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Juicing tips – organic or non-organic

 

Juicing for Health

Here are some more juicing tips:

Using organic products adds to the benefits of juicing. Organic foods are more expensive, but you don’t want to negate the pros of juicing with the cons of consuming pesticides. Honestly, I use organic carrots, celery, kale, and sometimes beets. But it’s tough to get a lot of organic foods. Using a farmers’ market helped – but they could still be expensive! Also, shopping at Sprouts, Trader Joes, and other small venues (opposed to the high-end organic grocery chains) was more affordable than I thought.

Another option not to overlook is your local grocery store.  We have HEB here in Austin – and they offer a pretty decent organic selection.  Since I usually buy the same foods for juicing each week – it’s easy to stay in budget.  Also, the idea of juicing is to cut out some of the junk we eat – so filling up on $2.00 worth of organic kale is going to cut the cost of chips and pasta from your diet.

Whether or not you use organic might change the way you prepare your vegetables. I peel non-organic carrots and beets, but not the organic ones.

I wash all the veggies and fruits we eat in a bucket of baking soda and water.  It’s less water used, and I feel like the stuff gets cleaner.  I just fill a dish tub with a little baking soda and water, then soak and swish the cut veggies for a few minutes.  That way, I can inspect the leaves and nooks and crannies of the kale. Then, I just lightly rinse and pat dry. I dump the water bucket in my garden…less wasted water.

In other good news…Dr. Colin Campbell, PhD, author of “The China Study” discovered in his studies that a plant-based diet trumps cancer causing chemicals present in conventional farm raised products. So, if you really can’t afford or locate organic…it’s still better to juice than to not.

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Here’s what we juice most nights:

Kale

Carrots

Celery

Brussels Sprouts

Beets

Green apple

Red apple

Grapefruit

Bok Choy

It sounds like a lot, but we only use a little of each. So, for the week, I buy one bunch of each item…wash and sort on Sunday afternoon…then I’m done for the week.

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What are the benefits of Coconut Oil?

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What are the benefits of coconut oil?

We’ve all been hearing about how amazing coconut oil is for our body, mind, skin, and overall health.  I’ve heard that it can cure cancer, obesity, thyroid disease…etc. But, really? Is any of that true or is it just another band wagon that health and even food chains love – as sales seem to pick up dramatically with any new “discovery”.

 

The first thing to look at is clinical trials vs. testimonials. There are few clinical trials that would support (or really spend the money to find out) the truth behind these types of health claims.

 Continue reading below…

What Is Coconut Oil?

Pure virgin coconut oil, containing no hydrogenation (the process of adding hydrogen to make a liquid fat hard), contains 92% saturated fat — the highest amount of saturated fat of any fat.

Coconut oils are saturated fats that are technically oil – but can be liquid, a mix between liquid and solid, or solid – depending on room temperature.  The oils that we are most familiar with are animal products and also contain cholesterol. Coconut oils do not contain cholesterol.

One interesting difference between coconut oil and other oils is that coconut oil has an unusual blend of fatty acids – which might offer some health benefits. But, just because coconut oils comes from plants does not mean that they are healthier than other oils.

Another fact that many people may not realize: all fats have the same number of calories per gram.  Oils don’t contain any vitamins or minerals.

Is Coconut Oil Better Than Other Fats and Oils?

Coconut oil is better for us than butter, but it is still a saturated fat that needs to be limited.

All Fats are not Created Equal

Many believe that the short-term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil is a more “healthy” form of saturated fat compared to trans fat. Depression and increased cholesterol is linked to trans fatty acid use. It could be that the liver will immediately convert these types of fat into energy opposed to storing it as fat.

What Do People Claim that Coconut Oil Does?

Does Coconut Oil Controls Weight?

Some testimonials show that with coconut oil use, a reduction in abdominal weight occurred. Since coconut oil is easier to digest and is claimed to protect the body from insulin resistance – working one to four teaspoons into your daily diet may have some benefits.

