The Complete Guide on How to Boost Your Metabolism

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By: Sameh Michael

Being a human we need to eat, sleep and do some work. By eating we take some energy in our body and by the exercise’s we do some metabolic steps to break the food. The food we take in our body is large pieces of different contents in form of fat, carbohydrates and most importantly proteins.

This food when goes in, need to be broken down into smaller and smaller molecules so that the food is properly digested and taken by our blood to the respective parts of the body.

For the food to be properly taken in by the different important body parts, it needs to be broken down. This is actually the part of metabolism and what is done by our digestive system. Now if the metabolism is being done by the digestive system at a proper pace and each and every constituent is broken down to so small extent that the each molecule of fat, protein and other carbohydrate are separate then only the need of metabolism is fulfilled.

This is because our body is naturally being designed to take up the all contents in form of small constituent units of food so that the all needs of the body parts are fulfilled by taking in the constituent unit’s molecules rapidly in.

Medical science has made a rapid progress with time and is providing man with natural and as well as man made products and exercises to speed up the metabolism rate. Continuous research is being done in various parts of the world to provide people with steps of improving their health by continuously evolving through fast oriented metabolic steps and techniques.

Now since we are talking about the “Metabolism” so why not we should study the methods to improve the metabolism process.

Planning the Right Steps to Boost your Metabolism

Morning walk or run:

The first step we are going to present our readers with is the morning walk or running which fro prehistoric times have proved to be beneficial for the commoners as well as elite for maintaining their health. It has been proved scientifically as well as from medical point of view that the morning walk not only makes one fit and smart but it also increases the blood flow to the veins and arteries thus providing the body parts a very useful metabolic base to increase the process of digestion. The oxygen supply to the mind is greatly increased by the morning walk since it is the time which is usually free of all unnatural stuff.

Medically proved that when one takes one or two cups of water and goes out to walk till the body is covered with enough sweat, and then takes a shower to remove all those sweat and dirt materials covered with body, then that particular person will have a continuous blood supply to all the correspondent body parts and the metabolism will keep on working for whole day at full pace. This morning run provides one a jump start because the body remains in the vegetative state and after getting enough sleep on around 6-8 hours one can start the work right after the exercise.

By doing the early morning walk or running the rate of metabolism remains at elevated level not only during the exercise’s but also when you stop running and go for a shower the body will keep on progressing at same elevated rate and thus an added advantage of fast metabolism during whole day. So one will have a sociological, physiological and psychological advantage of continuous blood flow through veins and will also feel more energetic for all the daily life routine works.

So making a list of all we discussed above it comes out like:
Start up early morning.
Take few glasses of water.
Go out for walk or running either by foot or by use of some sporting device like bicycle etc.
Come back and have a shower to give your body a rest.
Now take your early morning breakfast full of protein content in form of eggs, milk, fat free yogurt and natural fruits.

You are surely going to have one good day.

Decide either you want to make change or you want to live your rest life like same with your fat belly pulling out of the pants and everyone mocking you. Just stand up for your body and self-esteem and make positive steps for positive change.

How to Boost Your Metabolism by These Foods and Drinks

Now since we have studied in detail the advantages of early morning walk and running so we can have a further understanding of foods that may can help one in increasing the metabolism of the body. There are many natural diet plans and foods that help one in getting rid of the body fats and carbohydrate and increasing the intake of protein so that the metabolic rate can be increased along with the decrease in the fat belly content.

We are mentioning these foods because these natural food diets are the best recipe’s along with the exercise’s to increase the rate of metabolism and make one feel healthy in whole day long. They are cheaper and easily available in every common market or shop place where one goes for daily products. Some of them are

Whey Protein: The first one in our list is the whey protein which you may heard of especially if you live closer to the body builders. This whey protein is the main diet content of the body builders from around the world for increasing the protein intake and decreasing the fat storage. The whey protein naturally increases the intake of the constituent food molecules into the body along with the increase in the protein intake to all the body parts for fulfilling the needs. Usually the water content is increased along with the whey protein intake so that the body doesn’t feel dehydrated a shortage of water.

