The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Beginner’s Guide To Keto

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The ketogenic diet has gone viral. It is all over social media, in magazines, and people with shredded physiques are saying they reached their dream bodies by sticking to this diet. Is this just another trend diet or does it actually work for people? Can you really lose fat by eating more fat? In case you are wondering what it means to be “keto” or if the benefits seem too good to be true, let us explain what this diet is all about.

 

What Is The Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, and extremely low-carb diet that has become popular because people have been able to lose fat quickly. A traditional low-carb diet restricts carbs, but it doesn’t restrict protein. Keto, on the other hand, restricts both and replaces them with lots of healthy fats to help you feel full. When we mean low-carb on keto, we are talking about 30 carbs a day. This translates to roughly 2.5 cups blueberries, 1 apple, 2 medium grapefruit, 20oz kale, 30oz cucumbers, or 3 cups strawberries.

 

By restricting your carbohydrate intake, you force your body to enter into and remain in ketosis, a metabolic state that makes the body produce ketones for energy. Instead of burning glucose for energy, which is produced in the body upon consuming carbs and sugar, the body burns ketones, which are the result of breaking down fat for energy. When there is excess glucose in the body, it never gets around to burning it. The glucose is stored and gets converted to more fat by insulin, which can cause cravings and overeating. This can trigger heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and variety of other health conditions.

 

People consume more carbs than they could ever need for energy, which typically results in weight gain. The keto diet breaks that cycle and helps turn the body into a fat-burning machine, reversing the way we want to use energy. For beginners, the easiest rule to follow is:

  • Healthy fats comprise 70% of the diet
  • Moderate protein comprise 25% of the diet
  • Good carbs comprise 5% of the diet

On the keto diet, you count your net carbs, meaning that you subtract the fiber grams from the total carb grams to obtain the net number. You also want to focus on real foods that are not processed, fortified, or generated in a lab. Keto works better when you stick to real foods.

 

Keto Benefits:

Because you eat a lot of fats on the keto diet, you will feel full for a lot longer than you normally would. You will ultimately consume fewer calories, your focus will improve, your energy will increase, and you’ll feel like moving your body! A lot of people have noticed clearer skin, balanced blood work, and more restful sleep during the keto diet.

 

In the end, the ultimate goal is to reach ketosis, which only occurs if the fat ratio is at a level that allows this process to happen. Remember, fat is key, but it is important to eat healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, avocados, macadamia nuts, walnuts, organic grass-fed beef, ghee, wild caught salmon, or legumes. Just make sure to keep the ratio of 1:1 when it comes to omega-3s and omega-6s.

 

There are other forms of the keto diet, depending on what your ultimate goals are. The standard one we detailed before is the most popular for the average person, who is looking to burn fat. Athletes may eat more carbs prior to working out to fuel the body for exercise. Be on the lookout for some ketogenic recipes on our website in the near future!

 

Sources:

https://simpleandsane.com/keto-diet-for-beginners/

http://fitmomjourney.com/what-is-a-keto-diet-the-ketogenic-diet-101/

https://www.tasteaholics.com/keto-diet/what-are-good-fats-on-a-low-carb-diet/

https://www.perfectketo.com/30-grams-carbs/?rfsn=1611308.11d611&utm_source=refersion&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=1611308.11d611

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    Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks

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    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Q: I was actually interested in using the FULL BODY DETOX, I know that it comes with a nutritional guide but I wanted to know if it would work if I did not follow a vegan diet. I do not consume a lot of fast food which I am willing to easily give up but I wanted to know how it could work on a moderate none vegetarian diet.

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    The RAW FOODS diet is 50% of the FULL BODY DETOX! It won't work without following the diet!

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    Q: I saw your website and I'm very interested in buying the pills from your website, but I'd like to know if it's similar to the Martha's Vineyard diet. I tried to do it, but I felt very weak and hungry. I didn't do it for more than 1 day. I would like to know if in your diet, I would be allowed to eat anything or if is just liquid also. If you could, please send me a basic manual for a regular day besides the pills. I'm really interested in buying it, but I don't want to spend this money and not be able to finish the diet. I need lots of energy for my regular days. I'm a very active person. I can't feel sick, weak or dizzy during the day! Please help me!!! I hope to hear from you guys soon.

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    No, our Full Body Detox is not similar to the Martha's Vineyard diet as you can eat RAW FOODS during our detox. Our kit and regimen comes with everything you need including the diet plan and regimen. It's very complete! Very unique! THE BEST!

