Friday, 24 May 2013

Chris James Q & A and Giveaway.


Chris James is a yoga, health and well-being expert based in London although he travels extensively and is in demand internationally. I recently grabbed him (a not altogether unpleasant experience as you can imagine) to ask him for his top tips for health - and what we can be doing better for ourselves...


What are the 3 worst things you can do to your body?

1. Sitting for extended periods 
We are a nation of sloths: Nearly seven in ten of us spend 20 hours a day seated or lying in bed.
People who are on their rear ends for more than four hours a day are at greater risk from hip replacements to chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. 
While just over half of Britons believe they lead active lives, a recent report suggests that going to the gym or running up hills during the four hours you are not sitting or sleeping may not be enough to keep you healthy.
With many people in the West now spending at least half the time sitting, a significant shift in behaviour is required to make demonstrable improvements in life expectancy.
The message is clear – move more and sit less.  Spend more time standing if you want to live longer! 

2. Drink carbonated drinks
The fact is ALL carbonated soft drinks are bad for you.  Science and medical research have found that the health effects of soda include everything from tooth decay, to hyperactivity, and diabetes to obesity.  
Soda makes you age faster - All soda contains phosphates or phosphoric acid.  This common food additive enhances shelf life, but according to new research accelerates signs of ageing, severe muscle and skin atrophy, and other age related problems.
Soda makes you fat - A 2011 study by the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Centre San Antonio found that artificial sweeteners have neuroexcitotoxic properties which will impact the hypothalamus of your brain.  When the receptors on the hypothalamus are deregulated your body will perceive a state of famine and make you hungrier, slow your metabolism and store fat rather than burn fat!
Soda contributes to acidosis of the blood stream - Human beings have the same PH levels as sea water Ph7.3 / 7.4.  
When we imbibe ‘acid bomb’ carbonated drinks (typically Ph2.2) the human body tries to rebalance itself and borrows from the most abundant source of alkalinity in the human body, which is found guess where?  Exactly, you’ve guessed it – it’s  the human skeleton!  Maintaining acidic blood PH will have dire consequences for your health!

3. Smoke
Today there are few people who do not know that smoking leads to a host of diseases, many of them fatal.



Ok so bearing all of that in mind - What are the 3 best things you can do to fix it/for maintenance?

1. Practice yoga
Yoga has proven powers to boost your energy and increase your flexibility, which helps prevent injury. Yoga also has an amazing ability to put you in a zen-like mood. Studies have shown it decreases your body's levels of cortisol, which is the stress-producing hormone that causes you to gain weight around your middle.

2. Consume vegetable juice and plenty of water
Consuming 300 / 600 mls of raw vegetable juice every day will maintain healthy and slightly alkaline levels in the bloodstream, promote health, boost immune function and make you live at your optimum levels of health and vitality.  Drink at least two litres of water.
Raw Juice contains almost immediately accessible fuel for your body and is the best way to cleanse the body. Most people will absorb far more nutrients from juice than from eating foods, even raw foods, since you do not rely on your digestive system being in optimum condition (which typically it is not….).  

3. Cleanse / Detox twice a year.  
A cleanse (www.chrisjamescleanse.com) allows you to press the reset button on your health, and allows you to step back from your normal diet for a few days, to cleanse your palate and get back on the healthy eating track. 
Typically you will find that by feeding yourself with juices for a short time instead of refined sugar and processed foods you will actually stop craving these foods. You will also become more aware of what you are putting into your body and attentive to which foods truly make you feel good rather than relying on food stimulants. This all means that healthier eating becomes easier when you finish your cleanse.  
By the end of your juice Cleanse, you would have simply ditched the unhealthy old you!

Are there any particular foods that you recommend to optimise health?

Absolutely - my favourite superfoods are:

1. Asparagus 
A half-cup supplies 50% of your daily bone-building vitamin K and a third of your day’s folate, it’s a natural diuretic so it banishes bloating, too.  Plus, they are in season right now!

