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Cayenne Pepper

2 User Reviews
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Posted by Betty (Shaker Hts, Ohio) on 05/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

cayenne pepper has been wonderful for me l have lost weight and kept it off i take 2 to 3 caps daily. it has also helped my blood pressure tremendously i am starting my hubby on it asap due to his blood pressure this stuff really works so dont be afraid to use it folks. it has also helped my immune system, thyroid problem etc i also use it for blood thinng effect along with hawthorn

Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Carol (OKC, U. S. A) on 04/15/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne pepper is awesome! My husband used it to reduce his weight. 1 tspn cayenne pepper in a 1/2 cup of hot water, 3 times a day. It speeds up the metabolism.

Cayenne, Kelp

1 User Review
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Posted by Lance (National City, Ca) on 04/08/2010
5 out of 5 stars

a fatty liver causes you to have a very slow meotabolism, by taking kelp will speed up your meotabolism and get the weight off. Cayenne pepper 4 pill equals a teaspoon which will detox your liver and also helps a lot to speed up your meotabolism a lot. I take 2000mg kelp and 4 cayenne pepper pills 4 times a day...I tried many diffrent remedies the kelp and cayenne pepper is the only thing that helped me get my metabolism moving again. Every one needs to judge for themselves on how to take.

Replied by Janice
(Coloma, Mi)

Lance, do you mean 2000mg of Kelp or 200mg?

Check Testosterone Levels

Posted by Mikke (Galicia, Spain ) on 09/15/2010

Before you try any remedy for weight loss... You should check your Testosterone levels... If they are low its almost impossible to lose weight... And also if you have a fatty liver.. Its very hard to lose weight!! ..

Ps. Take two cinnamon capsules every time you have a meal to control your glucose!

Replied by Mariella
(Barcelona, Spain)


I've been trying to loose weight with apple cider vinegar with no success. Though, your suggestions made me think. How to increase our testosterone levels or help with a fat liver? Thanks and regards

Replied by Nicolet
(Racine, Wi)

Do you have abnormal testosterone levels? If something is off - your whole endocrine will have issues. Check your Free T3 and Free T4 thyroid levels. The FT3 hormone is your main source of metobolism

Replied by H.lilia
(Sonoma, Ca)

Hi, just wondered if you could speak more about what to do for low testosterone levels, and low hormone levels in general? I have low EVERYTHING right now (after two children, breastfeeding, etc. ), and no trace of cortisol at all! I was put on a low level of cortisol, and am working on consistency with herbs to help my adrenals (which have been deficient for years and years... ), but any other advice or recommendations would be wonderful! My energy is so low, and I am chronically fatigued, struggle with candida, etc. Thanks!!

Chia Seeds

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Posted by Xiang (Cleveland, Ohio) on 04/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

How do Chia Seeds keep you feeling full?

When the Chia Seed is exposed to water or other liquids it begins to hydrate. This means that the fibers on the outside of the seed (almost too small to see with the naked eye) begin to trap moisture and form it into a gel. Each seed forms its own big bead of gel, that is not easily removed. When you eat this seed/gel combination, your body treats it like a big piece of food... not the 0 calorie water that it really is! The seeds themselves are tiny and healthy, but it's their ability to absorb 9 TIMES their own weight in water that keeps you feeling full. This means you can use even 1 tsp of seeds to get rid of hunger whenever you want.

This also makes it a great value for you when 1 dry tablespoon of chia makes 9 tablespoons of hunger-fighting chia gel. It's as easy as scoop, pour and wait 10 minutes for the gel to form on its own. Water isn't the only answer, either. You can use your favorite juice drinks too, and chia will never cover up or dilute the flavor you love.

Replied by ROSINA LOCK
(east end of London UK)

I found Xiang's message about Chia seeds quite interesting, however whilst it sounded good, I cringed at their message for the following reason:

WARNING!! Xiang explained that Chia seeds expand 9 times their own weight in water and that is why they keep you full. and 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds makes 9 tablespoons of hunger fighting gel. PLEASE READ: I READ A STORY ABOUT A YEAR AGO WHEREBY A GUY KEPT POPPING CHIA SEEDS IN HIS MOUTH. THEY EXPANDED AND WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL, BUT HE DIED BECAUSE THE CHIA SEEDS SWELLED UP IN HIS WINDPIPE AND CHOKED HIM TO DEATH! Please be very careful because everytime I hear the mention of Chia Seeds I cringe! I won't even attempt to use them. You need to drink a lot of water with Chia Seeds, and there are a few other seeds that can swell up like this, not sure but I think Pumpkin seeds might be one as well. Just take a small amount of Chia seeds with plenty of water, due to reading about the guy dying because they all swelled up in his windpipe, I only buy any seeds in POWDER FORM! So whilst Chia seeds might be very good, be careful! I don't understand why some of these products don't explain any type of danger like this! It should be on the packets by law! Rosina from UK


