Juicing is a great way to insure that you receive a maximum amount of nutrients into your body in just one glass a day! Here are our top 3 tips for juicing:
Here is my morning green juice recipe:
3-4 kale leaves with stems removed (flash boiled)
1 cucumber peeled
1 stick of celery or a little broccoli (flash boiled)
1 apple peeled and cored
Coconut water, which is very low in calories and full of goodness.
Whizz all the ingredients together in a blender, adding water as desired to adjust consistency.
Do not let this humble grass deceive you! It is packed with so much goodness that it can help improve many chronic conditions. Nutrition-wise, it is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese, with minute traces of B vitamins.
From the leaves and stems, citronella oil is obtained for making insect repellent, soap, perfumery and flavorings.
Lemongrass has long been used in Asian countries for its medicinal properties. What makes it so effective in many medical condition is that it contains anti-septic compounds that effectively kill the harmful micro-organisms (bacteria, yeast, fungus and parasites) in the digestive tract, whilst still preserving the good bacteria. It helps to improve digestive-related problems like indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, intestinal bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps.
Thanks to its high iron content, which is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin (the protein in red cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body) lemongrass is helpful for people with Anemia.
Studies have shown that lemongrass contains citral, an anti-cancer compound that could cause cancer cells to die, while preserving the healthy tissues.
Its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties have been found to be effective in treating arthritis, gout and inflammation of the urinary tract.
Lemongrass has been found to have a beneficial, balsamic action on the respiratory tract and so can be used to relieve the symptoms associated with flu, cold and hay fever.
The anti-oxidant, anti-septic and diuretic effect of lemongrass make it an important ingredient to be included in your diet when detoxifying. It helps to cleanse and purify the liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas and increases blood circulation. The diuretic effect helps carry out the toxins to be eliminated effectively. This process also helps to cleanse/detoxify the pancreas and improve its functions, thus lowering blood sugar level in diabetics.
Lemongrass helps regulate intestinal function and motility due to its anti-microbial properties. A warm mug of lemongrass tea can be very soothing when having gastritis or acid indigestion. Drinking the tea therapeutically will gradually reduce the recurrence of both gastritis and heartburn.
Lemongrass has an anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action. It helps reduce both the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine, as well as the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood.
As with all grasses, lemongrass is very fibrous and cannot be eaten as it is. You can juice it using a masticating juicer, or make tea of it. Try this great Lemongrass-Ginger tea recipe and drink it regularly for a super-boost to your immune system!
While research citing the many benefits of coffee has made headlines, there are still concerns as to whether excess caffeine is in our best interest. Interestingly, the research shows the benefits of coffee were present in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the benefits are not attributable to the caffeine content, but to other properties of the plant itself.
Many people, myself included, are either wary of the effect of excess caffeine on the nervous system or just do not tolerate caffeine well. Many people will choose to drink “decaf.” But is it safe?
To answer that question, it’s important to know how your decaf was processed and which processing method to opt for.
Is Your Decaf Actually Decaf?
First of all, it must be pointed out that ,while the FDA requires a beverage touted as “decaf” to be 97% caffeine free, drinking decaf can actually still add up to ingesting a bunch of caffeine:
- An 8 ounce cup of regular coffee can anywhere from 85 to 190mg of caffeine.
- An 8 ounce cup of decaf can range from 8.6 to 13.6mg of caffeine.
- A shot of decaf espresso can have as little as 3mg of caffeine and as much as 16mgs.
So beware if you are trying to avoid caffeine, drinking a double decaf latte can pack as much caffeine as a can of Coke!
Not All Decafs Are Created Equal!
When choosing a decaf, it’s important to inquire about the method that was used to extract the caffeine from the coffee beans. Choosing consciously can mean the difference between a clean product and one that is potentially laden with toxic chemicals.There are four common decaffeination methods used today:
1 – Most Pure: Water Process (Can be sold as organic decaf, no chemicals or solvents)
Water process decaffeination is when the beans are soaked in very hot water and the caffeine as well as flavors and other constituents are naturally extracted. This is commonly called Swiss Water Process and is far and away the most natural and safe decaffeination process.
2 – More Pure: Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction Method (can be sold as organic decaf, no chemicals or solvents)
This is a solvent-free extraction method that allows carbon dioxide (CO2) to selectively extract caffeine from a coffee bean. The beans are soaked in water and then, under very high pressure, CO2 is added. The CO2 acts like a magnet and pulls only the caffeine out of the saturated bean.
There are no residues or toxic by-products in this decaffeination method. In addition, CO2 is an organic substance of great purity.
3 – Less Pure: Ethyl Acetate Method (cannot be sold as organic decaf)
Ethyl acetate (EA) is a solvent that in very small amounts occurs naturally in many fruits, and is even found in coffee beans. In this caffeine extraction method, first the beans are steamed for 30 minutes and then steamed in water and EA for about 10 hours, where the caffeine is extracted by the EA. The mixture is drained and the process repeated several times to complete the extraction process.
Even though this solvent exists naturally in fruits, the EA that is used is typically synthetic.
Exposure to high levels of ethyl acetate results first in irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, followed by headache, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and unconsciousness. Its carcinogenic properties are not yet known. This level of exposure may not be reached from simply drinking a few cups a day but its important to be aware of these factors as more research is conducted.
