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Raspberry Mint Healthy Beverage


Raspberry Mint Delicious Detox


This is one delicious healthy drinks that keep us on the healthy path and allows the body to detox and cleanse gently. This slightly sweet, slightly tangy drink helps to bust sugar cravings. I recommend sipping it throughout the day, it will fill you up, preventing you from overeating and helping you towards that healthy weight and Smiling Body.

Why not make several batches of this excellent detoxifying beverage, and drink it before meals and sip it throughout the day.

Note: If sparkling water doesn’t agree with your stomach, makes you feel too full or actually makes you feel bloated, simply substitute it with water.

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • 8 raspberries
  • Sprig of mint
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (optional for alkalizing drink)

Directions:

Pour water in a jug, add raspberries and mint. Leave in refrigerator overnight and drink at room temperature.

Enjoy!



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Benefits of a Cleansing Detox


Nutritional Cleansing Detox


The question on most people’s lips would probably sound something like “Are Cleansing Detox programs really good for you?” and there would seem to be an equal amount of cautions and recommendations for cleansing or detoxing, which can make it confusing for the person looking for a better way to achieve wellbeing and a healthy weight. It is possible to get it wrong, however when completed correctly you can help your body and mind in several different ways. This article outlines some of the benefits you can expect by following some of the more well-organised Cleansing Detox programs out there.

Boosts Your Energy
There is no doubt that when Cleansing Detox correctly and properly, many people report feeling more energetic with some reporting excess vitality and mental clarity. When you think that while you are engaging with a correctly prepared Cleansing Detox program, you’ll be stopping the intake of the foods and other things that caused you to need a Cleanse Detox in the first place. By cutting out the sugar, caffeine, trans fat, saturated fat, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a consequential crash. It’s vital to stay well hydrated while on any Cleansing Detox program, and that can also be a source of increased energy if you typically don’t get enough water throughout the day.

Eliminate Excess Waste from the Body
Probably the most important benefit of a Cleansing Detox program, is assisting the body to purge itself of excess waste, usually stored in the colon (intestines). Most Cleansing Detox programs are designed to stimulate the body to cleanse itself, helping the liver, kidneys and colon (intestines) do what they do naturally. Cleansing the colon is an important part of the detoxing process because the toxins found there need to exit the body and a clogged colon can cause these toxins to multiply and cause us to become ill, rather than exiting as nature intended. Consuming fruits and vegetables during and after the Cleansing Detox program is a good way to keep things moving.

Helps with obtaining Healthy Weight
A properly created Cleansing Detox program can help you to lose weight and it is the start of establishing positive long-term eating habits, and relieve yourself of unhealthy habits. In the media, there is an emphasis on drastic reduction in calories and rapid weight loss however these short-term results won’t last if you don’t make it a habit to replace bad foods with good, and use your newfound energy to exercise more and be more active overall.

Stronger Immune System
When you have completed your Cleansing Detox program, your organs function more effectively. They are more efficient, more energetic and more useful. This helps to give your immune system a boost since you’ll be able to absorb nutrients better, including all the essential vitamins and minerals. Many of the herbs you take while on a Cleansing Detox program will help the lymphatic system, which plays a huge role in keeping you healthy and toxin free. Many Cleansing Detox programs also focus on light exercises which help to circulate lymph fluid through the body and helps it to drain, strengthening your immune system in the process.

Increased Mental Clarity
A good Cleansing Detox program will pay attention to your state of mind. Being mindful during eating helps us to be aware of the foods and beverages we are actually eating and drinking at the time, so the use of mindful meditation is recommended as a way to get back in touch with your body during this time of purging and cleansing of toxins. People say that they lose that sense of mental cloudiness, and are able to think more clearly during a detox than when not on it. It makes sense, since much of the foods that contain sugar and fat will cause us to feel lethargic and can feature heavily in the quality of our thinking.

Improved Skin
Your skin, being your largest organ, also benefits from your Cleansing Detox program. One way to help your cleansing efforts is to take a sauna to help the body sweat out additional toxins. You can expect clearer, smoother skin as you proceed with your program. It’s also been scientifically reported that a Cleansing Detox program can help with acne, although the condition may worsen before it gets better as the toxins are released. You may find that your skin itches or gets patchy before clearing up, but this is part of the process and is a sign that you’re on the right track with your program.

