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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Visionary health expert Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, has always been a trendsetter. With millions of followers nationwide, she has the uncanny ability to pinpoint major health concerns and provide solutions years ahead of anybody else.

Highly respected as the grande dame of alternative health and award-winning author of 30 books, she single-handedly launched the weight loss/detox revolution in her New York Times bestseller The Fat Flush Plan. A Connecticut College and Teachers College, Columbia University graduate, Dr. Ann Louise was recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and was the recipient of the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence. She has been a popular columnist for First magazine since 2003.

Website: www.annlouise.com


Meet Omega-7 - The New "Kid" on the Block

Make way for omega-7. It is the latest powerhouse Smart Fat, which someday may rival coconut in popularity. Studies from Harvard, The Cleveland Clinic, Hawaii, and Japan have suggested that omega-7 is a force to be reckoned with. This awesome omega can be found in its most biologically available form in anchovies, while sea buckthorn is the highest source of a vegan omega-7. Macadamia nuts and macadamia nut oil are not far behind. Research...

The essential GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is not just your ordinary Smart Fat. Distinctively different than thyroid-targeting coconut oil, GLA is a multitasking essential fatty acid that activates brown fat to effortlessly burn calories from heat. Our bodies need to get GLA from foods because we cannot manufacture this essential fatty acid without an outside source. GLA has proven benefits to ignite a slow metabolism and is a healer for PMS, bloating, depression, diabetic...

Smart Fat Series: Eat Fat Lose Weight

Nutritional short falls may not be the direct cause of thyroid imbalances but they sure can magnify unpleasant symptoms. The ones I find most lacking are vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, zinc, iron, iodine, potassium, selenium and the amino acid tyrosine. Please note that iodine may be contraindicated with those who have Hashimoto's.

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Viral overload is the last, but by no means, the least...

Smart Fats are simply one of the BEST and tastiest solutions for stalled weight loss because they go far beyond the call of duty. Alone or with synergistic help from additional vitamins, minerals and herbs, these savvy fats can kick up thyroid function and/or stimulate calorie-burning brown fat (a special tissue that disperses surplus calories for heat instead of fat storage). And, that's just for starters!

They also reduce the body's ability to store fat for energy...

In addition to trying out an elimination diet, you should also be taking a more up-close and personal evaluation of your stomach acid—meaning, your hydrochloric acid production, or lack there-of. Dr. Jonathan Wright, who is an expert on hydrochloric acid, has found that 90 percent of his patients suffer from too little hydrochloric acid or HCl. (In fact, I was one of them. My diagnosis of hypochlorhydria was officially diagnosed at his Tahoma Clinic in Washington State via the...

Bile is an emulsifier—a type of soap for fats. It breaks down the fats into small particles so that your intestines can absorb them. Produced by the liver to the tune of about one quart per day, bile is made from lecithin, cholesterol and bilirubin. It is stored near the liver in the gallbladder. From there, it is transported to the intestines during digestion.

Here's a NEWSFLASH for you: Bile is not ONLY the real key to the body's ability to digest and assimilate fats,...

Let's be honest. Fat is back big time!

Even Time magazine is in on the newly found love affair with fats. "Eat Butter," was prominently declared on the cover of the June 2014 issue with its larger than life delicious golden butter gracing the entire page! And it's about time. For over half a century, fat has been terribly maligned and misunderstood in the American diet landscape, and our health and expanding waistlines have suffered for it.

While "fat makes you...

Plan for a peaceful perimenopause naturally.

In Today's Modern Age, Menopause Isn't The Same As It Was In Your Mother Or Grandmother's Time. Environmental Threats From Synthetic Chemicals That Mimic Natural hormones have created an environment where shockingly young women can begin to prematurely experience symptoms of the change Before the Change.

With that in mind, I knew that now was a perfect—and imperative—time to update my New York Times...

Many weight loss and healthy lifestyle programs recommend journaling. If you're overlooking it as an optional element—stop! In this sneak peak of The NEW Fat Flush Journal & Shopping Guide I share exactly why jotting down your daily triumphs, setbacks, highs, and lows is anything but unnecessary. In fact, it's setting a solid foundation for success.