2. Avocados
Lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione were healthier and less likely to suffer from arthritis.
Recipe idea
Altruistic Avocados – a personal favourite here!  But just not too many.  Their healthy fat keeps you satisfied and helps you absorb other nutrients. 
For a new twist, brush a halved avocado (pit removed) with olive oil and grill 1 minute. Serve with red onion, sliced grapefruit and balsamic vinegar. 

3. Seaweed
Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the Western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body so it can be removed. Radioactive waste can find its way into the body through some medical tests or through food that has been grown where water or soil is contaminated. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, it is a powerhouse of minerals and trace minerals.

And there's no point in talking to one of the best yoga teachers in the world without asking:

3 best yoga poses for stress relief?

One of the quintessential resting poses of any yoga practice, Child's Pose -- which involves sitting on the knees and bending forward with arms forward or by your side -- can be very comforting and self-soothing. 

Corpse Pose (Savasana)
At the end of your practice -- or anytime you're feeling overwhelmed -- try lying down flat on your back, with your arms at your sides, and simply focusing on the breath for one to 10 minutes.

Corpse is the ultimate in terms of relaxation -- it really allows the body to sink down into the ground, and it's easier to tune into the breath when you're lying on the back and watching the belly rise up and down.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Forward bends are excellent for calming our nervous system, according to Brower. The posture provides a release of the upper body and soothes the mind through gentle inversion either when practiced on its own or between poses. 

If you feel like giving your body a kick-start before the summer (assuming we are actually going to GET a summer) Chris James has offered one lucky reader a Mind & Body Cleanse set worth £120.00.

To enter simply like Chris's Facebook page here and leave your name below with a twitter handle or email where we can contact you. Giveaway closes Sunday 2nd June.

More information on Chris James Yoga and his Mind & Body Cleanse can be found on the links.



108 comments:

  1. The post was amazing. Did yoga years ago but reading that it can do so much for you (especially keeping away that spare tyre>>>> IM IN!)
    Would love to get the Mind and Body cleanse giveaway.
    windflowers88@hotmail.com

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  2. Great advice...I really would benefit from a cleanse. @teresabugblog

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  3. Liked :) great post and tips! susy.tibaldi@yahoo.com

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  4. Liked! Tracy Stokes @Vintagewannabe8

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  5. Name Kerry
    Twitter @kezla
    Email kezla83@gmail.com.

    Very informative Q&A, I promise to spend more time standing! Am a fan of Yoga for improving my posture despite only practicing for a couple of weeks. So much to learn, so have entered your giveaway :)

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  6. Great post...Rowena.shingler@yahoo.co.uk

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  7. I do love yoga but find Pilates particularly good for strengthening my back and improving posture from being slumped over a laptop all day. Naughty office workers!
    Brideshub@gmail.com

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  8. Completely agree with everything he says. I've tried yoga a few times but never enjoyed it, think I need to try and find a good teacher. Thanks for the giveaway, would love to win.

    Rebecca
    @leer31

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  9. This sounds like it could be the answer I'm looking for! Fingers crossed! Calraigh@Calraigh and calraigh@gmail.com

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  10. This sounds like it could be the answer I'm looking for! Fingers crossed! Calraigh@Calraigh and calraigh@gmail.com

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  11. Really enjoyed this post, it was a excellent for a Friday!

    Heather
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  12. Hi. I just discovered your site. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    Michele
    michele.horky@gmail.com

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  13. Great giveaway.

    Kitty75@virginmedia.com

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  14. Sounds amazing!! Liked on Facebook. Email is Lyndsey.holt@hotmail.co.uk fingers crossed :)

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  15. Great post!! jennykew02@hotmail.co.uk

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  16. Hi love his ethos. So true. I have been really ill for about 4 months and thanks to my mothers advice am trying to see if detoxing and yoga will help with the symptoms.
    Thank you
    Love Josephine
    (jraffangowar@hotmail.co.uk) xx

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  17. Great read!

