Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

5 Tips To PREVENTING Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Do you have pain when you are…
Typing, writing, sewing, painting, or playing musical instruments? Do you work on an assembly line and do the same repetitive movement day after day?

With more careers involving sitting at a desk all day and typing, the chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) increase. This ailment may cause numbness, muscle damage, or weakness in the hands and wrist. The main cause is due to pressure on the median nerve.

Here are your 5 tips to prevent CTS:
1. Correct your posture!
This means sitting with your back against the back of your seat while typing, knees bent comfortably and feet flat on the ground. This reduces strain on joints and muscles, ensures that you are positioned correctly without being tense, and minimizes chances of CTS or headaches.

2. Purchase the right equipment.
To minimize the stresses of typing, such as cushioned mouse pads, specialty keyboards, glove brace for your arm, etc.

3. Exercise and do workouts that will stimulate your wrists.
Move your body from time to time throughout the day no matter what your job entails.  Make it part of your routine that every hour stand up, dance about and make sure to move around your wrists. Stretch a lot during the day and practice yoga moves that will engage the arms and wrists.

4. Take Pain Killers (but talk to your MD first).
Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs can help to reduce swelling and pressure. If your pain is intense, injections can be given to the area by a doctor for relief as well as there are surgical procedures that can cut the ligament causing stress on the nerve. Talk to your doctor first, of course.
The key thing is to remember to break into the repetition of your normal activities and stretch, move, flick that wrist so that blood flow and pressure is correct. Maintaining a full range of motion is important, so take out 5 minute breaks for every hour that you are working and do a couple of chair exercises so that you can utilize the full range of motion that your body was made to handle.

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Cheap and Inexpensive Superfoods

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Keep an eye on your health and your budget with these low-cost superfood alternatives.

Food is not a medicine. It cannot cure ailments or diseases, even if food has healthful properties. Green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits are not magic pills, even if they are packed with nutrients. The closest food gets to having a restorative effect is a small category of superfoods. They are natural, from the earth, (or naturally derived, such as soy products), and minimally processed.

But you may also know superfoods as some of the most expensive options in the produce section. Blueberries, goji berries, walnuts, salmon, and acai—they’re all great in cancer and heart disease prevention and weight loss regimens. But so expensive!

Here are some ways to get the benefit of superfoods without paying superfood prices.

Beans
Yes, the humble bean packs a punch. Beans (aka legumes) come in many fashions, from lentils to pinto to garbanzo. Cans at the market are as low as 99-cents each, but if you can plan your meals a day ahead, dried beans are as low as 25-cents a pound. Just soak them the night before. Jazz beans up with Indian or Mexican spices. Beans are a popular vegetarian and vegan substitute for meat because they’re loaded with protein.

Broccoli
Nothing shouts healthy like a head of broccoli. They look like trees, so they must be healthy! Broccoli is actually a great detoxifier. I bet you didn’t know that broccoli has a ton of vitamin C and vitamin K. What’s vitamin K? It’s found in many green, leafy (cruciferous) veggies like broccoli, and is crucial for blood health. At just over one-dollar per pound, broccoli is a powerfully cheap veggie. Try baking it at 400F for 12 minutes for a crunchy, rich green flavor.

Sweet Potatoes
They’re not just for Thanksgiving. Substitute the orange colored sweet potatoes for baking or waxy potatoes. Mash them or bake them with your favorite herbs, and you’ve got one of the most incredibly packed vitamin A vegetables. They’re filling and cheap, too—usually under 99-cents a pound.

Shitake Mushrooms
One of the most delicious and plentiful mushroom varieties is shitake. They’re small and easy to use, and totally full of important minerals. Mushrooms are a wonder of nature, growing in forests and on felled logs, yet they inhibit the growth of cancer cells, strengthen the immune system, and are heart-healthy. I can get a big pack of luscious shitakes at my market for about two-bucks a pound.

Other inexpensive superfoods that are easy to add to your shopping cart include tofu, eggs, peanut butter, prunes, and bananas. Happy and healthy eating!

