Category: Detox Drink

Drop a Beet & Grapefruit Detox Juice Recipe

Drop a Beet & Grapefruit Detox Juice Recipe

I know, I know… some ingredients like beets, grapefruit and kale can sometimes overwhelm our taste buds. So… how about if I told you to only use a 1/4 of a beet and 1/2 a grapefruit?! And I’m going to do you one better. I’m going to add sweet carrots, an orange and some ginger to make a wonderfully tasting detox juice recipe which also helps with inflammation!

Here’s my super simple Beet & Grapefruit Juice Recipe.

Ingredients:

1/2 fresh grapefruit, peeled
1 orange, peeled
2 carrots
1/4 beet
1/2 inch of ginger

Blend all of the ingredients in your Vitamix and enjoy this tangy, detoxing juice!

Yummy Cleansing Pineapple Juice Vitamix Recipe

Yummy Cleansing Pineapple Juice Vitamix Recipe

It’s less than a week after Thanksgiving so I’m still “all about that cleanse!” I really want to help my body get rid of those nasty toxins? This recipe consists of one of nature’s greatest anti-inflammatory ingredients—turmeric. It also has another one of nature’s delicious anti-inflammatory ingredients–pineapple. Add some alkalizing grapefruit and you have a great first-thing-in-the-morning drink. Juice the remaining ingredients, including the additional anti-inflammatory power of ginger, and enjoy!

Awesome Cleansing Pineapple Juice
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups pineapple, diced
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1 lime, peeled but with pit
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ inch turmeric

Directions:

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix, blend and serve.

 

5 Major Benefits of the Indian Adaptogen Ashwagandha

“5 Major Benefits of the Indian
Adaptogen Ashwagandha”

If you are looking to restore your energy, look younger, and reverse disease then ashwagandha may be the herb you’re looking for.

The Indian herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the most highly regarded botanicals in the 5,000-year-old system of natural medicine known as Ayurveda. It’s known as the “strength of the stallion,” since it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after illness.

Considered a rasayana (life extender), ashwagandha root is used with excellent results for overall vitality. In the Indian Materia Medica, which is a compendium of beneficial botanicals, ashwagandha is described as beneficial for general debility, impotence, brain fatigue, low sperm count, nervous exhaustion and in cases in which general vigor needs to be restored.

Ashwagandha, which is an excellent source of antioxidants, is classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it improves the capacity of a person to adapt to environmental, physical and mental changes by modifying the metabolism and other processes in the body.

Adaptogens improve cell replenishment, which in turn reduces fatigue symptoms and exhaustion, while increasing the resilience of the body and imparting more stamina for physical activities.

Major Benefit #1: Boost Natural Energy (The Kind You Want!)

A lot of people are hooked on the temporary energy obtained from caffeine. Energy from caffeine comes from the stimulation of the central nervous system. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you rely on caffeine alone for energy you’ll eventually experience a crash.

You can also increase energy by enhancing the body’s own energy-producing mechanisms within cells. Notably, the primary unit of cellular energy, which is called ATP.

And that’s what ashwagandha extract does. It causes the cells in the body to produce more cellular ATP. The result is energy–without the jitters.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, 25 people were given 300 milligrams of the proprietary ashwagandha extract KSM-66 twice a day, while another 25 participants were given a placebo.

Overall, subjects given ashwagandha extract experienced substantial reductions in blood concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol. This resulted in reduced levels of stress and anxiety and at the same time, improved energy levels.

There’s a large body of psychiatric science showing that lower stress levels are linked to a decrease in moderate anxiety and depression.

Reducing stress liberates energy in the body and has a specific enlivening effect in the brain, relieving mental fog and enhancing mental alertness.

Major Benefit #2: Improve Thyroid (The Master Hormone Control) Health

I consider ashwagandha a superfood when it comes to improving the health of your thyroid. Scientists don’t completely understand how adaptogens work, but we know they can be extremely effective, especially at balancing hormones.

One of the most incredible aspects about adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha is that it can help people with both hypo and hyper thyroid issues. It has been shown to support a sluggish thyroid for people diagnosed with Hashimotos, and has been shown to improve the health of those with an overactive thyroid or Graves disease.

Adaptogenic herbs work with your body to bring you back into balance whether your hormone levels are high or low.