Better Breath
Follow a Cleansing Detox program that includes a colon (intestines) cleanse because those toxins need to be released from the body. When the colon is clogged, the resultant stench can back up to the mouth and result in bad breath. When your colon eliminates efficiently, your digestive system benefits by functioning well again. You may find that your breath improves. Be aware that your breath may actually worsen during the detoxing process, but when it’s finished it will be better. This is natural, and occurs as toxins are released from the body.

Promotes Healthy Changes
It’s hard to change a long-standing habit, and a Cleansing Detox program, no matter how long, is one way to put a wedge between your old ways and your new ones. If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, fried, or crunchy foods, you can use a Cleansing Detox program to help you deal with those cravings. Often trying to eliminate these foods and beverages from our diet can be difficult unless we completely change our nutritional habits. This is where a Cleansing Detox program comes into its own by cleansing the body and replacing poor foods with healthier choices, you can retrain yourself and be more likely to stick to your new habits.

Healthier Hair
You’ll see and feel the difference in your hair, when your hair is able to grow uninhibited by internal toxins. By the time you can see your hair, it’s already considered dead, as all of its growth occurs within the hair follicle. This is why it’s important to keep your body functioning at its full potential through a Cleansing Detox program. In many instances hair gets shinier, and feels softer to the touch. Cleansing isn’t enough to stop male pattern baldness, but many report that their hair grows more quickly, a sign of healthier hair.

Lighter Feeling
One of the reported benefits of Cleansing Detox program is a feeling of being lighter. There are several reasons why this would be the case, especially if you’ll be doing a colon (intestines) cleanse as part of the program. When you stop eating foods that weigh you down, and replace them with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, a lighter feeling is bound to occur. It’s also important not to overeat while on your Cleansing Detox program, which will yield a lighter feeling, and will give you the energy you’ve been missing.

Anti-Aging Benefits
Ever heard of free radical activity. This is the activity caused by toxins and poor food and drink. many scientists now believe that aging is the result of free radical activity and that where we introduce “Anti oxidants” into our diet while eliminating poor nutrition, we could live longer and healthier. The constant barrage of toxins that the body has to deal with is one contributing factor to the aging process. By reducing the amount of free radical damage done to the body, you’re going to see not only short term benefits, but also long term benefits in an increased longevity. When you finish your Cleansing Detox program, it’s very important not to go back to the lifestyle that was causing the toxicity. Sticking to a improved diet and getting daily activity are great ways to make sure that you feel good each moment of your life.

Improved Sense of Wellbeing
The best Cleansing Detox program leaves you feeling great and certainly not worse. When you cleanse your digestive system, you feel good, and when you feel good, good things happen. Cleansing is often used strategically to lose weight or to start a new nutritional program, but really there’s no better reason than just to feel better. When you set the stage for wellbeing, you are going to improve all areas of your life, and you should see better relationships, better productivity at work, and a newfound or renewed zest for life.



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Orange Lemon Detox


Thirst Quencher

When your looking for that anytime refreshing drink either during a detox or just as a thirst quencher. This recipe is one of the simplest I have ever made and is particularly effective after overindulging in a hectic social activities. This drink will flood your body with phytonutrients that help to restore, rejuvenate and recharge the body with all of its beneficial properties. And while our bodies do an excellent job of detoxifying on their own, certain nutrients help it in its detox process!

So with this simple beverage you’ll flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and bloat-fighting potassium and water and those phytonutrients will help to mop up damage caused by free radicals and toxins from processed foods, pollution and stress!

Enjoy!