4 Pain Management Alternatives to Prescription Drugs

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Prescription drugs: The potential for their abuse and addiction is high. If you need to manage bodily pain and are concerned about pharmaceutical toxins or liver damage, then prescription drugs can be last in a chain of available pain treatment options. Fibromyalgia, nerve damage, arthritis, headaches, diabetes, and chronic back pain can all benefit from alternative therapies. It is best to consult your physician when planning new physical activities and exercises. Importantly, be aware of your own body’s limits. If it hurts, then stop immediately.

Acupuncture
Ancient Chinese medicine has given us acupuncture. The ancient healing practice is well-documented and practiced by skilled acupuncturists. You may not always feel an acupuncture needle being inserted, especially if your practitioner is extremely gentle. Many people come to love the feeling of a needle stimulating a particular point—those pain points need attention, and acupuncture delivers.

Yoga
Slow stretching movements can help realign your spinal column and pelvis, strengthen your hands and feet, and promote strong blood circulation. Yoga always incorporates steady breathing techniques, which help to calm the mind. Yes, there is a meditative quality to the calm, intentional movements offered by yoga. These can help to soothe the nervous system.

Massage
Light massage can relax the muscles and ease the agile brain. Relaxation is key to solving pain caused by sore muscles, chronic back pain, stress, and drug addiction withdrawals. The simple act of human touch is a powerful conduit of healing energy. Skin stimulation is an excellent and proven mood elevator.

Spa
Sometimes pain management means pampering yourself. Spend 15–20 minutes in a warm or hot spa, Jacuzzi, bath or steam room. This can relax your muscles and your mind. Heath applied to certain pain spots can be soothing. This is especially good for lower back pain and sore feet. Do not use the spa if you have open sores or wounds, or high blood pressure.

See if you can reduce the amount of prescription pills you put in your mouth with any of these gentle pain management techniques. Above all, believe you want to be a healthy person.

Have a Gluten-Free Holiday

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Thanksgiving has passed, and we may be feeling a little guilty for not spending the extra $5 on gluten-free pumpkin pie, but the holidays are far from over. We have a chance to redeem ourselves by being a bit kinder to our stomachs at the next family gathering by trying out these classic holiday recipes with a gluten-free twist.

We’ve scoured the internet to gather these tasty gems that will get mouths watering around the table, without subjecting them to a sometimes unfriendly ingredient. Happy Holidays, and enjoy!

Gluten Free Ginger Spice Cranberry Sauce

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4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup water
1 1/3 cup sugar
1T fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1.5″ size cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil. Add cranberries and cinnamon stick and return to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in ginger.
  4. Replace lid and continue cooking 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and scoop out the cinnamon stick.
  6. Let sit at room temperature until cool.

Courtesy of Know Gluten

Gluten-Free Gravy

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Serves: 2 cups
Cook time:  10 mins
Total time:  10 mins

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons organic butter
1 teaspoon bacon fat (optional)
2 Tablespoons Arrowroot
2 cups turkey stock or turkey drippings(strained through a fine mesh sieve)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon onion powder
salt to taste (about ½-3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt)

Instructions:

  1. Heat butter and bacon fat over medium heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Whisk butter mixture until it is frothy. Add arrowroot and whisk until mixture has turned golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add turkey stock or drippings, sage and onion powder.
  4. Raise flame to medium high heat and continue to whisk until mixture has thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste. Remove from heat and serve.

Courtesy of Nurture My Gut Author: Ester Perez

Wild Rice and Cornbread Stuffing

Ingredients
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1 cup of gluten-free all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
For the Stuffing
1 lb of Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from casing
1 cup onion, diced
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
8-10 sage leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:

For the cornbread:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Grease your baking pan using 1 tablespoon of the butter and place in preheated oven.
  4. Whisk 3 tablespoons butter, eggs and milk together in a large bowl, then add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until fully combined.
  5. Remove heated baking dish from oven and pour batter in evenly.
  6. Return dish to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely, then cut into 1-inch cubes and leave out on a baking pan overnight to harden.

