Posh Aloe Vera Diet

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Detox Weight can report that Victoria Beckham lost an amazing 4lbs in only 48 hours after the first 2 days of the detox stage of the Clean 9, and then another 6lbs on days 3-9 of the clean 9 regime. Victoria’s reasons for this rapid weight loss was to get rid of the weight gain experienced after pregnancy to her fourth child and for her upcoming world tour with the Spice Girls. Detox diets tend to eradicate your body of water which encourage rapid weight loss and the Clean 9 does this more effectively than any other detox diet on the detox and weight loss market.

Following Her Lead

Victoria Beckham has been known for her radical and extreme diet plans for many years, but in every case, what she does works and people follow her lead because they too can benefit and have the same weight loss results. Celebrities use Forever Living products because the proof is indeed in the product itself. By following a detox diet, preferably Aloe Vera, the benefit of drinking this detox drink will help cleanse your body and shed the lbs quickly.

Gradual Progression

Now this is where the Nutri-Lean comes into its own. Obviously most people will be aware that rapid weight loss is often followed by rapid weight gain, and i think we can all agree that is not what we wish or desire. By progressing tot he next step, the weight you have lost can be maintained through the Nutri-Lean programme which is the only follow on programme associated with any detox diet. So to put it simply, if you do any other detox diet, the weight may come off fast, but you will find it will re-appear just as quickly…rest assured, by choosing the Nutri-Lean programme following on from the Clean 9 the weight will not only stay off it but it will encourage further weight loss and help maintan your desired weight loss goal.drinking-aloe-for-breakfast

Posh Enough For You.

This diet hasn’t only worked for Victoria Beckham. Other celebrities have had their quick fix of this incredible detox diet such as Pop Idol singer Michelle Mcmanus who lost an amazing 13lbs on the Clean 9. Now from what you have read, you may choose to follow this diet as it has clearly worked for some celebrities, but here at Detox Weight we can assure you that this system works for anybody and everybody. We are all human, we all have the same goals, we all want to achieve, and we all want to live healthier lifestyles.

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Forever Aloe Vera for Acne Treatment

 

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Acne is a common skin disease especially in teenagers. However, adult acne is not rare either. Acne usually shows when the nature of the skin is changed either because of bacterial colonization of the skin surface or androgen-induced changes in the sebaceous follicles.

The first signs of acne are the lesions. In mild to moderate acne, seborrhea, comedones, papules and pustules are the first to appear. These are also commonly known as red, scaly skin, whiteheads, blackheads, pinheads and pimples.

In severe cases of acne, the papules could become bigger and form nodules. In addition, inflamed bumps on the skin may turn into acne cysts. When nodules and cysts are aggravated they may cause acne scars.

Acne starts in most people as soon as puberty. Ideally, it should have cleared away or reduced tremendously by age 25 when the oily teenage skin is replaced by the dry adult skin.

However, the hormonal imbalance and bacterial cause of acne may extend the skin condition well into middle age

Causes of Acne

In young people, especially in their teens, the level of production of male sex hormones or androgens is increased. These excess androgens can change the nature of the skin leading to increased sebum production and hyperkeratinization.

Examples of androgens which can cause this change are testosterone and its metabolites such as dihydrotestosterone or DHT.  When acne breaks out during pregnancy, menstrual cycles or menopause, it is usually because of hormonal imbalances.

For example, during menopause, the production of estradiol may fall. This female sex hormone is a natural anti-acne compound, and when it is no longer produced, androgens will dominate.

Other causes of hormonal imbalance which can lead to acne include birth control pills especially ones which do not contain estrogen; certain diseases such as Cushing’s syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome; and some forms of hormone replacement therapy.

For the bacterial cause of acne, two bacteria are implicated. These are Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermis.

While there are beneficial strains of P. acnes living on the surface of healthy skin, harmful strains of the bacterium can change the nature of the skin enough to cause acne especially when S. epidermis is also present.

There are different medications that can be used to treat acne. Some of them kill off the acne-causing bacteria, some correct hormonal imbalance and others keep the skin pores unclogged while clearing acne lesions.

Herbal extracts can treat acne by any combination of these three mechanisms. They share the distinct advantage of having very few side effects if any. They are also affordable and backed by years of use in traditional medicine in different cultures.

Aloe is an excellent example of such herbal extract. After centuries of use as a herbal remedy, it continues to be used for treating skin diseases even today.

How Aloe Vera Works For Acne

Aloe vera is widely used in the cosmetic industry for its soothing, moisturizing and nourishing effects on the skin.

Its bactericidal activity makes it useful for healing wounds and for treating skin infections such as psoriasis and acne.  In acne treatment, the bactericidal activity of aloe vera is effective against both P. acnes and S. epidermis.