The whey protein is major source of the Amino acids and when amino acids go directly into the muscles when they are in need of it. When one goes to Gym or do some heavy workout the body muscles tissues break and they need some content in form of protein to make these tisues joined again. Here whey protein plays its part and goes directly towards the broken tissues to join them making the protein a wider content of the muscles. Thus fulfilling the protein needs along with added advantage of increase in metabolic rate.

Acai berries: Have you ever noticed why stress related diseases like Parkinson’s, and fatigue syndrome happen to a person. Have you ever came a crossed the damaging free radicals? If not then we are going to tell you about them today, right now!

The damaging free radicals are released very often when one is in some pain or high brain stress due to some daily fatigue or any reason. These free radicals are very much injurious to health and can cause damage to body cells resulting in diseases mentioned above. Now in order to deal with them antioxidants are one way of overcoming the negative impact of these free radicals and they can be taken in the form of fruits.

The acais berries have ten times more antioxidants as compared to the grapes and double when we talk about the blueberries. These antioxidants releasing of the fruits help us in fight against the radicals released in stressed state thus increasing the metabolism as an added advantage.

Fish products: The third one in our list is the fish products which are rich in the protein content and are very much efficient in increasing the metabolism in our body. The lean fish meat products are high in protein and low in the saturated fats. They also provide our body with a vital content Omega 3 which is very much efficient in controlling the cholesterol level and decreasing the fatty acids in the body.

Turkey: Do you know that the vitamin B is considered the most important in the family of Vitamins since they provide the body resistance and immune against the diseases by giving the cells and tissues natural defence. They also help us in fighting against the stress. Turkey is very good source of it for maintaining the protein intake along with the vitamin B intake.

Water intake: We have been blessed with the best liquid intake when we come to advantages of water as the most important part of our daily food intake. The liquid is containing in it molecules and enough inter bonding strength that can make the food particles inter molecular bonds to break and then go into the respective body parts for becoming the permanent element of these body parts.

Daily water intake of many glasses obviously increases your digestive rate. It is being experimentally proved that water must be taken in along with food in suitable amount to deal with the process of digestion. Because solid particles do need liquid for breaking them and getting themselves digested.

Green Tea: If you go to the gym you would have encountered the gym instructor always telling his students to take in green tea small intervals 4-5 times a day. This green tea is naturally being made and increases the metabolic rate of the body by several times. It is being made by natural herbs and ingredients widely found in the brazil and Spanish islands, transported from there and processed in the laboratories to get the best of them.

The green tea also has some other added advantage and that include the brain sharpness, less nausea problem and headache and higher antioxidants intake. It also has some caffeine which can make one feel stress free if he or she is doing their work and in need of something to get rid of the headache. They also save a person from heart and cancer problems.

Hot intake: The next one we are going to focus on is the intake of the hot stuff because of the reason that from the prehistoric times the people have used the hot and spicy food items for decreasing the fat content. So hot pepper and chilli powder is surely one way of not only emitting hot fumes outside of the ears but also increasing the metabolism process chances.

Lemon: Have you ever observed that the people mostly from sub-continent who are into taking heavy meat intake are usually adding the lemon juice into their meat. The reason for this is that the lemon also has an added advantage of metabolising on the meat specifically. They also have a thermo-genic effect.

Protein smoothies: If someone came across Dr Dukans diet plan which is a very famous diet plan being devised by the Dr Dukan in France and whose book later became the best-selling book for continuous 3 years, he must have encountered that Dr Dukans food recopies make special place for the smoothies which also have an added advantage of increase in the metabolic rate along with the serving as a desert.

The Matcha tea: You probably have heard about the green tea but for many people the Matcha green tea would be a new name. This great recipe increases the metabolic rate by almost 4 times greater than the ordinary green tea, especially when one takes it in the breakfast or late in the night to digest the heavy protein meat intake. This Matcha tea is sure not going to make you feel bad due to all its natural ingredients.

