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Carmen Garcia's Health & Fitness Tips!

Carmen Garcia is back with more of her health and fitness tips. Learn about energy, cleaning your kidneys and liver, and cleansing your colon!

What Is Energy?

- en-er-gy n., pl. energies vigor; growth Phys. electric power.

According to the glossary of Hardcore Bodybuilding: A Scientific Approach, "Adenosine triphosphate, (ATP) is the Body's energizer, an organic compound present in muscle fibers that is broken down through a variety of enzymatic processes. The resultant spark energy released stimulates hundreds of microscopic filaments within each cell, triggering muscle contraction".

Low Energy & Diet

There are many reasons why most people attain low energy levels. Some examples include physically stressful situations, poor dietary habits (eating fast foods), and missing meals altogether. Low food intake combined with poor nutritional habits may deprive the body of adequate amounts of nutrients essential for energy production. In addition, some physical actions and stressful situations create conditions within the body that may require above normal amounts of nutrients. For this reason, nutrients known to participate in energy production must be included in everyone's diet. Such nutrients include pantothenic acid because it's involved with the creation of energy metabolism, Folic acid and B-complex vitamins.

Energy Metabolism

The healthy metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins is one of the most important aspects of good health. Metabolism is the term used to describe the sum of all chemical processes which take place in the body. There are two types of metabolism; building up, known as anabolism and breaking down, known as catabolism.

In anabolism, smaller molecules such as amino acids, are converted into larger molecules, such as proteins. In catabolism, the opposite is true. Larger molecules, such as glycogen, are broken down to smaller molecules, such as glucose.

Herbal Effects On The Kidneys & Liver

In order for the body to properly detoxify, it is necessary to clean out the natural "filters" which accumulate toxins and become less effective. Caffeine, sugar and the consumption of alcohol are a few toxins that can really put a strain on the liver and kidneys which are the main filtering organs in the body.

The herb, dandelion is a common weed used as food and medicine everywhere in the world. It is a potassium diuretic, which works to cleanse and support both the liver and kidneys' proper function.

There are other scientific proven herbs to support the liver such as Graperoot, Goldenseal, Milk Thistle and Turmeric. You can aid your kidneys with other herbs such as Celery Seed, Couchgrass, Parsley, Uva ursi, Juniper and cranberry. You can blend a delicious herbal tea with these "cleansers".

Herbal Cleanse Begins With The Colon

When cleansing the body, it's best to start with the colon. We are living in very busy times and many of us don't have enough fiber intakes in our diets. We need to learn other ways of natural cleansing other than taking a laxative, which can be dangerous to our health. Acidophilus is a colon-friendly bacteria that makes for a healthy foundation in maintaining colon health. Herbs are also helpful such as Cascara Sagrada. This herb removes accumulated debris from the colon and may be taken as a mild laxative.


The information contained in this article is strictly for informational purposes. You should consult a physician before beginning any new nutrition, exercise, or dietary supplement program. The information contained in this article is not meant to provide medical advice. Specific medical advice should be obtained from a licensed health-care practitioner. Carmen Garcia and/or her likeness will not assume any liability, nor be held responsible for any injury, illness or personal loss due to the utilization of any information contained herein.