Aloe vera extracts have also been shown to have antifungal properties. Apart from skin infections, aloe vera can be used to treat inflammatory bodies on the skin such as boils and cysts.

Aloe vera can penetrate deep into the skin to kill off bacteria hiding in clogged skin pores. It can also form a protective layer over the skin in order to speed up the healing of acne lesions and the fading of acne scars.

This herbal extract can also reduce the size of inflamed nodules and cysts and help relieve pain caused by the swelling. Aloe vera also promotes the regeneration of skin cells and tissues.

Using Aloe Vera to Treat Acne

There are many acne products containing aloe vera. They are usually sold as topical preparations. Some of these also have other active ingredients besides aloes.

To get the most benefits from treating acne with FOREVER LIVING PRODUCTS‘ aloe vera skincare product, you should use it constantly. The usual routine for aloe vera acne product is to apply it in the morning and in the evening.

You should try and combine different aloe-containing acne skin product types. You can establish a skincare routine with aloe vera gelly, Aloe lotion or cream, Avocado soap (with Aloe in it) and ALOE Marine mask.

For example, you may apply aloe vera gel in the morning on the area of the skin affected by the acne. Gently massage the gel into the skin and leave it on. Aloe vera soap can be used as a facial cleanser. Wash the area covered by the acne with such soap at least twice daily. For those with oily skins, more frequent washes may be required.

To moisturize your skin while maintaining the anti-acne cover, use an aloe vera lotion or cream. This will provide an all-day protective layer that reduces the breakout of new acne lesions. By night, you can apply an aloe vera mask before going to bed, and wash it off in the morning.

Aloe vera products may cause a tingling sensation or itching on sensitive skins. A very few people also are allergic to aloe. For most people though, aloe is safe to use and produces no side effects.

Aloe Vera as a Home Remedy

While you can buy aloe vera products from your local drug store, you can also make your own aloe preparations at home.

To do this, first you need to remove a whole leaf from the aloe plant. An outer leaf should be chosen and then cut off as close to the trunk of the plant as possible.

Make a slit down the middle of the leaf to release the yellow exudate which is the latex. Allow all of the exudate to drain to prevent it from contaminating the gel that will come out later. This latex is responsible for the irritation and inflammation sometimes reported for topical applications of aloe.

There is no need to drain the leaves of Aloe arborescens since it contains very little of the latex.

With a serrated knife, cut off the jagged edges of the leaf then remove its thick skin. After this, scrape off any latex left from the gel core of the leaf.

Remove a piece of the gel and apply directly to the part of the skin affected by acne. Avoid contact with the eyes. Store the rest of the gel in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it can keep for a week.

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Clean 9 Detox Review – My Story

After hearing many success stories about Forever’s Clean 9, I decided to give it a try, after all, as a distributor of Forever Living Products, how can I promote and recommend something with conviction if I haven’t tried it for myself. Once I completed the program, then I would be able to share my own experience.

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The other reason I was looking forward to doing it was because my body hasn’t had a cleanse or a break for years, much like thousands of other people, and I thought that doing the Clean 9 can only have a positive effect on my health.
Prepare To Succeed!

Preparing For The Clean 9 Program

A little preparation is a good idea to ensure success and as I like to start things at the beginning of the week, I planned to start the Clean 9 on a Monday morning.  I also didn’t have any big occassion or event on where I might be tempted to veer off the program – I was determined to follow the instructions exactly to see what kind of results I would get. Having heard that lots of people were losing quite a few lbs as well as inches, I wanted to see if this would work for me.

It is recommended to reduce your intake of stimulants a couple of days before starting the detox to minimize any of the possible side effects of withdrawal but instead of the 3-4 cups of coffee I normally drink every day, I think I cut it down to 2 cups on the day before I started.

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BEFORE

Clean 9 Review – Day 1 & 2

The first 2 days of the Clean 9 program consist of drinking lots of aloe vera gel and taking both the garcinia and bee pollen supplements as well as drinking lots of water.

There is also 1 protein shake to drink at lunch time but no other eating.

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I weighed and measured myself and as I had prepared myself mentally ahead of starting the program.

My starting weight was 10 stone 9 lbs 4 ozs or 69.22 kgs or 149 lbs 6.4ozs.

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My measurements were –
Arm – measured at the widest part – 9.5 inches
Waist – 36 inches
Chest – 37 inches
Hip –  38 and half inches
Thigh – 20 inches
   … and Day 1 went very smoothly.  I missed the act of physically eating and would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little hungry when it got to about 7 or 8 o’clock.
Day 2
Day 2 was a little more difficult but I was determined to follow the Clean 9 instructions exactly so I distracted myself with other things as much as I could. I had a slight headache on waking up and I noticed I was a little irritable.  I also felt a little “achey”, like as if you are coming down with a cold. The headache lessened when I drank some water and passed after a couple of hours.  I also did around 30 minutes of exercise each day which consisted of walking which did actually clear my head, and I went to bed early both nights.