For the stuffing:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine cooked wild rice with cornbread cubes in a large bowl.
  3. Add 1 cup stock, stir to moisten and set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large pan, and saute onions, garlic and celery until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer vegetables to cornbread mixture and return pan to medium-high heat.
  6. Brown the sausage, then toss with the sage and add to cornbread mixture. Toss all together to combine.
  7. Transfer mixture to a large baking dish, drizzle with remaining 1/2 cup of stock and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Prep Time: 1 hour plus overnight drying time
Cooking Time: 2 hours

Courtesy of Food Republic

Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

Chicken Parmesan

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2T Olive Oil
2T red wine vinegar
1T minced garlic
1T Italian seasoning
2 eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Place chicken in a gallon size zipper bag with olive oil, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning and garlic to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl for dipping chicken and put Parmesan cheese on a plate for rolling chicken.
  3. Remove chicken from bag and dip in egg.
  4. Roll in Parmesan cheese and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake a 400F for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through, and remove from oven.
  6. Spoon marinara and sprinkle mozzarella over chicken.
  7. Return to oven until mozzarella is melted and bubbly.

Courtesy of Know Gluten

Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 9
from the backyard. (!!!!) baked apples tonight! oh, yeah.
Ingredients

9 Apples, cored
a little Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon Unrefined Coconut Oil
1/2 cup (60 grams) Almond Meal/Flour
1/4 cup (30 grams) chopped toasted Walnuts
4 dried Dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces
pinch of fine Sea Salt, ground Cinnamon and ground Ginger
1/4 cup (57 grams) Unsweetened Light Coconut Milk
Optional Toppings

Coconut Milk
Heavy Cream
Dried Fruit
Maple Syrup or Honey drizzle
Serve With
Ice Cream
Frozen Yogurt
Greek Yogurt

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center. Core apples and squeeze a little lemon juice into each one. Melt coconut oil in a small pan. Stir in almond meal, walnuts, dates, salt, cinnamon, ginger and coconut milk. Heat for a few minutes over medium heat. Carefully stuff apples with the mixture. Place apples in muffin pans or on a bake safe dish.
  • Cover loosely with foil. Bake for about 45 min or until apples have softened and split.

Courtesy of Family Fresh Cooking

Say Goodbye To Trans Fats

Monday, November 18th, 2013

November 7, 2013 was a big day for the American heart. The FDA announced its plan to phase out trans fats from our diet by moving it from a category recognizing it as a safe food additive to one making it unsafe and illegal for use.

What are trans fats?

Trans fats are created artificially when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to create a more solid substance often referred to as partially hydrogenated oil. It is not the only fat we encounter. Saturated fats can also be rough on our bodies, but it does have some of the more devastating effects on our health.  Trans fats not only raise the level of bad cholesterol in our bodies, they also work against us by lowering the good cholesterol we consume.
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There is no way to avoid fats all together, nor would we want to. Consuming mono-saturated fats provides us energy, keeps hair and skin healthy and helps us absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K.

What does this mean?

This biggest difference this ruling will make is that restaurants and manufacturers still hanging on to trans fat use will have to rework their process to comply with the new standards. It sounds like a big undertaking, but a schedule is in the works that will give everyone time to adjust to new standards.

We as a nation aren’t the first to crack down on this harmful additive. Although Mayor Bloomberg of New York has been quite vocal regarding his prohibition against trans fats throughout his city’s restaurants that began in 2008, it is the example of entire countries like Sweden and Denmark that prove an entire nation is able to change.

How will this help us?

According to the FDA, simply removing trans fats from our diet will prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7000 deaths annually. ANNUALLY! And what do we have to do? Nothing. It’s actually very doubtful that we will actually notice a difference in our food considering that trans fats have been phasing out of our foods for quite some time now without protest.

What we do need to understand is that this doesn’t solve all of our health problems. Saturated fats will still raise cholesterol levels and sugars in excess will still harm our bodies. We still need to take care of ourselves with a conscious diet and active lifestyle.

Popular Foods Currently Containing Trans Fats

Frozen Pastries: pie crusts, biscuits/rolls, cookies, frozen desserts

Miami Beach: Joe's Stone Crab - Joe's Original Key Lime Pie

Coffee Creamers (non-dairy)

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Fast Foods (anything fried or battered): Popeye’s, Long John Silver’s.

