of approved online stores.

http://www.edomlaboratories.com/how-to-purchase-online

Another tea I LOVE is not a cleansing tea but is very tasty and I think helps with appetite and chocolate cravings.

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CODE for $5 discount off of 1st order – OLI193

 

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