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Healthy Cocoa Drink to Make Your Gut Microbes Happy

We all know how great Dark Chocolate can be. Not only does it taste good, but it is healthy, and makes you feel great. But commercial chocolate can have a number of hidden dangers, so a much better option is preparing your own home-made cocoa drink. In this post you will see what the benefits and hazards of chocolate are, and why raw cocoa powder is a much better alternative. That is, if you want to rip the health benefits without the adverse effects that often originate from various additives or toxin contamination. There seems to be a consensus among the scientists that dark chocolate is healthy – at least the recent studies show that (1, 2). And, of course, the health benefits of dark chocolate can be traced back to its high amounts of cacao. Natural cacao contains a lot of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that are great for the cardiovascular system, weight management, as well as for more than 40 other health related issues (1). In this post we will see how we can prepare our own cacao based drink to maximize the benefits of this powerful nutrient. But first, some definitions: Pure Cold processed Cocoa Butter […]

Using MCT Oil in Juices and Smoothies

MCT Oil is a great supplement you can and should add to your juices and smoothies on a daily basis. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. They are a special type of saturated fatty acids with carbon chains of medium-length, typically from 6 to 10 or 12 carbon atoms. In contrast, the short chain-fats have fewer than 6 carbon atoms, whereas the long-chain fats have more than 12 carbon atoms. MCTs are largely missing from our diets, because the people responsible for creating the dietary guidelines has led us to believe that the saturated fats are harmful, whereas, in fact, the opposite is true. Most of the commonly used saturated fats are the long-chain triglycerides (LCT). They are much harder to digest when compared to the less common MCTs. Why is MCT Oil Important? They typical source of energy for our body in the Western diet is glucose. Glucose is the end result of the process of breaking down of carbohydrates. But your brain, as well as many other organs in your body, can run on more than just one type of energy, and this is where MCT oil enters the picture. MCT oil is an excellent source of tiny […]

The Health Benefits Brazil Nuts Deliver to Your Smoothies and Juices

Brazil nuts are much larger in comparison to other nuts. They are highly nutritious, rich in calories and fat and are considered to have several health benefits. They come from a tree that is grown throughout the Amazon. We like to use our Brazil nuts in our juices and smoothies. We hardly ever miss putting a couple of nuts in our vegetable smoothies. They make excellent additions, and are very healthy and nutritious. Here is why: Just 6 Brazil nuts comprise one full serving of 1 ounce, which contains 185 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of proteins. Brazil nuts also contain various micro-nutrients, like iron, calcium, and other vital minerals. Let’s look at the fat content in Brazil nuts, as many people are weary of its high fat content, a concern that is not justified at all. The fat contained in Brazil nuts is Saturated fat 20 g, Poly-unsaturated fat 27 g, and Mono-unsaturated fat 27 g, a total of 88 grams of fat as estimated per one cup (133 grams). Brazilian Nut Tree The saturated fat is actually the good fat (even though your nutritionist may tell you otherwise). The mono-unsaturated fat […]

Benefits of Raspberries and Their Use in Juices and Smoothies

I love juices! As I decided to be healthier, I try to experiment with my juices throughout the day… and whenever I feel like recharging my batteries and boosting my immune system I choose Raspberry juice. If you are looking for a healthy and delicious juice, this is a great choice. Not only does Raspberry juice taste good, but it is a great source of nutrients for the body. It contains a couple of important nutrients, as you will see in just a second. My entire family loves it, because we all know that a balanced and healthy diet should include a lot of fresh fruits, both juiced and whole. Fruit juices, in general, are very healthy because they help our body detoxify and reduce the risks of cancer and heart problems. Raspberry juice offers a lot of benefits due to its mineral and vitamin contents. Health Benefits Raspberry juice is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Magnesium, but it lacks the Dietary Fiber present in the whole berries. Raspberries are very low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. A cup of fresh raspberries (123 g) amounts to: 65 calories, 32 milligrams of ascorbic acid (equivalent to 50 […]

