Drink This And You’ll Live Longer!

Take one of your sugary drinks each day and replace it with water. A recent study shows this creates a significant difference in your health – and help you live longer!

Sugar, Sugar

Sweetened beverages like soda, juice, coffee drinks, and “energy” drinks contain more sugar than you can handle healthily. The caloric intake from the addition of those drinks into your daily diet can be detrimental. Replacing even one of those beverages with water each day will make a huge difference.

Sugar, cane sugar, fructose, sucrose, and others sounding similar add empty calories to your body’s daily consumption. They have zero nutritional value. Even “diet” drinks are unhealthy. The sugar-substitutes are mostly chemical and also do not offer vitamins, minerals, or fiber.

Sweetened beverages in your diet increase your risk for weight gain, obesity, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. The journal Nutrients recently published their findings—simply replacing one of those sweet drinks with a glass of water (once a day even!) decreases all of the above-listed risks.

Side Note:

Another thing about sugary beverages…Those who consume them are more apt to have a less healthy diet overall. The more sodas that someone drinks, for example, the more hamburgers, French fries, and other unhealthy foods they are apt to consume.

Conversely, those who drink water and low-sugar beverages tend to eat foods higher in fiber, protein, and valuable vitamins, and minerals.

The Sugar Study

Researchers collected data from close to 20,000 participants between the year 2007 and 2012. They discovered that those who substituted a glass of water for a glass of juice or soda reaped better health results overall.

An adjunct faculty member of the Virginia Tech University study stated, “We found that among U.S. adults who consume one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, replacing that drink with water lowered the percent of calories coming from drinks from 17 to 11 percent.” That’s a big, beneficial difference.

Water Options

Water from your tap may not taste good. It also may contain too much fluoride. What’s the story with bottled water? www.GetThrive.com has shared research on this particular topic several times this year. Bottom line, however, water is a must.

If you don’t trust your tap, boil it. If you need some flavor, add fresh lemon juice. A gulp first thing in the morning is totally purifying.

Fancy Water

CHLOROPHYLL WATER has become a commonly ordered drink at juice bars and yoga studios. Chlorophyll can increase the quantity of red blood cells in the body—thus transporting more oxygen through the cells. Studies have shown that it enhances energy and assists in removing pollutants and metals from our bloodstream.

COCONUT WATER is chock full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The micronutrients in coconut water help boost the immune system. It’s also rumored that the plant hormones called cytokinins existing in coconut water exhibit anti-aging, antithrombotic, and anticancer effects.

Water is at the root of our existence. Embrace your roots and drink from the fountain (but not the one at the elementary school). Keep hydrated from a natural source and your body will smile and keep healthy.

 

How to Improve Your Wellbeing and Become a Home Juicer

Are you tired of feeling physically uncomfortable, mentally foggy, and downright disgusted? Making changes to your diet has been found to radically reverse poor emotional health, the inability to lose weight, and even chronic illness. Home juicing just may be the catalyst you need to help restore your health—and maybe improve your overall wellbeing

Man Cannot Live on Juice Alone

The concept of juicing at home does not mean you give up on “food.” Juicing is a practice whereby you remove the juice from whole fruits and vegetables, often combining them into a refreshing beverage. This process provides vitamins and nutrients you may not be receiving otherwise. However, a superior juicing recipe may also include the pulp, seeds, and/or skin of your produce so that you garner other important elements such as fiber and minerals.

Why Juice?

The purpose of juicing is to provide valuable compounds your body needs and craves in today’s toxic world. Whether we realize it or not, we are bombarded with pollution. It’s very difficult to avoid the poisons traveling through our air, soil, and water at home and in the environment. We need extra doses of beneficial nutrients to combat toxins and protect our precious cells.

Vegetables and fruits contain flavonoids and anthocyanins. These are compounds that help guard our cells from damage. Extensive and/or chronic cellular damage can lead to cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disease, and other unwanted physical ailments. Ingesting anti-oxidants are essential nowadays for keeping the peace within our body.

Polluted Body?

If you know you’re eating fast food over twice a week, not exercising more than twice a week, drinking alcohol, smoking, and not sleeping enough, you can pretty much count on toxicity within. You may already be feeling the signs:

-always tired

-can’t lose weight

-get sick often

-have unexplained pain in joints

-constant gas, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea

Your poor system is probably suffering from inflammation. You may even notice outward signs like poor skin color and texture, more wrinkles, tooth or gum pain, and no energy.