Day 3

Day 3 could be described as “exciting” – as I got to taste the protein shake which was delicious!  I’ve never had a protein shake before but I was surprised how full I felt after drinking it.  I did experience a little lower back pain which I normally don’t have and the Clean 9 I thought had to have something to do with it.  My friend Mary did explain that this was most likely caused by a shift in the bowel due to the cleansing process and the bowel could be pressing on a nerve.  This was nothing major and I would really describe it as uncomfortable – I knew it was only a temporary thing and it would be gone in a day or 2.  I also got to eat a 600 calorie meal for dinner which consisted of a fillet of chicken, lightly brushed with pesto sauce, 1 small roast potato and some roast vegetables – delicious!

Day 4

Day 4 I started to feel better – my achey feelings were gone and I just wasn’t hungry at all.  I still had some lower back pain but overall I was fine.  I did feel a little constipated which surprised me as I thought I might have been spending a little more time on the toilet. Taking a probiotic capsule is recommended to help with constipation. From day 3 onwards, the amount of gel is reduced to twice per day.

Day 5 

From day 5 onwards, I felt great – I did not feel hungry apart from when it was coming up to lunch or dinner and I had a lot of energy.  The protein shakes for both breakfast and lunch really kept me full and I found that the 600 calorie meal is actually plenty of food.  Planning ahead to make sure you have something suitable for dinner is vital.

Day 6 -9

I weighted myself on Day 6 and I was down 2lbs and I felt a lot thinner however I did not meausre or weight myself any other time until the end of the program. I also did the recommended 20 mins of exercise each day.

Day 10

I was really excited to see what the results were after the 9 day plan – I really felt so much better and healthier, I almost decided against eating (almost!)  I hopped on the scales – yeah…

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10st 4lbs and 8ozs

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AFTER – Clean9

Clean 9 Results – 

Weight afterwards – 10st 4lbs and 8ozs – or 66kg or 144 lb 8oz

WEIGHT LOSS TOTAL – 4.6 lbs

Measurements Taken After Clean 9 

Arm – measured at the widest part – 9.5 inches  – same
Waist – 36 inches            –  now 34 inches
Chest – 37 inches            –  now 36 inches
Hip –  38 and half inches  –  now 37 inches
Thigh – 20 inches             – now 19 inch each leg

INCH LOSS – TOTAL 6 and half inches

The Clean 9 Detox Review – Overall

Overall I found the Clean 9 program was fantastic and if I had to carry it on longer than the 9 days, I would have happily done so.  I really felt cleaner, lighter, healthier and thinner by the end.

My most difficult day of the program was DAY 2 because of a combination of being hungry, withdrawal symptoms and changes starting to take place in my body.  I was 100% motivated to complete the program and I was probably  tempted only once or twice to stray – but as I wanted to make sure I followed the instructions to a tee, I did not give in to temptation.

The booklet which comes in the box is a great guide as there is a planner for each day so you can keep track of how you are feeling, things you may notice and the exercise you’ve done.

If you do decide to have something which is different to what is outlined on the plan, it is important to keep track of it as it could affect the final outcome and so your expectations.  You also fill out your weight and measurements before you begin, so you have a record to compare with.

Some of the effects Clean 9 had on me –

My nails grew quickly, seemed stronger and healthier
My hair felt and looked great
I felt a lot thinner
No food cravings AT ALL – can honestly say I was not hungry
Really felt like choosing healthier options even days after the program had finished
Had great energy levels
Was buzzing and noticed my mood was much better

CLEAN 9 REVIEW – After Completing The Program 

On Day 10, I had 3 meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner and I kept drinking the gel however though I had some supplements left, I didn’t think to take them.

I mentioned to a friend that evening that I had just completed the Clean 9 Detox and diet and she said it would be interesting to see what my weight was the following day as more than likely once I returned to normal eating, I would put on at least 2lbs of what I had lost.

I thought that was interesting so here is my result the following morning –

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As I write this, it is one week and a day after the result above.  My weight this morning is exactly 10st 4lbs.I’ve been more concious of choosing healthier options but I’ve also worked out my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) – the minimum number of calories that MY body needs each day to function properly at rest AND my AMR (Actual Metabolic Rate) – this is my BMR plus the calories I need each day to support movement and activity.

AMR depends on your level of activity so will be calculated different depending on how active you are.  The ONLY way to lose weight is to burn off MORE calories than you take in and once you know the rate at which your body uses and burns calories, you will be a lot closer to achieving your goal for weight loss, weight gain or weight maintenance.

