Benefits of Juicing We all love juice, but the juice that we can buy in shops is usually made from concentrate and contains a very small amount of actual fruit. That’s why juicing is gradually becoming so popular – it provides your body with pure, natural nutrients, vitamins and enzymes. Why Juice As I just said – by making your own juice you will know exactly what you are drinking. Whereas, if you buy manufactured juice, you can’t always trust what it says on the packaging. Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices hold great benefits for your health and wellbeing. Among other things, you will feel revitalized, have more energy, have healthier looking skin and hair and even loose some extra kilograms. Your body will be thankful for the break from all the chemicals you have been putting into it recently (and you most certainly have, trust me). Every fruit and vegetable you decide to use in your juice will have its own benefits, however. Like, for example, carrots are rich in A and K and will improve your vision and immune system. Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant and contains about 40% of an adults’ GDA of vitamin C. Apples help with asthma and diabetes, as well as maintaining healthy teeth. Avocado’s help lower cholesterol levels, bananas lower blood pressure and blackberries take care of your heart, preventing strokes and cardiac arrests. Do some research and pick the fruit that are right for you and your situation to get all the benefits you need. How to Start Juicing There are many ways to do so. You could, for example, stick to your current diet, but replace the soda drinks and purchased juice with homemade juice. Or you can be hardcore and replace a whole meal daily with squeezed fruit and veg. But if you feel like you want to give your body even more of a “reboot”, then I suggest drinking nothing but juice for a short period of time. This can be anything from 5 to 15 days (or more, if you feel comfortable) and will give your body a rest from digesting heavy foods, such as meat and fatty products. Beware, however, that you shouldn’t do this for too long as your body still needs other nutrients that can’t be found in fruits or vegetables. Fruit and Vegetables That Should Be Used for Juicing The fruit and vegetables you use for your juice depend entirely on your taste. The only fruit I don’t recommend using are mango and pineapples. I love both of them in the form of solid fruit, but they don’t squeeze into juice very well, leaving a lot of unused product. Cucumbers, lettuce and Bok Choy make a great juice base (but aren’t too good on their own). Pomegranates, carrots, grapes and apples are perfect for adding flavor. The great thing about juicing is that there is a lot of room for experiment and the amount of combinations you can come up with is endless. It is also important that you drink the juice no longer than after 10 minutes of making it in order to save all the vitamins and get the most out of juicing. Among all the supplements we are offered in the modern world it is tempting to think that we don’t need fruit and vegetables at all – we can just take a few pills and have the same effect. That, however, is far from the truth. No pill will ever compare to the complex combination of antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins that work together to bring you the best nature can offer.
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Green Tea Benefits More and more people in the world have started to drink green tea recently. This hot beverage smells good and tastes good, which could be the explanation. But what most people don’t know is that, along with the great taste and smell, green tea actually holds a lot of benefits for your body. Green Tea and Chronic Diseases First of all, green tea helps prevent serious chronic illnesses such as cancer. The antioxidant in this drink contains an extremely large amount of vitamin C and vitamin E, which are both believed to be linked to protecting your body cells from the damage caused by cancer. Another chronic disease that can be prevented by consuming this kind of tea is heart disease. Green tea does this by significantly lowering the levels of “bad” cholesterol in your bloodstream. And even if you have already been unfortunate enough to be exposed to a heart attack – green tea will speed up the recovery of your heart cells. And, as unbelievable as this may sound, green tea has been proven to create an immune system against HIV in those who drink it. Scientists in Japan have shown that components in green tea stop the virus binding with healthy cells. It isn’t a 100% guarantee that you will never get cancer, HIV or a heart attack, of course. But you will have far more chances at staying healthy, as opposed to someone who doesn’t drink green tea. Green Tea and Beauty Green tea will help you look healthy on the outside as well as on the inside. It will help you fight signs of ageing and improve the overall appearance of your skin by protecting it from the harmful effects of free radicals and UV rays. It will increase your metabolism, leading to weight loss (doctors actually prescribe green tea to patients suffering