Boost Your Health with These Refreshing Aloe Vera Drinks

Feel like you need a fresh supply of nutrients to recharge your body?  But, at the same time, you don’t like preparing something complicated and time consuming. Then, why not prepare a refreshing Aloe Vera drink instead? There are many uses and benefits of this magical plant. From Aloe you can make fantastic drinks that can serve both as energy boosters and as health improvement drinks. Aloe vera has been used since thousands of years ago. The ancient Egyptian people have given it the name “plant of immortality”. With the provided list of Aloe Vera recipes for preparing healthful and energizing drinks, you will get exactly that and considerably improve your health. About Aloe Vera Juice (Gel) You can always buy bottled drinks sold in stores, so why bother with making your own home-made drinks? Because it is always much better to prepare your own juice, no matter what type of juice we are talking about. Not only are you getting many of the nutrients your body needs, but it also helps improve your health. From Aloe vera you can prepare drinks that are absolutely soothing, refreshing, and cooling. Aloe Vera juice has a lot of health boosting micro-elements, vitamins, flavonoids, […]

Useful Properties of Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is obtained by juicing the young grass of the wheat plant harvested early to keep its minerals and nutrients at their peak. Sure, wheatgrass can be purchased in a form of supplement, or even in a liquid form. But, when it comes to your health, the best and most consistent results can be obtained by juicing your own fresh wheatgrass in a juicer. Besides, you can add some of the wheatgrass to your shakes or in your favorite teas, which is also a better way of consuming than using powdered wheatgrass, or otherwise prepared supplements for instant consumption. A note about the taste. I still remember the first time I tasted wheatgrass juice. I have to admit … the taste was awful, simply because it was a new, previously unknown taste. I added some lemon juice, and I forced myself to somehow drink the mixture. A few days later, the taste was more acceptable, and after several week, it became even desirable. If you are new to wheatgrass juice, my advice is, don’t be distracted by the taste. If you persist, the benefit will be enormous. Wheatgrass juice is one of the best natural medicines out there. It […]

Chia Seeds — Excellent Addition to Your Juices

Have you ever tried chia seeds? If you haven’t, this might be the best time to include them into your diet. They are so fun to use and require only a small effort on your side to prepare. Moreover, chia seeds mixed up with your favorite healthy juices might be the right combination to considerably improve your health. Ever since my family members and I discovered Chia seeds online, we never stopped being amazed as to how cool they are. In this post we are going to talk about how to use chia seeds in your everyday diet plan. But, let us see first what chia seeds are and how they can help. Chia seeds belong to the family with Latin name Salvia hispanica and are closely related to the common mint. This plant is native to South America. In Southern Mexico, they have been a part of their cuisine since centuries ago. They used to be so popular, that the Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs utilized them as a monetary means. They valued them for their ability to bring extra energy and stamina. In fact, in the language of the ancient Mayans chia means “strength”. It is said that only […]

Juicing Fasting: The Miracle Transformation of Joe Cross

In case you never heard of Joe Cross, let me give you a short introduction into his life story. A lot of people find it inspiring and life changing. A couple of years ago Joe was 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and was suffering from a painful autoimmune disease. The symptoms of this disease were being managed by a strong steroid with a number of side-effects, including stomach ulcers, depression and weight gain. In the mirror Joe saw a 310lb man with gut bigger than a beach ball. He had one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. Realizing that in the long run conventional medicine can do little to help him, Joe decided to take things in his own hands. Joe understood the natural ability of his body to heal itself. He also had acquired a fair amount of knowledge about the devastating effects of processed food and essential value of plant based diet. What was missing was a plan for action. Joe committed to spend 60 days on a juice fasting program. He decided to consume nothing but the fresh juice of fruits and vegetables and see what was going to happen. He […]

Health Benefits of Red Grapefruit and Red Grapefruit Juice

Every now and the I enjoy drinking a quarter glass of red grapefruit juice. I don’t remember why I choose red grapefruit juice in the first place, but I am glad I did so. It tastes delicious and I find it very refreshing. Until now I haven’t really bothered to check the health benefits of this uplifting and energizing drink. The fact that it always feels so good was more than enough for me. But, a couple of days ago I decided to check the health benefits and look into the properties of grapefruit, and specifically, of its red variation. Here is what I found: The Benefits of Red Grapefruit First, let us see what is so special about red or pink grapefruit versus the other, white variety of grapefruit. A study that appeared recently in an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that one grapefruit a day – especially the red variety – can help prevent heart diseases (source The scientists found that taking just one red grapefruit a day is enough to significantly reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood. This feature alone brings a huge benefit, as high levels of […]