Animal studies reveal ashwagandha has a thyroid hormone balancing effect.

In a 20-day study, mice were give ashwagandha and their T3 and T4 levels were analyzed along with lipid peroxidation (anti-oxidant protection). Significant increases in serum T4 were found which indicates this herb has a stimulatory effect on a sluggish thyroid.

There are currently millions of people who struggle with thyroid problems (many who don’t even know it) and ashwagandha may just be the solution they are searching for.

This hormonal improvement was also accompanied by a noticeable reduction in hair loss.

Major Benefit #3: Skyrockets Brain Health

Emotional, physical, and chemical stress can all have damaging effects to the brain and nervous system. Recent research has proven ashwagandha is more than a stress reliever, it also protects the brain from degeneration and improves symptoms of alzheimer’s, depression, and anxiety.

One of the main reasons ashwagandha is so effective at healing the brain has to do with it’s powerful antioxidants that destroy free radicals that cause aging. A study published in Phytotherapy Research explain these benefits:

“Several studies have revealed that natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene, may help in scavenging free radicals generated during the initiation and progression of this [Alzheimer’s] disease. But we found Ashwagandha afforded lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects more potent than commercial antioxidants.”

Researchers at the National Brain Research Centre found mice with alzheimer’s were unable to retain what they learned, but after 20 days of supplementing with ashwagandha, this improved significantly. The results of the study found a reduction in amyloid plaques (these cause degradation of the brain).

Major Benefit #4: Mood Enhancement

There is also now evidence that ashwagandha is effective at healing both anxiety and depression. In fact, in a recent study its results were comparable to common pharmaceutical drugs lorazepam and imipramine–without the side effects.

In the 12-week controlled study, 87 participants with anxiety were given 300mg of ashwagandha two times a day or two placebo pills two times per day. The group treated with ashwagandha resulted in much greater improvements in anxiety as well as focus, reduced stress, and decreased fatigue than the placebo group.

The other major benefit of ashwagandha is that there are no adverse reactions by taking it compared to anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications which can have terrible side effects.

Major Benefit #5: Increases Stamina and Endurance

Studies have shown that ashwagandha can boost endurance during physical activity by sharpening brain function and reducing bodily pain.

Due to its positive calming, yet energizing, effects on the brain and ability to lower stress hormones, ashwagandha showed improvements in concentration, motivation, and stamina in conducted studies.

One particular study found that when lab rats were given ashwagandha, they actually were able to swim twice as long compared to the same type of rats that were not given the supplements.

Researchers believe similar effects take place in humans due to the extract’s ability to balance adrenal hormones that are involved in physical activity. The extract was also shown to reduce bodily pain in the muscles and joints while at the same time keeping energy levels more steady. Another reason it could be a promising supplement for athletes, or for those who find it difficult to be physically active due to pain.

As you can see, ashwagandha is an adaptogenic superstar that can have some tremendous health benefits.

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Fat Burning Morning Drink

Fat Burning Morning Drink

When we awaken in the morning, we are ending a period of fasting that has lasted all night long.  The first thing that you consume in the morning is very important and can have a critical impact on our health.  Easy absorption on an empty stomach is the main reason.

A simple glass of warm filtered water containing cayenne pepper, lemon and apple cider vinegar can have a significant impact on your health.  The benefits of this simple drink are extensive and nothing short of amazing.  Want to know more about the benefits that you will see from consuming this beverage first thing every morning? Here they are:

The lemon helps to break up mucus, helping to clear your sinuses that can be a significant benefit for allergy sufferers or those who have a cold or flu.

  • Restoration of the alkaline acid balance in your body which will relieve any issues that you are suffering due your consumption of a diet that is high in acid-producing foods.
  • This beverage will help to remove toxins from the body.
  • Clears up the skin and gives it a noticeably healthy glow.
  • Can help to break down fats in the body which will result in noticeable weight loss.
  • This beverage will lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • Feeds the liver and detoxifies it at the same time.
  • Strengthens the immune system so you do not get sick as often.
  • Gives your body a lighter feeling.
  • Boosts up the metabolism and gives you more energy to get on with your day.
  • Purifies the colon which makes it much easier to improve the digestive process and allow your body to absorb nutrients more easily. Colon purification helps to clear up the skin and improve its appearance.
  • Can effectively lower high blood pressure.
  • Helps your digestive system and allows you to eliminate waste more regularly and efficiently.
  • Pushes your lymph system into balance that can assist with the various daily functions of the body. It can also help to fight infection and to balance the body fluids.