2 User Reviews
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Posted by Smokymtnlady (Tennessee) on 08/20/2015
0 out of 5 stars

I am here to give a resounding NAY for cinnamon for weight loss. I had already lost 15 pounds by tracking my caloric intake with a free app on my phone. I thought adding cinnamon might help shed the last few pounds. Well *pay attention* if you decide to take cinnamon. I added only a tiny pinch to my morning coffee each day. It was delicious! But after 6 weeks of this I was so constipated that my abdomen was having sharp cramps through the day. That is when I learned that cinnamon is also used as an anti-diarrhea supplement. Results may vary, of course. My husband can take turmeric every day and still have regular bm's but my system is way more sensitive apparently because both cinnamon and turmeric stop me up.

Posted by Xiang (Cleveland, Ohio) on 04/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Effects: According to a study published by "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, " cinnamon has been linked to weight loss because the spice stimulates, or increases, the metabolism of glucose. Glucose, or blood sugar, is a main source of energy and affects how hungry or energetic you feel.

Benefits: A benefit of cinnamon is its ability to delay food from progressing through the digestive system. Food is delayed in the stomach and, as a result, leaves you feeling full for a longer period of time. This results in a reduction of hunger and causes you to eat less. In addition to satiation, the active compound in cinnamon is methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) and works to increase glucose metabolism, according to the USDA. Your blood sugar level determines whether you burn fat or store it. Increasing your glucose metabolism through the use of cinnamon tablets burns excess glucose, which is stored as fat in your body. In short, feeling less hungry and burning excess glucose more effectively equates to eating less and losing weight.

Cinnamon and Honey

1 User Review
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Posted by Dan (Tempe, Az) on 06/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I decided to the cinnamon and honey tea to my daily routine a week ago and I am already seeing effects!

My process: I put 1 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon into 8 oz of boiling water and let it seep for 30 minutes. Then I add 2 tsp organic raw honey. I drink half of the tea before bed and the other half in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast.

Results/effects so far: I have already been on a weight loss journey and adding the tea gave me an extra edge. In one week my measurements shifted down. I have read that this tea will make you lose inches before lbs.

I will definitely continue to use this on a daily basis, I'm sure I will continue to see other benefits!

Cold Showers

1 User Review
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Posted by Lana (Des Plaines, IL) on 06/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I've been doing cold showers for 2 weeks, and my appetite significantly decreased, and i lost 4 pounds already. Amazing! ACV helps too, but it doesn't decrease appetite as cold showers do, at least for me.

Cornsilk Tea

1 User Review
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Posted by Tara (Phoenix, AZ) on 08/20/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Dried cornsilk (One tablespoon). One tea bag of green tea. 2 cups of bottled water. Bring water to a boil then remove from burner. Add teas cover with lid and allow to brew off of burner for 5 minutes. Strain with strainer into cup add honey to taste. This combination of tea relaxes, acts as a natural diuretic, and lowers the blood pressure.

Dried cornsilk tea can be found in health food stores and in the groc. stores that cater more to the Hispanic community. It is also called "Barbas de helote" meaning; beard of corn in Spanish. For an extra experience sprinkle into tea a pinch of fresh lavender r(purchased at health food stores or produce stores ) for aromatherapy while you sip your tea. The fragrance of lavender relaxes and soothes. Drink a cup in the morning or whenever you feel nervous.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Kaylee (Portland ) on 03/31/2022
5 out of 5 stars

During the pandemic, I had gained eight pounds and for the first time my cholesterol went up. I read Cholesterol Down. Started eating doing the 5/2 then I went on to eat 500 calories three times a week it's so easy to do. I eat one meal a day around 2:00 pm and take my vitamins at the same time. I lost ten pounds, my cholesterol is normal, and I feel great.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/10/2017
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This post has to do with me trying to lose weight. It might not be "Earth Clinic" grade because it is not a full blown health issue but excess weight sure can become a health issue. Well, I've always had trouble with being overweight and have used a number of "dieting" methods to take off extra pounds. But in the past five years those methods have not worked and so in this past six months the weight has been such that I really was getting "out of control." I've used all kinds of methods...fasting, lots of ACV, various herbs, protein drinks, not eating after 4pm etc etc. Some of those worked in the past but none of them worked in the past four years.