You can at this stage move on to the Nutri-Lean program depending on how much weight you have to lose.  You could also introduce another meal, either breakfast or lunch and stick with one protein shake – you could also decide to continue with the garcinia supplements for a while and remain drinking the aloe vera gel for overall health. These products are available to purchase serperately.

You don’t of course “need” to continue with these recommendations, the most important thing is to be aware of what kinds of foods you are consuming and in what amounts to ensure you hold on to the results you achieve with Clean 9 Detox.

I am in LOVE with my BODY !!!  I will do my BEST to MAINTAIN this and KEEP my self SAME!!!

FOREVER – Clean 9 Experience

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The Forever Living Clean 9 Programme is part of Forever Living’s two step programme combining a 9 day nutritional cleansing programme followed by a long term weight management programme called the Forever Nutri-Lean Programme that puts you back in control of your life in terms of dietary requirements, healthy eating and weight management.  These comprehensive programmes take the guesswork out of having a work out and understanding a balanced diet and provide you with all the information, knowledge and techniques of how to get out of unhealthy eating habits, the “yo-yo” dieting syndrome and many other nutritional and fitness misconceptions you have believed and followed previously.
The Forever Clean 9 Programme is a kick start to put you on your way to a cleaner, healthier and happier you, cleansing your body of all the unwanted and unnatural chemicals in preparation for a lifetime of healthy eating and enjoyable dietary control.
Forever Living have made the Clean 9 Programme very simple and easy to follow.  It includes everything you need in a single pack that will cleanse your digestive system and put you back on the path to being in control of your health.  The only thing now required from you is Commitment, Control and Compliance (the 3 “C’s”).  It’s all about a lifestyle change and the 3 “C’s” are ultimately the key factors for success.

So, what can you expect?

Experience shows that you are more likely to persevere with a programme if you can see results and achieve your goals.  The Clean 9 Programme does exactly this, giving you a step by step guide in which you outline 3 personal goals you wish to achieve from the Programme, whilst enabling you to chart your progress, check your weight and measurements and ensure your plan for success is achieved by way of a daily planner.  The daily planner includes everything you need to stay motivated and keep on target.
Typically, you will drop at least a clothes size in the 9 days.  The average weight loss is around 4Kg (9lbs).  But more importantly, your body has now been cleansed of all the unwanted and unnatural chemicals that have been inhibiting your previous attempts at weight management.  Your body will now have been “serviced” and “re-tuned” and your digestive system will be functioning at an optimal level and will be able to better absorb the nutrients from the food you intake.  Your digestive system, now able to function at an optimal level, will help your body burn the appropriate amount of calories rather than store them as fat.  Your general wellbeing will be lifted to a higher level, your complexion will improve, your energy levels will increase and so will your confidence because you will start to see results.

Read one of My client’s Clean 9 Experience

Day 1 – A bit of a shock to the system.  I’m taking in only Forever aloe vera  gel, a combination of supplements and large amounts of water – no food!  But it is only for 9 days and I’m certainly not going to give up at this stage.  I’m not a fan of water, so to drink over 2 litres is daunting but I will do it!
Day 2 – This is the hardest day.  A repeat of day 1, and my energy levels have really taken a pounding.  Confidence levels dipped and my commitment was really called into question.
Day 3 – With the introduction of nutritional shakes and my first meal, my hunger pains disappeared, energy levels increased and my confidence to complete the programme was re-instated.  Lost 2Kgs and an inch off my inner thigh measurement.
Day 4 – Commitment, control and compliance back on track today.  It’s quite surprising what you can eat as a 600 calorie meal.  The nutritional shakes are starting to get a bit boring, I wish I had got the chocolate flavour as well just for a bit of variety.
Day 5 – Already dropped a dress size.  I can now fit into a pair of jeans I haven’t worn for ages.  The meals are great.  However, I’m struggling to completely eat them as I am feeling full.  I think Forever Garcinia Plus is now my favourite Forever Living product. An amazing supplement!
Day 6 – Well and truly in the routine of complying with the programme now.  Nutritional shakes are still a little boring, but I look forward to the 600 calorie meal each day because of the flavours.  Definitely recommend buying a 2nd shake flavour different to the one in the pack.  Lost 4 Kgs, nearly 9lbs in 6 days.
Day 7 -I must say, I’m not getting on with the Bee Pollen tablets.  Seeing as my energy levels are not suffering, I’m going to drop them and see what happens over the next couple of days.
Day 8 – No adverse reaction to not taking the Bee Pollen.  Energy, confidence and commitment levels are all good.  Flatter tummy, feeling great!
Day 9 – The final weigh in.  Lost 6 Kgs (nearly 1 stone).  3 inches off my waist, 2 inches lost on my inner thigh measurement, 1 inch off my upper arm measurement and a much flatter tummy.  Feel great, complexion improved and dropped more than a dress size.  Going to continue using Forever Garcinia Plus.  I’m surprised at how easier it got as the time lapsed rather than more difficult as previous diets have been.
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My Top 10 Tips:

