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  • The Cleansing Craze: A Fresh Take on Juice Diets

    There is no shortage of quick fix health products, nor is the consumer base lacking. And the most popular health and weight loss recharge is, by far, the juice cleanse.

    Despite its growing popularity, many dieticians and doctors are skeptical of both the short and long term health benefits of this trend. Dr. Mark Hyman author of The Blood Sugar Solution, weighed in on the pros and cons of juice cleanses.

    “It’s a great way for people to reboot if they’re eating junk and processed food,” said Dr. Hyman who believes juice cleanses allow you to feel good immediately but warns consumers that they are not sustainable in the long term.

    “The danger is if you restrict your calories to the juicing you’re going to end up slowing your metabolism down, your body thinks you’re starving,” said Dr. Hyman and warns that your metabolism will rebound which could cause a post cleanse weight gain. However, he says that using a cleanse is helpful in transitioning to healthier diet.

    Each juice cleanse is

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  • Before You Toast, How Much Wine is Too Much?

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    A rising trend among women may not be the latest styles on department store racks or accessory must-haves. Instead it may be a social adornment: a wine glass. No ladies night is complete without toasting successes or venting frustrations over a bottle, or two, of the female beverage of choice. Ladies are consuming more wine than ever before, according to the National Institutes of Health. But when the clock chimes wine o’clock too often, could it be harmful?

    Nearly 5.3 million American women admit to drinking in a way that is potentially dangerous, as reported by a recent NIH study. And in an online poll conducted by the team at Katie, nearly half of women surveyed said that they have an alcoholic beverage at least six times a week.

    Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best-Kept Secret, says that women account for nearly two-thirds of the 784 million gallons of wine sold in the United States.

    Glaser explains that this may have a twofold reasoning; because women have become the

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  • The Miracle Mushroom Diet Raises Questions

    Hollywood embraces diet trends like Miley Cyrus embraces twerking on YouTube. Traveling across the pond, direct from England, there is a new diet that stars like Kelly Osbourne and Katy Perry are raving about: The Mushroom Diet, aka the M-Plan.

    The Mushroom Diet promises to help women spot reduce, meaning: lose the rolls, keep the curves. The diet's promoters claim that women will lose weight everywhere except for their breasts.

    Tanya Zuckerbrot, a registered dietitian in New York City is skeptical. "The diet is simply a low-calorie diet," she says. Swapping a cheeseburger for a portabella burger does save you around 173 calories and, compounded over the 14-day period the M-Plan recommends, and those are some serious calories saved. But, according to Zukerbrot, "Fat is fat and no diet can actually help you spot reduce."

    Zuckerbrot explains that, "Mushrooms are an amazing food. 1 cup has only 25 calories and 2 grams of fiber. They are also a great source of potassium; 1 cup of

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