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 liters still water (or sparkling water)
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 2-3 mint leaves (optional)
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar

Instructions

In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Serve at room temperature in cold weather. Drink throughout the day



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Turmeric Cleansing Tea


This deep cleansing health drink has been known to benefit sufferers of cancer and dementia and many other chronic diseases. This also means it can benefit wellbeing in general leading to a long healthy life. Turmeric is one of the most beneficial herb foods that is taken in Asia to fight against vomiting, nausea, as well as many other conditions. It is used in the prevention of illness as we age, allowing us to age gracefully as nature intended. This herb has been used since ancient times for cleaning the body from poisons, which is why I have included it here in this traditional cleansing tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 grams of turmeric
  • 8 grams of ginger
  • 8 grams of cinnamon
  • a pinch of cardamon
  • 12 ml milk
  • 500 ml of water (boiling)
  • a teaspoon of honey

Preparation:
Mix all of the ingredients and pour the 500 ml of boiling water. Add milk.
Drink fresh over 15 minutes. Not advised to save and re-heat.

I hope you enjoy this simple health drink and remember not to over do it, moderation and variety are the key to good healthy nutrition.



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Anti Inflammatory Foods


Inflammation today has become a distinct attack on your smiling body. Considered by many medical experts as the silent epidemic in our modern health and wellbeing and yet this seemingly fiery chemical reaction is part of our immune response, without inflammation, we can’t heal. Normal inflammation is positive is helping us deal with certain assaults of the body, however one of the main health issues today is inflammation out of balance, where it can damage the body, with conditions such as both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, appendicitis, bursitis, in fact anything ending in “itis”.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina inform us that  even the illnesses without an “itis” at the end, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, certain cancers, even Alzheimer’s disease, may be triggered in part by inflammation. Today we know that it’s very apparent that inflammation plays a role much more than we thought with respect to certain maladies. We are hearing more of autoimmune diseases where the body seems to turn on itself.

Foods that are sugar rich and high in saturated fat can elevate inflammation leading to an hyperactive immune system, possible leading to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels.

I have listed here some foods that have anti-inflammatory functions, balancing the immune system. These foods can reduce heart disease risk, keep existing cardiac problems in check, reduce blood triglycerides and blood pressure, and soothe tender and stiff arthritic joints.

Add these items to your plate today.

Oily fish

Fish such as mackerel, tuna and sardines, salmon, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation. However, to get maximum benefits, you need to eat fish regularly, more than once a week, and it should be cooked in healthy ways. Researchers from the University of Hawaii, found that men who ate baked or boiled fish (as opposed to fried, dried, or salted) cut their risk of heart disease by 23% compared to those who ate the least.  If some of your gang don’t like fish, then consider fish-oil supplements. They can cut inflammation, although a 2013 study found that if a diet is too high in omega-6 fatty acids (found in processed foods and vegetable oil), fish-oil supplements may reduce hyperactive inflammation.

Whole grains

Whole grains are rich in fibre which can reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood and they usually have less added sugar. People who consume a diet consisting mostly of grains as whole grains, as opposed to refined, white bread, cereal, rice, and pasta can help keep harmful inflammation at bay.  When choosing wholegrain products, be aware that not all products labelled “whole grain” are as healthy as their refined equivalent. Be sure to look at the label and make sure that the first ingredient is a whole grain as the first ingredient with no added sugars.

Dark leafy greens

According to some studies, Vitamin E may play a key role in protecting the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines and one of the best sources of vitamin E is dark leafy greens, such as spinach, broccoli, kale, and collard greens. Dark greens and cruciferous vegetables also tend to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, and disease fighting phyto-chemicals, than their lighter-coloured veggies.

Nuts

Nuts are another source of inflammation-fighting healthy fats, particularly almonds, which are high in fibre, calcium, and vitamin E. Walnuts have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fat. All nuts are loaded with antioxidants which can help your body fight off and repair the damage caused by inflammation. Nuts (along with fish, leafy greens, and whole grains) are a big part of the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in as little as six weeks.

Soy

Soy products are rich in isoflavones, estrogen-like compounds and according to several studies these may help lower CRP and inflammation levels in women and a 2007 animal study published in the Journal of Inflammation found that isoflavones also helped reduce Avoid heavily-processed soy whenever possible, which may not include the same benefits and the negative effects of inflammation on bone and heart health in mice.

is usually paired with additives and preservatives. Instead, aim to get more soy milk, tofu, and edamame (boiled soybeans) into your regular diet.