  1. Take on lots of water, a minimum of 2 litres per day.
  2. Day 2 seemed to be the toughest, but it’s mind over matter; you are just not used to going without food temporarily so ride it out, I got through it and so can you.
  3. Order an additional shake flavour different to the one in the Clean 9 pack.  It will give you a choice and variety of tastes at meal times.
  4. Plan a day in advance your 600 calorie meal from day 3 onwards. This ensures you have a well balanced meal, are within your daily allowance and gives you something to look forward to.
  5. Ensure you do take your Garcinia Plus 20 minutes before each meal and shake.
  6. Don’t be tempted to measure and weigh yourself every day. The effects will be more subtle.
  7. Keep your Clean 9 guide (that you get with your pack) filled in. This will record your achievements, your morale, your meals and keeps your motivation in track.
  8. Once day 9 is here do congratulate yourself for your achievements.
  9. Re-assess everything you have learned, and keep in mind how your thought process of food and nutrition changed and continue that through your daily nutrition on a long term basis.
  10. Don’t throw all your good efforts away. Move on to phase 2, Nutri Lean for long term weight management.

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Aloe Body Toning Kit – Full details:

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Introducing Aloe Body Toning Kit – a collection of products that allows you to enjoy body wrap at the comfort of your home! Body wrap is designed to help trim, tone and tighten, while reducing the appearance of cellulite. Included in these products are European herbal complexes and natural warming agents, They are your “secret weapons” in the war against the unsightly and undesirable appearance of cellulite.

The Aloe Body Toning Kit consists of:

Aloe Bath Gelée: Thoroughly cleans the skin. This refreshing emulsion can be used either while taking a bath or while taking a shower. It prefers your skin for a treatment with the Aloe Body Toner.

Aloe Body Toner: Firms and improves the skin’s condition. This moisturizing cream is rich of spices. It effectively warms the skin and helps fight cellulite.

Aloe Body Conditioning Creme: smoothes and softens the skin. The cream has the ability to stimulate the blood circulation. Consolidated waste products, fat and liquids in the connective tissue can thus be drifted.

Loofah: stimulates the blood circulation of the skin and helps remove dead skin cells.

Plastic wrap: covers the skin and keeps it warm so to allow the skin tissue fully absorb the components of the toner.

Treat your body to what it deserves, and look your very best with this superior collection – Forever’s Aloe Body Toning Kit.


DIRECTIONS

Note: Best way to Cleanse yourself before WRAP is to with ALOE ACTIVATOR: Image

STEP 1 – Cleanse with Aloe Bath Gelée and loofah

Enjoy the luxurious experience with Aloe Bath Gelée. Cleanse, exfoliate, massage, enrich, revitalize, and relax with our exclusive Aloe Bath Gelée and loofah. Apply Aloe Bath Gelée to loofah and work into a rich lather by massaging the skin in a gentle motion. For best result, use daily to give your skin a soft touch and a smooth glow.

STEP 2 – Mark and Measure

It is recommended that you keep a record of your measurements to track inch loss. Before the toning process, lay a tape measure flat against your skin and mark your skin above and below the measuring tape using a permanent felt-tip pen. The marks serve as a guide to help you measure accurately. After the toning process is complete, placing the tape measure between the marks and measure again.

STEP 3 – Apply Aloe Body Toner

Prior to application of the Aloe Body Toner, test a small patch of skin for allergic reactions. If after 24 hours no itching or redness occurs, then smooth over the areas you wish to tone. The Aloe Body Toner contains warming agents that help stimulate effect on the skin. You may apply more toner to increase these effects.

STEP 4 – Apply Plastic Wrap

Wrap the plastic wrap around the areas where Toner has been applied. Do not wrap the following areas: FACE, NECK, CHEST, SHOULDERS, FOREARMS, CALVES or GENITAL AREAS. For your safety, the Aloe Body Toning Kit should be used only on the upper arms, abdomen and thighs. You may apply a second layer of plastic wrap if desired.

Leave the wrap in place for approximately one hour while in a relaxed position. Do not engage in any strenuous physical activity and do not fall asleep. Use blunt-tip scissors to remove the used plastic wrap. Placing the tape measure between the marks and measure again. Subtract the total from the original measurements – the difference represents your overall inch loss. Massage in any remaining Aloe Body Toner left on the skin.

