Juice Your Way to Better Health

Green juices are the best medicine we can give our bodies, and are particularly beneficial for those who have digestive system or mal-absorption issues.  Juice is easily absorbed as juicing breaks down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables so that they are pre-digested already.  This means that the power-packed nutrients are getting directly into your system.

Juicing is also a wonderful way to ensure that we are consuming our recommended servings of greens too. Let’s face it, no one wants to be eating four cucumbers and three bunches of spinach at 7 am but juicing enables us to get a healthy amount of vegetables in one go to power-up the day.

Another benefit of using greens in juicing is that it oxygenates the body due to the addition of chlorophyll and enables us to release stored toxins in our bodies. Chlorophyll helps in neutralizing the pollution that we breathe in every day.  If you are a smoker it’s a fantastic supplement for your diet.

 

When you ingest chlorophyll, your hemoglobin count is elevated and as a result of this, you’ll find that your circulation improves and you’ll have much more energy. Not only is it a blood enricher with special nutrients that build iron it also cleanses and improves the health of the intestines, uterus, and lungs. Some people use it as a natural breath freshener and body deodorizer. That’s internal of course- no one wants to go out looking like the incredible hulk!

Here’s my in juice-of-the-moment…

Cucumber, Spinach, Basil, Lemon and Lime Juice

Refreshing and invigorating this juice is an excellent way to start the day, cleansing, detoxifying and renewing health at the cellular level.

Preparation Time: 5 mins    Serves 2

What You’ll Need

2 bunches English spinach
2 cucumbers cut in half lengthways
1 lemon (zest and pith removed)
1 lime (zest and pith removed)
½ cup fresh basil leaves

Method

Place ingredients through the juicer remembering to make them small enough to fit through the shoot.  Adding ice cubes once you have finished will make the juice even more palatable and reduce the acidity of the lime and lemon.  If you prefer a sweeter juice, why not add a small amount of carrot or apple? Remember too much fruit causes spikes in blood sugar levels.

 

Is it true, that you are what you eat?

 

I have a new theory.  You are NOT what you eat.  I know that sounds a bit random, but essentially, you are NOT what you eat, you are what you digest and absorb.

Have you ever eaten food which is perfectly healthy and nutrient rich only to discover the after affects of pain and bloating and wishing that particular food had never been on the guest list?

If you suffer from any kind of digestion stress and feel sleepy and sluggish after meals, you may need a digestive tune-up.

Follow these tips to get yourself on the right road to maintaining a healthy digestion. 

Use more coconut products

Coconut oil contains lauric acid - a proven antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that is easily digested and absorbed.  The anti-fungal aspect helps kill candida in the gut, which is a common problem for people with digestive stress. Plus, coconut  helps absorb beneficial nutrients from our food.

Take probiotics

Probiotics are a live microorganism that improve the balance of flora in the digestive system. For healthy digestion these friendly bacteria are essential. They help prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and are often depleted if you've been taking antibiotics or if you've had gastro. Probiotics can be found in some yogurts or taken as supplements.

Soak your nuts and grains

When you soak your nuts and grains you are reducing toxic substances and inhibitors that occur naturally within the grain.  For example, phytic acid which is found in most nuts, seeds and grains, will combine with minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and prevent them from being absorbed during digestion. Soaking neutralizes this natural inhibitor.

Do an elimination diet

If you find you experience adverse affects after eating a particular food, it might be worthwhile trying an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food or food group from your diet for anywhere between two weeks and a month and see if symptoms resolve.

Try bone broth

Your digestive lining is supposed to be permeable to absorb nutrients. But for some people it can become too porous and let too much "leak" through without absorbing it properly. When this happens, your body can react, attacking the foods you eat. This can create IBS and other gut problems, even some autoimmune disorders. Bone broth contains gelatin which helps reinforce the lining of the gut and soothe digestive distress.

Drink less with meals

Drinking a lot of fluid (even water) while you eat can dilute the level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. This acid is needed to help kill bacteria and digest your foods. It's best to minimize the fluid you drink while eatig and for at least an hour after you finish your meal.

Drink warm water and lemon

Along with a delicious breakfast, it's a good idea to get into the habit of starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon. This alkaline drink will help jump start your metabolism and get your digestion moving.

Chew your food

If you're a mum, you probably tell your kids this all the time: chew your food! Chewing is the first step in food digestion. Try not to rush through your meal, but allow yourself plenty of time to chew, chew, chew before you swallow. 

 

3 Often Over-Looked Things You Can Do to Feel Better Almost Immediately

Health is more than just calories in and calories out.  It’s how we feel physically and emotionally.

During the summer months, many of us are focused on weight loss.

