Living Beauty Detox Program: The Revolutionary Diet for Each and Every Season of a Woman's Life

Living Beauty Detox Program: The Revolutionary Diet for Each and Every Season of a Woman's Life

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by Ann Louise Gittleman

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SPRING — time to rejuvenate. Leafy green vegetables, dandelion root tea, dill, mint, and chlorophyll-rich parsley cleanse the system, balance energy, and aid digestion.

SUMMER — an active season. Rose hips tea, garlic, cayenne pepper, and oregano, along with the Living Beauty Elixir, promote vitality, make the heart strong, and increase nutrient

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SPRING — time to rejuvenate. Leafy green vegetables, dandelion root tea, dill, mint, and chlorophyll-rich parsley cleanse the system, balance energy, and aid digestion.

SUMMER — an active season. Rose hips tea, garlic, cayenne pepper, and oregano, along with the Living Beauty Elixir, promote vitality, make the heart strong, and increase nutrient absorption.

AUTUMN — time for inward reflection and preparation for the darkness of winter. Fenugreek tea and warming foods and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg protect the lungs, aid in elimination, and boost the immune system, leaving you with vibrant skin.

WINTER — a season of stillness and rest. Getting enough sleep and eating cooked or warm foods spiced with ginger sustains body heat and immunity.

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Proper detoxification of the body is vital to maintaining good health and exterior beauty. This book provides four seasonal detox diets -- each one delicately attuned to the body's needs for that time of year -- as well as a wealth of information about the best methods for keeping your body cleansed and healthy, inside and out. The list of "good intentions" that actually wreak havoc on the body, thus causing a number of health and beauty problems, is quite surprising. For instance, did you know that complete lack of exposure to sunlight may do more harm than good? The detox diets Gittleman recommends are full of vegetables, lean protein, dietary supplements rich in fiber, and a Beauty Elixir to stimulate the liver's detoxifying process. And the fact that the diets do not require fasting and can be adapted to each individual's needs will make this excellent program attractive to women of all ages and lifestyles.

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Turning Beauty Inside out

you really can be beautifully transformed and unlock your individual potential. And you don't have to have those illusory perfect-ten features to do it, either, Just by following the Living Beauty regimen in this book, true beautyis just weeks away. No kidding. You'll actually start to see improvements in those troublesome ailments you've been fighting,whether it's cracks around your mouth, a pimply face, a sallow complexion, thinning hair, premature wrinkling, blotchy skin, fatty deposits likecellulite, splitting nails, soft bones, or even unhealthy gums that are ruining your smile. The key to developing a beautiful physical appearance is to start from the inside out by clearing a way physical and emotional toxins. Simply slapping on moisturizers and coverups just won'tdo it anymore, especially with the overload of waste materials and poisons inundating all of us in this new millennium. The truth is, in today'stoxic world you have to go deeper to create total beauty, which means properly cleansing your body on all levels. Which is why detoxifying your system has never been more important or more urgent to your overall well being and looks.

That's where this book promises help. Filled with cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, and common sense, it will show you how to turn your present approach to beauty and health around -- or rather, inside out.

You'll begin by starting fresh with a clean slate, cleansing your way to beauty with a clear-cut detox diet plan designedin harmony with nature's seasons. Both the Living Beauty Detox Diets and the maintenance pro-gram (which you can alter to suit your individual needs) includebeauty-building foods, herbs, spices, and essential fatty acids to help repair,strengthen, and invigorate cells so you have a rejuvenated, youthful glow.Then to further enhance your newly acquired radiant looks, you'll also find a number of natural beauty tips and routines that have been specifically designed for your special concerns during your particular stage of life. You'll also discover ways to take your quest for beauty to higher ground,because beauty goes far beyond the physical. I've found that beauty actually emanates from your spiritual, emotional, and mental being, so I've included some innovative methods to help you remove the "inner" toxinsfrom your deepest I self. In addition, you'll learn how to identify and protect yourself from unsuspected "outer" toxins that lurk about in your home surroundings and thwart your beauty on a daily basis. Finally, we'll wrap it upwith a review of the Living Beauty Alphabet of Vitamins and Minerals,showing where they are found and what is the optimum beauty dosage that will help you sustain your new beauty foundation and continue to secure younger -- looking skin, silky hair, strong nails, and a trimmer body. As you embark on this journey to create a more glorious, beautiful image in side and out, you can be sure of one thing: you'll be enveloped in a joyous and rewarding experience of self-discovery that will undoubtedly transcend the media-manufactured beauty values you once held so dear.