The Fundamentals of Juice Fasting

Cleaning one’s body from the inside out can be performed with fasting, and one of the age-long methods of fasting is juice fasting. The mere drinking of fruit and vegetable juices is recognized as a way to flush out accumulated toxins and waste material from our body. The main benefits of juice fasting are seen not only in the increased strength and vitality of the body – the conditions of our mind and spirit are also affected in a positive way. If you are looking for a proof, just check the miracle transformation of Jeo Cross. Useful Information It takes a lot of preparation, some additional time and some extra money to be able to perform you juice fasting successfully. The important thing is – you should be relaxed and without too many engagements – if you have a busy week at work, or if you have any upcoming engagements, it might not be a good idea to start with the fasting until you have cleared up some space and time in your life. Fruit juices are abundant in sugar, minerals and vitamins. Vegetable juices contain a lot of useful nutrients and can be used as cleansing and healing juices […]

Cranberry Juice – Cure For Urinary Tract Infection

Cranberry, a native American species, is a miraculous berry plant. Just like their relatives blueberries, cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and bio-flavonoids. The color of the cranberries originates from the presence of a special type of bioflavonoid called proanthocyanidin. This is similar, for example, to the carotenoids that provide the yellowish-orange color of carrots, or to the well known example of chlorophyll that provides the green color in leaves. In fact, most of the bluish, reddish and purple hues found in plants can be traced back to the presence of bio-flavonoids. What makes the bioflavonoids especially important is their antioxidative activity. They protect the plant from the free radicals that occur as a result of ultra-violet solar radiation. In people, the bioflavonoids are useful for reducing the amount of free radicals that if, present in large concentration, could damage the individual cells and proliferate degenerative tissue changes and diseases in the long run. In particular, the cranberries’ bio-flavonoid proanthocyanidin has been proved to ameliorate the formation of free radicals and reduce the symptoms of chronic age-related disorders. It regulates the antioxidant defense mechanism and improves insulin sensitivity. It also stabilizes the collagen, which is protein that is […]

Morning Juices

If you are used to juicing for better nutrition and optimum health you certainly know how important it is to take at least one glass of vegetable juice in the morning. The juices taken in the morning will help you energize your entire body. In addition, they will give you enough nutrients to get you going. Here are some useful juicer recipes that you can use to prepare your delicious morning juices or smoothies. Make sure you also check our list of tips on preparing vegetable smoothies for maximum health benefit. Detox Morning Juice 2-3 stalks of celery 2 peeled cucumbers 6 broccoli flowers and stalks 1/2 lemon 1 piece of ginger This juice is a great way to absorb all the healthy nutrients your body needs right after you wake up in the morning. It will provide plenty of minerals and vitamins and will prepare you to meet the challenges of the day in a much better shape. Simple Vegetable Morning Juice 2 large beets 8 stalks of celery 10 medium carrots Celery is an important ingredient of this juice. Researchers have shown that adding celery to your morning juice can lower the blood pressure by up to 15 […]

The Secrets of Natural Gut Detoxification

Gut detoxification is an important process that, occasionally, everyone of us should perform in order to get a stronger immune system and strengthen one’s health. The good thing is – you need no invasive methods – this type of detox can be done naturally, for example by using freshly prepared raw juices, smoothies as well as by following the right diet plan. I personally am never in favor of invasive methods. I am a strong believer that we have been provided with all the necessary inner and outer (natural) resources to be able to maintain a healthy life. The Good and Bad Bacteria in the Intestines Let us see first where the problem with the toxins in our digestive systems actually lies. It turns out that the small intestine is lined with columnar tissue in form of tiny villi responsible for nutrition absorption. This is the place where most of our digestion actually takes place. Food and fiber make up to 60 percent of the total mass that passes through the intestines. The remaining 40 percent are mucous and bacteria. Not all of the bacteria present there are healthy. Certain types of pathogenic bacteria are normally present there as well […]

Juicing Tips – Calcium Rich Juices

Juicing is one of the easiest ways of consuming vital nutrient and bio-active elements, including calcium. The advantages of juicing for calcium (chemical formula Ca) is that juices are mainly alkaline drinks as opposed to meats and dairy products which are abundant in calcium but create an acidic environment once taken in the body. It is estimated that about 4 percent of the total mass of the human body consists of minerals. Out of all the minerals required for normal function of the human organism, calcium is at the very top of the human body’s mineral chart. The main function of calcium is to strengthen the bones and teeth, but this vital mineral is also needed for the proper function of the muscle and nerve tissue and to regulate the heartbeat. Calcium helps in the contraction motion of the muscles and aids the nerve signal transmission. As we all probably know, the main sources of calcium are milk yogurt, cheese and the other diary products. One of the less known but fantastic source of calcium is bone broth. Other foods, such as green vegetables (especially cabbage, okra and broccoli, but NOT spinach or collard greens), soya, tofu, almonds, and some […]

