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Avoid the Disadvantages of Caffeine: Dangers do Exist

August 12, 2013 LYT By:

If you’re someone who wakes up, bleary-eyed, groping your way to the coffee pot or nearest Starbucks, we probably don’t need to tell you about the disadvantages of caffeine. As a caffeine addict, you’re living with those disadvantages day in and day out: the lift-off followed by the inevitable crash; the caffeine headache if – God forbid – you don’t get your daily fix. But perhaps you haven’t yet kicked the habit because you think it’s just a mild inconvenience to be addicted. You may be willing to put up with a little anxiety and irritability, even insomnia or migraines, in exchange for your daily cuppa joltin’ joe or your favorite caffeine-infused soft drink. You may not know the full scope of the dangers of caffeine, so we’re here to clue you in.

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Caffeine Dangers: What Media Forgot to Tell You

You may be aware that caffeine consumption is linked to an increased risk of hypertension and can adversely contribute to cardiovascular disorders. You may even know that it stresses the adrenal system – a system already on overload in most Americans. The severity of the risks of caffeine is, by and large, underreported in most media. Caffeine consumption is big business in this country, and most of the studies touting its benefits are funded by – you guessed it! – companies that profit when we drink the stuff. But, according to Dr. Jack James who is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Caffeine Research, caffeine dangers are very real. Caffeine is directly responsible for thousands of deaths each year, and tens of thousands of emergency room visits. When the indirect risks of caffeine are considered, the numbers are even more significant. Dr. James maintains that the disadvantages of caffeine can be – and are – lethal, and thinks it should be controlled as other drugs, like alcohol and nicotine, are controlled.


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Caffeine and the Colon

With the help of our favorite super hero, Colonic NYC, let’s focus for a moment on how caffeine can wreak havoc on your digestive system and affect the health of your colon.

  • Caffeine increases the body’s production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This negatively impacts the immune system in several ways, including slowing down the function of the entire digestive tract.
  • The liver recognizes caffeine as a toxin, and will filter it rather than addressing other toxins that may be present, putting strain on the colon and other organs.
  • Another disadvantage of caffeine is that it irritates the lining of the stomach and small intestine, which can be disastrous for those who suffer with ulcers, colitis, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Caffeine is a diuretic; besides putting strain on the kidneys, caffeine will pull water from the colon, which can cause or exacerbate constipation.


Out of Caffeine Harm’s Way

So what’s a girl or guy to do? The answer is simple, and can be easy, too: Kick the habit and the caffeine dangers that accompany it. If you’re brave and don’t have other health challenges, you can try to quit cold turkey. Or, if your consumption is high, wean yourself off caffeine gradually by alternating days with green tea and coffee and increasing the consecutive days of green tea as your body lets you know it’s ready to do so. Either way, schedule a colonic during your detox to help your body as it heals from the addiction and restores its alkaline balance. Many of our clients find that their cravings for caffeine are replaced with a yen for much healthier fare – like green juice and salad. As your body gets healthier, it will crave cleaner foods! Please remember, our team is dedicated to your radiant good health, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns as your journey unfolds!



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Chlorophyll and Cholesterol: Find Out the Benefits of This Natural Supplement

July 23, 2013 LYT By:

If you read this blog regularly, you know that we don’t often recommend supplements. But we make an exception when it comes to chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll benefits include everything from improved immune function to sweeter breath, but today we’re focusing specifically on chlorophyll and cholesterol.

Health Benefits Of Liquid Chlorophyll

What is chlorophyll?

It’s no exaggeration to say that chlorophyll is the life-blood of the Universe. As you probably know, it’s what gives plants their green color and helps them convert sunlight into glucose. Essentially, it makes life on Earth possible. What is less well known is that chlorophyll is nearly identical to hemoglobin; chlorophyll has magnesium at its center, while hemoglobin has iron. There is research indicating that chlorophyll has the ability to release its magnesium and absorb iron in its place. Thus, the greens you eat quite literally become your blood. More hemoglobin means more oxygen to your cells, which means a healthier you in every way. Starting to get the hint about liquid chlorophyll benefits?!