If we’re being honest… most of us are looking for the quickest and most painless way to reach our weight loss goals.  We’re not looking to don our track suits and sweatbands, ya know.

We just want to look and feel better… NOW.

I get it.  Weight loss is a weird thing.

No one really enjoys doing what it takes to reach their weight loss goals.  No one really LOVES to work out and skip yummy cookies and desserts. 

Here are 3 things that I share with my clients to feel better.  They’re often over-looked, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work.

 

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1)      Drink lots of water.  I know you read this one a million times, but how much water are you actually drinking?  I challenge you to only drink water for the next 30 days.  If you must drink coffee or tea then make it decaf (or herbal) and limit it to a single cup once per day.

2)      Get at least 7 hours of sleep.  When you start a weight loss program your body is going to expend more energy.  It’s going to need proper rest so that it can keep burning that stored fat.  Most of us area already sleep deprived as it is… so adding in a weight loss routine just knocks us out even more.  Take care of your body and get some sleep.

3)      Get active every day.  Do I want you to have a workout routine where you are pushing your body to get healthy and lose extra fat?  Yes.  But even if all you can commit to is a brisk 45 – 60 minute walk every day then do it.  Walking and being active helps us feel better.  If you can get outdoors and bring along a friend.

I’m all about keeping your weight loss goals and plans realistic.  The last thing I want you to do is to start some intense workout plan or strict meal plan when we both know it won’t last.  You’ve tried that before, right?

The truth is, if you work out on your own or start some random diet you read about in a book, the community, the coaching and the support isn’t there.  You’re left to your own devices to figure out what you should do and when.

So let’s make this summer different.  Let’s get you set up with a program that makes sense for you, your life, and your goals.  Let’s make sure you have everything you need to succeed.

Eat The Rainbow

We all know that eating right is important for your overall health, and the regulation of your digestive system. A proper diet and maintenance of intestinal balance is crucial to your sense of well-being and vitality. Did you know that color is a helpful tool in feeding your body the right way? Here is some information about how different colors can benefit the body.

 

Red

Red fruits and vegetables, such as raspberries, tomatoes, guava, watermelon, red cabbage, kidney beans, cherries, strawberries, and beets, are likely to be rich in the antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanins, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A medium raw tomato provides 3.2 micrograms of lycopene, a carotenoid that helps your body make vitamin A. Although there is no set daily value for lycopene, MayoClinic.com recommends getting 2 to 30 milligrams per day. Anthocyanins have shown the ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases.

Orange and Yellow

Most orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, a nutrient that not only improves night vision but also helps keep your skin, teeth, and bones healthy. They also contain folate, an antioxidant that prevents neural tube defects in unborn infants. A 2-cup serving of sliced cantaloupe provides 541 micrograms of vitamin A, more than 100 percent of your recommended daily intake of 500 micrograms, and 67 of the 320 micrograms of folate you need each day.

Green

Green vegetables are good for your eyes, bones, and teeth, and their vitamin K content helps your blood to clot properly. A 2-cup serving of raw spinach provides 290 of the 90 to 120 micrograms of vitamin K you need each day. These foods' antioxidant vitamins, particularly vitamins C and E, may lower your risk of chronic diseases. They provide the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect you from vision difficulties.

Blue and Purple

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins, natural plant pigments with powerful antioxidant properties that may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. They also contain flavonoids and ellagic acid, compounds that may destroy cancer cells, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. The anthocyanins and ellagic acid in blueberries have been shown to fight cancer cells in the lungs, stomach, breasts, and pancreas. Anthocyanins and Ellagic acid also show anti-inflammatory properties that may prevent cancers of the esophagus and colon.

White

White fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, bananas, cauliflower, and cucumbers, are high in dietary fiber, helping to protect you from high cholesterol, and antioxidant-rich flavonoids, such as quercetin, which is abundant in apples and pears. They may also lower your risk of stroke, according to a group of Dutch researchers who published a study with the American Heart Association in 2011. After a 10-year diet study, they found that people with a high intake of white fruits and vegetables had a 52 percent lower risk of stroke.
 

Not only does maintaining a color wheel balance aid the immune system and help the body to fight off diseases, it also tastes delicious. It aids the digestive system so that you are getting the proper nutrients every time you ingest healthy foods. When we fail to feed our body the right foods, and the correct nutritional balance, our digestive systems have a hard time sorting through the waste and toxins to extract the nutrients we need. It is important that we maintain awareness of what our body needs.

So next time you're at the grocery store, picking out what to cook for dinner, remember, maintaining a balance of many different colors can help ensure your body is getting all of the various nutrients it needs. Take the time to add a splash of color to your plate and know that you're getting one step closer to overall health and vitality!