    Ida - idaida9 (twitter)

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  18. Fantastic tips! @SApothecary (twitter)

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  19. I'm scared to do yoga because I once dislocated my kneecap doing a pose. Entered anyway because if I'm gonna try a cleanse, it better be something someone that knows what they are doing creating it and not lemon water for days.
    Amber ams369@pitt.edu

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  20. Want to try. Amber ams369@pitt.edu

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  21. Amazing! Abbie.Ball@hotmail.com or @AbbieMundy :)

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  22. Sounds great! Tried a DIY cleanse as can't afford a proper one but wasn't anywhere near as good.

    @Vicki_Forde
    vickimf128@gmail.com

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  23. Sounds great! Tried a DIY cleanse as can't afford a professional one but wasn't as good...

    Vicki_Forde
    vickimf128@gmail.com

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  24. Enjoyed this post...Just wondering though, when you workout, should you cleanse again after or just use water? Say you workout at home, you've already double cleansed to remove make up before working out, is water suffice or a small amount of cleanser again? Worried about over cleansing/stripping the skin...

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  25. I'd love to try this! I'm having terrible trouble with my stomach despite eating well, I think it's a dairy intolerance, I'd love to try a cleanse to reset my body. I've just had a glass of fresh carrot juice to start! I'm Hannah @snowdrop85

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  26. I would LOVE to try a raw juice cleanse! I've wanted to do one for a few months now, but as I am a university student it is a little expensive. Doing one would help me to reset and boost my healthy eating and life style, and be a really great start to summer! I loved the tips about grilling an avocado - I will defiantly try as they taste amazing! Thank you Caroline for this post, it’s really informative and interesting to read & a great give away opportunity! Meg Swan (@MeganLSwan)

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  27. Valuable post. When trying to create/maintain a healthy lifestyle, it's important to consider all aspects of life, and not just what you're doing in terms of exercise and what foods you're avoiding. Thanks! (@lyndseym_)

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  28. Diet coke is just too good though!
    karinadavis@hotmail.co.uk

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  29. Ooh I've loved the idea of a cleanse, I've been eating really poorly lately. Need a kick up the butt
    @imogenrose20 <3

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  30. great post as ever. I'm chimerari on twitter
    alternatively veronicao23@hotmail.co.uk

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  31. Sounds great! Twitter handle: @toth_o

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  32. This sounds amazing, I've always tried to live a healthy lifestyle but it's really difficult sometimes.

    Melanie Thomson (@melanie_txx )
    melanie.promise@gmail.com

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  33. That was an inspiring post. Would love to win as I do need to get back on a healthy track. Thanks for this, really made me think. Have a lovely weekend!
    E-mail helene@hellmanvatten.se

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  34. I need a cleanse so desperately. I am hugely overweight and sit on my arse all day. The cleanse would give me the kick start I need to get moving and get healthy and start to live my life in a meaningful way.

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  35. Oops. Forgot my email. It's bueller@btinternet.com *slaps self*

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  36. Great post!
    melisa7979@hotmail.com

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  37. I have a lot of trouble digesting food so would love to try this!
    Isabel Millman
    izzyrm@gmail.com
    thanks x

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  38. I have problems digesting food so would love to try this!
    Isabel Millman
    izzyrm@gmail.com
    thanks x

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  39. great article!
    camilla
    varsity21_michigan@hotmail.com

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  40. Thanks!!!

    meg_mehtab@yahoo.com
    xx

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  41. Thank you! With university coming up I don't want to slip into patterns of high stress and really unhealthy eating with no exercise, this is great advice.