Long John Silver's Sampler

Crisco: Although they are listed as no longer using trans fats, they were once the poster child for trans fat use. Currently they contain the minimum amount allowed (.5 grams) to be able to say they contain 0 grams. Sneaky.

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Canned Frosting, Packaged Pudding, Cake Mixes

Mike asked me to please make him a cake mix cake with canned frosting for Faturday. I did, but I have to say I make a pretty mean scratch cake. We're taking it with us to the He-Men-Ways. Lucky them!

Bisquick, Pancake and Waffle Mixes

1957 General Mills Ad, Betty Crocker Bisquick with Recipe

Margarine. It turns out that butter, a saturated fat, is actually better for you. Sorry Fabio.

HEB Margarine

Check out the Trans Fat and Menu Labeling Legislation for more information.

Defeat Winter Depression

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

File:Vincent Willem van Gogh 002.jpgWinter can be a beautiful season filled with blankets of white snow, friendly gatherings and the smell of peppermint and fresh cut pine permeating the air. However, these simple joys of the season are missed by many who suffer through Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the somewhat milder Winter Blues, that will bury them under the weight of depression throughout the winter months. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, a renown expert in cyclical mood patterns and a current Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, tells us;

“Six percent of the US population, primarily in northern climates, is affected by SAD in its most marked form. Another 14 percent of the adult US population suffers from a lesser form of seasonal mood changes, known as winter blues.”

Both conditions are more prevalent in women than men, and are theorized to be related to genetic traits. Also, although the
symptoms are triggered by dark winters, anyone has the potential to experience SAD or the winter blues. What this means is, someone from a Southern environment who’s never had a problem, can visit the Netherlands in January and be affected.

Common Symptoms of SAD and the Winter Blues

When days get shorter, people affected often:

  • Sleep longer and have a harder time waking up. Studies show that SAD sufferers average 2.5 hours more sleep in winter and winter blues sufferers sleep 1.7 hours more, which is much longer than the average population at the same time of year.
  • Experience depleted energy levels. Staying home and sleeping or eating comfort foods is all they can manage to do for themselves. Anything else is much harder to conceive as possible.
  • Gain weight. The initial onset of depression promotes a sedentary lifestyle that cuts out most activity causing weight gain. The weight gain, in return increases depression.
  • Become disinterested in life causing their work, school and social lives to suffer the consequences of neglect.

What You Can Do

On your own you can:

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  • Regulate your diet and alcohol consumption. Heavy foods, sugars and alcohol can be major downers in the long run. Try to add plenty of veggies and seasonal fruits to your diet to keep your energy levels up. Caffeine isn’t a bad way to gain some extra pep mid morning, it’s actually been related to mood enhancement, just don’t over do it with the sugary additions to avoid the quick energy crash that follows.
  • Activated your social life. Give yourself a reason to get out of the house. Meeting a friend just to talk over lunch exposes you to fresh air and gives you personal contact and reassurance that you are not alone.
  • Move your body. As tough as it is to get going, even a small amount of exercise can boost serotonin levels and get your blood flowing.
  • Meditate. Stress has been proven to cause a number of ills and increases cortisol, a hormone that can increase weight gain (making you more depressed. It’s a vicious cycle). Using your downtime effectively by relaxing through calming deep breathing, centers your mind and body, and clears your head to continue your productive day.

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  • Talk to a pro. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a great way to sort out what’s keeping you down, and gain some professional knowledge on how to combat your blues.
  • Light Therapy. 60%-80% of SAD sufferers benefit from Light Therapy. Lights are widely available online, just make sure you find one that sticks to clinical recommendations. Check out the Mayo Clinic’s “Seasonal affective disorder treatment: Choosing a light box” to make sure your device meets therapeutic standards.

 

Source: 1. Rosenthal NE. Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder. New York, NY: Guilford Press; 2006.

 

Fall Juicing: Beets

Friday, October 25th, 2013

We’ve talked about juicing pumpkins, winter squash, pears and even sweet potatoes, but one seasonal beauty that everyone needs to add to their diet is the beet.
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Beets!