Maintenance – Aloe Body Conditioning Creme

Use between body wraps – Aloe Body Conditioning Creme is the ideal complement to Aloe Body Toner for keeping your body feeling smooth and supple. It can be used as a maintenance cream when no wrapping is involved. When used between body wraps, apply Aloe Body Conditioning Creme to the entire body to achieve smooth and glowing skin. These complementary elements of the Body Toning Kit, together with dieting and regular exercise, can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Use during body wrap – During the toning process, apply cream directly to the skin on areas not wrapped. The Aloe Body Conditioning Creme is effective in stimulating circulation, breaking up trapped fluids and fatty tissues. Do not apply cream to irritated or newly shaved skin. Do not use immediately after bathing. Do not apply to the face, breasts, genital areas or mucous membranes. Avoid contact with the eyes. Rinse liberally with warm water in case of skin irritation or reaction.

Wash your hands immediately after use. Close lid tightly and keep out of the reach of children.

General Notes: Follow the wrapping procedure according to your desire to tighten up or slim down. On skin with long-term fat storage, the effect will be less visible due to the fact that fatty deposits turn hard once stored under the skin for a while. For maximum effect and a long-term benefit, proper diet and regular exercise will be required. Body wrapping may also bring less benefit to those with firm muscle tone.

People who benefit the most from body wrapping are likely those who have gained weight over a short period of time or who have loose muscle tone. You may apply the wrapping procedure safely two or three times in the first week, following with decreasing frequency in subsequent weeks.

It is normal to feel thirsty after the toning process, as water has been lost within the body. It is recommended that you drink more water to enhance metabolism and accelerate the elimination of water and fat.


WARNING – Do not use Toning Kit if you are pregnant, have had recent surgery, or if you have certain medical conditions including heart disease, phlebitis or circulatory problems. Test a small patch of skin to check for allergic reaction before use.

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR PRIOR TO USING PLASTIC WRAP. KEEP PLASTIC WRAP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

IMPORTANTWhen using Toner and Conditioning Creme:

  • Wash your hands immediately after use.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Do not use on face, breasts or genital areas.
  • If skin irritation or reaction occurs, rinse with water immediately.
  • Do not use on irritated or newly shaved skin.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Forever Living Products for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary InfectionsUrinary tract infection (UTI) facts

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the urethra, bladder, ureters, or the kidneys, which comprise the urinary tract.
E. coli bacteria cause the majority of UTIs, but many other bacteria, fungi, and parasites may also cause UTIs.
Females have a higher risk for UTIs than most males, probably because of their anatomy; other risk factors for UTIs include any condition that may impede urine flow (e.g., enlarged prostate, congenital urinary tract abnormalities, and inflammation). Patients with catheters or those who undergo urinary surgery and men with enlarged prostates are at higher risk for UTIs.
Symptoms and signs of UTI vary somewhat depending on sex, age, and the area of the urinary tract that is infected; some unique symptoms develop depending on the infecting agent.
UTIs are diagnosed usually by isolating and identifying the urinary pathogen from the patient; there are some home tests available for presumptive diagnosis.
There are home remedies for UTI, but most may, at best, help reduce the risk or discomfort of UTIs. They are not considered cures for the disease.
There can be many complications of urinary tract infections, including dehydration, sepsis, kidney failure, and death.
If treated early and adequately, the prognosis is good for most patients with a UTI.
Although there is no vaccine available for UTIs, there are many ways a person may reduce the chance of getting a UTI.

What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
The urinary tract is comprised of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra (see Figure 1). A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection caused by pathogenic organisms (for example, bacteria, fungi, or parasites) in any of the structures that comprise the urinary tract. However, this is the broad definition of urinary tract infections; many authors prefer to use more specific terms that localize the urinary tract infection to the major structural segment involved such as urethritis (urethral infection), cystitis (bladder infection), ureter infection, and pyelonephritis (kidney infection). Other structures that eventually connect to or share close anatomic proximity to the urinary tract (for example, prostate, epididymis, and vagina) are sometimes included in the discussion of UTIs because they may either cause or be caused by UTIs. Technically, they are not UTIs and will be only be briefly mentioned in this article.
UTIs are common, leading to between seven and 10 million doctor visits per year. Although some infections go unnoticed, UTIs can cause problems that range from dysuria (pain and/or burning when urinating) to organ damage and even death. The kidneys are the active organs that produce about 1.5 quarts of urine per day. They help keep electrolytes and fluids (for example, potassium, sodium and water) in balance, assist in the removal of waste products (urea), and produce a hormone that aids in the formation of red blood cells. If kidneys are injured or destroyed by infection, these vital functions can be damaged or lost.
While most investigators state that UTIs are not transmitted from person to person, other investigators dispute this and say UTIs may be contagious and recommend that sex partners avoid relations until the UTI has cleared. There is general agreement that sexual intercourse can cause a UTI. This is mostly thought to be a mechanical process whereby bacteria are introduced into the urinary tracts during the sexual act. There is no dispute about the transmission of UTIs caused by sexually transmitted disease (STD) organisms; these infections (for example, gonorrhea and chlamydia) are easily transmitted between sex partners and are very contagious. Some of the symptoms of UTIs and sexually transmitted diseases can be similar (pain and foul smell).