4 – Least Pure: Methylene Chloride Method (i.e. Dichloromethane-DCM, cannot be sold as organic decaf, most commonly used)
According to many experts, this decaffeination method produces the best tasting cup of decaf. The beans are boiled in water extracting the flavors and caffeine. The water extract is separated from the beans and mixed with methylene chloride solution where the caffeine is extracted. Then the beans and caffeine-free water are re-united, whereupon the beans reabsorb their flavor.
Methylene chloride vaporizes at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which is exceeded by both roasting and brewing, allowing most decafs processed this way to stay well within FDA solvent residue standards.
According to the EPA, methylene chloride is predominantly used as a solvent. The acute (short-term) effects of methylene chloride inhalation in humans consist mainly of nervous system effects including decreased visual, auditory, and motor functions, but these effects are reversible once exposure ceases. The effects of chronic (long-term) exposure to methylene chloride suggest that the central nervous system (CNS) is a potential target. Human data are inconclusive regarding methylene chloride and cancer. Animal studies have shown increases in liver and lung cancer and benign mammary gland tumors following the inhalation of methylene chloride.
Sadly, labeling of decaffeination method used is not required and although the FDA has established safe levels of these decaffeinating solvents, the only way to be sure you are not being exposed to any potentially harmful solvents is to buy organic decaf, which by law has to be decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process or a Supercritical extraction.
Source: Dr John Douillard Lifespa
Squash morning hunger pangs by drinking fennel tea before bed. Fennel is known for its cleansing, clarifying flavor that helps reset taste buds and reduce cravings. It boosts digestion, facilitating the absorption of nutrients, and reduces fat storage in the body. It also helps in calming an upset tummy. You can pick up fennel seeds in any supermarket or food health srore.
To make fennel tea, simply place 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in a mortar. Apply pressure with a pestle to release the flavour and healing properties and then place the seeds in a pot with 2 cups of boiling water. Leave the tea for about 10 minutes to allow the water to become infused with the oils from the fennel seeds. Strain and enjoy!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR is a wonder potion that can be used for treating or preventing a multitude of conditions. Here are five of my absolute favourites:
Apple cider vinegar regulates acid levels in the stomach and can really
help with acid reflux. It also increases good bacteria in the gut and fights conditions like Candida. Its antibiotic properties can help with bacterial infections in the stomach. It also contains pectin, which can help soothe stomach cramps and generally comfort your tummy. Simply mix 1tsp/1 tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water and drink (you can add a bit of honey if the taste is too sharp for you).
Sip this before eating. If you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later, try this: Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you eat.
3-Cold and flu
Most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates, so as soon as you feel your throat hurting, use the vinegar to bust the germs! Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour.
To clear a stuffy nose, mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water and drink. This helps drain your sinuses.
4-Beat workout fatigue
Exercise and extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote to this. What’s more the potassium and enzymes in the vinegar act as a pick-me-up! Next time you're feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled water and sip.
5-Night-time leg cramps
If you’re prone to night-time cramps, add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of water and drink before going to sleep. This will hopefully ease night-time leg cramps for good!
Green tea is one of the least processed teas around and carries a huge amount of antioxidants, notably a catechin called EGCG, which is thought to play a pivotal role in green tea's amazing anticancer and antioxidant effects.
A recent Japanese study on green tea found that men who drank green tea regularly had lower cholesterol than those who didn't. Researchers in Spain and the United Kingdom have also shown that ECGC can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
The health benefits of green tea have been extensively researched and, as the scientific community's awareness of its potential benefits has increased, so have the number of new studies. Green tea drinkers appear to have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis. In August 2006, a European study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that green tea is a healthier choice than almost any beverage, including pure water, because it not only rehydrates as well as water, but provides a rich supply of antioxidants. Studies have shown that it lowers blood pressure and helps prevent hypertension, thins the blood and helps prevent blood clots, helps prevent the development of cancer, builds bone density, protects the liver, promotes fat loss, maintains mental sharpness amongst numerous other things. Most of the research showing the health benefits of green tea is based on the amount of green tea typically consumed in Asian countries—about 3 cups per day. There are many different types of green tea that you can buy, from Japanese to Chinese and Indian. I would recommend that you stay away from the flavored Green tea bags sold these days, as they mostly contain artificial flavors and additives. Buy the purest form you can find, allow to brew for 2-3 minutes as it can otherwise taste very bitter. You can add your own touch by brewing it with thinly sliced ginger and lemon, or sprigs of spearmint, and can even add some honey for sweetness. Enjoy!
The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you're a mom, a teacher, an executive, an artist, what you do first thing in the morning matters.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.
Jump-start the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature's rhythms, and balance you.
Your mind may say you have to check emails, get the kids to school, that you can't be late for work or that you just don't have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.
But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this.....
Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon…and if you’re like me and need to leave the house at 7am for the school run, squeeze the juice of half a lemon the night before and leave it in the fridge, then just pour hot water on top in the morning and take the flask with you in the car!
It's so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore.
Warm water with lemon:
Boosts you're immune system , balances pH (Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not, and will help keep your body alkaline), helps with weight loss as they fight hunger cravings, aids digestion, acts as a gentle and natural diuretic, clears skin and hydrates the lymph system -
Adopting just this one practice of in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don't be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light!
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