Well what is the relation between chlorophyll and cholesterol?

As a culture, we worry about high cholesterol because it indicates the presence of plaque in our arteries. It may be helpful to think of this plaque as being similar to what the dentist scrapes from your teeth; it coats the walls of the arteries and makes them hard. Chlorophyll can help to lower cholesterol levels, essentially cleaning the walls of your arteries much as the dentist cleans your teeth. Think that can’t be possible? Think again. The evidence for the benefits of ingesting more green vegetables – and therefore, more chlorophyll – are irrefutable. In fact, these results can be so pronounced that if you are taking prescription medications for high cholesterol, and dramatically increase your intake of chlorophyll-rich vegetables or liquid chlorophyll, you should make sure you’re monitored carefully by your physician so that you don’t overmedicate. 



Where can I get my chlorophyll fix?!

So you’re sold on the benefits of chlorophyll, you understand the relationship between chlorophyll and cholesterol and you’ve decided you want to use chlorophyll to lower your cholesterol? Forget the pharmacy and head for the farmer’s market! Anything green will provide you with chlorophyll. The best sources are deep, green leafy vegetables like collards, kale, spinach, and swiss chard, but basil, parsley and cilantro can also help your body clean up its act. There’s no wrong way to eat green vegetables, but you’ll get the most blood-cleansing benefits if you juice your greens. Boost the chlorophyll content by adding spirulina or blue-green algae to your juice. If you like sea vegetables, like nori or kombu, they’ll help you get your fill of chlorophyll, too. Juicing your vegetables = liquid chlorophyll; the benefits are undeniable!


Green and Bare It!

Munch, crunch, sip and slurp those greens and you’ll be on your way to lower cholesterol, naturally. And remember that green vegetables loosen up the gunk that’s been hanging out in your tissues, and colonics help flush it out of your body once and for all.  So you can maximize the blood-cleansing and cholesterol-lowering power of chlorophyll by making colon hydrotherapy a regular part of your self-care. For the best colonic NYC offers – and we know you want the best! – contact us today.

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Natural Colon Cleansers: Take Care of Your Colon Safely

July 16, 2013 LYT By:


If you want a clean colon that will operate with peak efficiency, we have good news and we have bad news. Bad news first: there is no quick fix. Products on the market touted as natural colon cleansers have an effect – sometimes a violent effect – but they won’t deliver a truly clean colon. Better to save your money, spare your health, and leave them on the shelf. But here’s the good news: safe colon cleansing is gentle and natural and within anyone’s reach, and we’re here to tell you how to make it happen.

The Basics of Natural Colon Cleansing

Imagine that you don’t have a bath or a shower, and must rely on a bird-bath-sized basin to keep yourself clean. Over time, in spite of your best efforts, you build up a film of oils, dust and sweat that you’re unable to rinse away properly. Commercial “natural” colon cleansing products are like that birdbath; they can’t really provide an effective cleanse.

A true cleansing of the colon happens over time and, for most of us, also requires some lifestyle changes. Here are our best tips for safe colon cleansing: 


Eat Plenty of Salads 

Salad comprised of raw vegetables is a natural colon cleanser. (Sorry! Potato and pasta salads don’t count, but there are lots of other delicious options.) Raw vegetables not only provide vital nutrients to keep your body humming, but the fiber in them is safe and vital for a healthy colon. Keeping to our bathing metaphor, think of the greens and other veggies in your salads as the loofah. They’ll stimulate your cells while simultaneously loosening the toxins that are lurking, and then escort them out of your body. Starting lunch and dinner with a large salad is one of the best things you can do to naturally and safely encourage a clean, healthy colon.


Juice, Juice, Baby!

If salads are the loofah of the safe colon cleansing process, juice is the best , most magical cleansing solution ever created. It’s true that juicing removes fiber, but the process also breaks down the cell walls of the vegetables, making all of the nutrients available to you immediately. You’re literally flooding your system with the phytonutrients it craves. Your body is spared the energy-consuming task of digesting solid food, and can use that energy instead to clean what needs to be cleaned. Bottom line: even more toxins will be carried to the curb through juicing—a key aspect in natural colon cleansing.