 

Here is the recipe for this amazing fat burning morning drink:

Use 12 ounces of warm filtered water (not HOT water).  Hot water will break down many of the essential properties of the majority of these ingredients including enzymes, minerals and vitamins.

Add juice from a half of a lemon

Add in 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the beverage

Directions:

  • Always drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach when you first wake up.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together and drink the beverage immediately.
  • It is a good idea to drink this concoction through a straw so that you do not get all of the acids on your teeth that can cause damage, especially if you are drinking this every day.
  • Don’t eat anything else for 10 – 15 minutes so that you allow your body a chance to absorb all of the ingredients.

When you first begin drinking this mixture you may find it very tart and difficult to consume.  If necessary, add in a teaspoon of honey that will add a little bit of sweetness.  As you start to get used to the taste you can start to reduce the honey until you no longer need to add the honey.  This drink has a lot of major health benefits, and your body is going to appreciate it.  You may not like it at first, but once you make it a habit of drinking this daily, you are well on your way to enjoying the health benefits that this elixir provides.

5 Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar

5 Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar

For hundreds of years, vinegar has been used for various household and cleaning purposes as well as it’s healing and anti-aging properties.  The most popular vinegar among the health community, apple cider vinegar, is scientifically supported to ease gastrointestinal distress, aid in weight loss, lower blood sugar, and reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease, just to name a few. Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing organic apples and squeezing out the juice, then adding yeast and bacteria to the juice to start the fermentation process that gives ACV it’s digestive qualities. Then, even more bacteria is added in until the juice turns into the vinegar that we all know and love.

You can incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily routine by simply mixing it with water for a natural topical solution, drinking a few tablespoons in your water or juice, adding it into your recipes, or, if you’re brave, simply sipping it straight out of the bottle (Shots! Shots! Shots! …Obviously, things get crazy in my house when there’s ACV around!). But just in case you are not convinced that you should be using this miracle substance on a daily basis, here are 5 more benefits to utilizing apple cider vinegar.

  • Fighting Dandruff – Okay, Snow White, there is hope for a dandruff free life! Long live the black shirts! All you need to do is mix equal parts water and ACV into a spray bottle. After shampooing, generously spritz the mixture onto your wet hair, let it sit for 2 minutes and rinse. The acidic environment of the ACV prevents dandruff causing fungus from forming and growing on your scalp. Easy and worth it, right?
  • Stopping a Sore Throat – With cold and flu season upon us, boosting your immune system is the best thing you can do to prevent calling in sick from work. If you start to feel a little tickle in your throat, simply mix 1 teaspoon. of ACV with a teaspoon of cayenne and a tablespoon honey to make a throat soothing elixir. The antibacterial properties of the honey and ACV is sure to arm your immune cells with the proper tools to fight off the cause of your sore throat, and the cayenne will work to alleviate the pain. As an added bonus, it’s also a fat burner!
  • Clear up your Skin – If you are suffering from oily skin, look no further! ACV is a natural astringent that pulls the impurities from your skin ad help reduce the oils, limiting your breakouts! The acidity also balances out the PH of your skin, keeping your skin feeling healthy and glowing. Simply use 1 part ACV to 1 part water, and dab it on your skin, focusing in your breakout areas.
  • Whiten your Teeth – If you have family portraits or an Instagram photoshoot going on in the near future, forget whitening gels or strips and pick up a bottle of ACV. Mix equal parts water and ACV, swish and spit, then brush and floss as usual. The acids found in ACV will help lift stains from the teeth, giving you a vibrant white smile. All that said, do use this with caution, as overuse of this technique can strip the enamel from your teeth. As they say, too much of any good thing can be a bad thing!
  • Digestive Balance – Last, but certainly not least, ACV is an incredible digestive aid, helping you absorb more nutrients from your food in addition to aiding you in weight loss! That’s because consuming ACV helps your body stimulate gastric juices that break down what you are eating even more, giving the villi in your intestines a better opportunity to grab the nutrients as they pass by. When you are absorbing these nutrients properly, your body runs smoothly and doesn’t crave vitamins and minerals that you are eating, but not able to utilize. This keeps your body out of starvation mode, meaning more fat loss and energy! Simply try mixing 1 Tbsp of ACV with a glass of water or tea before every meal to reduce uncomfortable bloating, constipation and aid in that nutrient uptake.

