Jump for Joy and Juice!

Jump for Joy and Juice!juice box!

Juice can actually be considered a natural water source and provides the body with protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that can be absorbed quickly and efficiently.  Fresh juice also contains necessary enzymes, and pigments such as carotene, chlorophyll, and flavonoids.

Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables provides numerous nutritional advantages that are extremely important to weight loss.  In addition, diets containing a high percentage of uncooked foods are significantly associated with weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and lower blood pressure.

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Your appetite finds a raw foods diet more filling.                                               Cooking can cause the loss of up to 97% of water-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.  Since uncooked foods such as juices contain more vitamins and other nutrients, they are more satisfying to the body, so it does not feel starved for nutrients. This means the metabolism will keep running efficiently and keep your weight loss efforts headed in the right direction

Juicing kick-starts your body’s digestive process and enables quick absorption of high-quality nutrition, which can result in increased energy. This is one of the great advantages of achieving weight loss through improved nutrition.  Fresh juices, combined with a well balanced diet will provide you with the energy needed to burn more calories, fat, and provide you with the fuel you need for physical activity.

However, juicing does remove the fiber from these nutrient-dense foods. So be sure to include an appropriate amount of fiber-rich foods in your daily diet.  Juicing should be a complement to a well-balanced healthy diet, not a substitute.

So with a little planning and creativity, juicing could enhance your well-balanced diet and add some zest.  The internet is a great resource for juicing recipes and information, and with the realization that raw foods and juicing is a great health boost, books and magazine articles are touting the benefits and offering recipe ideas.                                        Calorie, Carbohydrate, Dieting, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, Juicing, Loss Weight, Nutrient, Nutrition, Raw foodism, Top weight-loss, Vitamin, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips


Water is our Body’s Lifeblood

Water is our Body’s Lifeblood

Yes Water,I felt this post was Important because I think there are a lot of people (self included) that don’t  FIJI Waterrealize how Important It really Is for our health.There are so many of us (self included) again that are hooked on soda,coffee,energy drinks that we almost always choose one of those over a fresh glass of water.I know this because I am one of those people,I can go through a case of Mt Dew in two days with no problem, But just like anything else It’s really hard to stop doing something you are so used to doing, that It has become a habit to reach for the soda first.Now my body Is paying me back for all of those years of  drinking so much soda.So now I see how much my body needs water and I have started cutting back on how much soda,and coffee I drink and I have made It a rule to drink at least 6-glasses of Water a day and I must say I feel so much better I am not as tired,I don’t hurt as much, I can breathe better,and I don’t get as many headaches. SO yes Water is very Important for our body whether you’re trying to loss weight or just want to obtain good health.

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of approximately 55 to 75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces. Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the bye products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few. Drinking refreshing, clean water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases.

The loss of body water through urination is greatly increased by the ingestion of decaffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These drinks have a diuretic effect, meaning they stimulate the kidneys to excrete more urine. Not only do we lose water, we also lose water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin B (thiamine) and other B complex vitamins. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an
additional glass of pure water.

A diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables will supply about 4 cups of water per day. Even with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, it is still necessary to drink an additional 6 to 8 cups of water per day to supply enough water to meet the body’s daily needs. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of pure water.

Dehydration occurs when the water content of the body is too low. This is easily fixed by increasing fluid intake. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, lethargy, mood changes and slow responses, dry nasal passages, dry or cracked lips, dark-colored urine, weakness, tiredness, confusion and hallucinations. Eventually urination stops, the kidneys fail and the body can’t remove toxic waste products. In extreme cases, this may result in death.

Approximately six to eight glasses of a variety of fluids can be consumed each day. More than eight glasses may be needed for physically active people, children, people in hot or humid environments, and breastfeeding women. Less water may be needed for sedentary people, older people, people in a cold environment or people who eat a lot of high water content foods.

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Healthy Diet Essentials

Earth Cuisine for Longevity

Earth Cuisine for Longevity (Photo credit: Barry Gourmet and Raw)

Healthy Diet Essentials                                                                          According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a healthy diet as one that Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.  But just what minerals and nutrients are vital to our health and well-being?  Consider these nutrient-dense foods when you’re looking to improve your vitamin and mineral intake.Vitamin A is needed for good eyesight and optimal functioning of the immune system.  Cod liver oil, dairy products, sweet potatoes and dark green leafy vegetables are all great natural food sources of vitamin A.Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is imperative to the body’s ability to process carbohydrates.  Whole grain breads, cereals and pastas have high amounts of thiamine.

Riboflavin, or B2, can be found in fortified cereals, almonds, asparagus, eggs, and meat.  It’s used in many body processes, including converting food into energy and the production of red blood cells.

Niacin, also known as B3, can be found in lean chicken, tuna, salmon, turkey, enriched flour, peanuts, and fortified cereals. It aids in digestion and also plays a key role in converting food into energy.