As a population, the United States has been neglecting beets, and it’s just got to stop. Beets are considered seasonal, but are there for us year round packed full of goodness, and just waiting for us to give them a chance. Their positive effects on our health are so numerous, that I believe they deserve their own article to sing their praises (and pull in some more beet loving converts). Historically, like the pomegranate, beets have been put to use in a variety of ways. They have been used as a natural dye, a precious sacrifice to the gods, for their medicinal properties and are well known for being an aphrodisiac. Today, we continue their use, as medical professionals and scientists are continually discovering more and more great stuff about them.

Conditions beets are known to help include:

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Heart Health:

Beets are full of both soluble and insoluble fiber that help reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol while promoting healthy weight loss. They also contain a nutrient called Betaine that is known to lower homocysteine, an amino acid that’s linked with cardiovascular disease and blood clots, levels in the blood. The same nutrient also assists in a variety of other health issues. For more information on Betaine’s nutritional value, check out Betaine in human nutrition. In addition to that, beets contain a high level of potassium which relaxes blood vessels allowing blood to flow freely, thus reducing the risk of clotting and stroke.

Birth Defects:

B vitamin folate, or folic acid, is naturally found in beets. Many people are sufficient in folic acid, however those at risk of deficiency such as women of childbearing age, pregnant women, those with malabsorptive disorders or alcohol dependence, may have children that suffer from a group of birth disorders called neural tube defects. Folic acid plays a part in infant spinal column development.
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Cancer Prevention:

One of the most exciting beet benefits is its cancer fighting abilities. What’s even more fantastic, is that is approaches cancer prevention from more than one direction. Beets contain pigment betacyanin, a beetroot pigment that counteracts cancerous cell growth and inhibits cell mutations caused by certain meat preservatives. Beets are also said to slow down tumor development and increase the number of CD8 cells in the colon that destroy cancer threats. Since colon cancer is ranked third in cancer related deaths, this is a big deal. On top of that, beets increase the body’s production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, that aids the liver (also stimulated by beet consumption) in in ridding the body of cancerous toxins. Overall, beets are known to decrease cancer risk, especially for the skin, lungs and colon.

Respiratory Health:

WW2  -  more sugar beets ?One cup of beets is equivalent to 11% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Increasing vitamin C in your diet can aid in preventing asthma symptoms while stimulating white blood cells. Combined with it’s antioxidant qualities, beets fight off any unwanted respiratory infection that may come your way. In addition, the presence of beta carotene, helps in fighting lung cancer.

Energy Level:

Beets are high in natural sugar, and therefore are also high in carbohydrates. However, these carbs are the good kind that burn slowly to fuel prolonged activities like distance running or sports. Due to the high level of nitrates, it has been found that beets also increase a person’s oxygen intake beyond what can be achieved through training and exercise alone.

Ocular Health:

Comic History of Rome p 010 The Romans walking off with the Sabine WomenThe beta carotene in beets will protect your eyes from free radicals, helping prevent cataracts and slow macular degeneration, a disease that’s often age related in which blurring and blind spots affect your central vision.

Aphrodisiac:

Recorded early on by the Romans, the aphrodisiac quality of the beet has been well known for centuries. It even adorns ancient brothel walls in Pompeii! As unsexy as it may seem, the beet contains boron, which is scientifically known to boost the production of sex hormones. The result of eating beets could be increased libido, fertility, and sperm mobility.

Since beets are root vegetables and tend to taste more earthy despite their natural sugars, it’s good to find a balanced mix of sweeter fruits or vegetables to achieve a more appealing taste. Here are a few suggestions for beet juicing to get you going.

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Beet Juice Blend

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 tall celery stalks
  • 1 beet, with the leaves
  • 1 handful of spinach (optional)

*For added sweetness, include more lemon and apple.

Directions: Add the apple, lemon, and celery to a juicer. Use a sharp knife to cut the beet into manageable pieces and then add it to your juicer. Note that because of a beet’s thickness, it’s best to juice last so that you don’t need to clean the pulp out of your juicer until you’re done. For extra greens, add spinach.

