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Archive for December, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Holiday Juice of the Day:

4 Kale Leaves

1 Small Yam

1 Orange

1 small apple

1 Celery Stalk

10 Fresh Cranberries

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Nutmeg

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1/2 cup Almond Milk

Water

Holiday Juice

Cheers!

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Health Benefits of Cranberries

Here’s your well-timed research review for the weekend: An article in the journal Advances in Nutrition that reviews information on the bioactive components in cranberries and the effect of cranberry consumption on human health.

While all berries have healthful properties, cranberries are distinct from other berry fruits because they have a different phytochemical profile. (Phytochemicals are compounds that occur naturally within plants, and are increasingly thought to be responsible for a given plant’s health benefits.) Therefore, it’s worth investigating whether cranberries impart any unique health benefits compared to other berries.

Most of the research on the effects of cranberry consumption has focused on urinary tract infections and cardiovascular health. “Evidence suggesting that cranberries may decrease the recurrence of urinary tract infections is important because a nutritional approach to this condition could lower the use of antibiotic treatment and the consequent development of resistance to these drugs,” the article’s authors write.

As for heart-health benefits, the review authors say there is “encouraging but limited” evidence that cranberries can protect against cardiovascular disease, most likely because of the berries’ antioxidants and their favorable effect on lipoprotein profiles.

Cranberries are also hypothesized to help with oral health (by fighting harmful bacteria that collects in the mouth) and gastrointestinal health (by aiding in digestion and promoting a healthy gut).

If you have any control over the cranberries you juice, try to enjoy them as close as possible to their natural state to increase the phytochemical content.

Juice of the Day:

Handful Spinach/Romaine Lettuce

1 Orange

1/2 Pears

1/4 cup Cranberries

1 Celery

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Banana

1 inch size Ginger

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Scoop Protein Powder

Water

Cranberries

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7 Top Health Benefits of Maca

Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is grown in the mountains of Peru. Sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng,” maca’s benefits have been long valued, and now have been rediscovered as a supplement and ingredient. Maca comes in pill, liquid and powder form.

There are no known side effects of maca but like any other supplement it should not be taken in large amounts. When you first start using maca it’s best to begin by taking smaller amounts and building up; even 1/2 teaspoon is a good place to start. And at the other end, 1 tablespoon (of the powder) is an average daily dose. Rotating a few days on and a few days off is often recommended. Taking too much can lead to adverse effects and throw your hormones out of whack. If you experience this, you should take less or wean yourself off completely.

Maca is good in smoothies, salads, drinks, cooked foods, and juices. Don’t add it to anything that’s very hot because it will lose all its benefits. The taste can be a bit odd at first but it gets more tolerable and it depends on what you mix it with. Smoothies, puddings, and juices seem to be the best ways to use maca powder.

Vitamins
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

Sexual function
Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.

Women’s health and mood
Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

Energy
Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.

But be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.

Skin
Many take macs for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.

Mood balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though of the evidence is anecdotal. Some have reported an increase in mental energy and focus.

Juice of the Day:

Handful Kale/Spinach

2 Celery Stalks

1 Banana

Mint Leaves from 2 Stems

1 Apple

1 Tomato

1 Carrot

2 Strawberries

1/4 cup Bluberries

5 Raspberries

1/4 Cup Cranberries

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Scoop Maca Powder (1 Tbsp)

Water

Maca-powder

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Using Fresh Turmeric Root

Most people buy turmeric in powder form but you can also use fresh turmeric root in your recipes and home remedies. When working with fresh turmeric root, be aware that it stains … badly. Use gloves and make sure not to get it on anything that is easily stained like white counter tops or clothes.  You’ll want to peel the turmeric before using it. The easiest way is to rub it with the edge of a spoon but you can also use a potato peeler.   Fresh turmeric root can be juiced just like ginger. Use the juice alone in soups, salad dressing, and sauces or include it in your favorite healthy juice recipe.  It’s not as easy to find turmeric root in stores as it is to find ginger root. Your best bet in finding it is to head to your local Indian or Asian market. Whole Foods also carries it in some locations.