Vitamin B6 can be found in fortified cereals, fortified soy-based meat substitutes, baked potatoes with skin, bananas, light-meat chicken and turkey, eggs, and spinach. It’s vital for a healthy nervous system, and helps break down proteins and stored sugars.

Vitamin B12 is needed for creating red blood cells, and can be found in beef, clams, mussels, crabs, salmon, poultry, and soybeans.

Citrus fruits, red berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, red and green bell peppers, cabbage, and spinach are all loaded with vitamin C, which is vital to promoting a healthy immune system, and making chemical messengers in the brain.

Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk, cheese, and cereals; egg yolks; salmon; but can also be made by the body from sunlight exposure. It’s needed to process calcium and maintain the health of bones and teeth.

Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant and is essential to your skin’s good health. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, almonds, hazelnuts, and vegetable oils like sunflower, canola, and soybean to get this vital nutrient.

Folic acid can be found in fortified cereals and grain products; lima, lentil, and garbanzo beans; and dark leafy vegetables. It’s vital for cell development, prevents birth defects, promotes heart health, and helps red blood cells form. Pregnant women need to take special care to ensure they are getting enough of this for themselves and their developing baby.

Dairy products, broccoli, dark leafy greens like spinach and rhubarb, and fortified products, such as orange juice, soy milk, and tofu are all loaded with calcium. Like vitamin D, it’s very important in helping to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

Organ meats, oysters, clams, crabs, cashews, sunflower seeds, wheat bran cereals, whole-grain products, and cocoa products are all high in copper, which aids in metabolism of iron and red cell formation. It also assists in the production of energy for cells.

 Iron can be found in leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, poultry, soy foods, and some fortified foods.  It’s needed to transport oxygen to all parts of the body via the red blood cells.

Potassium can be found in foods like Broccoli, potatoes (with the skins on), prune juice, orange juice, leafy green vegetables, bananas, raisins, and tomatoes. It aids in nervous system and muscle function and also helps maintain a healthy balance of water in the blood and body tissues.

Red meat, fortified cereals, oysters, almonds, peanuts, chickpeas, soy foods, and dairy products are great dietary sources of zinc. Zinc supports the body’s immune function, reproduction capabilities, and the nervous systems.

Protein is the main component of muscles, organs, and glands. Every living cell and all body fluids, except bile and urine, contain protein. The cells of muscles, tendons, and ligaments are maintained with protein. Children and adolescents require protein for growth and development, and adults need it to maintain cell integrity. It can be found in foods like beans, milk and meat.

The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system. Complex carbohydrates are the best choice for a stable blood sugar level. Whole grain breads and cereals, legumes, and starchy vegetables are all good complex carbohydrate sources.

Essential fatty acids play a part in many metabolic processes, and there is evidence to suggest that low levels of essential fatty acids, or the wrong balance of types among the essential fatty acids, may be a factor in a number of illnesses. Good sources are fish and shellfish, flaxseed, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.

Though this list is far from complete, it gives a good base of knowledge on which to build a healthy, well-balanced diet.                                                                                                    Brussels sprout, Dairy product, Eating, Food, Health, Healthy diet, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, International Food Information Council, Leaf vegetable, Milk, Nutrition, Red blood cell, United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, Vitamin, Weight

Fast Facts On Potatoes

Throughout America, potatoes are the most popular vegetable, even being  ahead of other well known vegetables such as lettuce and onions.  You can cook potatoes in a variety of ways, and they are included in one out of three meals eaten by almost all Americans.When they are prepared in a healthy way, a potato can be an excellent source of energy and also pack a nutritional punch.

Like oranges, potatoes are very high in vitamin C. The fact is, one medium potato contains 45% of the vitamin C that’s recommended for good health.  Potatoes are also high in fiber and carbohydrates and contain more potassium than a banana.

A potato is naturally low in calories and contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.  The skins of the potatoes provide a helpful dose of fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and several B vitamins.

You can prepare potatoes by boiling them, steaming them, or even roasting them.  If at all possible, you should avoid putting potatoes in the refrigerator or freezing them, as cold will turn the potato starch to sugar and cause them to turn dark when they are cooked.

When you store potatoes, keep them in a cool, dark place. Too much light will cause them to turn green. You can store them in the basement if you have one, as the basement is the best place to keep potatoes.

From mashed potatoes to baked potatoes, a potato is something we all know and love.  They serve many different tasty foods, and they provide our bodies with plenty of healthful benefits.  We all eat potatoes, some of us even grow our own.  Whether you grow your on or buy them, the potato is the one vegetable that makes everything just a little bit better.

Detoxing Your Body!