Low-fat dairy

Milk products are sometimes considered a trigger food for inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, because some people have allergies or intolerances to casein, the protein found in dairy. But for people who can tolerate it, low-fat and non-fat milk are an important source of nutrients. Yogurt can also contain probiotics, which can reduce gut inflammation.

“Foods with calcium and vitamin D, such as yogurt and skim milk, are good for everyone,” says Karen H. Costenbader, MD, associate professor of medicine and rheumatoid arthritis doctor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, she says, “it is important to get enough calcium and vitamin D for bone strength, and possibly reduction of cancer and other health risks.”

Peppers

“Colourful vegetables are part of a healthier diet in general,” says Dr. Costenbader. “As opposed to white potatoes or corn, colourful peppers, tomatoes, squash, and leafy vegetables have high quantities of antioxidant vitamins and lower levels of starch.” Bell peppers are available in a variety of colours, while hot peppers (like chilli and cayenne) are rich in capsaicin, a chemical that’s used in topical creams that reduce pain and inflammation.

Be aware that peppers are nightshade vegetables which some doctors and patients believe can exacerbate inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis. “What helps one person may be harmful to another,” says Dr. Zashin. “You just need to pay attention to your diet and your symptoms, and stick with what works for you.”

Tomatoes

Tomatoes another nightshade vegetable may also help reduce inflammation in some people. (Of course, Dr. Zashin’s advice about what works for you, individually, applies here, as well.)  Juicy red tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones, so tomato sauce works, too and a 2012 Iranian study found that tomato juice consumption was also beneficial.

Beets or Beetroot

The brilliantly red coloured beetroot is a tell tale of its concentration of antioxidants. Beets (and beetroot juice) have been shown to reduce inflammation, as well as protect against cancer and heart disease, thanks to their hearty helping of fibre, vitamin C and plant pigments called betalains.

Ginger

Ginger is a common Asian and Indian cooking spice, in many studies have demonstrated their anti inflammatory properties. Dr. Costenbader says, “While the evidence in terms of RA inflammation is not very strong, they are vegetables and part of a healthy, vegetable rich diet,”

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Turmeric

Turmeric is another common used spice and the ingredient that gives curry its yellow colour, works in the body by helping to turn off a NF-kappa B, a protein that regulates the immune system and triggers the process of inflammation, researchers say. Its relative ginger, meanwhile, has been shown to reduce inflammation in the intestines when taken in supplement form.

Garlic

These immunity-boosting foods have not only a traditional history of properties but modern scientific research has also shown them to have anti inflammatory benefits. In studies, garlic has been revealed to act similarly to NSAID pain medications (like ibuprofen), shutting off the pathways that lead to inflammation.

Onions

Onions contain similar anti inflammatory chemicals to garlic, including the phytonutrient quercetin and the compound allicin, which breaks down to produce free radical-fighting sulfenic acid.

Olive oil

“Anything that fits into a heart-healthy diet is probably also good for inflammation—and that includes healthy, plant-based fats like olive oil,” says Dr. Zashin, author of Natural Arthritis. A Spanish study in 2010, found that the Mediterranean diet’s myriad health benefits may be largely due to its liberal use of olive oil, especially the extra-virgin kind. The compound oleocanthal, which gives olive oil its taste, has been shown to have a similar effect as NSAID painkillers in the body.

Berries

All fruits can help fight inflammation, because they’re low in fat and calories and high in antioxidants. But berries, especially, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties—possibly because of anthocyanins, the powerful chemicals that gives them their rich colour. Studies have shown, for example, that red raspberry extract helped prevent animals from developing arthritis; that blueberries can help protect against intestinal inflammation and ulcerative colitis; and that women who eat more strawberries have lower levels of CRP in their blood.

Cherries


Oregon Health & Science University researchers in a 2012 presentation, suggested that cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.” Researchers have found that cherry juice can reduce the inflammation in lab experiments by up to 50%; in humans, meanwhile, it’s been shown to help athletes improve their performance and reduce their use of anti-inflammatory pain meds. Experts recommend eating 1.5 cups of cherries, or drinking 1 cup of tart cherry juice, a day to see similar benefits. And yep, they’ve got to be tart—sweet cherries just don’t seem to have the same effects.


Food is Medicine Too!



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