These five benefits of ACV are just a small handful selected from a seemingly never-ending list of proven apple cider vinegar uses that are both helpful and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Be sure to check back for even more benefits of using ACV, including recipes and videos, and let us know your favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar in your home in the comments section below!

How To Deal with a Gout Flare-up

How To Deal with a Gout Flare-up

For those who suffer from gout, there are many signs that a gout flare-up is about to occur.  You can’t do much to stop the gout attack once it begins, but you can take care of it at home with a variety of treatments and procedures.  You will have a gout attack if you have higher than normal levels of uric acid in your body and that uric acid starts to build up around a joint. When uric crystals start to form around your joint, it can cause a painful gout flare-up.

Tell-tale signs of a Pending Gout Flare-up

Gout also known as gouty arthritis is painful, and those who suffer from this condition say that they know when a flare-up is coming.  They say that the attack starts with a tingling feeling in the joint or burning and itching about an hour or two before the flare-up.  The joint can begin to feel sore and stiff and then not long after the gout attack occurs.

Some people do not have early warning signs that a gout flare-up is going to start.  When the flare-up begins, there will be swelling, severe pain and redness around the joint.  One very common place is in the big toe, but it can also occur in the ankle, elbow, wrist or knee.  The pain that is experienced is often so powerful that it is painful to having anything even touch the joint.  Most people say that even a bed sheet touching the inflamed joint is excruciating.

Caring for a Gout Flare-up at Home

If you have a gout diagnosis, it is likely that your doctor has given you some medication for a flare-up.  Take this medicine as soon as you have a flare-up or when you first notice the signs of an imminent flare-up.

Natural Pain Relief:

You might need a little bit of extra help in addition to medication to help with gout flare-up pain:

  1. Rest your joint until the pain improves. Raise it onto a pillow and try not to move around too much.
  2. Be careful with what you consume. Foods high in purines can cause an increase in uric acid in the blood.  The foods you should avoid are organ meats, seafood, red meats, chicken, fish, asparagus, mushrooms, peas, beans, lentils, cauliflower, and spinach.  You should also avoid drinks that are sweetened with fructose and beer.
  3. Drink lots of water. If your body lacks water, uric acid levels can rise, and the increased water can help to stabilize uric acid, bringing it to a reasonable level.
  4. If the pain is not too intense, try using a cold compress or cold back on the joint to reduce inflammation and help with pain. Ice it for 20 minutes every hour.
  5. Cucumber juice can reduce body temperature, and is effective in removing uric acid crystallization in the joints. You may feel a bit of a pain if you drink this juice, but that is a sign that you are healing because there is a disturbance with the toxins that are being eliminated.  The combination of celery and ginger in this juice helps to reduce the inflammation during the process of cleansing.  You need to use a juicer to combine:  a slice of lemon, 2 celery ribs, a medium sized cucumber and a 1 inch ginger root.  Clean everything carefully with a vegetable wash, then cut the cucumber into smaller pieces that will fit into your juicer.  Prepare the celery ribs by cleaning them and then cut the lemon in half.  Carve out the ginger root.  Combine and drink immediately.

Gout is very painful, but if you know which foods to avoid and how to treat a flare-up, you will find that you suffer through less pain.  Take medication, if necessary and follow the steps that we have outlined in this article.