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What causes a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

The most common causes of UTI infections (about 80%) are E. coli bacterial strains that usually inhabit the colon. However, many other bacteria can occasionally cause an infection (for example, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Proteus, Staphylococcus, Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, Serratia and Neisseria spp.), but are far less frequent causes than E. coli. In addition, fungi (Candida and Cryptococcus spp.) and some parasites (Trichomonas and Schistosoma) also may cause UTIs; Schistosoma causes other problems, with bladder infections as only a part of its complicated infectious process. In the U.S., most infections are due to Gram-negative bacteria with E. coli causing the majority of infections.

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What are urinary tract infection (UTI) risk factors?

There are many risk factors for UTIs. In general, any interruption or impedance of the usual flow of urine (about 50 cc per hour in normal adults) is a risk factor for a UTI. For example, kidney stones, urethral strictures, an enlarged prostate, or any anatomical abnormalities in the urinary tract increases infection risk. This is due in part to the flushing or washout effect of flowing urine; in effect, the pathogens have to “go against flow” because the majority of pathogens enter through the urethra and have to go retrograde (against a barrier of urine flow in the urinary tract) to reach the bladder, ureters, and eventually the kidneys. Many investigators suggest that women are far more susceptible than men to UTIs because their urethra is short and its exit (or entry for pathogens) is close to the anus and vagina, which can be sources of pathogens.
People who require catheters have an increased risk (about 30% of patients with indwelling catheters get UTIs) as the catheter has none of the protective immune systems to eliminate bacteria and offers a direct connection to the bladder. Catheters that are designed to reduce the incidence of catheter-related infections are available (they incorporate antibacterial substances into the catheter that suppress bacterial growth), but are not used by many clinicians because of short-termed effectiveness, cost, and concern about antibiotic resistance development in bacteria.
There are reports that suggest that women who use a diaphragm or who have partners that use condoms with spermicidal foam are at increased risk for UTIs. In addition, females who become sexually active seem to have a higher risk of UTI. The term, “honeymoon cystitis,” is sometimes applied to a UTI acquired either during the first sexual encounter or a UTI after a short interval of frequent sexual activity.
Men over the age of 60 have a higher risk for UTIs because many men at or above that age develop enlarged prostates that may cause slow and incomplete bladder emptying. In addition, older males and female populations have seen recent rises in STDs; this increase is thought to be due to this group not using condoms as frequently as younger age groups.
Occasionally, people with bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream) have the infecting bacteria lodge in the kidney; this is termed hematogenous spread. Similarly, people with infected areas that are connected to the urinary tract (for example, prostate, epididymis, or fistulas) are more likely to get a UTI. Additionally, patients who undergo urologic surgery also have an increased risk of UTIs. Pregnancy does not apparently increase the risk of UTIs according to some clinicians; others think there is an increased risk between weeks six through 26 of the pregnancy. However, most agree that if UTIs occur in pregnancy, the risk of the UTI progressing in seriousness to pyelonephritis is increased, according to several investigators. In addition, their baby may be premature and have a low birth weight. Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetics or those who are immunosuppressed (HIV or cancer patients) also are at higher risk for UTIs.

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Common urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms in women, men, and children*

Common urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms in women include:

  • Urge to urinate frequently, often in small amounts
  • Burning with urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong unpleasant smell of urine
  • Dark or bloody urine
  • Pelvic pain
  • Flank or back pain (kidney infection)
  • Fever, chills (usually with kidney infection)
  • Other possible symptoms include bloating, vaginal discharge

Common urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms in men include:

  • Urge to urinate frequently, often in small amounts
  • Burning with urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong unpleasant smell of urine
  • Dark or bloody urine
  • Rectal pain (kidney infection)
  • Flank or back pain (kidney infection)
  • Other symptoms may include penile, testicular and abdominal pain, and penile discharge

Common urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms in children include:

  • Urge to urinate frequently, often in small amounts
  • Burning with urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong unpleasant smell of urine (not as reliable in children)
  • Dark or bloody urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Other symptoms (especially in newborns and infants) may include hypothermia, diarrhea, jaundice, poor feeding and in some children, bedwetting

What are urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms and signs in women, men, and children?