Take Out the Trash

You wouldn’t exfoliate, soap up, and call yourself clean, would you? Of course not! You’d rinse off the dead skin cells and soap film with lots of fresh, clean water. And that’s exactly why you’ll want to schedule a colonic to support your natural colon cleansing. Salads and juices will have loosened up all the gunk and it will be looking for a way out.


Enter our favorite superhero, Colonic NYC! Our safe method is going to get rid of the toxic villains that have been lurking in the dark corners, waiting to cause trouble. When it comes to natural colon cleansers, nothing beats colon hydrotherapy. We hope you’ll give us a call today and let us help you discover the best health you’ve ever known.




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Vegan Breakfast Ideas for Busy and Not-So-Busy Days

May 10, 2013 LYT By:

Breakfast: What’s a Food Combining Vegan to Do?

Search the internet for vegan breakfast ideas and you’ll find plenty of options that will probably give you an immediate bout with indigestion if you’re following the food combining principles we recommend here at LYT. But don’t despair! The world’s healthiest, most glowing superhero, Colonic NYC flies to the rescue, with healthy breakfast food suggestions your taste buds, your tummy, and your colon are going to love.

Read on for some ideas that will send you out the door with the energy you need to save the world – or, you know, at least make it through the NYC subway tunnels and to the office with a smile on your face.


Vegan Breakfast Ideas Begin With The Quick Fix

• Fruit is the ideal healthy breakfast food for hectic mornings, especially now that the weather is getting warmer and fresh fruit will be in season. It’s best to eat fruit alone on an empty stomach, so morning is a perfect time to get all the benefits fruit offers without inadvertently gassing up your system.


• Make a fruit salad the night before and sprinkle it with coconut flakes and cinnamon in the morning for a delicious treat. Remember, avocados combine favorably with fruit, but not melons, and are a fabulous pairing!

• Or just grab a banana and a container of blueberries and enjoy their compatibility and clean-eating on the run. Eating dried fruit? It’s best eaten right after the fresh, juicy fruit. Raisins, dates, mulberries, or figs are delicious options! 


• Green juice is another great vegan breakfast on-the-go. You can make it the night before if you know you’ll be pressed for time. Store it in a mason jar and fill it right to the very top to prevent the least amount of oxidation. Like fruit, it’s best on an empty stomach, shouldn’t be combined with other foods, and will offer you an awesome boost of energy.



The Steady Pace

Another one of our Superhero Colonic NYC’s favorite vegan breakfast ideas isn’t quite as fast as grabbing a piece of fruit, but does share the advantage of being portable. If you have 15 minutes, blend up a Green Velvet smoothie for a great healthy, vegan breakfast on-the-go.


In fact, avocado (the key ingredient in the Green Velvet smoothie) is a terrific healthy breakfast food, with more than 25 essential nutrients, along with fiber, protein and heart-healthy fat. Sliced or mashed up avocado on toasted Ezekiel bread makes a satisfying, vegan breakfast. Another idea is to add a pinch of sea salt and a dash of cinnamon for the spice lover in you!


The Leisurely & Healthy Breakfast Treat

What if you have company, or just want a special breakfast for yourself or your family? We have a vegan breakfast idea for a special occasion, too! You may have never thought of quinoa as a healthy breakfast food but, it’s an alternative to oatmeal and is a fabulous transition food for those new to eating clean. Plus, it’s easy to dress up for company who may have been dreaming of a western-style breakfast. Pep it up with some sautéed, chopped chives and diced, red peppers. Add dashes of chili powder and nutritional yeast and it’s got the makings of Tex-Mex!


Share Your Ideas With Us!

There you have it: some of our favorite vegan breakfast ideas. We’d love to hear how you incorporate healthy breakfast food into your busy morning, so contact us if you have an idea you’d like to share. And, of course, we hope you’ll come see us soon for a colonic or one of our other services to support your healthy transformation.



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