    @lauralsinfield
    laurasinfield06@hotmail.co.uk

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  42. Consider him 'Liked'. This is a great post, this type of awareness is so necessary. Depressing to think just how much I do sit down *looks at self, groans*.
    Fantastic give away too.
    @becky_deary

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  43. Great advice - thank you!
    rachjconway@gmail.com

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  44. Great post! My husband and i have been trying to do a cleanse for a while now and it would be great to try these... mardegom0811@gmail.com

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  45. amazing post!
    lorna.monalisa@gmail.com

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  46. Very interesting! I do tend to sit too much and I drink carbonated drinks... But there are also some things I do right, phew :-)

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  47. Boy do I need a cleanse. Perhaps that can keep the stress at bay. Although feeling a little smug that I don't sit down all day but am stood up instead.
    @boundingheart_

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  48. wonderful inspiration for today. I wish I could go to Bali in September and practice yoga with him!

    danalwilson@hotmail.com

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  49. All kinds of wonderful!

    miffy101@hotmail.com

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  50. all kinds of wonderful!

    miffy101@hotmail.com

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  52. A cleanse sounds wonderful!

    lauren.v.barnes@gmail.com

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  53. How lucky am I?! Been thinking of trying detox for a while...lets see if I'm lucky enough to try the one and only Chris James's detox! Fingers crossed, xx

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  54. Forgot my e-mail... amdimi@gmail.com, wouldn't want to miss this!

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  55. Really need a detox! laura.forster83@yahoo.co.uk

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  56. Much needed!!!
    cinderzxx@hotmail.com
    @cinderzxx

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  57. Wow, that sounds great! Have just finished my studies where I didn't eat healthy because of all the stress, so a detox would be perfect, also to help me as a rite of passage to my new life now!
    Contact me for this give-away via waldfee44(at)gmx.de

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  58. Liked fb under name CiPher.
    I did master cleanse 3 months ago and would love to try CJ's detox :).
    Thanks for the great opportunity.
    My email is: d4rkp0w3r@gmail.com

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  59. Brilliant post to read, and the 3 poses at the end are gonna be good additions!

    I don't have Facebook as it annoys me but if you feel like it ;) sandrews.09cgh@gmail.com

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  60. Brilliant post to read, and the 3 poses at the end are gonna be good additions!

    I don't have Facebook as it annoys me but if you feel like it ;) sandrews.09cgh@gmail.com

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  61. Would love to win! Thank you for the giveaway! Liked the FB page under name Parita Shah
    Email - paritashah26@gmail.com

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  62. Would love to win, thank you for the giveaway..liked the FB page under name Parita shah
    Email - paritashah26@gmail.com

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  63. would love to win this Caroline!! Im a real yoga and health freak- senoir@hotmail.co.uk



    merci!!!

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  64. I'm trying to improve my health eating habits and also do more exercise. My mother has recently started practicing yoga and she is loving it. I'm very interested in giving it a go sometime but for now I could really use the cleanse as I need to lose weight.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

    @Sompyzitah
    sompy_stuff@hotmail.com

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  65. Sounds amazing and may help me which my under active thyroid problem which causes me so many issues. Really tired etc. This may be the boost my body needs. Thanks amazing giveway.

    @misstinksbeauty
    misstinks@live.co.uk

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  66. AMAZING give way. I have an under active thyroid and meds seem to be taking ages to actually work. My body needs a boost and this sounds prefect. I'm really trying to get healthy and cleanse my body after giving up smoking recently.

    @misstinksbeauty
    misstinks@live.co.uk

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  67. Great tips!

    carlasossi@gmail.com

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  68. Fantastic article - really helpful!
    carlasossi@gmail.com

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  69. Brilliant post, and amazing giveaway! Would absolutely adore to win, so thank you for the opportunity! Ella xxxx (everythingella@live.com)

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  70. Juice cleanses? Really? You'd best not be turning into Goop here. ;)

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  71. Juice cleanses? Really? You'd best not be trying to be Goop, here. ;)

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  72. Started yoga for the first time ever. Love it. Would love this prize to kick start my summer once and for all.

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  73. Started yoga recently for the first time ever. Love it! Would love this prize to kick start my healthy lifestyle once and for all. Louise. xx loupierce88@hotmail.com

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  74. Sorted my skincare out, with help from you Caroline, now need to sort out the rest of me! shill64@hotmail.co.uk

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  75. Great Q&A! Just what I was looking for... And yes I too would love love love the cleanse set!!
    annajolly@yahoo.de

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  77. @chelsea_sadler

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  78. Liked on Facebook. Great giveaway, I could really do with this and I'm definitely giving up fizzy drinks now, I hadn't realised they contributed to premature ageing and weight gain!

