Detox your body of mercury and heavy metals by drinking this juice for 14 days. Cilantro and parsley have excellent heavy metal chelating effects. Drinking the juice from these herbs regularly, will gradually help clean out heavy metal poisoning such as aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel, lead and uranium. If you are often exposed to any of these heavy metals, it may be wise to include these in your juice menu regularly.
Some of the common symptoms of heavy metal poisoning:
Chronic unexplained body pains and headaches
Depression, anxieties, brain fog
Loss of memory and forgetfulness
Yeast infection and parasites
Low immune system
Anemic and blood disorders
Low body temperature, cold hands and feet
Muscle and joint pains
Female reproductive issues
Dark rings under eyes
Drink this daily for up to 14 days for a good heavy metal detoxification.
- 1 Bunch Cilantro
- 1 Bunch Parsley
- 1/4 Lemon
- Using a juicer, add cilantro, parsley then lemon. Whisk to blend and serve.
- Use only organic produce for best results.
Skipping meals crashes blood sugar, leaving you feeling lethargic and anxious. Here is a recipe for a well-balanced salad that includes optimal protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Optional superfood ingredients you may include in an anxiety-busting salad are raw sprouted lentil beans, raw dandelion greens, and hemp heart seeds, which are all excellent sources of gut-boosting, anxiety-lowering prebiotic fiber.
- 2 cups of fresh organic spinach
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 stalk of sliced raw broccoli
- 1/4 cup sliced or shredded carrots
- 1/2 a red beet, sliced or shredded
- (Optional) Cashew "cheese" crumbled
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, almond slivers or hemp hearts
- 2 chopped scallions
- 2 chopped radishes
- Salad Dressing
- In a Mason jar add ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon (about 2 lemons), 1 clove of garlic minced, and ½ teaspoon of mineral-rich Himalayan sea salt with cracked black pepper to taste. It’s easy to mix in the Mason jar and add just before eating the salad. If you have extra this dressing keeps well in fridge.
- Toss salad in large bowl with dressing and serve.
Ask a roomful of people if they enjoy drinking water, and you’re bound to get polar opinions. While some say nothing else quenches their thirst quite like water, others can’t stand the “taste.” But whatever your thoughts on water, hydration is crucial for good health. The human body is made largely of water which keeps it running smoothly, whether it’s helping cells grow, delivering oxygen, regulating body temperature and more. Luckily, there are easy ways to add it to your diet.
Infuse your water.
If water is too bland for your taste, try adding refreshing slices of lemon, cucumber, lime, strawberries, or mint—the possibilities are endless! When you’re on the go, you can even pack an infuser water bottle. Here’s a handy infographic about ways to invigorate your water.
Naturally flavored carbonated water is becoming more and more popular as people cut out sugary sodas, and it’s a great alternative to hydrate yourself if you can’t stand the taste of water. Just keep in mind that some experts say it may erode tooth enamel in large quantities, especially if you’re adding a fresh squeeze of citrus fruit for taste.
Buy a giant water bottle.
For some, drinking water is all about convenience. When you’re too busy to leave your desk (even though you know you should leave your desk regularly to avoid the effects of being sedentary), a large bottle of water can help you stay hydrated.
Eat hydrating foods.
Water is found in many foods that you can add to your diet for extra hydration. Cucumbers, apples and peppers are just a few of the water powerhouses to choose from. Check out Shape.com’s list of top 30 hydrating foods for inspiration. Bonus: Most hydrating foods are packed with vitamins.
Tally how many glasses of water you’re drinking each day. Simply jot it down in a notebook or download a fitness app to help you. After all, you may only think you’re drinking enough water. If you’re the type who forgets to mark your water intake, you can even invest in a bottle that links to your cellphone and automatically records how much water you drink.
Keep a mini fridge nearby.
If you live in a two-storied house, stash some water in a mini fridge upstairs. Likewise, if your office is far from the kitchen, keep a cooler or small fridge nearby. If you simply can’t leave your office on busy days, a standing desk placed near your water-filled mini fridge can keep you hydrated and healthy.
Give water to guests.
Offer visitors a glass of water when they arrive, and pour one for yourself in the process. Although this isn’t a daily habit, it’s particularly useful during the holidays when loved ones are in town. (Plus, it’s polite!) At the office, place a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy during meetings.
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This salad is absolutely chock-full of lovely green spring produce, with textures ranging from crunchy to creamy. You can make the zippy lemon dressing and blanch, drain, and chill the peas and asparagus up to 2 days ahead, but combine all the elements shortly before serving to preserve the color of the avocado and the crunch of the greens. Delicate pea tendrils or shoots would be spectacular here, but watercress makes a delicious peppery substitute. Though you may be tempted to use only one herb, we urge you to use both: The parsley adds a burst of freshness, and the mint contributes deep herbal goodness.
- 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2 1/2-in. pieces (4 cups)
- 12 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 4 cups)
- 3 tablespoons minced shallots
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces pea tendrils, pea shoots, or watercress (about 5 cups)
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves
- 1 firm, ripe avocado, cubed
- Bring a large pot filled with water to a boil over high. Add green peas, asparagus, and sugar snap peas; boil until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water; drain well.
- Whisk together shallots, oil, rind, juice, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add blanched vegetables; toss well to coat. Add pea tendrils, parsley leaves, mint leaves, and cubed avocado; toss gently to combine.
How berries can help beat cancer
The findings from Finland indicate that the anthocyanins in berries increase the function of sirtuin 6 enzymes in cancer cells. And as sources explain, sirtuin enzymes are in charge of “regulating the expression of genes that control the function of cells through key cellular signalling pathways.” Changes in sirtuin functionality can be triggered by aging, and these changes play a role in the development of diseases like cancer. Sirtuin 6, or SIRT6 for short, is also associated with glucose metabolism.
