Stay hydrated with flavorful infused water

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.

Add fizz.
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.

Keep track.
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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How Celery Juice Can Transform Your Health

Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. Because it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
 
Other Benefits of Celery Juice
 
Fights Cancer – Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. Because it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
 
This super food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and the very special essential oils that give celery its characteristic smell. These oils help to regulate the nervous system, and are very calming.
 
Celery is rich in sodium, which is very different to table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries and other aliments. If salt, including sea salt is white, then it has been processed and all minerals and nutrients have been destroyed.
 
On the other hand, the sodium that is available in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body. Every cell in our body is constantly bathed in a salt solution, and if the salt level is not in balance, dehydration occurs. This is why celery juice is a perfect rehydration drink for athletes.
 
Lowers Cholesterol – Laboratory studies also indicate that butyl phthalide, a chemical in celery, may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, celery reduces cholesterol levels by as much as 7 points with as little as 2 stalks a day. Celery also aids in increasing bile acid secretion which helps to remove cholesterol from the body.
Aids in Digestion – Special nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing that aid bowel movements. This makes celery a natural laxative that helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.
 
Diuretic – The potassium and sodium in celery juice are powerful body fluid regulators that stimulate urine production to help rid the body of excess fluid.
 
Anti Inflammatory – The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. A study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science U.S.A found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on. Luteolin also inhibits the excess production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation. Juice is the most efficient and nutritious way to eat celery, and people who have these conditions can drink as much juice as desired without overdosing.
 
Lower blood pressure – Celery’s potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine. Studies show that drinking celery juice every day for 1 week can significantly help lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow smoothly. Pthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals, the animals’ blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent. Celery amazingly doesn’t lower blood pressure which is already low.
 
Insomnia – The minerals and essential oils in celery juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it beneficial for insomniacs. Its high magnesium levels help people to relax into a soothing and restful sleep.
Weight loss – Drinking celery juice frequently throughout the day helps curb cravings for sweet. It is filling without putting any extra pounds on.
 
Elimination and Prevention of stones – Celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which aids in the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones. This lovely juice helps those who have suffered from stones from getting them again.
 
Increased Sexuality – Celery juice is beneficial for weak sexuality, yet doesn’t cause an uncontrollable urge as some pharmaceutical drugs do. Celery balances the system rather than increasing it.
Celery can be juiced with any other fruits or vegetables. A particularly delicious and powerful combination is carrot, apple, cucumber and celery.
 
This article was previously published on Huffington Post

All the Green Things Salad

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.

All the Green Things Salad
Serves 8
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Total Time
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Total Time
25 min
156 calories
15 g
0 g
9 g
6 g
1 g
193 g
283 g
5 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
193g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156
Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 283mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
48%
Vitamin C
90%
Calcium
7%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
  2. 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2 1/2-in. pieces (4 cups)
  3. 12 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 4 cups)
  4. 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  5. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  7. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  9. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  11. 4 ounces pea tendrils, pea shoots, or watercress (about 5 cups)
  12. 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  13. 1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves
  14. 1 firm, ripe avocado, cubed
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
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A liver cleansing juice to improve health

Healthy Diet, Recipes | January 28, 2017 | By

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. 

Liver Cleanse Juice
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261 calories
53 g
0 g
3 g
15 g
0 g
977 g
622 g
25 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
977g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 622mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 53g
18%
Dietary Fiber 20g
79%
Sugars 25g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
1271%
Vitamin C
205%
Calcium
52%
Iron
63%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 red beet
  2. 3 sticks carrot
  3. 1/2 cucumber
  4. 5 stalks celery
  5. 1 handful spinach
  6. 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate seeds
  7. 1 inch slice of ginger
  8. Optional
  9. 1/2 slice of turmeric
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce well.
  2. Peel the beet and carrot. Juice spinach first then add cucumber, carrot, Pom seeds and lastly beet.
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How To Make Probiotic-rich Water Kefir

Recipes, Superfoods | January 4, 2017 | By

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:

  1. 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.)
  2. Add 2 cups of room temperature water to the sugar solution.
  3. Add one tablespoon of water kefir grains.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Asian Style Cucumber Noodle Salad

Healthy Diet, Recipes | January 2, 2017 | By

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.
 