7 Things That Slow Down Your Metabolism

While talking about the different techniques to increase the rate of metabolism we must understand the process or habits one must get rid of, or the habits that are causing the health problems to a person. There are many habits prevailing in the societies that are responsible for the slow metabolic mechanisms in human beings and can thus prove to be fatal to their health.

Sitting all day long: The first main reason of decrease in metabolism is the habit of sitting all day long o Pc’s and Televisions without allowing your body to move. There are many people who do have their most work on the computers and the people in management sector also have to work by just sitting in their office and doing the procedures accordingly. But one must understand that if he or she doesn’t give the body enough exercises or movement, the body parts will not be able to trigger the metabolism process.

No exercise’s: Suppose you wake up in morning and take your heavy breakfast and go to workplace. Now you come back and have your dinner and again go to bed after doing daily chores. No isn’t this making sense to you that your body is not getting what its asking for? It is asking you loud and clear that give me something to do as well so that I can coupon with your daily routine with full involvement.

Exercises not only make one feel healthy but also make a person healthy and strong I nerves. By the exercises the issues break and then with the higher protein intake they are adjoined again with the increase in the metabolism rate. If someone do not goes to gym or park for a run, Obviously his or her body will remain in dormant state for whole day and ultimately will not be giving the body parts the constituent units to fulfil the needs.

Eating 3 times and heavy food: The next reason of the greater fatty content in the body is the taking of food in higher amount just three times a day thus not allowing the body to take some rest. The digestive system due to this habit will always remain in the digestive mood and the food molecules will not get enough time to get to the body parts.

One must take the food in small intervals around 4-5 times a day. This si the basic technique in body building that the body after exercises is given food intake in regular intervals thus it remains fueled all day long.

Sleep problem: Science has proved that not taking enough sleep a day can also decrease the metabolic rate. It is very important point to note since there are many people who do not take care of their comfort because of business or some other important activities. For children or students 8-10 hours’ sleep is necessary and for the elder a 6 hours’ sleep is comforting for their needs.

Less Food intake: The another point we are going to mention might be a shock for many people since it’s exactly opposite to what we are hearing from first day long. The decrease in the eating or food intake daily can also result in the decrease metabolic rate since the body will not be in habit of dealing with heavy food intake. So eating good and natural healthy foods in good amount is also very much important when we talk about good metabolism.

Anxiety and tension: With the increase in the application of the scientific knowledge we have come to the conclusion that not only bad eating habits are responsible for the failing health of people but also it is now scientifically proved that the habits of different people also play their part in the decrease of the metabolic rate. A person who is facing some problem do have some anxiety and tension to face but for many people if this stays for long the eating and thinking ability of a person are greatly affected by this.

Noise and Urban environment: One who lives continuously in noisy and urban environment always comes across a stage when he wants to go someplace open and where there is no noise of cars and heavy traffic. This is because the living in these areas slowly and gradually causes one problem in his daily life which ultimately become so much great in size that one reaches to the conclusion that he must take some break. This sort of environment also affects the digestive and eating habits of a person.

Science And Technology When It Comes To Boosting Your Metabolism

Talking about the science and technology we get a solid knowledge about the new discoveries in the field of medicine. It is now scientifically proved that maintaining your health by decrease in the weight and continuous exercise’s and good healthy food items can increase the percentage expectancy of your life span.

The normal life expectancy in Asia is probably 60 years and for Europe it is around 60-70. But one who maintains a healthy life style can even make an addition of around 10 years to his or her life span. Metabolism is the basic science behind all this. For one who has a good metabolic system and healthy lifestyle the ingredients continuous supply to the destined body parts is easier.