You are the masterpiece of your own life.

—DR. JOE...

Apple cider vinegar is one of the greatest superfoods of all time. It helps stabilize blood sugar, is my first line of defense against cravings, and provides a fantastic natural energy boost. It’s also incredibly versatile. You can mix it into a full glass of purified water—or with a small amount for an energy shot—and it’s absolutely lovely on salads, in smoothies, and snuck into a variety of recipes.

Do make sure that you purchase raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered apple...

A preview from The NEW Fat Flush Cookbook

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I bet yours is filled with laughter, love, and nourishing ingredients, but you may be overlooking some important things. In this preview from my NEW Fat Flush Cookbook I cover the rundown on how to make your kitchen the most nourishing, healing place it can be—before you even begin cooking.

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The official start of summer is just around the corner. Many people might find themselves entrenched in diet and detox programs to shed those extra pounds for tank top confidence. My tried-and-true Fat Flush Plan offers daily detox, healing foods, metabolism-revving spices, calming rituals, and more that has helped thousands around the world find lasting success. When you're at home, sticking to your healthy eating plan is easy, with the right weekly preparation. But, what about when you're...

Even if heart disease “doesn't run in your family,” this article is for you. Even if you have low cholesterol levels and your blood pressure is normal, this article is for you, too. This information doubles as both prevention and treatment— and its knowledge is critical for us all.

In the past, you may have thought of heart disease as an illness that you associated predominately with men. These days, we know that more than one in three women have some form of...

As I always say , detox isn't a seasonal event—it's a daily affair. A diet filled with satisfying and liver-loving foods like artichokes, avocados, olive oil, and dandelion root tea, daily intake of high-quality supplements, and regular lymph-moving exercise allows your body to flush toxins and recharge on a regular basis.

However, there are specific detoxes I suggest adding to the mix that are tailored to be in harmony with the season. I love incorporating these rituals for...

LET'S FACE IT— your hormones rule. When they're out of whack, you are, too and when they're in harmony, everything else feels harmonious, as well. It's not uncommon to blame all kinds of extraneous factors on our hormones but such offhanded comments carry more truth than you realize.

In fact, the numbers tell a very serious tale indeed. Did you know that over 75 percent of women are currently suffering from haywire hormones in their body directly...

The Breakthrough Detox Diet

For the first time in 25 years, the book that ignited a diet and lifestyle phenomenon has been fully updated–and it’s here just in time for the holidays!

Ann Louise Gittleman, the award winning New York Times bestselling author once again challenges conventional dietary wisdom to rewrite the rules of nutrition. A trendsetter for decades, her Fat Flush Plan revolutionized weight loss by helping tens of thousands...

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS OFTEN THE MOST DIFFICULT TIME OF THE YEAR TO STAY SLIM WHILE SWEET AND SAVORY INDULGENCE FOODS SEEM TO SURROUND US EVERYWHERE. And if you haven't shed the pounds you resolved you would last time this year, you're probably feeling even more frustrated. The truth is, you're being sabotaged by hidden factors that are weighing you down. Read on for what they are—and how to fight back and win the losing battle.

Sneaky weight loss roadblock: A...

Effective, Life Changing Nutrition

We're a nation of addicts to be sure. Whether it's coffee, caffeine, sugar, or even the Internet, we're hooked. But alcohol seems to be everywhere we look. Ordering a drink with dinner or checking out the best happy hour menus in town is the new norm.

In fact, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2014, 71 percent of people reported having had a drink during the past year and 56.9 percent during...

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It actually takes the right acid to create systemic alkalinity—the key to health, longevity and weight loss.

Yes, you heard that right. I'm talking about hydrochloric acid (HCl) here, the only acid your body actually produces on its own that is not a byproduct of metabolic waste. It may sound counter-intuitive, but although HCl is an acid, it's the key to the proper alkaline/ acid balance — which is seriously deficient in anyone beyond the age of...