from obesity). Green tea will even prevent tooth decay. When in our mouths, green tea destroys the harmful bacteria and viruses that are often the reason for most oral problems. This also means a remedy for bad breath. What’s more, green tea boosts your overall immunity levels. Meaning no runny noses and coughing and more energy to do what you really enjoy. Everyone agrees that the healthier you are on the inside, the better you look on the outside. Green Tea, Our Brain and Illnesses That Don’t Have a Cure Quite a few people know that green tea improves our memory and concentration (partially due to the quite high levels of caffeine it contains) but not many know that, in the long run, these effects may prevent serious illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Illnesses that don’t even have a medical cure yet can be prevented by green tea; that’s how good it is. How to Consume Green Tea In order to experience all the benefits we talked about in this article you need to drink as little as 1-3 cups a day. Pour the green tea lives over with almost (!) boiling water and leave to steep for about 7 minutes in order to let it bring out all its natural goodness. Some argue that adding lemon to your green tea will help your daily meals absorb better, but at the end of the day it’s all a matter of personal taste, really. You may find that you like a certain flavor of green tea (it does, indeed, come in many variations); you may take it with a teaspoon of sugar or even milk. We’re used to medicine being sour and not very pleasant to our taste buds. Green tea, however, is an exception from that rule.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar A lot of us are familiar with apple cider vinegar and have even repeatedly used it while cooking, but there’s so much more use to it than that. Applied daily as a safe, natural alternative to chemical drugs and for an overall health boost – no wonder apple cider vinegar has been popular among people for many centuries. Apple Cider Vinegar as a Beauty Aid When applied directly on the face, apple cider vinegar will boost the pH levels of your skin, making it look radiant, healthy and blemish-free. In fact, you can use apple cider vinegar all over your body to reduce cellulite, swelling and even remove warts. Your hair will also benefit from it: after a few rinses your scalp will be free from dandruff and noticeably healthier. Are you still unsure about the cosmetological benefits of this product? Apple cider vinegar can be used as a mouthwash, to whiten your teeth, fight bad breath and kill harmful bacteria – the natural way. Medical Use of Apple Cider Vinegar If you remember, in one of my previous articles we talked about coconut oil – another extremely useful supplement. But coconut oil was more useful in terms of cosmetological use, whereas apple cider vinegar concentrates mainly on health benefits (mind you, being healthy on the inside will make you look a lot better on the outside). By taking a small amount of apple cider vinegar daily, you will be: cleaning your kidneys from the build-up of harmful toxins; preventing (and even curing) symptoms of cold and the flu; relieving arthritis pain; helping cope with allergies and asthma; lowering cholesterol levels; aiding digestion; lowering blood pressure; curing nail fungus; soothing itching (such as that experienced during eczema) and even disinfecting wounds. Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss Weight loss falls into the category of medical and even cosmetological use, but I find this specific application important enough to deserve its own paragraph. We all know how hard it can be to loose weight and don’t realize that, often, the problem lies in our metabolism (that is why some people can eat everything and stay skinny and others spend their life on diets and still have excess weight). Apple cider vinegar significantly speeds up our metabolism (meaning food will be broken down faster instead of being stored as fat) and this, apart from helping you look better, will release energy and help you get more things done without the help of caffeine. You will also, as a result, get much less food cravings which, again, will help you loose weight. No gym memberships, no forced diets, no expensive supplements – just the priceless help of nature. Apple Cider Vinegar around the House As mentioned at the very beginning of this article – we are all familiar with apple cider vinegar and mostly use it in cooking. But cooking isn’t the only significant benefit from apple cider vinegar in terms of household use. You can use apple cider vinegar to wash windows and mirrors for a streak-free shine and as an air-freshener (instead of the chemical ones sold in shops). Also a useful tip for those with cats – a cat will never have an “accident” in a place where it smells vinegar. So, as you have seen, apple cider vinegar is an extremely universal, affordable and safe product. The amount of usages is unarguably large (you may even invent some of your own along the way) and there are absolutely no side effects because it’s so natural. There are many ways and opportunities to take care of your-self, so why not start today?