And with the full supply of ingredient food contents to the respective body parts including heart, liver and muscles everyone will keep on doing its work with full efficiency. Along with it the healthy exercises will add to it and thus result in a healthy lifestyle one must adopt. As it is said that “A healthy body has a healthy mind” and for a healthy mind a healthy diet plan is necessary that conforms to your body and living. So step up and do the necessary before it’s too late and that fat tummy of your cause you more trouble.

Sameh Michael is a professional Weight Loss writer, if you like my articles visit my blog at http://netaqate.com

 

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6 Ways to Conquer Holiday Food Cravings

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(BPT) – Sweet treats at work. Extravagant family dinners. Buffets brimming with holiday indulgences. There’s plenty to savor this time of year, and it doesn’t have to lead to a bigger waistline.

Licensed naturopathic doctor Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney believes the holidays are a time to enjoy good food and time with family and friends. With her expert insight, you can make smart eating decisions while avoiding the most notorious food traps of the holiday season.

Avoid: Eating holiday sweets to satisfy hunger

Eat: Proteins followed by just a bit of dessert

“Many of us don’t cook and we simply show up to the party hungry, craving something sweet,” says Shunney. “My suggestion is to have some dessert … after you have proper sustenance. Make sure you eat regularly throughout the day. Keeping your blood sugar stable will help you make good choices when you get to the party. Be sure to have plenty of high quality protein and fat, like fish, meat, beans, nuts and seeds, as well as fiber, so any sugar you do eat takes longer to metabolize. And then, since you will be sated, you can have a small portion of your favorite dessert. It’s a win-win.”

Avoid: Meat and fatty main dishes

Eat: Flavorful and festive fish as a main course

“Fish contains the essential long-chain omega-3 fats EPA and DHA that are so helpful for a healthy stress response, for blood sugar balance, for mood, and for heart health. Who doesn’t need an extra dose of that at the holidays?” says Shunney. “The truth of the matter is most people rarely eat fish often enough — at least once a day — to get a therapeutic dose of EPA and DHA. Supplementing with two to four caps daily of Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega or Algae Omega, is an excellent way to supplement fish in the diet and ensure the myriad health benefits associated with long chain omega-3s.”

Avoid: Overindulging on chocolate goodies

Eat: Healthier alternatives that use raw cocoa powder

“Sugar cravings are often a sign of low blood sugar,” Shunney says. “It’s your body screaming for quick energy. But remember, while something sweet may confer a quick energy burst, it will also drop you on your bottom sooner than you can say, ‘Oops! I did it again.’”

Shunney suggests eating protein or opting for a healthier chocolate alternative like Chocolate Avocado Mousse. (Recipe by Chef Jenny Brewer at www.nourishingnutrition.com)

Ingredients:
3 dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for at least 10 minutes
2 large ripe avocados
1/2 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Pulse dates in a food processor until broken down, as close to a paste as you can get them. Add avocados, chocolate, and vanilla and puree until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Note: taste and add more cocoa and dates if desired. Serve with fresh berries and a few crushed nuts for crunch.

Avoid: Eggnog, holiday cocktails and other high calorie drinks

Eat: Water or unsweetened juice mixed with mineral water

Shunney suggests: “Water, water, water — not very festive, but it really is the best thing to drink for your mood and metabolism. Additionally, a bit of unsweetened juice with sparkling water is a perennial non-alcoholic favorite that feels a bit more special when toasting and doesn’t overload you with sugar and empty calories.”

Avoid: Eating everything at a holiday buffet

Eat: Your favorites surrounded by veggies and protein

“Take small amounts of your favorites, otherwise you’ll be miserable and overeat everything else,” says Shunney. “Then surround those with veggies and protein. Ideally, you should have about 1/4 of your plate be protein and 1/2 to 3/4 of your plate be veggies, and no more than 1/4 of your plate be starch. It’s more doable than you think — especially if you allow yourself to have small amounts of the things you love.”