Asian Style Cucumber Noodle Salad
Serves 2
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Total Time
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5 min
Total Time
7 min
451 calories
44 g
0 g
26 g
17 g
5 g
622 g
2076 g
17 g
0 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
622g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451
Calories from Fat 222
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
41%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2076mg
87%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Sugars 17g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
254%
Vitamin C
204%
Calcium
19%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Cucumber Noodles
  1. 2 cucumbers, spiraled (using a vegetable spiralizer)
  2. 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  3. 1 cup shredded carrot
  4. 1 cup snap peas, cut in half
  5. 1 bell pepper, julienned
  6. 1 green onion, minced
  7. Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
Sesame Dressing
  1. 1/3 cup cashew butter
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup tamari
  4. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  5. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  6. pinch of chili flakes (optional)
  7. 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  8. 2 garlic cloves
  9. 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
Instructions
  1. 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!
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Day After Detox Drink!

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.

Day After Detox Drink
Serves 1
This day after detox drink is great for recovery after over indulging in food and alcohol.
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Prep Time
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Total Time
8 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 min
50 calories
13 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g
1035 g
56 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1035g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 56mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 5g
18%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
51%
Vitamin C
115%
Calcium
8%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 32 oz water
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 1/2 cup parsley
  4. 1 inch ginger root
  5. 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
Instructions
  1. Blend until smooth. Sip on over an hour to truly flush the system.
Adapted from TannyRaw.com
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Food for Thought: Nature’s Way

Healing, Wellness Tips | December 26, 2016 | By

1. Natural health is not alternative medicine. Natural health is traditional medicine. 

2. Nature’s way is hundreds of thousands of years old. Chemical medicine is only 125 years old.

3. Since the advent of chemical medicine, disease has skyrocketed.

4. Medicine should only consist of natural remedies that alkalize, clean and regenerate the body.

Author: Robert Morse, N.D.

The Alkaline Foods You Need To Nourish Your Body

Disease loves a toxic body, but feels the opposite about an alkaline body. This list will help you choose alkaline fruits and vegetables.

FRUITS
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, carob, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mangos, nectarines, olives, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranates, all melons, raisins, sapotes, tamarind, tangerines, and tomatoes.?

VEGETABLES
Alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, bamboo shoots, green, lima, wax, string beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, corn, ?cucumber, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, ?bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, romaine lettuce, rutabagas, sauerkraut ?spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, watercress, and yams.

Grains
Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, and Millet.

If we aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods to make this process happen naturally, then the body needs to locate and use those minerals from elsewhere in the body. So it looks to our bones, teeth, and organs and finds and utilizes the minerals found there, which may result in a compromised immune system and decrease in energy levels.

Eating an alkaline diet will help keep your body and pH levels in balance. In your body, blood pH levels need to maintain a slightly alkaline level in order to keep you strong and healthy. Just stay hydrated, add a few foods a day and you’ll be on your way to alkalinity!

Alkaline List Source: Mimi Kirk

How To Make A Pumpkin-Spiced Smoothie

Recipes, Seasonal Eating | October 30, 2016 | By

This healthful smoothie is packed with vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Top each serving with some ground flaxseeds or a pinch of nutmeg.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Serves 1
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 min
273 calories
34 g
3 g
9 g
17 g
1 g
1527 g
114 g
12 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1527g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273
Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 114mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 9g
38%
Sugars 12g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
400%
Vitamin C
36%
Calcium
89%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ banana
  2. ½ cup pumpkin puree
  3. 1 cup almond milk
  4. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  5. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed
  7. 3-6 ice cubes
  8. *Add a shot of cold brew coffee or espresso for a little boost
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Sprinkle with extra spice on top. Enjoy!
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