How To Detox and Hydrate For Better Health

Water, water, water!

 Did you know?

Water is involved in every type of cellular process in your body and is necessary for improving as well as maintaining good health. It will keep you hydrated, alert and maintain a healthy balance in your entire body.

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How much water should you drink?

Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces (per day). For example, if you weigh 150lbs you should aim to drink 75 oz of water per day. That is a little over 2 liters.

Try my routine and drink water before going to bed, first thing when you wake up (even before your cup of coffee), and throughout your day.

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Detoxifying bonus

Add fresh lemon to your water for extra detoxifying power. Sip on lemon water throughout the day and you’ll help flush out fat, clear up and hydrate your skin, improve digestion, and give a boost to your immune system.

Sounds pretty amazing to me. Go ahead and give it a try. You’ll thank me later.

 

 

 

source: WebMD.com
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Easy Sugar-Free Kettle Corn Recipe

 

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This is such a fun and easy recipe to try! I was suffering from a mild case of the sweet tooth’s one night when my ever experimenting mind came up with an idea. My sweet tooth was cured in less than 5 minutes and my stomach (and waistline) were happy. Go ahead and wow your friends with this recipe. Sweet and salty, this sugar-free kettle corn one to try.

 

Sugar-Free Kettle Corn Recipe

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Popcorn kernels
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp salt
15-20 drops liquid stevia (or 2-3 packets powdered stevia)

 

Directions:

Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat.

Add stevia and salt.

Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.

When the kernels pop, add the rest of the 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds.

This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop close to the same time.

Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping really starts going, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Try to keep the lid slightly off set to let the steam out (the popcorn will be drier and crisper this way). Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a big bowl.

Dig on in and enjoy!

(Don’t forget to share your new secret kettle corn recipe with your friends!)

 

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Make That Coffee Work For You

Healthy-Me-CoffeeMust have that morning (or afternoon) cup of joe?

If you must have that cup of coffee, use the recipe below to get the most bang for your cup! If you add the right combination of health, wellness and beauty boosters, you can make that coffee work for you! You’ll amp up your health while still getting that energizing coffee buzz.

 

Healthy Coffee Recipe:

 

 Ingredients:

 Freshly brewed Organic Coffee

2 tsp Coconut oil

1/4 c Coconut, Almond or Hemp milk

Liquid Stevia to your liking (Hazelnut flavor is my favorite)

Ground Cinnamon (or 1 whole cinnamon stick)

 

Directions:

 Leaving a little extra room at the top, pour your freshly brewed coffee into your favorite mug. Add your coconut oil, stevia and beauty milk of choice. Stir. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon or, if you want to feel extra fancy, add an entire cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

 

Read about some benefits and uses of the above ingredients by clicking on the links below

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Coconut Oil

Organic Coffee

 

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Shopper’s Guide To Health: 2013 Best And Worse Produce

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The Dirty Dozen

Incorporating fresh produce into your diet is essential for optimal health, but the pesticide coating on many healthy fruits and vegetables is a cause for concern. Earlier this year The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, released a guide (known as the “dirty dozen” and the “clean 15 Plus”) to help consumers choose the safest produce while avoiding those tested as the most toxic.

Pesticide Exposure, Whats The Big Deal?

Pesticides present real health risks, especially to children and those with current health issues. The EWG points out that there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods, fetal development and childhood. The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides include disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine system, and increased risks of cancer.

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Knowledge Is Power

It is important to educate yourself on the use of toxic pesticides so you have enough knowledge to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. When you know what to look out for, you can continue to reap every health benefit these nutrient dense fruits and vegetables have to offer, without exposing yourself and your family to toxic chemicals.

A Healthy Immune System

Although I strongly believe fresh is best for healthy immune system function and to help heal any type of autoimmune disorder, these fresh foods may also pose a threat to our health if were not educated.

Listed for you below are “The Dirty Dozen Plus” and “The Clean 15”: produce you should buy organic and which you can buy conventional. Use this on your next grocery run as a guide to better health, because as you know, knowledge is power.

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The 2013 “Dirty Dozen Plus

The following “Dirty Dozen Plus” produce had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Hot peppers

Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which the EWG characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:

  • Kale/collard greens
  • Summer squash

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The 2013 “Clean 15”

Of the fruit and vegetable categories tested, the following “Clean 15” foods had the lowest pesticide residue, and because of that, are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from taking pesticide contamination into consideration:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Papayas
  • Mushrooms

 

Related Articles:

I also encourage you to read a few of my “get healthy now” tips and articles below. These are all tips that have helped me to heal my MG symptoms as well as my overall health.

Diet: MG clean eating diet plan

Exercise: Fitness routine for strength

Healing Smoothies: Green smoothies

Essentials: Everyday essentials

 

 

Sources:

http://www.drweil.com

http://www.ewg.org

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews

http://www.drfuhrman.com

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Paleo Diet: Maximize Fat Loss Naturally

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30 day paleo diet challenge

Shed Fat, Naturally?

This is quite an interesting concept to most people. Working towards a fat and weight loss goal can seem almost far fetched at times, especially if you are living with a chronic autoimmune disorder. I have to tell you that your health and weight loss goals are achievable. Put in a little effort and you will see amazing health rewards.

I started eating paleo and following the 30 day challenge about 2 weeks go. The paleo diet is known to naturally maximize fat loss, as well as reduce if not eliminate symptoms for people living with an autoimmune disorder.

I am feeling (and looking) better than I had been prior to starting the 30 day challenge and continue to notice a change in my MG (auto-immune disorder) symptoms for the better. I have more energy, I feel stronger, look leaner (I’m loosing body fat, finally!), while eating more and sleeping better.