Avoid: Baking with tons of sugar and refined flour

Eat: Baked goods with smart sugar and grain substitutes

“Recipes always call for way more sugar than needed, so do some research or experiment with cutting sugar in half,” Shunney says. “You can also sweeten with fruit, fruit juice, dates or coconut sugar for added nutrition and to keep the sugar and calories down. Substituting whole grains for refined grains is an excellent way to add fiber and vitamins, and adding whole nuts or using crushed nuts as crusts is a great way to add good quality fat to stabilize blood sugar.”

Is the Controversy Around Carrageenan Warranted?

Seaweed, the main source of income in the Caluya Islands for many people. The farmers grow and dry the seaweed before it gets sold to bigger buyers. Then the seaweed is processed into carrageenan, a binding/thickening agent used in many products from food to toothpaste. Unfortunately for the farmers, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) washed many of their crops away.

Seaweed, the main source of income in the Caluya Islands for many people. The farmers grow and dry the seaweed before it gets sold to bigger buyers. Then the seaweed is processed into carrageenan, a binding/thickening agent used in many products from food to toothpaste. Unfortunately for the farmers, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) washed many of their crops away.

(NewsUSA) – Carrageenan — have you heard of it?

You might have noticed it listed as an ingredient in your low-fat yogurt or on the label of your toothpaste. Maybe you found a blog post warning you to steer clear of it. There’s a lot of conversation about carrageenan. But in order to sift through all the commentary — including a lot from self-appointed food ingredient watchdogs — we need to be able to distinguish fact-based food science dialogue from opinion-based diatribes.

Carrageenan is a natural food ingredient made from red seaweed. It’s used to
thicken puddings and sauces, stabilize dairy, suspend nutrients and more. It has been used for hundreds of years in home kitchens across the world.

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Carrageenan’s long history of use supports its safety. More important than this
anecdotal evidence is the strong body of scientific research — studies dating back to the 1970s and continuing through the present — that proves carrageenan is completely safe for consumption. Review some of these studies yourself here: http://www.fmccarrageenan.com/scientifically-safe/.

So why the controversy around carrageenan?

Back to the watchdogs. Their advice may appear useful but it’s not always factual
or reliable. When it comes to trusting the safety of our food, we need to be able to identify good science.

JECFA is an organization we can trust to analyze and identify good science. As a
committee formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to evaluate the safety of food additives, it is one of the most respected independent review panels. And its decision-making helps inform regulatory bodies around the world.

In its recent report, JECFA reassessed all carrageenan studies — decades’ worth that affirm its safety, along with a handful of flawed studies that call it into question — and concluded that its use in food is safe. The committee placed significant weight on a new study on the use of carrageenan in infant formula. If carrageenan is deemed safe for infants, the most sensitive population, then there shouldn’t be safety concerns for the rest of us. Learn more at FoodScienceMatters.com.

Food is social, so we want and expect public discussion. But when that discussion has the potential to affect our health and well-being, we need to hold it to a very high standard. Instead of following a whisper down the lane of thoughts and opinions, we need to take a close look at the resources we’re getting information from and make sure to seek factual information to support the decisions we make.

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Seared Salmon Tacos (Recipe)

I came across this recipe this morning on the amazing Peas and Crayons blog and had to share…
Enjoy!
~Erica


fish tacos 600x brightened watermark 2Seared Salmon Tacos with Honey-Lime Slaw + Sriracha Ranch

From Peas and Crayons.com

what’s in it?

Fresh wild Alaskan salmon [enough to yield several tacos]
1-2 large ripe avocado, sliced
4-5 corn tortillas
1/4 cup crumbled feta or cotija cheese [optional]
chipotle olive oil [or your favorite oil!]
1 lime, wedged

the spices

paprika
ground cayenne pepper
garlic +/or onion powder
dried parsley
salt and pepper
+/or your favorite spice blend

the sauce

3 TBSP homemade or store-bought ranch dressing
1 TBSP Sririacha chili sauce

the slaw

1 heaping cup cabbage, finely chopped/shredded
1/4 small red onion, sliced thin
1-2 TBSP apple cider vinegar [optional]
1 TBSP honey
1/2 tsp dried or fresh cilantro, to taste
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp garlic powder
a pinch of salt