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Benefits of Avocado Looks like a pear, tastes like butter. This fruit, with skin distinctively resembling an alligators back, has been called a “super fruit” by several experts, but why? Super Avocado It’s not that big, but an avocado contains literally everything a person needs to survive. Cholesterol-free, high in fiber and with a contents of about 20 essential nutrients, I can kind of see where they’re coming from. By eating this fruit you will be getting, among other things, a dose of omega-3, vitamins E, C, D, A, K and B, fiber, folic acid and potassium. I guess you can forget about supplements for now. Avocados and Health But avocados won’t only allow you to survive and function; they will also make you healthier. Foods, with contents like this, will ensure you have “a brilliant brain, healthy heart and eagle eyes”, meaning less risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases and many others. The carotenoids in avocados are proven to prevent eye diseases and benefit your sight. Carotenoids themselves, when in your bloodstream, also aid the absorption of other nutrients you consume. So adding avocado into your salad will ensure you will get the best out of all its components. Because of their quite high fat content, avocados will leave you feeling full for longer without actually making you fatter. The fat in avocados is considered the “good” kind of fat. Avocados are also a source of natural fiber that will help your digestive system run smoothly, which is essential for those that want to loose weight. Avocados will even protect you and your unborn baby. Studies have shown that avocados contain a high amount of folic acid – a nutrient essential for your baby to be born healthy and develop well. The same nutrient is responsible for our heart health so if you have a family history of heart problems, if you smoke or have excessive weight – avocados should most certainly be included in your diet. Where to Put Your Avocado First of all, you have to know how to peel it properly. Most of the nutrients of an avocado are located right underneath its skin layer, so you have to be very careful not to damage them. In order to peel an avocado, cut it in half, avoiding the seed. Then, twist both halves away from each other to dislocate the seed. Cut each of the remaining halves lengthwise and remove the skin from each of them, using your index finger and thumb. Easy. Mostly, avocados are consumed raw. You can add it to a salad or mash it up and put into your sandwich. But you could also use an avocado as a substitute to butter during baking, for example. It has less unhealthy protein and carbohydrates than ordinary butter so is a much healthier option (you literally won’t taste the difference though). The only thing you should be cautious about is that avocados have quite a high fat content, meaning a lot of calories. Not something you’d want, especially if you’re trying to control your weight. However, recent nutrition studies have shown that the fat in avocados is, in fact, monounsaturated – the “good” kind of fat that actually lowers cholesterol levels. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you will be cautious with this fruit or not. At the end of the day, the amount of benefits received from eating an avocado seriously outshines its (possibly) high calorie content.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon Who hasn’t sprinkled cinnamon over their homemade apple pies and sticky buns? It’s a great-tasting spice we’re all more or less familiar with. But there’s more to love about cinnamon than just its taste. As a product rich in fiber, calcium, iron and manganese – it has a lot to offer. Sweet Treat Most of us associate cinnamon with sweet things, like baked pies. So it will come as a surprise that cinnamon actually stabilizes blood sugar levels, which is great for those with hypoglycemia and diabetes alike, and just those of us who are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. Cinnamon deals with various infectious diseases and arthritis. It’s great for women, as it stabilizes the hormonal system, dealing with both symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome and infertility. Our heart will also say thank you to us if we add cinnamon to our diets. This spice is proven to lower the levels of “bad” cholesterol in our bloodstream, which helps our hearts function better. And as if this wasn’t enough, cinnamon is proven to affect our brains in a positive way by greatly increasing our alertness and concentration and thus, in the long run, preventing the onset of various mental illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia – all the more reason to use cinnamon as often as possible in the kitchen. Scent of Cinnamon The benefits, described above, don’t work exclusively if you consume cinnamon internally with food. You will gain the same benefits if you are constantly exposed to the scent of cinnamon as well. Here are a few ways you can fill your home with this lovely odor: The easiest way is to ground some cinnamon in a bowl and place in the centre of the room – the scent will fill up the space in no time; You could make a homemade spray (that will most definitely be free from all the harmful chemicals modern sprays contain) by adding a few drops of cinnamon oil into a bottle of water and shake it well before use; Or you could even sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon powder onto your kitchen stove, so that when it will be burning the smell of cinnamon pies will waft through the kitchen (or you could just make cinnamon pies, if you want). You can purchase cinnamon in the form of sticks or powder. Sticks have a longer best before date whereas powder has a richer flavor. What you chose is up to you. Just remember to not buy huge quantities of it as it looses its taste quite quickly. Cinnamon the Preservative You could put cinnamon to use as a preservative, as well. When listing the benefits of cinnamon, I mentioned that it was good at dealing with infectious diseases. This was proven in an experiment where a small amount of cinnamon was added to apple juice, contaminated with the horrid E. coli bug. You won’t believe this, but within 72 hours, cinnamon killed over 99% of all the bacteria. Imagine what it will do to any bacteria in your body and especially to the products you are preserving. Having read all of this, it’s no wonder that around 2000 years ago, cinnamon was considered even more valuable than gold and having cinnamon in your household meant that you were extremely wealthy and influential. People back then knew what they were talking about.