 

The Natural Way

I am all for reclaiming health and losing weight naturally. I say ditch those OTC manufactured and synthetic drugs and turn to natural cures. There are so many natural cures and remedies out there and far to many incidents of health concern from the use of many OTC drugs. Read about the healing powers of coconut oil, for example.

 

Fat Loss Guide

Take a look at this visual guide from Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist and the New York Times Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Dieton how to tweak the paleo diet to burn more fat and rid yourself of excess weight.

Its up to you to take action and get your health back. Use these fat loss tips to move in the right direction and reach your health, fat loss and weight loss goals. Share this with a friend or loved one. You never know, this guide may be the last bit (or starting point) of information they need to get their health back on track again.

Robb Wolf’s Paleo Diet Guide to Troubleshooting Fat Loss

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Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis

Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

Green smoothies (and green juices) have helped keep my Myasthenia Gravis symptoms at bay and may very well have the ability to do the same for you too. I started making (and drinking) these super drinks a little over a year ago. I was doing the best I could after deciding to stop my monthly IVIG treatments but still had MG symptoms. I wasn’t able to walk any type of distance, I experienced daily double vision and had general weakness and fatigue plus a serious lack of energy daily.

Fast forward to now, a little over a year later and the symptoms I experience, especially the lack of energy and daily general exhaustion and fatigue have noticeably improved. I took a leap of faith and tried making these drinks, along with eating better, in hopes of helping my Myasthenia Gravis in one way or another. Well, because of these dietary changes, I am better in the best ways I could have hoped for (next to being totally MG-free anyway). I’m happy to take the noticeable boost in health as it has been a long road of ups and downs trying everything to feel better. Plus, I am equally as happy to share my experience with you because in the best case scenario, some of your MG symptoms improve and at the worst case scenario, you get on the road to being healthier than you were before.

Many reasons why these drinks are powerful will be listed below. Read on and please, for your own health, drink up.

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Green Smoothies vs. Green Juices

Both are great options for a health boost. If choosing between the two, I would rather make a green smoothie on daily basis, and I do! I also add a green juice to my routine once a week and would defiantly recommend it.

  • Green Smoothie: Blended dark leafy greens with other vegetables or fruit with a liquid and ice.
  • Green Juice: Dark leafy green and other veggies and fruits go through a physical juicing machine, which pulls the fiber away from the starch/sugar.

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How Do Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis?

Packed with energy producing nutrients, vitamins and minerals, a green smoothie is far better than your average cup of joe any day. These nutritious drinks will provide you with energy, nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients to fight disease and boost your body to its optimum health and healing ability. Listed below are just a few of the benefits green smoothies have to offer.

1. Easily Digestible Nutrients

They’re blended so because it’s already party broken down for your body, it’s much easier for your body to digest and absorb all of those vitamins, nutrients and minerals immediately, without taking up much of your body’s energy to do so. You’ll feel full and satisfied from the natural fiber and can save your energy for things that really matter during your day.

2. Vitamin & Antioxidant Packed

Most green smoothies are made with some kind of dark leafy greens. Kale or spinach are two greens most often used. This gives you a huge hit of vitamins and antioxidants like folic acid, B-vitamins, iron, and vitamin D and K, all of which reduce homocystine levels in your blood (which slows the aging, inflammation and the disease processes in the body).

Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.

3. Trace Minerals

Green smoothies have an insane amount of absorbable trace minerals that you can’t get in many other places, like:

  • calcium: much more absorbable as leafy green vegetables than any dairy product
  • magnesium: needed for ATP to produce energy in our mitochondria
  • manganese: for a healthy nervous system and cells
  • potassium: helps maintain hydration, helps keep body in an alkaline state to fight disease and inflammation better
  • selenium: an antioxidant that prevents cancer, liver detoxification and healthy thyroid function

4. Beta Carotene + Chlorophyll

Green smoothies also have high amounts of beta carotene, which have vibrantly colored antioxidants called carotenoids that give your skin a healthy glow because of their rich color. Think of your healthiest, most vegetable-loving friend, and how their skin literally glows. This is why. No beauty or anti-aging product will do what food naturally can.

Plus, green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say, enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.

5Alkalizing

Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many natural health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance in the body.

6. Naturally Energy Boosting

Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.

7. Detoxification + Elimination

With all those vitamins and minerals, you also get amazing fiber to help speed the process up of getting any toxins out of your body in a fast and natural way. This is always a good thing, and can impact your energy. If you are sluggish and weighed down by toxins in your gut, it can make your Myasthenia Gravis flare up. A daily dose of green solves all of this.

8. Simple + Easy + Delicious

Green Smoothies take less than 5 minutes to make which is amazing for people with Myasthenia Gravis. We need to get the most nutrition with the least amount of physical prep work. Green smoothies will do that. Plus, It feels good, tastes good, and works hard for you from the inside out.

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Green Smoothie A Day Keeps Myasthenia Gravis At Bay

I hope you start adding a green smoothie to your daily routine like I do. It takes consistency and being an active participant in bettering your health (and as always, listening to the treatment guidance from your neuro) to obtain better health. But regardless, the numerous health (and beauty) benefits these powerful little drinks provide our body is in my opinion very important. Also, when you feel like your ready to take on additional health boosting practices, buy a juicer and add a green juice into your routine.

[Read about my favorite blender here]

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[Find some delicious green smoothie recipes to try out for yourself  share with your loved ones here]

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And if you have any smoothie recipes, please do comment below or send in an email!

We would all love to hear!

 

 

Source:

www.drfuhrman.com – Autoimmune Nutrition

www.drfuhrman.com – Nutrient Density 

www.mindbodygreen.com

 

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