Read all the directions here…

The 3-day Detox Diet

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Today is it hard to avoid having toxins and chemicals in our system because of our lifestyles and the environment. However, our bodies are quite remarkable and have been built in such a way as to protect itself from these harmful intruders. Although our kidneys, liver, skin, and even the lungs often need to work a little harder to separate, neutralize, and dispose of these toxins. When toxins accumulate in our body it causes a release of some form of chemical. This can gradually mutate into cancers or other degenerative diseases of the body.

We need to be selective as to what we put into our bodies because we can never take it back. Sometimes changing your lifestyle is the only way you can improve the proper functioning of your body processes. A detox program can be very helpful in getting rid of body impurities. As with any detoxification program, they are designed to flush out free radicals, increase cell renewal, and strengthen your body’s immune system. Ridding your body of toxins will make you feel so much better. Even the 3-day detoxification diet can help in eliminating damaging toxins.

There are many detox diets our there. One must realize that not all detox diet programs are suitable for everyone. A 3-day detox diet just might be wise to start with to test the diet program and it is also a milder way of detoxifying your body. If you are interested in a longer detox program you may want to consult your doctor first before you begin. This is especially important if you are underweight, malnourished or have a chronic disease such as cancer, kidney and liver disease, ulcerative colitis, iron-deficiency, anemia, as well as others. This is always a good idea when considering any type of diet program.

As mentioned above, there are various detox diets, however, the 3-day detox diet is a good quick start program toward detoxification. Each morning for the three days drink a cup of warm water and ½ lemon squeezed in it when you get up. This is to stimulate your gastric juices. Drink the lemon water instead of your usual cup of coffee or tea. When planning your meals for the day you should include one cup of whole grains like brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, and at least three servings each of fruits and vegetables. One of the servings of vegetables, at least, should be raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, or cauliflower. Choose the vegetables you enjoy. You could also fix yourself a salad made of fruits and vegetables. However, for dressing your salad, use vinegar or any of the natural virgin oils. Natural oils can include olive, coconut virgin oils, or fish oil.

In addition to the changes in your meals you will also need to take two doses of a kidney and liver tonic over the 3-day detox diet period. Not two doses a day. Just two doses over the three days you’re trying to detoxify your body. You can choose from the following kidney and liver tonics: two cups of dandelion, a clove of fresh garlic, chamomile or fennel tea. Other choices include pure vegetable juice like carrot or beetroot, a medium bunch of black grapes, or two cups of parsley or yellow tea. On a daily basis you will need to drink 8 glasses or more of water as well. It’s a good idea to make this a habit anyway. Fresh fruit juices such as apple and orange can be counted as part of your water intake. And lastly, before you go to bed drink a cup of herbal tea. The whole idea is to increase your fluid intake by ingesting more water, juices, fruits, and vegetables to flush out harmful toxins and waste.

As part of your 3-day detox diet be sure to include a 30-minute walk within the program period. Exercise with any diet is ideal for weight loss and improved health. After the third day, you will feel rejuvenated and have more energy and should have dropped a few pounds. You may want to do the 3-day detox diet again either consecutively or the following month. To have better health for the rest of your life, a change of lifestyle is always better than a few days of dieting.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/detoxification-with-the-3day-detox-diet-244596.html

Author: Denise Duncan


 

About the Author

Denise Duncan is an author and editor for a number of health related websites. For more information on weightloss and body detox go to NewBodyDetoxCenter.com .

3 Day Detox Diet Preparation Tips

Before you get cracking on a 3 day detox diet, there are some things that you need to gather or source so that you have them ready for when you start. Many of these you will already have, or will know where to get hold of, but you should do this in plenty of time. Having them ready makes your detox diet program go smoothly and a little preparation is never a bad thing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for actual Detox Diet.