Benefits of Coconut Oil We are all familiar with oils such as sunflower oil, vegetable oil and even olive oil. We meet them in everyday life and tend to use them mostly in cooking (although some of you, possibly, have found other ways to apply them). But no oil in the world can compare to coconut oil in terms of varied usage. From medical, to decorative, to kitchen use – coconut oil is extremely universal and should be in every house. Coconut Oil in Cooking As I mentioned before – the amount of ways you can use coconut oil is huge. I, personally, have managed to count over a hundred. And the major areas in which it can be used largely vary as well. In the kitchen you can use it for cooking as you would any other oil, really (except coconut oil has a much more delicate aroma and can be used as a substitute to butter). Coconut oil has also been proven to be a natural antioxidant and energy-booster so adding certain amount of it to your daily meals will do your body a lot of good. Adding coconut oil to coffee can substitute creamers and milk – both a tastier and healthier option; whereas adding coconut oil to tea has proven to help quicker recover from symptoms of cold and the flu. Coconut Oil as a Natural Medicine This leads us on to the next major benefit of coconut oil – medical usage. As well as helping with flu and cold symptoms, a regular intake of coconut oil will balance the hormonal system, eliminate nausea, improve the work of the digestive system, soothe the itch experienced during chicken pox/eczema/mosquito bites etc., help skin to heal (when used directly on the wound), improve overall quality of your sleep and, when combined with a little soda, can also be used as a natural whitening toothpaste (it tastes great, too!). Coconut Oil – The Ultimate Beauty Product But the largest (and possibly most important) benefit of coconut oil is cosmetological. Acne, varicose veins and signs of ageing can all be treated with coconut oil. It’s a wonderful natural body lotion and will give your skin a healthy glow as well as reduce the appearance of stretch marks. When rubbed directly on to the skin will also act as natural sun-protection and when combined with sugar acts as a great body scrub. You can even use it on your hair to make it look healthier, stop it from frizzing and avoid split-ends. Pregnancy and Coconut Oil One more major use of coconut oil (and I’ve decided that this deserves a completely separate category) is for mothers. Whether you’re a mother-to-be or have already experienced the joy of childbirth – coconut oil is essential for your and your babies’ health. While pregnant – take internally to help provide the baby with necessary fats for development (this is especially effective when taken with fermented cod liver oil) and use externally on your tummy to avoid those dreadful stretch-marks. After birth coconut oil can be used on the babies’ skin to treat cradle cap or nappy rashes. For feeding mothers coconut oil can be used externally on the nipples to avoid discomfort during feeding and taken internally (3-4 teaspoons a day) to increase milk and nutrient supply. As you see – the possibilities in this case are endless. And, not only is it a completely natural way to approach your health, – just imagine how much money you will be saving on separate (and often overpriced) creams/scrubs etc. It really is something worth purchasing for yourself and your family.
Benefits of Coconut Water With coconut water you may officially forget about coffee and other energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine. At only 50 calories per cup, coconut water will give you an enormous energy boost, the natural way. And that is just one of its many-many benefits. That is why people drink it all over the world. CocoNOT Milk To start with, it is important that you don’t mix the terms “coconut water” and “coconut milk”. The methods of production of the two are entirely different and there are approximately 10 times as many calories in coconut milk. Not something you would want, especially if you are trying to lose weight. Why Drink Coconut Water Now that you definitely have it right, it is time to find out what coconut water has to offer. First of all, coconut water hydrates us even better than ordinary drinking water. Because of that property it is recommended for people that live in hot countries, do a lot of physical work or have has an infection or poisoning that resulted in diarrhea or vomiting (that leaves them quite dehydrated as a result). Fun fact: during the Pacific War, coconut water was used in IVs and plasma transfusions, to save many lives. Turns out that the contents of natural coconut water are identical to that in human plasma, making it a kind of “universal donor”! It is still used that way in countries that have limited access to medical aid. Coconut water is rich in dietary fiber, enzymes, vitamin C, minerals (such as magnesium and potassium) and amino acids. But at the same time it is low in calories, chlorides and cholesterol. These properties make it useful for people trying to loose weight (by speeding up their metabolism and creating a feeling of fullness). By applying coconut water directly on your skin, you will keep it hydrated and balance its pH levels, leading to reduced acne, less visible signs of ageing, stretch marks, and cellulite and even treat eczema. Drinking coconut water will also help boost your immune system and fight the symptoms of the common cold and flu; keep your cardiovascular health in top shape and aid the kidneys in filtering the toxins and thus reducing the risk of kidney stones. Things You Should Know About Coconut Water Coconut water, because of its natural origin, is completely safe to drink for pregnant and breastfeeding women and even children from a very young age. However, if you have a diet high in potassium or are taking potassium supplements, you should take caution because coconut water is very rich in this mineral and it could lead to a potassium overdose (hardly a nice thing to experience). When buying a coconut make sure it is no older than 5 months, as it won’t taste as good if it is over-ripped. Also, after opening the coconut, consume the water as fast as possible as its exposure to air could lead to a loss of some of its nutrients. As an alternative, some companies sell readily-canned coconut water, but you should be sure that you can trust this provider before consuming the product. To get all the listed benefits, the coconut water you drink has to be pure and natural. So what are you waiting for? During the summer heat, coconut water is a great alternative to all the chemical soft drinks out there – it will keep you cool, energized and hydrated throughout the whole day while making you healthier at the same time.
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