Good Day Alabama: Feb. 19, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Feb. 19, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - HOME & GARDEN SHOW - The Birmingham Home and Garden Show takes over the BJCC for four days of nationally renowned experts in landscaping, outdoor living, home improvement, interior design, instructional how-to seminars, giveaways and hundreds of expert exhibitors. Experts and special guests will be on hand like Matt Muenster from DIY’s Bath Crashers, Lucy Farmer from HGTVs Beach Flip, Leanne Lee the DIVA of DIY, and more! There will be more than 300 companies with the hottest home and garden products. The show runs from 10am until 9pm today and tomorrow and from 10am-6pm on Sunday. Tickets are $11 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 5 get in for free. For tickets or more information, visit www.birminghamhomeandgardenshow.com.

BBJ - Mike talked with Alan Alexander from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed what to watch in the state house including how Alabama getting out of the liquor retail business and a gas tax increase. They also discussed the overhaul of Alabama's Medicaid. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.

SHRED POWER CLEANSE - We hear so much these days about toxins and detoxing and clean eating. The word "detox" is used in countless marketing claims for diets to promote healthy eating and weight loss. Does the word "detox" have a specific nutritional meaning in a medical or clinical setting? If we're not eating clean are we eating dirty? Ian Smith M.D., is the author of the recent book - The Shred Power Cleanse - and former #1 New York Times Bestsellers "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet" and "Super Shred: The Big Results Diet." He appears regularly as co-host of The Rachael Ray Show. He also served as medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1's highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club.  He is also the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. A graduate of Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, Smith was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Though long suspicions of cleanses and detox programs as unhealthy, Dr. Ian conducted his own research. He determined why and when detoxes are a good idea, what to avoid while choosing a way to detox, and safe, non-deprivational ways to help the body keep our systems clean and toxin-free. In "The Shred Power Cleanse: Eat Clean. Get Lean. Burn Fat.," Dr. Ian says move over, green smoothie.  The Purple Smoothie is now taking center stage.  Dr. Ian Smith created a powerful two-week detox program that will help anyone "hit the reset button" to lose weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and feel great. THe Shred Power Cleanse's signature drink, the Purple Power Detox Smoothie, is loaded with antioxidant- and phytonutrient-packed super foods to help maintain a healthy liver--the body's major detox organ.  The Shred Power Cleanse is unique because it doesn't consist exclusively of drinks, but incorporates salads, soups and snacks as well.  It also requires exercise, another important way for the body to eliminate toxic substances.  As a bonus, it also includes a Weekend Power Cleanse--a quick, three-day program, designed to cleanse the system after a week of indulging, and not eating or drinking at our best. Using the principle of "let food be thy medicine," he designed a program with three key principles in mind:

1. It's accessible--the foods and ingredients called for are not rare or difficult to find

2. It's realistic--the smoothies and shakes are tasty and full of a broad range of flavors, and are extremely easy to make. 

3. It's flexible--it can fit well into other types of programs, whether vegetarian, vegan, paleo or anything else

ZOO CREW - Rebekah Daniels joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to the Virginia Opossum. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to www.birminghamzoo.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, we show you some great ideas for entertaining the next time you have family or friends staying over at your house! Beware of viruses on your smartphone! We show you how to protect yourself! The experts join us to take your questions about gardening, your pets, and fishing! Plus we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day!