While all berries come with great health benefits, the researchers say some of the most profound effects were seen in lesser-known berries.
Minna Rahnasto-Rilla, the study’s lead author and a doctor of pharmacy, noted,”The most interesting results of our study relate to cyanidin, which is an anthocyanin found abundantly in wild bilberry, blackcurrant and lingonberry.”
Cyanidin was found to be particularly effective in colon cancer cells, stimulating an increase in SIRT6. More, this potent phytonutrient was found to decrease the activity of two cancer genes (Twist1 and GLUT1). But that’s not all: Cyanidin also increased the presence of a tumor suppressor gene known as FoXO3.
Other health benefits of berries
Berries are known for having an array of health benefits; there are many types of berries and truly, each type has its own unique nutritional qualities. Goji berries, for example, are known for containing an assortment of B vitamins, vitamin E, linoleic acid, selenium, and beta carotene. The humble goji is also rich in amino acids and other trace minerals.
Blueberries, on the other hand, are known for their high capacity to neutralize free radical damage at a cellular level, and can even help stave off collagen break-down. So if you’re looking to stay young, blueberries can help. Bilberries are another great choice. Three times smaller than a blueberry, bilberries are a nutritional powerhouse in a truly tiny package. In addition to supporting the circulatory system, bilberries are known for boosting eye health.
Cherries, strawberries and blackberries are also highly regarded for their numerous health-boosting attributes. Cherries, for example, are known for helping to reduce joint pain associated with gout, and are also high in multiple antioxidants — including anthocyanins, quercetin and ellagic acid. Cherries’ flavonoids are known for supporting healthy tissues.
Blackberries also boast high levels of ellagic acid, along with vitamin C and E. Combined with an array of phytonutrients, blackberries are a great nutrition booster than can help fight off disease and illness.
There are many types of berries to choose from, and while each have their own unique nutritional profiles and health benefits, you truly can’t go wrong. Any berry is better than no berries at all!
Sources for this article include: ScienceDaily.com, Healthline.com, GlobalHealingCenter.com
Cleanse and protect your liver with this simple juice recipe. Pomegranate juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and healing properties which make it ideal for cleansing the body.
- 1 red beet
- 3 sticks carrot
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate seeds
- 1 inch slice of ginger
- 1/2 slice of turmeric
- Wash all produce well.
- Peel the beet and carrot. Juice spinach first then add cucumber, carrot, Pom seeds and lastly beet.
If you live a dairy-free lifestyle due to ethical reasons or lactose intolerance, then you may envy people who can easily obtain healthy probiotics by eating yogurt or drinking dairy kefir. You may even be thinking of taking probiotic supplements, but these supplements are often ineffective. Instead, try making affordable, dairy-free water kefir. The basic recipe will give you a base you can then add fruit juice or even a natural flavor extract to in order to customize your flavor.
To make water kefir, you need to purchase a starter culture of water kefir grains. Not only are they super-affordable, but you should only have to purchase them once! Not only can they be re-used, but since they are filled with living bacteria and yeast, they will keep growing and replicating, and you will actually end up with more and more the longer you keep them!
Once you receive them, make your water kefir in any glass jar (an empty jam or pickle bottle is perfect) by following these steps:
- Dissolve two-tablespoons of brown sugar in about one-quarter cup of hot water and then let cool to room temperature. (The kefir grains will “feed” off it, so there will be little to no sugar left in the final beverage.)
- Add 2 cups of room temperature water to the sugar solution.
- Add one tablespoon of water kefir grains.
- Place a clean cloth or coffee filter over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber-band or string tied tightly around it. Do not top with the metal lid that came with the jar, or you will starve the solution of needed oxygen!
- Place it in warm spot in your home. The solution thrives best at around 75-degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t worry too much about the exact temperature too much. However, if you find a batch does not ferment the first time, you may have to find a warmer spot in your home the second time around. Your unheated oven is the perfect place to store your water kefir if you don’t use it daily.
- After about 36-hours, you should notice that the water is cloudy, and this is when you can strain the mixture to remove the grains.
- Once the water kefir is fully prepared and the grains taken out, you can chill it before you drink it and add a splash of fruit juice for a delicious, healthy beverage. Enjoy!
Since the process of making a batch of water kefir does take a few days, you may want begin your next batch using the same grains again as soon as you strain them from the first batch. However, you can store them in the refrigerator between uses if you don’t plan to make a new batch right away.
This article was previously published on Huffington Post.
Try this savory, refreshing and guilt free Asian-inspired salad. A one-cup serving clocks in at only 80 calories! A spiralizer is a handy kitchen tool for creating low carb veggie noodles.
- 2 cucumbers, spiraled (using a vegetable spiralizer)
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 cup snap peas, cut in half
- 1 bell pepper, julienned
- 1 green onion, minced
- Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- 1/3 cup cashew butter
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- pinch of chili flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
- Combine all pasta ingredients together, place in the fridge. In a high speed blender combine all dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over noodles, garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately!
We often use cranberries during the holiday season and forget they can be juiced. You can benefit from the power of cranberries by drinking a detox juice the day after you’ve over indulged in food or drink. Cranberries contain arbutin, a diuretic that helps flush toxic fluids from the body that contribute to bloating. Also the antioxidants present in cranberry juice support the liver and aid in protecting against heart disease and certain cancers.
- 32 oz water
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 inch ginger root
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- Blend until smooth. Sip on over an hour to truly flush the system.