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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

February 27, 2010 on 12:21 pm

In the past, I’m just betting your own Mother said to eat your greens. A healthy well balanced diet, we’re told, is exactly what we need, however views differ on what is healthy and what’s well balanced.

A very important factor all physicians agree on is the need for a good intake of fruit and veggies, and this isn’t to build muscle mass, or even to run fast or get fit. We end up needing minerals and vitamins to be able to perform.

Ascorbic acid, for instance is essential for our well being, but a majority of animals generate this particular item within their bodies. Human being don’t, therefore we have to consume it, and the very best source, are fruit and vegetables.

One method to keep your bodily processes working well is to try to keep it in balance. This is particularly crucial with regards to the body’s hormones. Whenever levels of estrogen increase in males, the actual level of testosterone in the body diminishes; bad news because higher levels of estrogen have been shown to increase the chance of cardiovascular disease as well as prostate related issues.

An excessive amount of estrogen could potentially cause weight gain, hair loss and diminished sex drive. It really is important to have it in check, and another unexpected way to do this is, you got it, is to eat your greens.

The majority of green cruciferous veggies (for example broccoli as well as kale and swiss chard) contain powerful phyto-nutrients. some have been shown to help to balance the body’s hormones and stop estrogen dominance as well as protect against most cancers, cardiovascular disease and prostate-related swelling. But that is not the only reason to consume your greens.

Omega-3, an essential fatty acid which will help decrease internal swelling can be found, as Alpha Linoleic Acid, in dark green vegetables, flax and hemp seeds in addition to walnuts and vegetable oils. Omega-3 is usually referred to as an ‘essential’ fatty acid simply because we can’t produce this in our body; it needs to come via an external (food) supply.

Broccoli can be a common choice of veggie for anyone with a vegetable juicer, since it is made up of an outstanding mixture of vitamins and minerals, and due to the fact it is pretty affordable and also available throughout the year. About 45% of the calories in Broccoli come from protein along with a tremendous quantity of calcium in this vegetable; however pure green juices may be challenging to get used to.

Here’s a recipe to use which means you get healthy, and drink your greens.


  • Separate broccoli heads into small portions – you will need around 1/2 a cup
  • Chop up three medium-sized carrots, an apple and 1/2 of a lemon (peeled). Add a small handful of parsley.
  • Process this in your juicer

Even as we grow older, our bodies find it more difficult to absorb minerals and vitamins. A great idea is to get into the fruit and veggie habit when you are young, and step it up as you grow older. Juicing isn’t just for that get fit crowd. It’s for everyone.

February 25, 2010 on 1:42 am

Wheat grass juice is so powerful that it is often used as a natural treatment for cancer! It is rich in chlorophyll as well as other vitamins and minerals which protect the body from illness and fight off toxins.

Unfortunately, you can’t just sit down with a bowl of wheat grass and eat it with a tablespoon of ranch.

Your body cannot digest the grass unless it is in liquid form, which is why a wheat grass juicer is essential.

This goes well beyond wanting to fit into your skinny jeans. A wheat grass juicer will help you protect your body from infection, illness and disease.

Those who live by juicing happen to be some of the most beautiful, slim people on earth but that is a side effect of the healthy life they lead.

Do you want to be one of those people? Do you want to lead a long, healthy life and fight off the signs of aging?

I hope so because your new wheat grass juicer is going to make you young, beautiful, and disease free! We have many different models in our juicer store.

February 23, 2010 on 10:10 pm

I found this great article written by a Owennie Lee, RD. on antioxidants and how many common herbs and spices contain them. http://bit.ly/9HPJVe

Spices in Mapusa Market, Goa, India.
Image via Wikipedia

We all know how important it is to get antioxidants in our diet. They help to protect us from free radicals, which are known to cause disease. She goes on to talk about how antioxidants are measured, Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity (ORAC). Some of the amounts contained in the various herbs are listed, and some helpful tips on how to include them in our diet. But this is not definitive and a lot more research needs to be done.

When I am juicing my fruits and vegetables in my vegetable juicer I often add spices to the mix to make it a little more unique and flavorful. The fresh herbs are always better. I too will add a handful of parsley or a pinch of fresh rosemary, my favorite herb. When you add it to your vegetable juicer just alternate between the fresh vegetables or/and fruit.

I found this mixture quite tasty:

1 apple
3-4 stalks of celery
few sprigs of fresh mint
small piece of fresh ginger
1/4 lime

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February 23, 2010 on 4:16 pm

Recipe: Homemade Granola

Summary: Here’s a recipe I put together using ingredients I had on hand. You can alter by adding ingredients you have and like.homemade granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked oats
  • 1 c walnuts chopped
  • 1 c unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 c pepita seeds
  • 1/3 c ground flax seed
  • 1/3 c dried cranberries
  • 1/3 c raisins
  • 1/3 c wheatgerm
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 c filtered water
  • 1/2 c agave, maple syrup or honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Stir all dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix water, honey, oil and vanilla extract. Drizzle on dry ingredients and mix until evenly moistened. Scoop out onto dehydrator trays that are lined with dryer sheets. spread evenly.I use about 2 cups per tray. Place in food dehydrator. I use the Excalibur food dehydrator, but any brand will do. You can even bake on low in your oven.Dry at 115 degrees for at least 6 hours or to desired texture. This makes about 6 cups granola.

Quick Notes

You can add or subtract ingredients to make is to your likings. I don’t like it sweet while others may find this not sweet enough. I’m a huge nut person so I add tons of different nuts. Be creative you can’t mess this up.

Preparation time (duration): 15 mins.

Diet type: Vegan

Diet (other): Raw

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: breakfast

My rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)


February 21, 2010 on 2:45 pm

We all know how important it is to include fresh vegetables in our diet. Particularly the dark green or orange vegetables which contain high amounts of the phyto-nutrients which give vegetables their vibrant color and contain anticancer fighting properties.

Did you know that vegetables are divided into sub-categories? I found this interesting. According to the USDA we should consume vegetables from all five of the categories to ensure we get the recommended daily allowance of nutrition. Dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, dried beans and peas, starchy vegetables, and others.


Dark green vegetables

bok choy, broccoli, collard greens, dark green leafy lettuce, kale, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, turnip greens, watercress

Orange vegetables
acorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes

Dry beans and peas
black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kidney beans, lentils, soy beans, split peas, tofu (bean curd made from soybeans), white beans

Starchy vegetables
corn, green peas, lima beans (green), potatoes

Other vegetables
artichokes, asparagus, bean sprouts, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green or red peppers, iceberg (head) lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, turnips, Zucchini

For example an average women  who is  31–50 years old should consume 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day. And Over the week a variety of vegetables from each subgroup should be included in her diet. So that would be

  • 3 cups from the dark green vegetables
  • 2 cups from the orange vegetables
  • 3 cups Dry beans and peas group
  • 3 cups from the starchy vegetables
  • 6 ½ cups from the other category of vegetables

That’s a lot of vegetables! Thank goodness I love my salads and fresh steamed veggies. And now that the farmers market is open, I’ll be able to get some of the fresh dark greens from the local farmers market here. I’ll get to juice them in my Omega Juicer Vert330 vegetable juicer.

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