Juice Your Way To Victory

Apr 4, 2016 by

The juicing hype stormed hard into the health community in the recent past, and while the talk isn’t as frequent and animated now, it’s still there. Why has the prospect of juicing still lingered? Wasn’t it a fad diet? There are advantages to juicing though that might capture your attention however that have been proven and are supported by university studies. It has been discovered, is that with proper planning juicing can: Help increase daily intake of fruit and vegetables Help with weight loss Boost sports performance and muscle recovery   It’s easy to see how juicing can help you take in more fruit and vegetables. The weight loss aspect of juicing, however, gets a little more complicated. Vegetables and fruit are healthy, yes, but they do still provide calories. If you’re watching your...

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All You Want to Know About the Raw Food Diet...

Mar 25, 2016 by

As people have become more and more self-conscious about the size of their bodies, they’ve turned to the countless varieties of diets out there to help slim down their bodies. Many people have also started to turn to specific diets to best support their bodies needs such as low-sodium diets for those struggling with high blood pressure, or gluten-free diets for those who are allergic to gluten. The raw food diet was created, and used for a combination of these purposes. The idea of eating raw foods for health purposes started in the 1800s with doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner who discovered he could cure his own jaundice by eating raw apples. This discovery inspired him to test the effects of other raw food on human health, which then slowly evolved into what we know today...

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Rainbow Diet: Blue and Purple

Mar 25, 2016 by

Blue and purple food have many overlapping food items and benefits so we decided to put them into one category. The food in this category is well known for their high level of anthocyanin, which gives them their deep dark pigment. These are one of the most potent antioxidants and provide many health benefits for the body.   There have been many studies conducted with the anthocyanin that induces its ability to prevent cancer and other diseases. These studies have shown that foods with this particular pigment could reduce esophagus cancer by 60%, and decrease cholesterol levels by 13.7%. It has also been shown to improve age induced short-term memory loss and prevents urinary tract infections like E.coli by keeping bacteria from sticking to cells within the body. Additionally, the food that contains this...

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Rainbow Diet: Green

Mar 25, 2016 by

When we think vegetables, many of us find ourselves thinking of green vegetables— and our parents were right to tell us to eat them. These well known green foods are filled with chlorophyll which give them their beautiful color, and has shown, according to an Oregon State University study, to have anti-cancer properties. These green foods (because we are also still including fruits) are also rich in folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin K, lutein, potassium, carotenoids, fiber, and even omega-3 fatty acids.   All these different vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibers offered by the green category foods provide many great benefits for the body. Folic acid has been known to help maintain new cells, and fiber has been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, infections, and respiratory disease...

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The Rainbow Diet: Red

Mar 25, 2016 by

Red colored foods are well known for their source of vitamin C, antioxidants such as anthocyanin, and lycopene. Red colored foods are most beneficial in reducing cancer of the prostate, breast, neck, and skin, and improving the immune system.   More specifically, however, red fruits are also very rewarding for athletes. Cherries have relatively more concentrated amounts of melatonin, which helps to regulate the internal clock, and both cherries and pomegranates reduce inflammation, which helps post-exercise soreness and muscle recovery. Also, beetroot’s high concentration of nitrates improves exercise endurance by 16%.   The most interesting of the foods in the red category, though, is the tomato. Though also found in watermelon and pink grapefruit, the tomato has been discovered to have larger amounts of lycopene, which helps to prevent cancer of many forms. It...

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Rainbow Diet: Orange

Mar 25, 2016 by

There are many overlapping benefits and foods between orange and yellow categories. The foods in the orange category are known to reduce macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of blindness in old age. Many of the foods are also known to have large quantities of vitamin A, C, and E. These three vitamins help to boost the immune system, reduces risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. These vitamins also help with night vision, delays cognitive aging, protects skin from sun damage, and enables the skin to rebuild collagen.   Some of the foods in this category include pumpkins, oranges, cantaloupe, papayas, carrots, persimmons, tangerines, orange bell peppers, butternut squash, apricots, golden beets, kumquats, mango and guava. It is easy to incorporate these foods into your daily diet. You could just toss...

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The Rainbow Diet: Yellow

Mar 25, 2016 by

Yellow colored foods have many valuable traits for the body. A large number of the foods have been known to prevent heart disease by ensuring good blood circulation, and to protect against age-related macular disease and cataracts. They have also been known to hold lots of vitamin A, B6, C, and potassium. Vitamin A helps skin and bones to be healthy, vision and immune systems to function properly, and reduces heart disease and cancer of the lungs, esophagus, and stomach. Vitamin B6 reduces the risk of birth defects, and vitamin C helps with the immune system rid your body of toxic waste.  Those who are pregnant, or are concerned about their overall health may be interested in eating more from this food color. Regardless, however, it would be wise to eat from this food...

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