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

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    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

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    Q: If I may ask, what is it specifically about the baby's diet that is conducive to eczema? We try to give her a normal, healthy, nutritious diet. Exactly which foods are acid-forming so that we may alternate them out of her diet? As for my wife, she has taken several detoxes in the past with no results. She is now expecting and breastfeeding so I don't believe a detox would be the best thing for her at the moment. Are there any other suggestions you can offer us for currently treating these problems?

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    The acid-forming foods are eggs, meat, dairy products, and refined grains. Shop for vegan foods. Your wife can drink DETOX TEA and use HEALING SKIN OIL (externally) as well as drink vegetable juice (which greatly cleanses the blood). Please consider a consultation so that all questions may be thoroughly answered and so you all can get on the path of healing together as a family.

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    Q: I did the full body cleanse almost 3 months ago and I lost 20 lbs. I put on the lbs back because I never changed my diet. I would like to know if you could email me some diet suggestions from the morning to the evening. I want to change my diet and have a fruit and vegetables diet. I need help. Peace.

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    Check out our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual for diet suggestions!

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    Q: Hi, I am a 59 yr old female who has diabetes and weighs aprox. 425 lbs. I also have Lymphedema along with a bad case of tendonitis in my left rotator cuff, as well as kidney disease. That being said, I guess I am a mess! I have tried loose weight and eat normal but after all these years I am asking myself, "what is normal"? I have been thinking about going on a raw food diet but, have no idea where to start! I know it includes salads but, I am sure I will get board quickly eating just that. I also am wondering what does one eat for breakfast other then fruit of which I have to be very careful of because I am a brittle diabetic and am on insulin. I am so tired of failing and want to succeed this time! I want to be able to walk and stand for long periods of time and be independent again. I do have an under-active thyroid and am currently taking 137 mic. of thyroid. Can you send me some information on an anti inflammatory, low protein,low carb. diet? Thank you.

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    I can definitely help you! 

    I run an online vegan health/fitness/nutriton program over skype at www.theveganeffect.com. I have coached many to their best health and have reversed all of the problems you have. Please check out the site!

    Let's go through them one by one shall we? Lymph-edema is a build up of fluid. Your lymphatic system like your liver and kidney are your bodies garbage men. When toxicity gets to overwhelming your garbage men go on strike or are just overwhelmed. You should do a cleanse/detox and do exercises that stimulate the lymphatic system. The best would be a mini trampoline. Just 15 minutes a day goes far. Lympedema is healed by a high alkaline diet. Increasing greens and fruits while decreasing dairy, meat, alcohol, salt, and processed food.

    Tendonitis can be healed also by an anti-inflammatory diet . Increasing berries and greens while decreasing dairy, meat, salt, and alcohol. 

    Thyroid can be repaired also by an alkaline diet and detox. You can find a thyroid support formula at dherbs.com.

    Diabetes is reversed using a low fat raw vegan diet. In 30 days you can completely get off insulin if you cut out the fat and get on a high carb raw vegan diet. The only programs who are actually reversing diabetes are using the same protocol as my program. I do not do a low carb diet especially when reversing diabetes. None of the programs healing your condition do either. Diabetes is not a carb issue but a fat issue. Fat coats your cells and blocks the sugar insulin connection. A low carb diet is a high fat diet and will only manage your condition at best.

    The first of many ebooks I will write for Dherbs is titled "Go Vegan the Healthy Way!" It is being edited nowe and hopefully soon it will be available at a low cost. Look for it on Dherbs. I will email you when it is available as well.

    A typical detox raw food program looks like this

    Breakfast:

    Green smoothie: 1 1/2- 2 cups water / 1 cup greens / 3-5 medium pieces of fruit blended.

    (see "Green Smoothie Revolution" Boutenko for more info)

     

    Bridge: 2-3 medium sized fruits

     

    Lunch: 

    Raw Wraps: collard greens as wraps/ tomato, cucumber, bell pepper / fresh herbs / Sauce (salsa/tahini/guacamole/ etc))

     

    Bridge:2-3 medium pieces of fruit

     

    Dinner:

    Raw pasta: Zuchini sliced with a potato peeler / veggies / Homemade pasta sauce made in blender 

     

    Snack: Sorbet: Blended frozen fruit in a blender

     

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: I am interesting in the Full Body Detox it calls for a diet of raw foods do you have any meals or diet regime that contains raw foods because my family would love to try it and will it be 3 weeks supply for just one person or for me and my husband?