Juice of the Day:

2 Swiss Chard Leaves

1 Carrot

2 Pineapple Slices

1 Celery Stalk

1/2 Rainbow Beet

1 Tomato

1/4 cup Cilantro

1/4 cup Raspberries

1/2 Banana

2 Green onion/Scallions

1 Garlic

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

1 Tsp Turmeric

1 Tbsp Goji berries

Water

Cheers!

Happy Monday

Swiss Chard and Spinach mix 50%

handful Cilantro

1 Garlic Clove

1/4 Cucumber

1 Celery Stalk

1 Radish

1/4 cup Raspberries

1/4 cup Blueberries

2 Pineapple Slices

1/2 Rainbow Beet

1/2 Banana

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 Tbsp Flax seed

Water

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The Incredible Powers of Celery

Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. Because it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.

This super food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and the very special essential oils that give celery its characteristic smell. These oils help to regulate the nervous system, and are very calming.

Celery is rich in sodium, which is very different to table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries and other aliments. If salt, including sea salt is white, then it has been processed and all minerals and nutrients have been destroyed.

On the other hand, the sodium that is available in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body. Every cell in our body is constantly bathed in a salt solution, and if the salt level is not in balance, dehydration occurs. This is why adding celery to your juice perfect for rehydration.

Juice of the Day:

Spinach, Swiss Chard & Kale mix

3 Pineapple slices

1/2 avocado

1 Tomato

1 Gala Apple

1 Celery stalk

1 Banana

1 Green onion/Scallion

1 Garlic Clove

1/2 Squash

Mint Leaves from 2 stems

1 Tbsp Wheat Germ

1 Tbsp Wheat Bran

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

Water

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Health Benefits Of Melon

Melon fruit contains a lot of water (about 95% of the fruit) also rich in vitamins and minerals, so it has many benefits for our health. From the side of water content, melons can give sense of cool and soothing effect, so it can relieve heartburn and cleanse the kidneys from the remnants of metabolism.
Benefits:
1. Cancer Prevention
Melon fruit contains high carotenoid that this fruit can prevent cancer and reduce the risk of lung cancer. Melon fruit can prevent and kill cancer seeds that will invade our bodies. So try to eat melons, to avoid cancer.
 
2. Stroke and heart disease Prevention
Melon contains an anticoagulant called adenosine to stop clotting of blood cells which can lead to stroke or heart diseases. So the melons will help smooth the blood in the body so that a small risk of stroke or heart diseases incidence.
 
3. Good for digestion
Melons can launch a bowel movement, when we are experiencing digestive problems then eat melon to be easy and smooth bowel movement. Water content in the melon is very good for digestion. Mineral content is able to eliminate the acidity of the body need to be eliminated because it can interfere with digestion, particularly in the stomach organ.
 
4. Maintaining healthy skin
Melon contains collagen, the protein compounds that affect the integrity of the cell structure in all connective tissues such as skin. Collagen also serve For accelerates wound healing and maintain skin firmness. If you often eat melon means the skin will not be rough and dry.
5. Helps heal kidney disease and eczema.
Melon has a very good diuretic power so that it can help cure kidney disease and severe diseases and acute eczema. If combined with lemon, then a melon can cure gout. So a good idea to consume melons regularly once a day in the morning.
 
6. Boost of Energy
Most melons are contain B vitamins. B vitamins are responsible for a lot of your body’s energy production (they are necessary for the body to process sugars and carbs). Hence, eating melons can give you substantial energy
7. For weight loss
Melons are ideal food for people who want to lose weight because they are low in sodium, fat-free, cholesterol free and low in calories (a whole cup of watermelon contains only 48 calories). They will also make you feel fuller because of the high water content. The natural sweetness found in melons will help you not to be tempted to grab those high calorie sweets.

Try my Juice of the Day:

 

Spinach

1 cup Grapes

1/2 cup Honey Dew melon

1/2 cup Cantaloupe

1 inch size Ginger

1 Apple

1 Tbsp Chia seed

6 Cashews

Water

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