Courtesy of YOGANONYMOUS

Beet, Carrot, and Apple Juice with Ginger

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds beets (about 6 medium), trimmed, peeled, cut into 1′ pieces
  • 1 pound carrots (about 4 large), trimmed, peeled, cut into 1′ pieces
  • 1 Gala or Empire apple (about 8 ounces), cored, cut into 1′ pieces
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (about 8 ounces), cored, cut into 1′ pieces
  • 1 3′ piece fresh ginger, peeled, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions: Pass first 5 ingredients through a juicer. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Stir in lemon juice. Pour into glasses.

RECIPE BY The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

If you’re just getting started juicing, and are looking for a quality, affordable juicer, check out The Best Affordable Juicers of 2013.

Fall Juicing: Apples, Pears and Pomegranates

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Pears!

The sweet and juicy pear. I believe they are falls compensation for not letting strawberries grow year round. Just eating one alone, no frills, is pretty dang satisfying, yet they are so much more than just the apple’s softer friend. Pears have the highest fiber content of all the fruits, and is linked to preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers (breast, stomach and lung). The skin of the pear contains quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that is known to help artery problems, so blending instead of juicing might be a good way to keep that pulpy benefit. Lucky for the sensitive souls, pears are also the most hypoallergenic fruit, meaning that most of those intolerant of say, peaches, have a much better chance at not reacting negatively to these little gems, allowing everyone to get in a good daily fruit serving.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large pear
  • 1 tangerine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2-inch piece ginger root
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
DIRECTIONS Juice tangerine and lemon in a manual citrus juicer. Juice pear and ginger in a juicer. Mix together. Garnish with cayenne if you want an extra kick.

Courtesy of The Daily Meal ® Pears & Apples

Apples!

Brother to the pear, the apple also ranks high in the natural holistic health world. Like the pear, apples are chalk full of vitamins and fiber that aid in a number of conditions mentioned above. They also a good source of potassium, iron and calcium, and have been proven through tests to slow the aging of your brain helping prevent Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease.

Apple juice with 2apples 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple
DIRECTIONS Juice all ingredients in a juicer. Store the juice in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Courtesy of The Daily Meal ®

Pomegranates!

Fruit of the gods, the pomegranate has a vast history in literature, art and culture. It shows up in famous paintings around the world and has been revered medicinally by a variety of cultures for quite a long time. Today, health professional’s praises of the healthy powers of the pomegranate are still going strong.

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Like the apple and pear above, they are an incredible source of fiber, but that’s not all. They are known to have anti-inflammatory qualities that aid in preventing osteoarthritis and contain the heart healthy enzyme paraoxonase, that helps keep cholesterol from clogging arteries. Pomegranate’s are also the king antioxidant of the fruits, proven to protect skin from free radicals and aid in collagen production, which slows the signs of aging. Plus, studies have show pomegranate juice to be equal to prescription mouthwash when it comes to ridding your teeth and mouth of disgusting plaque.

Power of Pomegranate Recipe

Makes two large glasses of sweet, refreshing antioxidant juice:

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 apple

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  • 2 small pears
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • Power up your juicer!

This drink is so refreshing and the kids will love it, too. Try different variations with the apples and pears, maybe substituting a peach or some strawberries for one of the pears.

Find more Pomegranate recipes Here.

For more fantastic fall juicing suggestions, check out our articles on Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash.

Fall Juicing: Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Sweet Potatoes!

File:5aday sweet potato.jpgSweet potatoes, the unsung hero of the root vegetable family. Loaded with fiber and iron, sweet potatoes have a slow burning energy producing quality that will keep you going longer than other carbs that don’t contain so much fiber. They are also chock full of vitamins like the heart healthy B6, and antioxidant rich vitamins C and E.

An often overlooked plus of sweet potatoes is that they contain the trace mineral manganese that helps sustain healthy blood sugar levels, treat anemia and sustain appetite control. Add to that the presence of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and is used to prevent and treat a wide range of medical conditions including heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts and arthritis, and this veggie is well worth the minimal prep it requires.

A quick, and probably less messy way than the microwave cinnamon sprinkling thing, is throwing a sweet potato or two in your juicer and taking it on the go. Here are some recipes sure to pack some sweet veggie power.