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    THE RAW FOOD RECIPES ARE LISTED IN THE"ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLE" AND "FULL BODY DETOX COMPANION"E-BOOKS AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE (VISIT ON-LINE STORE). THESE MANUALS ALSO LIST THE NAMES OF GOOD RAW FOODS RECIPE BOOKS AS WELL.

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    Q: I am interesting in the Full Body Detox it calls for a diet of raw foods do you have any meals or diet regime that contains raw foods because my family would love to try it and will it be 3 weeks supply for just one person or for me and my husband?

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    THE RAW FOOD RECIPES ARE LISTED IN THE"ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLE" AND "FULL BODY DETOX COMPANION" E-BOOKS AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE (VISIT ON-LINE STORE). THESE MANUALS ALSO LIST THE NAMES OF GOOD RAW FOODS RECIPE BOOKS AS WELL.

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    Q: I have read about your detox system on your site and others. Here is the product that I am thinking about purchasing: Full Body Detox I have some questions... 1) Is there a diet plan or eating plan that comes with this order? and 2) I have 100 pounds to lose and am thinking about going on the Medifast plan. That is a high (vegetable) protein diet with no fruit and not a lot of vegetables allowed. Would these supplements in the detox plan help my organs that might be taxed a bit on this diet with very little vegetables and no fruit? I am skeptical about #2...I think raw fruits and vegetables are so important inour diets, yet, I do need to drop weight fast. I look forward to any thoughts that you might have.

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    Yes, the Full Body Cleanse comes with a dietary regimen prescribing an all-raw foods diet (fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds). This means no meat, dairy, grains, or processed foods.

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    Q: After I finish the Full Body Cleanse, and the Anti Viral Cleanse for HSV, will I have to follow a RAW diet forever? I want to go back to my normal (healthy but cooked) food diet, which will still include a substantial amount of raw foods.

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    Of course you don't have to eat RAW forever, your diet plan sounds smart and wise!

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    Q: I seen your website and I was interested in purchasing the male cleanse and as I was reading everything that it came with then I seen that it came with a moonstone crystal that is the only thing that I really don't believe in because on you all's website it states that it can do all of these weird mystical type things such as grant wishes and cleanse the human heart which in my non judgmental opinion sounds sorta like voodoo mantra type stuff and I am not interested in doing that so I would like to know would this cleanse work effective without the moonstone crystal or would it work less if I did not go through with the procedure of the moonstone crystal because to tell you the truth that is only 1 of the things that I would not want to do concerning the total male cleanse. Also I seen on you all's website that on the dietary regimen for the total male cleanse you all have a circle around the coke, burger and fries and I can understand that a person would have to eat healthy but would this mean that I would have to go on the strict all organic and all raw diet for the whole 3 weeks because I would not be able to be really adhere to and follow the real rigid and strict diet if that is what the male cleanse required so according to what I have told you all would the total male cleanse be a waste of my time since I would not be willing to follow the strict diet and neglect doing the moonstone crystal procedure.

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    The Male Cleanse would undoubtedly work, even without the moonstone crystal. The crystal simply helps to heal on a subtle body (energy) level.

    We strongly suggest consuming a raw foods diet while performing the Cleanse. In order to achieve the best results, a raw foods diet is ideal.

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    Q: I've been taking the Full Body Cleanse for almost 2 weeks. In general, I feel much better. My question is if I can eat spirulina. and/or Ultimate Meal (mainly is Quinoa, millet, brown rice, yellow pea protein, spirulina and another natural ingredients) as breakfast or lunch. In case you do not know Ultimate Meal you can see it at www.ultimatelife.com Thank you. Ricardo. Your customer service rep told me after full body detox is good to take cholesterol formula. Is enough or Do I need to take lose weight tabs? after the full body cleanse? I am taking care of my diet and exercise 3 -4 times a week 2 hours each with stationary bike or tread mill and exercises with weights.

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    Spirulina and Ultimate Meal are excellent supplementary products to take in order for your body to receive an adequate amount of protein while on the cleanse.

    Yes, take Cholesterol Formula (and Intestinal Cleanser) after you complete the cleanse. These products will serve as a transitionary period as your body slowly accustoms to returning back to normal routines.

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    Q: I'm a 53 year old African Male. I have changed my diet recently eliminating meat (fish not included). Consequently I feel sluggish and in need of energy. What recommendation will remedy? Also what is the difference between a "Full body Cleanse vs. the Male Cleanse product? Are they comparable? Finally, Will the anit viral product work for body fungi i.e., jock itch? Thank You for your response.