Does Coconut Oil Ease Digestion?

Digestive issues and bloating have also been shown to improve with coconut oil. Candida, parasites, and bacteria all cause digestive disorders – and since coconut oils are said to have anti-microbial properties, you might find relief.

Does Coconut Oil Manage Type 2 Diabetes?

Manage might be a strong word…but a recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research discovered that insulin resistance might be avoided through the use of coconut oil since the fats in coconut oil are easily absorbed into the cells where they are converted to energy instead of stored as fat. Fat can increase insulin resistance – which leads to Type 2 Diabetes.

Does Coconut Oil Support the Immune System?

Coconut oil  is a healthy fat (including lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid) which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties. These of course boost the immune system. Interesting to note that many products also contain healthy acids.The body turns this fat into monolaurin –  which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

Does Coconut Oil Boost the Metabolism?

There have been some reports of studies done that concluded the increase of metabolism with the consumption of small amounts of coconut oil. I couldn’t really find information that supported these claims – as far as any science-based facts…just that those who consume coconut oil seem to be thinner than those who don’t.

Does Coconut Oil Slow the Appearance of Wrinkles?

I’ve used coconut oil for a moisturizer and hydrating treat for my skin, too. Hydrated skin is less likely to sag and wrinkle – just a little goes a long way with this moisturizer. I would recommend that you stick with virgin organic – with nothing added.

Does Coconut Oil Stop Sugar Cravings?

Since coconut oil tastes very coconutty – it’s a nice little treat instead of hard candy, candy bars, or other sweets (cookies, jelly beans, etc). High quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so by cutting down on sugar you will feel less sugar cravings. Something yummy to try is one teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with a high-quality Dutch Cocao.  It’s super yummy and good for you – better than processed sweets.

What are Uses for Coconut Oil?

What are some of the other uses for coconut oil? Share! I’d love to hear what else you all have come up with for this amazing “new” product.

 

 

What are Probiotics

 

What are Probiotics?

What is a Probiotic?

Certain yeast and bacteria are healthy organisms that can improve health. These are commonly known as probiotics.

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How do we consume probiotics?

Supplements and food sources are two ways that we ingest probiotics. Yogurt, cheese, fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are ways that humans have been consuming probiotics for centuries. Recently, we have started consuming probiotics via supplements.

You should always supplement your probiotics with prebiotics and enzymes! Did you know that? What are prebiotics and enzymes – fuel and carriers for the probiotics. You can get them all naturally in one healthy shake…combined with 70 superfoods…shop HERE!

What do probiotics do?

Over 500 different types of bacteria and yeasts live in the digestive system.  They keep the intestines and colon healthy. Also, probiotics (these organisms) assist in digesting food and help the immune system function.

How do probiotics work?

Science is showing that some digestive disorders occur when the balance of bacteria becomes uneven: when there is more bad bacteria and less good bacteria. Infections, poor diets, and antibiotics can lead to this problem, but also any damage done to the intestinal lining – like after having a virus or pH issue. Probiotics help restore the proper balance.

Probiotics and the Immune System

The immune system is another delicate part of our body. The immune system is what fights viruses, bacteria, infections, “bugs”, and disease. Probiotics help maintain a healthy, strong immune system by offering challenges to the system in healthy ways. With extremely good hygiene (like we have in The United States), the immune system is never truly challenged. That leads to an increase of autoimmune and allergic diseases. Introducing friendly bacteria may help challenge the immune system without compromising the person’s health.

Probiotics could help with many health issues

Science is discovering that gut health is the root of multiple diseases and issues – and that with a quality probiotic regimen, these issues are / might be helped if not “fixed” all-together.

