Turmeric: A Super Root


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In order for our bodies to work properly, we have to keep them well fueled. What you eat can make a huge difference in your energy levels, your mood, and of course your overall health. It's important that your diet is giving your body the best fuel possible.  A super food that has been proven to contain many health benefits is turmeric. Turmeric is a root that is similar to ginger, and it can be found most notably in curry. (It's what gives curry it's beautiful yellow color.) In India, the belief that turmeric holds various health properties has persisted for thousands of years, and now science is proving that belief to be correct.

The main ingredient of Turmeric is curcumin, which is where it derives its numerous health benefits. One of its perks is that it's an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to counteract the effects of aging and disease that are caused by the oxidation of tissue. Curcumin also increases the productivity of the antioxidants that are already present in our system. So not only does it block oxidants from damaging our tissues, but it also strengthens the other antioxidants in our body so that they work better. 

In addition, curcumin works as an anti-inflammatory. Low-level, chronic inflammation is thought to be responsible for a variety of chronic illnesses that afflict many people, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other degenerative diseases. It can help to prevent heart disease by improving the function of our blood vessel lining, which regulates things like blood pressure as well as blood clotting. In addition, curcumin has been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, as some patients have reported that it works just as well as other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin also has the ability to help elevate levels of a growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is shown to prevent brain-related diseases, and low levels of BDNF correspond with certain health issues such as depression and Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is in part caused by inflammation as well as oxidation, and curcumin works to counteract them both.

A powerful remedy for cystic acne is a relatively simple mixture of turmeric with equal parts fresh lemon juice and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It creates a paste that is extremely effective in preventing and healing acne cysts. The only downside is that it can temporarily dye the skin, so it's best to do it at night before bed.

The amount of curcumin in turmeric is relatively small, so it's recommended to use a turmeric extract in order to receive the full benefit of its potential. Another way to boost your body's ability to absorb curcumin is by eating it with piperine, which is the chemical in pepper that makes it spicy. It's also recommended to consume turmeric with a meal heavy in fat because curcumin is fat-soluble, which means it needs fat to break down.

The best health plan is prevention, and using turmeric is a great way to help your body fight against the degenerative diseases that are prevalent in today's society.

 

 

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Hydrating Low-Carb Summer Refreshers!


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Homemade Keto Electrolyte Drink

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Having a deficiency in electrolytes can cause many symptoms, including fatigue and irritability. This summer refresher will help keep your electrolytes up and leave you hydrated.
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups water (~ 1.5 l)
  • The juice of one medium lemon ( 55ml)
  • ½ tsp potassium chloride or lite salt.
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 2 tsp Natural Calm magnesium supplement.
  • Sweetener to taste.
  • Optional: 2 squeezes of Water Enhancer ( Fruit Flavored, Naturally sweetened with Stevia)

 

 

Rehydrating Infused Lemon Ginger Turmeric Water

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Two indredibly powerful ingredients are tumeric and fresh lemon juice. Tumeric works as an anti-inflammatory, while lemon juice helps boost white blood cells. This recipe utilizes both to create a healthy drink that will revitalize you and quench your thirst

Ingredients

  • Lemon -1
  • Ginger- 1-inch piece
  • Turmeric -1/2 tsp
  • Salt- a pinch
  • Water-400ml 

Clean and cut the lemon into slices. Clean the ginger root and slice it. In a glass bottle layer the lemon and ginger root. Add the turmeric powder. Fill it with water, put the lid on and you’re ready to go.

 

 

Carrot Apple Protein Smoothie

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Here is a recipe for an easy and delicious smoothie that is high in protein and fiber. Protein helps to build and repair tissue, while fiber helps to help you feel fuller, longer.

Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4 oz carrots – chopped
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 avocadopitted
  • 1/2 cup cup apple sauce(one container)
  • 1/2 limejuiced
  • 1 tbsp pea protein
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

 Pro tip: For an extra creamy smoothie, or if you don’t have a high-powered blender, lightly steaming the carrots for a few minutes will help them blend quickly and smoothly.

 

 

Natural Hydration Drink Recipe for Kids

 

 

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It's also good to make sure that our kids are staying hydrated after long days spent playing in the sun.  This drink is more fun than plain water but not unhealthy like sugary juice or soda.

Ingredients

  • 3 cup – sugar free coconut water
  • 1 cup – raw apple juice
  • 1 cup – ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon – sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon – honey

Optional:

  • 1/4 medium – lime
  • 1/4 medium – orange

Directions:

 
  1. Put all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend for 1 minute.
  2. Pour into containers and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later. Will stay good in the fridge for 1 week.
  3. Optional:  add a squeeze of lime and orange juice!