So....finally, I gave up on "self help" and bought into one of those services where you order on line. I mean one of those prepared food boxes that you eat out of and....

I'm reporting in after 15 days on my "eat out of the box" venture. First, is it healthy? Well, I continue to supplement with vitamins; green drinks and multi nutrition powder cardio drinks. Second, the company I ordered from has digestive enzymes built into the program and has a good amount of fiber also. In fact, the problem with fasting is that after four or five days, the system stops eliminating in a regular fashion.

First, the results, mid way into the 30 day program I bought. I have lost 15 pounds. That's much more than I expected.

Second, when I dove into my first "lunch" I thought it was perhaps five tablespoons of food. That "little bit" was crushing but a lucky thing saved me from a quick rejection of the whole thing: My wife had finished canning a lot of fresh tomatoes the day before and she had used part of the tomatoes along with some onion and carrots to make a vegetable "stew" and I added to my paltry "lunch" her stew .... six tablespoons of the vegetable mix to the prepared package. And through the past two weeks I've often used the added vegetables to enlarge the portion. I would say to anyone, especially a guy used to getting large portions, use this idea to enhance the "small amounts" the company gives you. As the days went on, I found I needed less and less "extra" to give me more. You can have all the veggies you want...well certain ones.

After all, part of the strategy is to get the stomach to shrink so that less satisfies you.

I'll keep you informed as week three passes and finally week four. I hope to have lost 22 to 25 pounds by the end of 30 days...the amount of food I bought. But the key to this whole thing....the bane of any weight loss is...can you keep it off over time. I have high hopes because...I'm not eating as much nor do I want as much....I'm not famished for food at 10 pm before bed.....I'm not craving junk (chips, ice cream) .... and not craving my favorites (pastry stuff)....but biggest I don't feel driven by food.

Start weight...240...current weight after two weeks...225. Goal after two more weeks....215. That amount is much more than the company says is a norm. BTW, I have not increased exercise.

BTW again, I was told that the food tasted like sawdust but have been surprised that 90 percent is actually good, the rest being ok. Better tasting than I thought. And .... my "snack" tonight....chocolate chip cookies.

Oh, almost forgot...blood pressure dropped 15 points. Down to 115/77 with heart rate at 64.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

This is an update on my attempt to lose over time 40 pounds. I had used a well known TV advertised food supplement program and complimented the food and the amount of weight I'd lost in the first two weeks of the program. I am a week away from reporting in total weight lost on the first 30 days.

But this morning I got a CURVE BALL from the company. They are AUTO SHIPPING a second order I did NOT order. The auto ship information was deep into a paragraph that you had to carefully read in order to spot the "automatic" reorder if you ordered the first time. To cancel the AUTO Shipping of a SECOND order, you had to cancel within two weeks of receipt of first order. Same with second order. And the representative told me that also you had to call in the cancellation...you could not do it by email. I said, Well, can I go ahead and cancel the auto order now? She said no, that I'd have to actually get the delivery before being able to cancel the third order. And I'd have to have a cancellation number given to me when I cancelled the order. So I have nothing in writing from Nutra...... that showed cancellation? She said that was correct.

But there's more confusion. I told the representative that I had planned to reorder two or three weeks into September when I experimented a bit on how my body was taking to the new eating style but that I wanted to change about 30 percent of the items and get different things. Then she said, OK, I can cancel the order and let you reorder now with me by phone.....I said, I have to tell you the items I want now? Yes. But finally after I complained that I felt pressured to choose the food items, she relented and gave me till September 17 to reorder before the penalty of $165 kicked in.

SO, since I complimented the Nutri....... program in my first post I feel obligated to warn people to go ahead and cancel within 14 days of delivery or get hit with an automatic reorder that you can't get out of without penalty.

All in all, I think this auto order stinks and is really a curve ball. Given that this group is a FOOD company, this experience really leaves a BAD taste in my mouth.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Here is my 30 day report on losing weight. As I reported a few weeks ago I undertook one of those TV weight loss programs where you buy the food and they ship to you a thirty day supply. The following is the result .... primarily I am reporting on the health aspect of the program. I started at slightly below 240 pounds. That is 60 pounds heavier than I should be. My weight was kept under control until about 10 years ago and began escalating up year by year. The old ways I had to lose weight were not working....such as intermittent fasting.

So out of desperation I tried one of the heavily advertised TV "meals provided" methods. I bought in and included an extra for "shakes" as another filler to the meals but the shakes were part of the total allotted amount of food. So I ended up not really using the shakes.