What To Do

You may try gathering information from trustworthy Websites such as GetThrive and VeryWell. Also, check with medical practitioners you trust. Ask friends or co-workers who juice and inquire about their experience.

Another idea is to look up some popular recipes for juicing at home. It’s simple and not very time-consuming. Make a commitment to juicing at least once a day for a month. Remember, it took a long time to get sick. Be patient with your healing process. Not far off, you may start noticing:

  • clearer, brighter skin
  • a calmer tummy
  • weight loss from bloat
  • fewer food cravings
  • a stronger immune system
  • more energy
  • overall more contentment

If adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your physical and mental health, why not try it?

Juicing can be used as a cleanse, a health boost, and a supplement to your regular healthy diet. Always check with your health care provider before embarking on any significant dietary shift. And also, health experts suggest including protein, low carbs, and good fats into your non-juicing meals.

A healthy diet, exercise, and a positive attitude significantly reduce your risk of contracting or developing disease. So think, adding juicing just may improve your internal and external health—a bonus to your overall wellbeing.

Dr. Dave Campbell Commentary

Juicing is one part of a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle that provides nutrients and is low in calories. It is also a habit that tends to foster other health optimizing habits. Juicing takes time, effort and energy. Spending a few extra minutes a day washing, scraping, cutting and then plopping the fruits and veggies into the juicer will make you think twice later-on when a high-calorie, poorly nutritious, sugar-laden food is calling your name from the fridge. Juicing takes a bit of work. Why waste it on dessert.  Juicing has a myriad of positive health benefits and essentially no downside. When combined with good tasting, filling and well-balanced foods, regular modest exercise, and keeping a lid of unhealthy lifestyles like smoking and drinking too much, feeling better is surely just around the corner.

 

How to Improve Your Wellbeing and Juice at Home!

Are you tired of feeling physically uncomfortable, mentally foggy, and downright disgusted? Making changes to your diet has been found to radically reverse poor emotional health, the inability to lose weight, and even chronic illness. Sounds as if it may be time to improve your overall wellbeing and learn how to juice at home.

Man Cannot Live on Juice Alone

The concept of creating a juice at home does not mean you give up on “food.” Juicing is a practice whereby you remove the juice from whole fruits and vegetables, often combining them into a refreshing beverage. This process provides vitamins and nutrients you may not be receiving otherwise.

However, a superior juicing recipe may also include the pulp, seeds, and/or skin of your produce. This way,  you can garner other important elements such as fiber and minerals.

Why Juice?

The purpose of juicing is to provide valuable compounds your body needs and craves. Especially in today’s world, whether we realize it or not, we are bombarded with pollution. It’s very difficult to avoid the poisons traveling through our air, soil, and water at home and in our environment. We need extra doses of beneficial nutrients to combat toxins and protect our precious cells.

Vegetables and fruits contain flavonoids and anthocyanins. These are compounds that help guard our cells from damage. Extensive or chronic cellular damage can lead to cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disease, and other unwanted physical ailments. In order to keep peace within our bodies, it’s  essential nowadays that we include antioxidants into our diets.

Learning and practicing how to juice at home may save you money and your good health.

Polluted Body?

What are some of your not-so-good habits? Are you eating fast food more than twice a week? Not exercising more than twice a week? Drinking alcohol, smoking, and not sleeping enough? Well then,  you can pretty much count on being slightly toxic.

You may already be feeling some signs:

-always tired

-can’t lose weight

-get sick often

-have unexplained pain in joints

-constant gas, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea

Your poor system is probably suffering from inflammation. You may even notice outward signs like poor skin color and texture, more wrinkles. Other symptoms of inflammation are tooth or gum pain, and having no energy.

What To Do

You may try gathering information from trustworthy Websites such as GetThrive! and VeryWell. Also, check with medical practitioners you trust. Ask friends or co-workers  about their experience if they juice at home.

Another idea is to look up some popular recipes for juicing. It’s simple and not very time consuming. Make a commitment to juicing at least once a day for a month. Remember, it took a long time to get sick. Be patient with your healing process. Not far off, you may start noticing:

  • clearer, brighter skin
  • a calmer tummy
  • weight loss from bloat
  • fewer food cravings
  • a stronger immune system
  • more energy
  • overall more contentment

 

 

 

 

 

If adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your physical and mental health, why not try it?

When you juice at home, it can be used as a cleanse, a health boost, and a supplement to your regular healthy diet. Always check with your health care provider before embarking on any significant dietary shift. Equally important, many health experts and nutritionists suggest including protein, low carbs, and good fats into your non-juicing meals.