Juicing For Folate: Folate Rich Foods

Juicing is one of the best ways of consuming folate on a daily basis. Many vegetable and some fruit juices and their combinations are great sources of natural folate (Vitamin B9). Before presenting a couple of juice recipes that can boost the levels of folate, let us take a look at precisely why the regular intake of this micro-nutrient is so important. Of all the Vitamins there are, folate is one of the most interesting. If we judge the impact of folate on human health through the multitude of different ways this substance works in the human body, its important biological function is even more pronounced. Folate Deficiency Some of the symptoms of folate deficiency can be irritability, fatigue, depression, lack of concentration, insomnia and gums inflammation. The other signs are not so obvious, but the consequences can be very serious, especially for pregnant women that don’t consume enough of the foods rich in folate. The signs of folate deficiency are seen directly in the blood count, because without folate there is no normal production of erythrocytes – red blood cells. Folate deficiency may ultimately result in anemia. Folate is actually a member of the B Vitamin complex, also referred […]

Juicing For Health Conditions – Quick Reference Guide

You can use the following list of fruits and vegetables whenever you need some additional help to ease the current or prevent the potential health conditions. This is a very flexible, quick and dirty list. When preparing your healthy and refreshing juices, make sure that you use the indicated combinations of ingredients only as an approximate guide. In many cases, more elaborate recipes should be used. A word of caution: if you are overweight, if you have diabetes or prediabetes, or if you suffer from a metabolic syndrome, it would be wise to avoid most, if not all fruit-based juices. Try to modify the juices give below and stick to the freshly squeezed vegetable juices. Even if you are totally healthy, to maintain long-term health, I would suggest keeping the amount of carbs and fructose from the fruits in your juices as low as possible. Juice for heart and intestinal inflammation – orange, raspberry, banana Anti-cellulite juice – pineapple, raspberries, kiwi, red grapefruit Juice for regulation of blood pressure – apples, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries Juice for shiny and smooth skin – orange, banana, mango Another juice for the skin – kiwi, lime, strawberry, strawberry yogurt Anti-aging juice – orange, pineapple, […]

Juicing for Respiratory Health

Frequent respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies, can be alleviated by using raw home made juices. Today we know that a lot of health conditions can be traced back to improper nutrition. Sometimes, it is enough to change our eating habits to improve our health. The key to a better breathing consists, at least partly, in consuming some fresh vegetable and fruit juices on a daily basis. Research has shown that the breathing capacity can be improved by consuming a lot of natural vitamins A, C and D, omega 3, zinc, folic acid and other micro-nutrients. If you are not sure about what foods to use, you should know that almost all fresh vegetables and fruits contain high concentrations of nutritive substances.  Probably the best way to absorb them quickly and efficiently is to set aside some time to extract the phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables and consume the obtained raw juices. Vitamin D is found in sunflower seeds and sprouts. Folic acid is abundant in spinach, blackberries and cruciferous vegetables. The cruciferous vegetables include, amongst the other foods, cabbage, collards, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprout and turnips. For example, kale juice can be a great, refreshing morning juice. In […]

Juices For Liver Detoxification

Detoxification (detox) is a physiological process of removing the possibly toxic substances from the body. We absorb toxic substances usually from our environment (air pollution, smoke or chemicals, like chlorine from tab water). Unfortunately, our daily diet is the other main source of toxins that come in form of additives, preservatives, drugs, antibiotics, synthetic vitamins and other chemicals. Once absorbed, our liver is the organ where most of these toxins end up. The liver is the primary filter of our body for all sorts of toxic substances. Unless you are living a very healthy way of life, from time to time you too will need to purify this extremely important organ so that is is able to maintain its proper functioning. So, let’s reiterate about where detoxification happen: it happens in the liver, not in the colon. Therefore, to perform a successful detoxification of you body, you wold have to perform detoxification of the liver and strengthen its function. When you improve the function of the liver, it can naturally perform its detoxification process much better. There are several important steps to do that: increase omega 3 intake reduce omega 6 intake reduce fructose intake don’t eat too much carbs […]