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

Before you get cracking on a detox diet, there are some things that you need to gather or source so that you have them ready for when you start. Many of these you will already have, or will know where to get hold of, but you should do this in plenty of time. Having them ready makes your detox diet program go smoothly and a little preparation is never a bad thing.

Check list of essentials:

Airtight food containers Tupperware, for example.

Steamer Metal or bamboo (the type you put over or in a pan of hot water to steam vegetables or fish).

Skin brush Natural bristles. The bristles should be firm but not too stiff, otherwise they may irritate your skin.

Exfoliating creams or salt Use up odds and ends of creams to save money. If they are not exfoliants add a tea-spoon of salt or sand and this will do the job.

Loofah or flannel mitt Use a toweling or natural fiber mitt.

Somewhere to exercise Gym, bedroom, stairs, lounge, etc.

Bath or shower Access to both a bath and shower is ideal but one or the other is fine.

Check list of optional or luxury items:

A juicer This is a definite luxury but what better time to try making your own juice than during a detox diet?

Organic foods There are many suppliers of organic fruit, vegetables and fish prepared to deliver nationally. Alternatively, many supermarkets now stock organic produce which is fortunately not too much more expensive than regular produce. But beware of the food going off quickly. The secret with organic food is to buy little and often. Using organic foods will automatically reduce your intake of pesticides (which are routinely sprayed on most conventionally grown fruit and vegetables). Organic foods are not essential – the fact that you are actually going to be eating fresh foods over the next month is probably enough of a change. But if fruit and vegetables already form the basis of your diet then try organics and see if you notice a difference.

Shopping list:

There are some more unusual items – on top of your meals – that you will be required to eat or drink every day and these should be bought in advance as you are unlikely to have them in stock. Some may sound a bit odd but all will be revealed!

Vegetable juice – Bottled carrot or beetroot juice is usually available from your local health food shop. Start with one bottle. Alternatively, if you have a juicer, buy fresh vegetables and juice your own.

Olive oil – Try to buy extra-virgin, cold-pressed or first pressed oils as these are purer. They are available in all supermarkets – 1 liter (2 pints) will do to start.

Fresh garlic and odorless garlic pills. From greengrocers and health food shops – buy enough pills for one a day or a large bulb to start (i.e. one clove per day).

Kelp tablets. Kelp tablets will help control your metabolic rate and maintain a constant detox state. Ask at your local health food shop for a good-quality supplement and follow the daily dosage instructions on the box.

Honey. Try to buy a pot from someone who stocks good quality, home-made honey. The less refined the honey, the better.

Fresh lemons. Three to start.

Sprouted beans. From your health food shop or buy a sprouter and \’do your own\’. You can also sprout your own beans on blotting paper or any absorbent paper. Simply dampen the paper, sprinkle on the seeds and leave in a light, sunny place. Make sure the paper doesn\’t dry out and the beans will sprout in a few days. Mung beans, chickpeas and alfalfa are all good. (If you cannot find these, replace them with a daily supplement of alfalfa pills.)

A hot spice of your choice. One or more hot spices, e.g chili, cayenne, lemongrass, ginger (raw is best but powdered will do).

Water. Filtered or bottled, tap if necessary. Flat is preferable to fizzy – save the fizzy for evenings out! You will need enough for 1.5 liters (3 pints) a day for the first three days.

You can gather these items together in preparation for the first day of your detox diet program, but most of the foodstuffs should be bought as and when you would normally do your shopping.

The fresher the foods, the more nutrients you will get. Fresh, crisp vegetables will leave you feeling fresh and crisp yourself. Old, limp vegetables … need I say more!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/baseball-articles/3-day-detox-diet-preparation-tips-1527481.html

Author: Michelle Spencer


 

About the Author

We are bombarded with toxins, pollutants and man made chemicals every day of our lives, so it’s critical to our long term health that we follow a liver detox diet every few months to help boost our internal detoxification system. Doing a 3 day detox diet is probably one of the best and easiest ways to get started.