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  79. I forgot to leave my Twitter address - I'm @LisaBurn1964.

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  80. Amazing and I'd love to win!
    Twitter: @sharonroegiers
    E-mail: sharon.roegiers@gmail.com

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  81. Thanks for giveaway, good luck y'all!
    emmaonthehill22@yahoo.co.uk

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  82. this sounds perfect! kiasimpson@hotmail.com x

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  83. Corinna Harrod @corinnaharrod
    Inspirational post

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  84. Great post! Would love to be entered into the giveaway. twitter: @soprano_laura

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  85. Brilliant post as usual! EmilyBegley@ymail.com

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  86. I need to try and do the vegetable juice thing, but I haven't got a juicer, any recommendations for where the best places in London are to get these from? Or are the pukka Clean Green Sachets thingies a good alternative?
    Oh and I liked the page and my twit handle is @ciaraleaf :)

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  87. Very informative and inspiring! Im off to discover raw vegetable juice! You still get fibre fron that correct?glamourglossgirl@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. Not from raw vegeatble juice, but you should be getting plenty from the veg & fruit tha you consume on a daily basis xx

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  88. I would love to win! Charlotte Bear @ charliebelt@yahoo.com

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  89. I would love to win! Charlotte Bear @ charliebelt@yahoo.com

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  90. This post gave me some inspiration! Carly Beall - polka_dot7@hotmail.com

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  91. sounds great! awesome advice also, thanks.
    faithful conteh: fconteh@gmx.com
    liked on facebook also ofcourse :-)

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  92. Would love a chance to win! My twit handle is @crazylinemcnut

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  93. Thank you very much for this opportunity. It is definitely what my body was looking for! My twitter account is: @missanisoptera

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  94. Oh my god literally just what I need and I stumble across this page three days before the closing date!
    Although I'm poor I'm seriously considering the skin consultation too. hmmmmmm

    ciaragrace@hotmail.com
    @ciaralgrace

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  95. Hi caroline
    What a great giveaway
    Amazing prize
    My email is yasminec9@aol.com
    Thank you

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  96. fantastic prize! I actually had a quick chat with Chris at the Beauty Mart experts event Thursday and would love to win.

    I'm @talesofpaleface or katherineclark1984@gmail.com

    Kat x

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  97. Would love to try that cleanse: Raquel, dingojulip@hotmail.com

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  98. Thank you.

    Siobhan-skinner@live.co.uk

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  99. EURGH. As a medical scientist I cannot explain how much certain things in this irritate me.

    1) Juice cleanses and 'toxins' are BS. Sorry, your liver and kidneys do an amazing job on removing toxins from your body. If all these 'toxins' were rife in your body you would be VERY ill. This "cleanse" idea REALLY irritates me. A juice cleanse, not unlike a juice fast, is so very unhealthy. Juices are really really high in sugars, natural sugars, but still sugars. You are missing out on so many nutrients. BIG NO NO.

    2) Drinking soda will not "acidify" you. This idea of eating alkaline food is ridiculous, your stomach will make the food/drink you ingest highly acidic. Your stomach acid is more acidic than a car battery. When it moves into your duodenum your body alkalises it. Leave your body to it people!
    Your blood also contains buffers which maintain pH perfectly well on their own. If you have acidic or alkaline blood you will know, it makes you very very ill.

    A week of eating healthily is all you need, do not waste money on "detoxing" seriously people!

    PHEW, rant over.

    Caroline, you rant about skin care, I rant about the human body.

    I love you.

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  100. I would love to win this cleanse!! rebecca cash becca75cash@gmail.com

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  101. Sorry to be critical but the average pH of seawater is 8.1-8.2 Life would be very bad if it were 7.5

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