  • childhood diarrhea
  • eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy
  • diabetes
  • antibiotic-associated diarrhea and infectious diarrhea
  • necrotizing enterocolitis, a type of infection and inflammation of the intestines mostly seen in infants
  • immune system
  • pouchitis, an inflammation of the intestines that can follow intestinal surgery
  • ulcerative colitis
  • migraines
  • thrush
  • cradle cap and dandruff
  • vaginitis and yeast infections in women
  • “jock itch”
  • athlete’s foot and toe fungus / including nail and nail bed issues
  • the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
  • bacteria related diarrhea
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • food and environmental allergies
  • gas
  • constipation
  • weight loss
  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • brain “fog”
  • candida
  • asthma
  • heartburn
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • bloating
  • bad breath
  • sweet cravings
  • joint pain
  • sinus congestion
  • ear infections
  • strep throat
  • colds
  • itchy ears
  • itchy eyes
  • hair loss
  • vision problems
  • Autism
  • leaky gut
  • Celiac
  • indigestion
  • PMS and menstrual issues
  • cavities
  • blood sugar issues
  • as a supplement to HIV, cancer, MS, Lupus, etc. treatments

Can you believe that list?!?

Now do you see that your total health begins within the gut?

By starting a simple supplement…these issues might be helped or eliminated from your life.  Please ask me if you have any questions!

Cautions About Probiotics

Few people experience side-effects from taking probiotics. Humans around the world have been eating foods with probiotics for centuries.  If you do have any side-effects from probiotics, it’s more likely than not to be die-off symptoms. Die off symptoms are an increase in the effects of candida and an imbalanced system as the bad yeast and bacteria die off.  For example – if you suffer from eczema, as you kill off the yeast that causes eczema – that yeast will work its way out of your system.  As the yeast dies, it will release toxins that will make the eczema worse for a little while.  Using a detox is useful to lessen these symptoms.

What is the best diet?

 

This is a great question!

Really, what is the best diet?

That’s like asking what is the best size shoe. Think about it…

I wear a size 7 women’s shoe.  Some shoes – I actually need a size 6.5.  There have been a few times that I needed a size 6.  Then – there are the shoes that are generic…  S   M   L   or 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 – I almost always have to go with the smallest option.

Then – the brands…Nike, UGG, Target, Toms…

Then – the style…flip flops, house shoes, slip ons, running shoes, dress shoes…

Every single foot is different. Every single shoe is different. Not just the brand or style is different, but the style within the brand.

So, my point is: to ask which diet is the best is the same as asking which size shoe is the best.  Notice that I’m not saying which shoe is the best. That fact is less debatable.  There are several shoes which are actually, factually, common sensically better. There are several shoes that will do in a pinch. There are cheap shoes that are good for lots of reasons. But to ask which size shoe is the best…that’s not even answerable.

I wear size 7.  My daughter wears size 7.  So we must love the same shoes, right? Her shoes must fit me very well. My favorite running shoes should also be her favorite running shoes, right? No way.

Here’s a conversation that will never happen:

Person A: “These are my favorite running shoes. I bought you a pair because I hear you love to run.  These are the best.”

Person 2: “Great, I love them. I see they are a size 6 narrow and I wear a size 8 wide…and Nikes usually make my tendon blister and my heel hurt, but yes – I tried these on and they are perfect. Thank you for giving me these great shoes. I love them!”

But diet / nutrition conversations do usually go like this:

Person 1: “This is the best diet / eating lifestyle. I hear you are interested in your health. This is the best.

Person B: “Great, I love eating that way. I see you eat lots of protein and fats. I’ve got gallbladder issues and can’t really process fat.  I’m also allergic to nuts, but that high nut serving sounds great. Thank you for sharing this great way of eating. I love it!”

That might be a bit extreme – but when we say that this diet or that diet is the best – you are assuming that every single person is made just like you.  That will never be the case. Even people with similar genetic make-up will have different food needs and tastes. Every one processes food differently, whether it’s carbs, meat, juice, alcohol, fruit, veggies…

I’m not going to go into specific diets here. I’ll save that as a day-by-day topic. But, please stop assuming that what I do will work for you or what you do will work for me.  That’s not how it works.