A healthy diet, exercise, and a positive attitude can significantly reduce your risk of contracting or developing disease. So think, adding juice at home may improve your internal and external health. Finally, a bonus to your overall wellbeing!

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Say “Yes” to Beet Juice!

Every week there’s a new trendy Superfood advertised in markets or on social media. Beets, however, specifically red beetroots, have been a prominent health veggie for generations. It’s more recent that the many powerful benefits of drinking the juice have come to light.

Beet-ween You and I

Beets are an incredibly nutrient-dense vegetable. My Polish grandmother boiled them in with many of her cultural dishes. Our Russian neighbor made the most delicious Borsht soup. It was a tad sour, but she added a bit of bacon into the bowl, and that made it more appealing and flavorful. Beets can also be roasted, which tends to bring out more of their sweetness.

But if you want the vitamins and nutritional benefits from the red beetroot without the cooking hassle, perhaps the best form is juicing. In fact, beet juice has shown to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, decrease inflammation, and even improve athletic performance when ingested as a liquid supplement.

Skipping a Beat

Nitrates are chemicals that naturally occur in certain foods—beets being one of them. In truth, the highest nitrate levels are found in spinach, celery, lettuce, and beets! Nitrates convert into nitric oxide when they’re consumed.

Nitric oxide increases oxygen levels in our blood. It also helps open our blood vessels, which allows for improved blood flow. When our blood is oxygen-rich and flowing freely, our circulatory and respiratory systems can function at their peak. Think about what this could mean to an athlete. Or, imagine how this could positively affect your workouts?

If more oxygen is being fed to your muscles, your endurance can be increased. Skipping rope for two minutes won’t be as taxing if you drink some beet juice a couple of hours before.

Research from studies showing the effects of beet juice as a nutritional athletic supplement offer these suggestions:

  • 2 cups of red beetroot juice is a healthy dose
  • Drink your supplement approximately 120 minutes before engaging in your workout

Beet the Odds

Today’s environment requires that people take special note to eat nutritionally, exercise, but also to detoxify. Pollutions in all forms enter our bodies, regardless of how “clean” we live. Beets are natural detoxifiers.

Beets are high in vitamin C and K, folate, potassium, manganese, and fiber. They also contain betaine (a nutrient that helps protect cells), pectin, and assist the liver with its cleansing process. They are a rich source of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and risk of disease. As mentioned, the nitrate level in beet juice helps decrease hypertension—that makes it a heart-healthy beverage.

No matter how you slice it, beets are the bomb! Before your next stroll or workout, think about toasting with a glass of beet juice.

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/25/beets-health-benefits.aspx

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast-beets-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-172827

https://www.verywell.com/how-does-beet-juice-improve-athletic-performance-4123855

Is It Possible to Reverse Diabetes?

Type-2 diabetes is generally characterized as a chronic disease. Once it develops, it can be somewhat controlled through treatment, but most believe it is a life-long condition. There is a newer school of thought, however; there is a way to make your diabetes go away—and never come back.

Reverse Mental Beliefs?

In order to consider that diabetes many be curable, one may need to reverse his/her belief that it is a terminal condition. Medical specialist, Dr. Jason Fung has presented a theory and valid studies that show type-2 diabetes to be 90% curable.

Let’s Start with Sugar

We all understand that sugar over-consumption (especially processed forms) is very unhealthy. We have to ingest some form of sugar in order to get the fuel we need to power our body and brain. Obviously, the best form of sugar we can consume comes from whole, natural foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Organic cane sugar is probably the least evil, whereas corn syrup, fructose, and granulated sugar are the worst to implement into our diet. Unfortunately, most foods we purchase have some form of sugar added into their ingredients.

It’s not just desserts we’re discussing here. Some form of sugar is almost always added to store-bought: cereals, dressings, soups, breads, peanut butter, applesauce, cold cuts, ketchup, juice, coffee drinks, pancake mix, and the list goes vastly on.

In Defense of Sugar…

The biggest hurdle is accepting that we are incredible consumers of sugar. Not many want to admit it. And many of those who do, may become defensive. We can get defensive because we love sugar and don’t want to give it up. It can, sorry to say, be an addiction.

Avoiding disease, including type-2 diabetes may be as simple as lowering our sugar intake. Avoiding it completely (besides from natural whole food sources) would be a Utopian diet, but that’s a tremendous commitment. It’s not impossible, but it requires diligence and mindfulness.

Where is My Sugar Going?