 

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

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There are also ways to stay hydrated that don't involve drinking. There are many foods that contain a high water content, like cucumbers, which can make a delicious meal that keeps you feeling refreshed despite the heat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 large Hass avocados (halved, pitted, peeled, and cubed)*
  • 6 medium Tomato (cut into wedges)
  • 2 cups English cucumber (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh dill (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)

Instructions

 

 

 

 

  1. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and black pepper. (Alternatively, place in an airtight container and shake vigorously.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh dill, and fresh parsley.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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Keto Diet: A Helpful Short-Term Tool


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Everyone is talking about The Keto diet! Many celebrities swear that it is the fastest and most effective way to shed weight. The diet is essentially an extremely low carb regiment. By eliminating carbohydrates, your body goes into a natural state of ketosis where it breaks down the fats in your liver and produces ketones. This is a process called beta-oxidation, and the ketones are used to fuel your brain and body, instead of what your body normally uses for fuel, which is glucose, or sugar. Anyways, all that science means that your body is actually burning fat instead of using its other sources of energy!

There can be many other benefits to switching to a low carb diet too. Not only is it an effective method for weight loss, but it can also help prevent and maintain diabetes by controlling your blood sugar. Additionally, making this change can also improve brain functionality as well. Studies have shown that increased fatty acid intake can aid your concentration and focus. Keto benefits don’t stop there either! The diet has also been shown to be good for your skin and help clear up acne!

So what exactly is a Keto diet? When following a keto diet, it's good to avoid things with sugar, such as bread, fruit, or starchy foods like potatoes and beans. What you should be eating are things like meat, greens, seeds, nuts, and other fatty foods like milk and cheese. The majority of food to be consumed is fat, followed by protein and then a small number of carbs. Green, leafy vegetables are best, such as Kale and Spinach!

There are some potential side effects associated with the Keto diet. It is possible to experience cramping in the legs as well as constipation. In order to best prevent this, it is important to keep hydrated. When switching to a high fat, low carb diet the body goes through a transitional period where it adapts to burning fat instead of glucose. During that time you might feel tired but that is normal! Your energy levels will return to normal after your body has finished adapting to using a new fuel source.

It is truly fascinating the way the human body works and how what we eat directly affects our ability to function. Whether or not you're interested in trying the Keto diet, it's best to do your own research and formulate a plan that is best for you!

Inspiration from Alex: 2x Cancer & Obesity Survivor


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BeLiteWeight patient Alex P is by no means a stranger to first-class medical standards. Unfortunately having had, and successfully treated, two types of life-threatening cancers Alex has had several surgeries and procedures including chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Miami, Florida. Despite having received so much treatment in first-class American hospitals in Alex's latest letter to BeLiteWeight he thanked our team for providing an experience that was "just as good or better, than those we have in the United States." Alex was so impressed with our facilities, surgeons, and support staff that he composed a video and wrote a detailed letter for all potential surgical weight loss patients to watch and read before making their decision. We are proud to share them both!

 

 

"My name is Alexander P and I have been battling obesity for several years. I have tried many diets and shake replacement companies and even though I did have success with some of them, it is not a lifelong quest of mine to live off shakes for the rest of my life.  I am also a two-time cancer survivor and happy to have survived both of my health scares.  I have been researching weight loss surgery for several years now and I have attended a half dozen gastric surgery information seminars.

About two years ago, I came across be lite weight in a magazine ad and began to do my research on them.  From the moment I first contacted Joanne, Jaime and the other company representatives, they’ve always answered and returned my calls promptly and answered every single question that I ever asked.  They emailed me a list of past clients that had already had the gastric sleeve surgery abroad in Mexico and I was able to communicate with over twenty men and women to ask them questions about their experience with the company and their success with the surgery.  Absolutely everyone that I spoke with told me that they wish they had had the surgery sooner and that I wouldn’t regret my decision to utilize this company.

So, in September/October of 2016 my wife and I decided to pay our deposit and pick a date for our gastric sleeve surgeries, to be completed in Juarez, Mexico at the Star Medica Hospital.  I have had several procedures in Miami, FL. My two cancer saving surgeries, foot surgery, along with chemotherapy and radiation. I can honestly say that our experience at the Star Medica Hospital was nothing short of amazing.  The hospital is super clean, the staff is very friendly and there to help you at every turn.