So here are the health benefits and following are the warnings.

I have lost, in 30 days, 20 pounds. For me, I rate the food as a B plus. Better than I thought it would be. I did not have cravings or feel deprived.... feeling like, "I can't wait to start eating real food again." In fact, my portion control expectation is much better and the bad stuff is not even a temptation....such as, "I can't wait to eat french fries again." My blood pressure dropped 15 points. I'm now at 113/75 with resting heart rate of 58.

However, the warnings are serious: First, the advertisements show generous portions. They are definitely NOT generous and if it had not been for a trick my wife figured out, I doubt if I could have completed the program given my voracious appetite. Simply she made a vegetable stew (carrots, spinach, tomatoes, onions, celery...non starchy veggies) and that vegetable stew got added to the SMALL portions provided. That extra "free" vegetables was sufficient to make each meal (lunch and dinner) more "full" and like a real meal.

Another warning: If you order from one of these companies (I bet they all do it) you are set up as an automatic SECOND order unless you follow their cancellation rules. In the case of the company I bought from, their rule (stated in hard to follow language) was at the bottom of a few paragraphs and very easy to miss. It did not say: YOU WILL BE AUTO REORDERED unless you notify us within 14 days..." In my case we got an email after 3 weeks that the second shipment was on the way. We tried to cancel but the representative said there was a $125 dollar penalty (I thought it was $165, but my wife corrected me).

So watch out for the penalty. AND you have to cancel BY PHONE within 14 days after getting any order or you keep getting orders. AND you must make sure you keep your cancellation number; which is given to you by phone.

So my conclusion: I'm happy to lose the weight; just "eat out of the box" and the weight will come off ... and probably most people might have to supplement with "free" veggies to give enough food to make the thing work. AND the warnings about auto reorder/penalties and canceling by phone after your FIRST order arrives and making sure you get and keep your cancellation number.

Therefore in my case; Good outcome relative to food and lost weight....terrible company and policies.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/13/2013

I was watching on Oregon Public Broadcasting not too long ago a show by Michael Mosley the BBC. my spouse talked me into watching it with him. It was VERY INTERESTING.

There was one guy that just ate vegan, huge bowl but tossed the apple, ate the peel. Stuff like that. His blood and numbers were WAY healty and weight was low. He also was on a minimalist diet where you eat less calories to maintain your weight and run a lean machine/body

Then there was another diet that you would eat normal, like you wanted to eat and the next day only eat one meal mid day whatever you wanted to eat.. But one meal. This resulted in weight loss too but the blood and numbers weren't as good as the first guy daily undereating for his weight.

I tend to be like the number two scenario.... I overeat maybe one day and then the next don't feel much like eating , back and forth, my weight stays the same mostly. I have good numbers, but if they were going bad I might try the first diet of eating less and health food only to get my ship back in order....

Spouse says show is not on the internet like most opb shows.

Replied by Anon

Hi, It's called the fast diet, michel mosleys book is on amazon- it's very popular here in UK, lots of people have been losing weight.

Dietary Changes
Posted by John35 (North Lewisburg, Ohio, United States Of America ) on 08/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

It is true that fast foods are bad for health and the most dreadful effects of them is that they slow down the work of your immune system. I used to eat a lot and gained some 30lbs of weight and suffered of many diseases due to improper immune system. My wife advised me eat natural food and workout in the gym. I am perfectly alright now. Anyways your article is quite good and justifies all the points that you have discussed. Thanks for such a detailed explanation!


Dietary Changes
Posted by Mondragon (Cny, Ny, Usa) on 07/22/2011

Does any have any suggested remedies for those with carbohydrate sensitivity? I (a female) work out at least days a week, and try to eat clean (5 meals per day) but my body fat percentage is so slow in decreasing. All lab blood test have been returned normal/or excellent. Any suggestions?

Replied by T
(Houston, Usa)

what helped me bigtime was....

(1) 12 oz glass green juice (veggies only) each morning.

fage yoghurt for breakfast with nuts (high in protein and good fats, keeps you full).

incorporating more raw foods in my daily intake.

cut out all soda, all chemical sweetners, all grains, all fruits until you have lost the weight and then you can add gradually to your daily intake.

hope this helps, t

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Mondragon be encouraged that there is at least a change in the right direction for you. About 94-96% (according to survey results a few years back) of people who lost weight at the rate of 1 kg or more per week put the weight back on whereas if weight was lost at the rate of 1 kg a month then it was rare to put the weight on. You could also look at ACV & Coconut Oil.