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Alli Reviews – Does Alli really work?

Who wouldn’t like a quick fix to lose weight easily, with minimal effort and maximum results?  Christmas is coming up and I know I for one would like to drop a dress size.  But recently, spending more and more time at the computer means my exercise regime is slowly heading out of the window, one slightly overweight limb at a time.

Alli diet pills

Alli Pills Starter Pack

 

Alli diet pills are the only FDA approved diet pills that are available over the counter.  Alli is designed to treat obesity in adults and there have been mixed reviews following their use although studies show that Alli does help people to lose a bit more weight than they normally would through diet and exercise alone.

Alli (pronounced AL-eye) is the same drug as Xenical (Orlistat) but in a reduced strength which is why it is approved for over the counter and online sale.

It is only approved for sale in this way to adults aged 18 years and over, so how this is policed when it can be bought online is debatable, but in theory people under 18 will not have access to payment methods.

How does Alli work?

Alli diet pills work by blocking your body’s absorption of fat, which in turn reduces the amount of calories that your body absorbs.  The fat that is blocked by Alli travels through your intestinal gut before eventually being eliminated through your normal bowel movements!

Alli blocks around 25% of the fat that you take in.

You can take Alli up to three times a day, and you should take it along with meals that contain less than 15g of fat.

It is important to note that Alli diet pills are NOT a miracle drug – it might work for you, but only if you follow a sensible diet and exercise routine at the same time.  This is not the drug for you if you want to carry on eating all the chocolate in the shop and still lose weight.  If anyone knows of THAT drug, let me know 😉

Alli Side Effects

Due to Alli diet pills ability to block fat absorption, you might find it useful to supplement your diet with Vitamins A, D, E and K while you are taking Alli, because these are fat soluble vitamins.

The most widely reported side effect while using Alli diet pills is changes in bowel movements such as loose stools.  This normally occurs in the first few weeks and then generally goes away as your body adapts.

You should speak to your doctor if you are at all concerned about any side effects, and it is probably best to speak to you doctor before starting taking Alli diet pills.

DO NOT take Alli if:

You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

You are on the drug cyclosporine.

You have had an organ transplant.

You are not overweight.

Other side effects may include:

Becoming quite gassy

Oil in your stools or underwear

Stomach pain

Bowel movements become difficult to control

Very rarely, Alli diet pills have been associated with liver damage, but normally in those who were on the prescription strength does.  The symptoms of this include general weakness, stomach pain and jaundice (skin yellowing).  If you experience these symptons while taking Alli diet pills, go to the doctor or hospital straight away.

Familiarize yourself with the instructions that come with Alli diet pills before starting them.

How To Get Rid Of Canker Sores

If you are wondering how to get rid of canker sores then welcome to this page.  I get a lot of canker sores as I bite the inside of my cheeks quite a lot when I eat (not the only cause by any means), and I only recently found out thanks to a nursing student friend of mine that the little bumps that appeared had a name! They can also be caused by excess acid in the diet, hormonal inbalances, smoking and even certain toothpastes and mouthwashes (see prevention).

Generally canker sores will go away on their own without any need for treatment but if they are sore or causing discomfort then there are a few things you can try to at least relieve the a little.  You can also take preventative measures to stop them appearing in the first place.

How to get rid of canker sores – the ultimate guide including prevention.

Some tips to get rid of canker sores, which are definitely worth trying:

1. Gargle with a solution of warm water and salt – sounds horrible and tastes nasty, believe me. Just gargle, do not swallow! Gargle for around 30 seconds or as long as you can stand then spit out in the sink. Do this twice a day for abut 3 days and see if the sores start to heal and get smaller.

2. You can buy over the counter meds such as lidocaine – this will not speed up the healing of the sore, but it will help alleviate any pain that the sore is causing. Ask you local chemist for this or any alternatives that they can recommend.

3. Grape juice is reported to have beneficial effects on canker sores and to help speed up healing time. This has not been scientifically proven but people have reported seeing benefits. If you like grape juice then you have nothing to lose by trying this. Drink a few cupfuls each day, not to much as juice contains a lot of sugar.

4. Try soaking a cotton wall ball in Pepto Bismol, or similar, and hold it against the sore a few times a day. The alkaline will help reduce the acidity and have a calming effect.

5. Similar to above but using a tea bag. Dampen a tea bag and hold it against the sore. The alkaline nature of the tea bag works in the same way as Pepto Bismol.

Prevention and care

Avoid anything that contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate – specifically toothpaste and mouthwashes as this has been known to make the sores worse.

Be careful when brushing your teeth if you have canker sores – avoid aggravating them by rubbing them with the brush.

Try to avoid foods that may irritate your sore – such as spicy food, or acidic foods like citrus fruit (oranges, lemons and so on).

If you keep biting your sore it runs a risk of becoming infected – persistent pain or redness and a discharge could be signs that the canker sore is becoming infected. If this happens see your doctor who can prescribe you antibiotics after diagnosis. You should also see your doctor is the sores remain after two or three weeks or if you regularly suffer from them. If you develop a fever then seek medical advice also.