We arrived into El Paso International Airport, picked up by a transportation company that works with the agency to transport us into Mexico and directly to the Hospital.  We were received and checked in quickly and brought upstairs to our room. We had a quick check-up and were scheduled for our surgeries the same afternoon we arrived.  Our surgeries took approximately 30-40 minutes and within two hours after surgery, we were both walking around the lobby of our floor to begin to release the gases in our bodies in order not to experience any blood clots.  The food at the hospital was good for the two days that we were there.  My father-in-law, who stayed with us in case we needed assistance, was also very impressed with the service we all received, including him at Star Medica.  I would most certainly recommend Star Medica Hospital in Juarez, MX and the entire staff there, if you decide to have any of the gastric surgeries utilizing be lite weight for your procedure.

My wife and I are now entering our seventh month since our gastric sleeve surgery on December 8th, 2016.  My wife has lost 75 lbs. and I have dropped 122 lbs.  Prior to my surgery, I weighed 408 lbs. and I am now weighing in at 286 pounds and counting. I feel amazing and like everyone else before me, my only regret, is I wish I’d done the surgery earlier in my life.  However, everything happens for a reason. I am very happy with our results and look forward to dropping a little more weight and reaching my goal of 260 pounds.

This surgery has completely changed our lives.  We eat so much healthier now and have been able to get out of the house and experience so many different activities, that I struggled to enjoy in the past, due to my excessive weight.  We will be able to travel abroad more often, knowing that we are much more physically fit and able to walk longer distances and enjoy a better quality of life, thanks to the amazing staff at “Be Lite Weight”, especially Joanne and Jaime and the amazing Hospital staff at Star Medica Hospital in Juarez, MX.


Anyone out there thinking of having the gastric procedure done for them?  I highly recommend you use Be Lite Weight as your agency and also decide to have your procedure done in Mexico. You will not regret your decision.  The price is definitely right and much cheaper than the US and the doctors and medical staff are just as good or better, than those we have in the United States."

Alexander P

 

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Keep up the amazing work Alex! Your work is bringing strength to more than just you!

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4 Pant Sizes & Feeling Better: Tish’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team wants to give special recognition to one of our beautiful and amazing patients Letitia for her incredible results with the Gastric Sleeve! Letitia, who also goes by Tish, recently sent us the above pictures and wrote this brief update for us to share:

 

"I have lost 58lbs and went down 4 pants size, feel tons better! Still, have 40lbs to go but am feeling confident that it will happen and in the meantime, I'm much happier with the way that I am looking thanks to Dr. Rodriguez and JoAnne at BeLiteWeight!""

 

Way to go Letitia! Our team is so happy for your success today and in the future to come!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

In With The New: Mairim One Year Post Sleeve


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Nothing makes the BeLiteWeight team more overjoyed than the continued success of our amazing patients. Since Mairim's three month update is now a bit out dated, she recently sent in a one year update containing the hilarious photo above. Mairim is literally carting off her old self while proudly embracing her dazzling new body. We love it so much we had to share. Here are more photos from her journey!

Before and After: 3 Months Update

I want to thank BeLiteWeight and Dr. Rodriguez for being my life saver and changer. I had a friend recommend BeLiteWeight and the doctor. Although nervous and scared to travel to Juarez it was the best decision, I received excellent care better then I would state side…." – Mairim

 

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Before and After: 12 Months

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Congratulations Mairim! The BeLiteWeight team is more than proud!!

 

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Salad Dressings: Carb Friendly & Delicious


 

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The Spring Equinox on March 20 may officially be the first day of Spring, but April 1st has the emotional appeal of true change. Winter is officially over and to help fully internalize this change BeLiteWeight is giving out all of our favorite Salad dressing recipes. Don't wait to try these zesty sauces!

Low-Carb Caesar

With fresh lemon juice and garlic this recipe is guaranteed to leave your mouth tangy and stomach wanting more!

Sugar-Free Thousand Island

Clocking in at only 5 ingredients this salad dressing makes a quick addition to some protein!

Feta Vinaigrette Dressing

This recipe takes a few minutes of time and a blender but we promise it is worth the wait!

Classic Low-Carb Vinaigrette

Made with raw organic apple cider vinegar, this vinaigrette is full of flavor and helps cut your gut!