Festive Sweet Potato Vegetable JuiceSweet Potato, Celery, Ginger and Orange Juice 2of3

Serves 1-2

1 small or medium sweet potato, cut into quarters if necessary for it to fit through the juicer
2 carrots
1 large (or two small) red bell pepper
2 large stalks celery
1 1/2 inch knob of ginger

Run all ingredients through your juicer, and serve.

Courtesy of Choosing Raw

Winter Squash!

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Though they may be on the funny looking side, consuming winter squash is an easy, low-fat way to take in much needed vitamins and supplements that are often lacking in the average diet. They are heart friendly and contain a ton of potassium. One of the biggest pluses is that winter squash is a source of lutein, a powerful antioxidant this is used to prevent and treat a number of conditions by minimizing free radicals. Even the seeds contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid often used in the treatment of depression.

Here’s a simple recipe using butternut squash as it’s main ingredient.

“Vegetable Magnetism” Midday Carrot Squash Cleansing Juice

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  • 1 cup peeled butternut squash
  • Half cucumber
  • Optional:
  • Half-inch piece of ginger
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. Process all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
  2. If using this juice as part of the 3 DAY WINTER CLEANSE, strain this juice and dilute with equal parts  filtered water.
  3. If not juice fasting, you can consume this juice unstrained.
  4. Makes one 16-ounce glass.

Courtesy of The Blender Girl

For more Fall juicing recipes check out Fall Juicing: The Incredible Edible Pumpkin.

Fall Juicing: The Incredible Edible Pumpkin

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Pumpkin Juice – 3 Fruit & Veggie Servings in 1 DELICIOUS DrinkIt’s fall, and if you’re like me you feel torn. Summer was amazing.  Festivals, farmers markets and fresh berries everywhere. I’m sad to see it go. The only thing that kept me looking forward to the seasonal change was the knowledge that pumpkin season was upon us. Pumpkin, we need to figure out a way to extend pumpkin eating time beyond these few month. But until we do, the challenge is to take advantage while we can.

Juicing or blending is a great way to do this. Juicing allows us to take in a large amount of nutrients from sources like pumpkins quickly and easily. However, don’t be so fast to toss the pulp, it contains a dose of fiber you really don’t want to miss out on. Toast the seeds and add some seasoning, they make a heart healthy alternative to salty chips or peanuts.  So let’s move beyond Pumpkin Spice Lattes and pies (oh pies), and put these babies to good use.

Pumpkins!

What’s so great about pumpkins anyway?

So many things! Beside the fact that pumpkin is an incredibly potent source of fiber, it’s also packed full of potassium, and vitamin C. Beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin make its bright fall color pop, and are also a big healthy gift from our squash friend. A part of the carotenoid group, according to MedlinePlus, beta-carotene and its friends provide 50% of the vitamin A in our diets, and is know to prevent:

  • certain cancersCucurbita maxima cut one half
  • heart disease
  • cataracts
  • age related macular degeneration (AMD)

and to treat:

  • AIDS
  • alcoholism
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • depression
  • epilepsy
  • headache
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis

So many benefits and nothing to loose! Here are two juicing recipes that are sure to help you get started.

Pumpkin Juice Recipe courtesy of My Juice Cleanse with Carey Kingsbury

4 cups  pumpkin chunks
1 apple
2-3 carrots
1/4 inch piece ginger
cinnamon
nutmeg

Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds.  Cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks and remove skin with a vegetable peeler.  Wash apple and carrots and cut into pieces that will fit into your juicer.  Put the first four ingredients through your juicer.  Pour the juice into a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add ice if desired.  Makes approximately 10 oz.

 

Pumpkin Juice Recipe courtesy of EverythingPumpkin

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen pumpkin puree
  • 1 handful baby carrots – or 1-2 large carrots 1/2-3/4 cup milk
  • 1 orange -  peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 Tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate (not mixed)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Test for taste and add a little water if the orange juice flavor is too strong
  4. Serve immediately
  5. Enjoy!

Before you start blending, here are a few tips to help you out. Fresh is always better. The fewer preservatives, the healthier your pumpkin experience is going to be. Be nice to your juicer. Cutting the pumpkin up into smaller chunks can make a big difference to an older juicers blades, and make sure to keep an eye on the pulp so it doesn’t clog anything.

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