The Living Beauty Mainstays

When you are feeling your best, you look your best. In fact, unless you are nutritionally supported from within, it is virtually impossible to look really good because real beauty isn't just skin-deep. Beauty isn't about how thin you are, about smearing some cover-up on your face, or even about wearing the right kind of lipstick. Achieving true beauty-even in our media-swayed, visual society-begins by turning things inside out. Here are the dynamic seven beauty fundamentals every woman needs in her life.

  • a cleansed, detoxed system
  • purified water
  • powerful proteins
  • beautifying oils
  • energizing, immune-boosting veggies and fruits
  • revitalizing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • balanced hormones
  • When you look in the mirror and notice beauty problems-dull, grayish skin, brittle hair from hell, and thin, splitting nails-you're actually seeing outward reflections of inner imbalances caused not only by a lack of the vital Living Beauty essentials mentioned above, but also by toxic overload and mental, emotional, or spiritual blocks. These beauty thieves manifest themselves throughout the different ages and stages of our lives and are heightened by everyday stress and natural hormonal shifts. Let's take a closer look at each one.

    Toxic Overload: Beautify Your System

    Beautiful definitely begins by detoxifying your body. It is the first step toward a healthier, more radiant you. After all, every day you're immersed in a chemical war -- outside and inside your body. A sea of toxins surrounds you, from environmental chemicals in solvents, plastics, and adhesives to poisons in makeup, moisturizers,. nail polish, hair dyes, and shampoos. Even food and soil are inundated with pesticides and herbicides, not to mention the contaminants and parasites lurking in water, Everything you touch, taste, breathe, and eat is propelling the leading engine of the detoxification process, your liver, into overdrive. And once your liver becomes overwhelmed by all the poisons it has to neutralize, transform, or process, it loses its ability to function properly. This in turn leads to a cascade of disastrous health consequences and causes vital body systems to malfunction-as well as the quality of your beauty to suffer.

    A lean, mean, chemical-clearing machine, the liver cleans one and one-half quarts of blood every minute of the day so that other organs can be nourished by purified blood, and it neutralizes toxic wastes, sending them off to the next detox organ, the kidneys, for elimination. The liver also, chemically deactivates vital hormones (such as estrogen), thereby maintaining hormonal balance, sustains the body's major detoxification pathways, makes bile salts, produces cholesterol and amino acids, stores vitamin A, D, B12 and iron, metabolizes fat for energy, and regulates blood sugar for energy. Alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, fatty foods, smoking, and a plethora of environmental toxins (from pesticides and exhaust fumes to hair spray and gasoline) thwart the work of this blockbuster workaholic.

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    Meet the Author

    Ann Louise Gittlemanis an award-winning author of thirty books and a highly respected health pioneer. She has appeared on 20/20, Dr. Phil, The View, Good Morning America, Extra!, Good Day New York, CNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CBN, FOX News, and the BBC. Her work has been featured in national publications including Time; Newsweek; Harper's Bazaar; O, The Oprah Magazine; Seventeen; Fitness; Cosmopolitan; Parade; USA Weekend; Woman's World; the New York Times; and the Los Angeles Times. Gittleman has been recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and has received the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence.

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    Living Beauty Detox Program: The Revolutionary Diet for Each and Every Season of a Woman's Life 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I have such a severe case of irritable bowel syndrome I've ended up in the er & saw specialist after specialist for years, meanwhile reading every publication on IBS, detox, Lg & sm colon & the digestive system I could get my hands on. While these programs would work in expelling waste, I still would have the extreme abdominal pain, cramping and bloating from my IBS. The first time I tried the 'Living Beauty Detox' program I was totally shocked - following the program detoxified me so thoroughly that I could feel the difference in my hair, my sleep and every sign & symptom of my IBS was completely gone. Not only that but I accidentally started the (1 week) program 2 days before my menstrual cycle and had no cramping or bloating from that either. It made having my cycle almost a pleasure. Now I try to detox every season, I've found that for me, the results from one detox lasts about 2-3 months. I've recommended this book to many friends and family members & every one that has tried it has liked it. While it's true that this book doesn't offer alot in listing specific meals to have, that is also one of it's benefits. The book teaches you how to eat better but allows you the freedom to create meals within your own tastes.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I can't describe how much this book has meant to me. It has helped me, first, to understand what is happening and will happen to my body, and then second, what I can do to prevent (or at least slow down) the aging process. I am 50 and was having night sweats and hot flashes and other signs of menopause. Now, I truly feel 29. I started the diet in January of this year. It is July now and already my nails are stronger than they have been in years, I have more energy and no more signs of arthritis. This is not just a diet it is a lifestyle. Thanks!! KS
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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    In reading this book, I was lead to think that there would be an outlined, menu planned diet. I was only given 1 - 2 day examples of what to eat. There should be more to this book!