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    The difference between the Full Body Cleanse and the Male Cleanse is the Male Cleanse primarily helps to detoxify the men's sexual reproductive system, while the Full Body Cleanse intends to purify and strength all eliminative channels in the body.

    For energy, please try Energy Formula.

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    Q: As a diet controlled diabetic I question being able to change my diet(to raw/live foods) while I keep up the same rigorous exercise and fitness program without suffering from too many low readings of which I am prone.The program has gotten me off insulin.I also have diverticulitis and seeds and nuts have been a problem for me in the past. Any suggestions?

    A:

    Thanks for the question. I hope this helps. If you are under a doctors supervision I am forbidden to give you any advice that may alter a doctors advice. They have little to no nutritional training but their word trumps everyone. 

    What I can do is point you in the direction of programs getting the results you desire. Those three are Dr. Neil M. Barnards "program for preventing and reversing diabetes" (DVD,book), Dr. Gabriel Cousins "Raw in 30" program (DVD) and "There is a cure for diabetes" (book), and recently The Gerson Therapy has released a program for diabetes (book). 

    The common denominator in all three programs is a low fat vegan diet. The differences are that Barnard's program is a cooked vegan diet while Cousins' and Gerson's program are raw. All get results but the raw programs have a 75 percent success rate in 1 month where as the cooked version of Barnards get results in 6 months. Big difference.

    I have gotten people off of insulin in around 2 months using a high raw and low fat vegan diet. I use no oils and nuts. I do encourage avocados and seeds for fats. However, with diverticulitis you must avoid seeds until your body repairs itself through a high alkaline diet. I suggest getting a bulk of your fats from avocados and coconut. I usually limit myself to a half an avocados worth of fat a day. 

    I would look into those books first and if you are under a doctors supervision bring those materials to him/her and see what they say.

    I hope this helps.

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I have incorporated fish into my diet because I have been craving. Is moderation okay.... meaning my fruits for breakfast a regular lunch with salad and a salad for dinner okay to pretty much moderate other foods? It is challenging for me to become a vegan. Do you have any suggestions on how to still eat healthy to maintain an alkalized body with certain foods with moderation that are not raw? I still drink my green veggies at least twice a day. I am praying that my results will be negative.

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    FISH IN MODERATION IS OKAY FOR YOU. TO MAINTAIN ALKALINITY, DESPITE THE ACID-FORMING THINGS YOU EAT, JUST MAKE SURE TO EAT AS MANY GREEN FOODS AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE 6 CAPSULES OF ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD TOO! YOU’RE DOING GOOD SO KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE AND ON YOUR DESIRES.

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    Q: I am trying to find a way to get rid of my headaches; I'm also been diagnosed with sleep Apnea and feel this is a cause as well. I'm working on changing my diet all together as I feel this is a trigger for it also, I like to find a vegan diet also, that would allow for me to put on a few health pounds. Thanks so much my brother and praises to our ancestors for your enlightment. Please help.

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    First, detoxify your body (FULL BODY DETOX). Second, perform the DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. The rest of the information I feel can be found in the article section on â€HEADACHES†For sleep apnea, an article is coming soon! Work on your respiratory system (perform the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN). Stay tuned for the article!

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    Q: First, I want to thank you for your time the other evening. Your information was very informative and helpful. Next, I have a few questions pertaining to the detox and the other services you provide. 1. Will going from a traditional American diet to a raw food diet cause my body to become ill in the beginning or go into "shock" from all the good foods I'll be eating? If so, is there any way to ease in to this plan?

    A: While your body may experience a change as a result of the raw foods diet, you will not experience any adverse symptoms. Our products are 100% all-natural and only enhance your body.

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    Q: Hi Dherbs. I'm pregnant. I've been slacking off with my diet for years now, eating just about every bad thing but pork. I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy. Now I may have it again with my current pregnancy at 4 months. They're going to give me the 3 hr test and I know they'll try to make me take insulin. I really don't want to shoot myself with needles. It wasn't a pleasant experience last time. Anyway to make a long story short, I wanted to know if the following would be good products to work on the situation: FULL BODY DETOX SUGAR BUSTER TEA PANCREAS FORMULA Would any of these pose a problem or interact poorly with my baby? Do you suggest any other effective formula of yours to improve my glucose uptake and general health during this pregnancy?

    A:

    I highly suggest the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE for pregnant women. This cleanse will help to address all your needs and all health concerns. You can perform it as much as you like too! It provides great nutrition for mother and developing child.