Limited (and necessary) amounts of sugar are stored as glycogen in our liver. This is our store for energy, short term. For the long-term, we store the extra sugar elsewhere. Where? Fat cells.

But what happens when your fat cells are full? Too much sugar, and it spills over into your bloodstream. This is what creates high blood-sugar levels.

Where Does Diabetes Fit In?

When you eat, your body’s blood sugar rises. The hormone insulin is naturally released to take the sugar out of the blood and direct it towards the tissues (for energy), and ultimately lowers your blood sugar level.

With diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin. How come?

According to Dr. Fung, diabetes is caused and progresses from extraordinarily high insulin levels (which sounds contradictory.) But, the higher the sugar intake, the higher level of insulin your body must produce. However, at some point, “your body’s level of insulin goes up, and so does its resistance to insulin.”

The research likens this phenomenon to treating pain with pain medication. At first, the initial dose is quite effective. But over time, you have to take higher doses to cause the same effect. Hence, higher levels of insulin are required.

The high levels of insulin actually cause the insulin resistance.

You need more all the time. “While you’re increasing your insulin, you’re increasing your resistance to it, making your ‘disease’ actually worse and more progressive.”

Medication as a Bandage

So with diabetes medications, sugar levels will come down. The initial effects are successful and promising. But over time, their effectiveness wear down, and then more medications are added to your plate.

Sugar levels may dip down, but what’s happening is that the diabetes is growing. “Sugar levels” and “diabetes” are not synonymous.

The symptoms (high blood sugar) are treated with meds. But the disease (insulin resistance) is not—and actually progresses.

Reversing the Cycle

If we’re to follow the logic in these statements, then lowering insulin levels through natural factions would begin to reverse the symptoms and effects of diabetes. But, of course, the only way to achieve that is through ingestion of less sugar. (Less sugar = less insulin production.)

Dr. Fung strongly suggests that diabetes does not have to be chronic or progressive. He asserts that is it 90% curable via dietary alteration. Cut out ingestion of unnatural sources of sugar. Intermittent fasting is another recommendation to break the cycle of insulin resistance.

Whether your blood sugar levels are perilous or you’re already diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, always check with your physician before embarking on a “new” type of diet. For other cutting-edge articles on health and wellness, please read www.GetThrive.com

Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAwgdX5VxGc

http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-sugar-killing-us-1481303447

http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart#1

http://www.webmd.com/heart/metabolic-syndrome/metabolic-syndrome-what-is-it#1

 

Best in Pregnancy and Adolescence!

Adolescents who eat more fruit have a lower risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Pregnant women who consume more fruit have babies with higher IQs. These are the results of two, new, separate studies.

Avoiding Breast Cancer

One recently published study touted the benefits of eating fruit. A lower risk of developing breast cancer was one discovery. Tens of thousands of questionnaires were given to women between the ages of 27 and 44 in regards to their diets. The first questionnaire was given in 1991 and then another in 1998. The latest tally of these showed that over 1400 women did not develop breast cancer. Those women consumed a large amount of fruit during their adolescence (ages 13-18).

“Higher early adulthood intake of fruits (and vegetables rich in ‘a’ carotene) was associated with a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer.” Apples, bananas, and grapes consumed in higher amounts were most beneficial to adolescents. Oranges and kale proved to further reduce risk when consumed during early adulthood.

IQ Booster for Baby

A recent Canadian study shows that babies in the womb benefit from their mom’s fruit consumption. The University of Alberta tested approximately 700 children in Edmonton. Pregnant moms who ate more fruit during pregnancy had babies who scored higher on the test. The infants’ developmental levels and IQs were higher than the babies of pregnant moms who ate little-to-no fruit. The children of expectant moms who ate six or seven servings of fruit daily actually ranked over five points higher.

The lead researcher, Mandhane, collaborated with another scientist who studies genetic similarities between humans and fruit flies. Although they’re extremely different species, flies have 85 percent of the genes used in human brain function. Fruit flies, in particular, have been used as models to study human learning and memory. So, it was pretty fascinating to find that flies whose mothers were given fruit juice also had better memories.

Not Too Sweet

Both studies clearly show the health advantages from consuming fruit, especially during adolescence and when pregnant. Experts, however, warn of overconsumption. Excessive amounts of fruit can be too much sugar, even if it’s naturally obtained. Pregnant women may put themselves at risk for developing gestational diabetes or having an overweight baby. Six servings a day are plenty to reap fruits’ benefits. For more studies on healthy foods, check out www.GetThrive.com.