Cover of "Detox (Natural Care Handbook)"

Cover of Detox (Natural Care Handbook)

Cleansing diets, herbs, and fasting programs may seem like a modern health trend but societies have used natural cleansing methods to detoxify the body for hundreds of years. Detoxification is all about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.By cleansing your body you are removing the  impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. It is recommended that everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying program or whole body cleanse is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health.While detoxing you should Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, these all act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process.Also substituting chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products  such as cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpaste for  natural alternatives. stress, also triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system.So you should detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body. YogaQigong and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress.While there are many ways to detox your body.Be sure to pick one that’s right for you, here are a few suggestions,You can try a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins, Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on the market, with easy-to-follow instructions, A routine of drinking only water one day each week  practice of many cultures. Herbal way to clean your body is the best way for inner body cleaning. Not only this is cheap but also improves your eating habits. There are herbal products also available in the market. The other advantage of this method is that it does not have any side effects and hence is safe.Straying from your healthier habits lately? Having trouble kicking off your weight loss? It might be time for a body detox.                         Alternative, Calorie, Cleanliness, Detox, Detoxification, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Health, Human nutrition, Juice fasting, Nutrient, Physical exercise, Portion Control, Shopping, Top Weight loss, Toxin, Vitamin, weight loss programs, weight-loss

Managing You’r Healthy Eating Plan

The USDA's original food pyramid from 1992.

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Here are some great tips to help you get the most out of a healthy diet,giving  your body what it needs is important not only for your success with weight loss but also for your over all health in general.The first thing you have to remember is your body only needs certain amounts of each food group to perform at it’s best.Thats why portion control is so important since we all know that eating too much or to little of certain foods isn’t good for us and leads to an unhealthy body.Some people think that if you are skinny you must be healthy, and if you are over weight you must be unhealthy and that so not the case. Remember the old saying ( you’re not fat, your healthy )  well in a lot of ways that’s true. Think about it, if you compare the average so-called over weight person with the average so-called skinny person you will see that the one struggling with weight issues is actually a healthier eater then the so-called skinny person.Now that you know you already have the framework to maintain a healthy eating plan,now it’s time to learn how to manage it. The Balancing Act!                                                                                                                                                                                       Climbing to the Top of the Food Pyramid

The new food pyramid gives you the best choices for your busy lifestyle. Learn why following these guidelines for good health is the best place to start.Discover more about vegetables from dark green to orange to starchy. See how many vegetable servings you and your family need each day. Go Green, Red, and Orange What fruits can do to boost your health.Learn all about fruits, Apples to Watermelon, how many servings do  you need daily.Learn the different types of protein foods included in the meats and beans group. Find out how much you need daily from this group depending on your age, sex, and physical activity. Dairy Is Your Friend explore the different types of dairy products that are high in calcium and low in fat. Do you know how many servings you and your family need each day.

Are eating healthy fats or unhealthy fats. Learn more about healthy oils and how many servings you need daily.

The different food groups, calorie, and portion sizes you and your family need each day.

A to zinc, discover all the remarkable vitamins that can boost wellness and help you feel great.

Essential vitamins women need to stay well. Find out if you’re getting all the necessary vitamins for your age and stage of life.

Vitamins and Minerals: Best Food Sources                                                                                                                Why whole foods are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients for good health.

All about antioxidant powerhouses and how these immune-boosting foods keep you well.

What vitamin C can  and can’t  do and where to find this powerhouse nutrient.

WebMD examines the health benefits, anti-aging properties, and weight loss claims of acai berries.

Is your diet be missing these seven essential nutrients? Find out now.

10 Everyday Super Foods                                                                                                                                                        10 super foods that are easy to eat and packed with multiple nutrients to help you stay healthy.

How much water is necessary each day for good health, and how many common foods such as apples and yogurt are mostly water.

All about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and why these good fats should be added to your daily diet.

Breakfast can make the difference in learning at school, productivity at work, and how well you stick with your diet.

Learn how to move beyond PB&J, so lunchtime becomes a gourmet feast without a lot of work.

Take a few minutes to learn about quick and easy mealtime options.

Seven tips for eating at work that can improve your desk-dining experience.

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Secret Wieghtloss Tips

Eat less do more

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The  secret to successful weight loss is to eat less and move more.But it also has to do with how you eat you eat and the amount of my fiber in your diet.Recent research in the journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two-year study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories resulted in about 4 1/2 pounds of weight lost.These are five fiber-rich foods that will help you lose weight. Green Beans,Sweet Potato,Pumpkin,Apples and,chickpeas,One cup boasts 4 grams of fiber and a quarter of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin K.So adding these foods to your is a must if you are serious about losing those unwanted pounds.There are several things you can do with these five foods like make healthy treats such as breads,muffins,cakes,pies,even doughnuts.But at the same as you indulge in these tasty treats,working them into your daily eating plan don’t forget about your portion control,and stay consistent with your exercise routine so you will be sure to get the best results.I will try to find some good recipes to post,In the mean time see what cool recipes you can come up with.