Avoid exposure to aluminum, fluoride, and glyphosate

Avoid exposure to aluminum, fluoride, and glyphosate

The following list offers a number of suggestions for items to avoid, to reduce your exposure to aluminum, fluoride, glyphosate, and other brain-harming components:

  1. Processed foods and sodas. This will help you avoid both GE ingredients (which tend to be contaminated with glyphosate) and aluminum. In addition, replacing processed foods with whole organic foods will drastically reduce your sugar/fructose intake, which will help normalize your insulin and leptin sensitivity. This is in fact one of the best strategies for protecting and preserving your brain function and overall health. Fructose and gluten are other dietary factors that promote Alzheimer’s, and are best avoided as much as possible.
  2. Mechanically deboned chicken, which tends to be high in fluoride as a result of the processing.
  3. Dental amalgams. Dental amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury by weight, are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity. However, you should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.
  4. Cosmetics and personal care products containing aluminum, such as antiperspirants (including salt crystals, made of alum), lotions, sunscreens, and shampoos.
  5. Vaccines containing either mercury (thimerosal) and/or aluminum.
  6. Aluminum-containing drugs, such as antacids, analgesics, anti-diarrheals, and others
  7. Anticholinergics and statin drugs. Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers.
  8. Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10 and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to your brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule known as low-density lipoprotein.
  9. Fluorinated medications, including Cipro.
  10. Fluoridated water – Perfect Water Purifier
  11. Fluoridated toothpaste and fluoride gel treatments.
  12. Non-stick cookware will outgas fluoride, but also avoid other aluminum-containing products, such as cans, foil, juice pouches, tins, and water bottles.
11 Benefits of Chrysanthemum

11 Benefits of Chrysanthemum

If you need a natural coolant, you may wish to consider drinking chrysanthemum tea.  It provides plenty of advantages and is widely used in Chinese medicinal practice that includes herbs as part of the treatment.  A cup of chrysanthemum tea offers many incredible benefits and has plenty of nutritional advantages.

Chrysanthemum tea is very potent and is high in B-carotene, converted by the liver into Vitamin A.  Fruits that are yellow and orange have large amounts of B-carotene.  Vitamin A helps to boost the immunity power of the body as well as delaying the aging process and blindness that can be age-related.  Chrysanthemum tea is an excellent source of folacin, choline, niacin and riboflavin that are all important B vitamins.  It does also contain Vitamin C which serves to protect the eyes and to reduce the risk of scurvy.

This tea contains minerals including iron that aids in transporting oxygen in the blood.  It also contains calcium that is critical for healthy bones and teeth, magnesium that the body needs for multiple body functions.  Chrysanthemum tea contains potassium that is necessary for the stabilization of blood pressure and the proper operation of the cardiovascular system.  The tea also contains adenine, glycosides, and amino acids.  Not many people are familiar with the benefits and the existence of Chrysanthemum tea.

Here are eleven of the most incredible benefits that you may not even be aware of:

  1. If you suffer from allergies, drinking Chrysanthemum tea can help to relieve itchy and red eyes, it can also relieve a sore throat. If you suffer from dry eyes or you have dark spots under your eyes, drinking the tea can help.
  2. The tea contains antiviral properties that can provide relief to people who are suffering from congestion caused by viral infections. The tea contains vitamin C that can lighten up the head if you have a sinus infection.  If your congestion is due to a pathogenic bacterial reaction, this tea can help because it is anti-spirochetal which aids in providing relief from these symptoms.
  3. Chrysanthemum tea naturally lowers your body temperature if you are feeling heat stroke or have a fever. It can ease acne and pimples and can help with a toothache, headache and throbbing nerves in your gums.
  4. The tea is non-caffeinated so you will experience any side effects that caffeine can cause including nervousness, tension, anxiety confusion or irritation.
  5. The tea can help to treat coronary artery disease, relieving blocked arteries and clearing up varicose veins.
  6. If you need to detoxify your liver or lower your cholesterol, this tea is an excellent choice.
  7. The stimulating properties in this tea can help to sharpen the senses and rejuvenate the brain.
  8. This tea can strengthen your lungs and aid with common respiratory problems such as shortness of breath.
  9. When you drink Chrysanthemum tea with meals and greasy or oily foods it can help out with digestion.
  10. It is thought that this tea could be useful to treat certain eye problems and to improve the sight acuity for people whose vision is failing. There is a long history of this herb being used to treat watering eyes and blurred or spotty vision.  If you are using your computer for extended periods of time or have red, dry or sore eyes, try sipping on this tea.
  11. Chrysanthemums have natural active ingredients that act as antibiotics. These natural ingredients can help to fight some types of bacteria including staphylococcus and streptococcus.  It is also great for the relief of tension headaches, bad breath, dry mouth and sore throats.

To prepare this tea just add some of the dried tea to your pot with boiled water and allow steeping for five minutes.