 

For information about Weight Loss Surgery & the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Works Cited

https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/caesar-dressing

https://www.verywell.com/sugar-free-thousand-island-dressing-2242121

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-carb-salad-dressing.html

http://www.lowcarbsosimple.com/basic-vinaigrette-and-variations/

 

 

Turn My Life Around: Michael’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team is so overjoyed every time our prior patients send these inspirational and positive progress updates. A few weeks ago our team heard back from Michael, who in just 8 months almost looks like a completely new individual! Your progress is amazing… keep it up! Here is Michael's heart warming update in his own words: 

I have been overweight most of my adult life trying every diet and scam plan available. I decided to to have the surgery although I was very nervous about doing this in Mexico. After the initial shock or being overwhelmed from being in another country having this procedure done I relaxed and enjoyed the great care and treatment I received from all the staff. I have lost around 70 pounds and feel great and my friends and family say I look great. This was the best decision I could have made to turn my life around. I can now enjoy my granddaughter and going to buy clothes. Went from XXXL to XL and some large shirts. From 42 waist to 36 and some 34's. 52 jacket to 48 regular. I think shopping is the most fun now when I used to hate it. Thanks again to BeLiteWeight and Dr. Jose Rodriguez and staff.

To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and how it could change your life as well call BeLiteWeight now! 

Gastric Sleeve & Bypass: Quick Facts


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The exceptional medical benefits of the Gastric Sleeve and Bypass for the moderately overweight and obese have been shown through the lives of our patients time and time again! Here are some quick facts about each:

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Vertical Gastric Sleeve Quick Facts:

1. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, abbreviated VSG and commonly known as the Gastric Sleeve, is BeLiteWeight's most commonly chosen procedure and is both less physically invasive and generally less costly than the Roux-en-Y Bypass.

2. The VSG is a "restrictive" operation in which approximately 80 percent of the stomache is removed. This results in less amounts of food providing the satisfaction of being full.

3. The Gastric Sleeve is not "malabsorptive" and is a simpler operation compared with the Gastric Bypass. This is because the VSG does not involve any "rerouting" or reconnecting of the intestines.

4. An additional advantage of the Gastric Sleeve is its effect to limit the production of a gut hormone called "Ghrelin" which controls appetite.  Interest in food is profoundly diminished afterwards. 

roux-en-y roux en y gastric bypass bariatric weight loss surgery diagram visual Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Quick Facts:

1. The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, also known as simply the Gastric Bypass, is BeLiteWeight's second most popular option but is more costly and invasive than the VSG.

2. The Bypass is both "restrictive" and "malabsorptive" in that it both makes the stomach physically smaller and reroutes food through the intestines bypassing the stomach.

3. Since the Gastric Bypass is "malabsorptive" not all of the food eaten is fully absorbed by the body. This greatly accelerates weight loss and provides very fast results.

4. For longer term diabetic patients and those with heartburn or acid reflux disease Gastric Bypass may be a better option to put these illnesses back in to remission. 

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and Bypass and how they may help your situation call BeLiteWeight today!

5 Low-Carb Dieting Mistakes


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Middle of January is dieting season! As more and more eating regiments are being constructed for 2017 unfortunately many people are falsely informed regarding the benefits of lowering their carbs. The BeLiteWeight team has put together five simple pieces of advice to hopefully help others avoid the common pitfalls of low carb dieting. Now is the time to diet succesffully! 

1. Not Enough Fat

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It is a very unfortunate myth that a low fat diet helps shed weight when in actuality fats are one of the most important parts of your diet because they make you feel full without packing on the weight!

 

2. Not Enough Vegetables

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It is far too easy to neglect eating vegetables however they are your bodies most healthy fuel! Eating vegetables will help keep you feeling full without processed carbohydrates!

 

3. Low Carb Does Not Mean No Carbs

9-and-0-1165172-1279x788 Despite what you may think the human body needs carbohydrates to function! Rather then cutting all the carbs from your diet  learn to portion and time them for true success.

 

4. Don't Give Up Too Early

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Limiting your bodies carbohydrate intake will make you feel different and that is completely normal! Avoid the impulse to run to those potato chips the moment you are hungry and choose some healthy fat!

 

5. Drink More Water!

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Water is your best friend! Drinking water will not only make you less thirsty but it fills up your stomach curbing your hunger and making you feel full!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Links to info: 

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/10-ways-to-do-a-low-carbohydrate-diet-the-right-way/

https://www.verywell.com/top-low-carb-diet-mistakes-2242042

https://low-carb-support.com/low-carb-mistakes/

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/low-carb-diet-mistakes