The UTI symptoms and signs may vary according to age, sex, and location of the infection in the tract. Some individuals will have no symptoms or mild symptoms and may clear the infection in about two to five days. Many people will not spontaneously clear the infection; one of the most frequent symptoms and signs experienced by most patients is a frequent urge to urinate, accompanied by pain or burning on urination. The urine often appears cloudy and occasionally dark, if blood is present. The urine may develop an unpleasant odor. Women often have lower abdominal discomfort or feel bloated and experience sensations like their bladder is full. Women may also complain of a vaginal discharge, especially if their urethra is infected, or if they have an STD. Although men may complain of dysuria, frequency, and urgency, other symptoms may include rectal, testicular, penile, or abdominal pain. Men with a urethral infection, especially if it is caused by an STD, may have a pus-like drip or discharge from their penis. Toddlers and children with UTIs often show blood in the urine, abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting along with pain and urgency with urination.
Symptoms and signs of a UTI in the very young and the elderly are not as diagnostically helpful as they are for other patients. Newborns and infants may develop fever or hypothermia, poor feeding, jaundice, vomiting, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, the elderly often have mild symptoms or no symptoms of a UTI until they become weak, lethargic, or confused.
Location of the infection in the urinary tract usually results in certain symptoms. Urethral infections usually have dysuria (pain or discomfort when urinating). STD infections may cause a pus-like fluid to drain or drip from the urethra. Cystitis (bladder infection) symptoms include suprapubic pain, usually without fever and flank pain. Ureter and kidney infections often have flank pain and fever as symptoms. These symptoms and signs are not highly specific, but they do help the physician determine where the UTI may be located.

Is there a link between urinary tract infection (UTI) and pregnancy?

Most clinicians think there are several reasons (links) that make a pregnant female more susceptible to UTIs than nonpregnant women. Investigators suggest that hormones cause the bladder and ureters to dilate; this slows urine flow and may decrease bladder emptying which, in turn, increases the likelihood that bacteria can survive and multiply. Also during pregnancy, the acidity of urine decreases and this favors bacterial growth. The enlarging uterus puts pressure on the bladder, so the urge to urinate is more frequent in pregnancy. But many times, pregnant women wait to urinate for various reasons and this further slows flow. In some women, the pressure from the uterus prevents complete bladder emptying, again favoring bacterial growth. In general, pregnancy predisposes women to more kidney infections than bladder infections.

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How is a urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnosed?

The caregiver should obtain a detailed history from the patient, and if a UTI is suspected, a urine sample is usually obtained. The best sample is a midstream sample of urine placed in a sterile cup because it usually contains only the pathogenic organisms instead of the transient organisms that may be washed from adjacent surfaces when the urine stream begins. Male patients with foreskin should retract the foreskin before providing a midstream urine sample. In some patients who cannot provide a midstream sample, a sample can be obtained by a catheter. The urine sample is then sent for urinalysis. Patients with a “discharge,” or possibility of having an STD, usually will have the discharge tested for STD organisms (for example, Neisseria and Chlamydia). A positive urinalysis is usually detection of about two to five leukocytes (white blood cells), about 15 bacteria per high-power microscopic field, and a positive nitrite test and/or positive leukocyte esterase test. Some clinicians and labs consider a positive test at least two of the above findings; still others report a positive for bacteria as >1,000 bacteria cultured per milliliter of urine. At best, the initial urinalysis, depending on the various criteria used by clinicians and labs, provides a presumptive positive test for a UTI. Most clinicians believe this presumptive test is adequate enough to begin treatment. A definitive test is usually considered to be isolation and identification of the infecting pathogen at a level of about 100,000 bacteria per cc of urine with the genus of the pathogen (usually bacterial) identified and antibiotic sensitivity determined by lab studies. This test takes 24-48 hours to obtain the results and your health care professional will usually start treatment before this result is available. Sometimes blood in the urine is a sign of a UTI but it may also indicate other problems, such as a urinary calculus or “stone.”
In young children, infants, and some elderly patients, the best urine specimen is obtained by catheterization, as they are unable to deliver a “clean catch” urine sample as described above. Urine can also be collected from “bags” placed over the urethral outlet (genital area), but these bagged specimens are only used for presumptive urinalysis as they are unreliable for culture. Some investigators consider any bagged urine samples as unreliable. Urine samples not processed within an hour of collection should either be discarded or be refrigerated before an hour passes because bacterial growth in urine at room temperature can yield false-positive tests. Special culture media and other tests are done for the infrequent or rare pathogens (for example, fungi and parasites).
Other tests may be ordered to further define the extent of a UTI. They may include blood cultures, a complete blood count (CBC), intravenous pyelogram, a CT scan, or other specialized tests.

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Review about Aloe Dent Whitening Toothpaste

By Lisa gray 

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My quest to have a completely ‘natural’ beauty regime doesn’t stop at skincare, haircare and makeup. My most recent purchase was Aloe Dent Whitening Toothpaste. After all toothpaste goes inside  my body so why shouldn’t I worry about the chemicals in my toothpaste just as much as my shampoo or foundation?
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Has anyone else tried any natural toothpastes?
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