Peach Oat Smoothie (Recipe)

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I love peaches! Especially straight-off-tree peaches. Now unless you have an orchard in your backyard like I did growing up, that may be a challenge to come by, but with all the Farmer’s Markets around, you may be able to come close 🙂

This recipe feature fresh peaches, a banana for sweetness, chia seeds and oats for thickness and awesome nutritional value! and best of all… it’s Vegan 😉

Enjoy!
~Erica


Prep time 10 mins – Total time 10 mins

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 ripe peaches, quartered, pits removed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup rolled oats (gluten free for G-free eaters)
1/2 frozen banana (peeled before freezing)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
OPTIONAL: 1 Tbsp agave, maple syrup or stevia for added sweetness (or honey for non-vegan), Mexico Avocados Add Delicious Nutrition

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a blender and let set for 5-10 minutes so the oats and chia seeds can soak. Then blend until smooth. To thicken, add another quarter-half a frozen banana. To thin, add more almond milk or OJ. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. I added a touch of agave. Serve immediately.

Notes
Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 smoothie; half the recipe. Substitute nectarines for peaches for a very similar taste.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 recipe; 1 smoothie

Calories: 142 Fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 28 g Sugar: 14 g Sodium: 46 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 4 g

Are You Getting Enough Iron?

I was talking to a co-worker yesterday and she was telling us about symptoms her young daughter was having that led her pediatrician to believe that she may have an iron deficiency. I was doing a little research for her and came to realize this is a common problem in children and adults and can lead to other health complications, such as anemia.

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There are many reasons for children to suffer with iron deficiency. Apart from a poor diet and the inability to absorb iron from foods, iron deficiency in children may also occur due to long-term slow, blood loss and rapid growth. Children absorb only 10% of iron through their food intake. Therefore, it is necessary for them to receive 8-10mg of iron a day.

Children with iron deficiency may suffer with symptoms such as:

  • Extreme fussiness
  • Have a short attention span
  • Grow slowly than other children
  • May develop their motor skills slower than others

Not only do children suffer from this common deficiency, but many adults do, too. Vegetarians and woman (especially pregnant women) are among those most likely to be diagnosed. Women lose more blood than men because of their monthly period and also during child birth. They may also lose iron during pregnancy and breastfeeding as these nutrients are transferred to the baby. Vegetarians deficiency is caused from the body’s inability to absorb plant based sources. Other factors, including other foods and nutrients consumed with iron, can contribute to poor absorption. These are called iron inhibitors. Some common iron inhibitors include: grains, legumes, fiber, egg protein, minerals (like calcium, zinc, copper and magnesium), coffee, tea, some herbs (including peppermint and chamomile) and cocoa.

Common symptoms for adult men and women with iron deficiency include…

  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin color
  • Poor appetite or Pica
  • Altered stool color
  • Burning sensation in tongue
  • Altered sense of touch
  • Angina
  • Brittle nails
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Feeling cold
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Restless leg syndrome

So what can you do to make sure you  are getting enough iron?

Diet changes alone usually aren’t enough to replenish depleted iron stores, separate daily iron supplement may be required. Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach, because it can occasionally cause stomach upset. Kids who experience stomach problems when taking iron supplements may need to take them with a small amount of food. Iron should not, however, be given with milk or caffeinated beverages, which will interfere with absorption. Vitamin C enhances iron absorption, so try to include plenty of sources of vitamin C in your child’s diet. Always consult your doctor before giving or taking any supplements.

I hope this helps many of you… After doing this research i am thinking i may need to go get tested!

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

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Olive Oil Lemon Garlic Cleanse

An olive oil lemon garlic cleanse requires drinking a mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil, the juice of half of a lemon and one clove of garlic, minced, every day for 21 days.

I have to agree with Isabelle, though… it may do an awesome job, but the taste may not sit well with many 😉

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Talk to you soon!

~Erica