Best Fruits and Vegetables to Add To Your WaterDrinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps protect your vital organs, regulate body temperature and keep your skin cleansed and hydrated. Despite the numerous benefits of drinking water, a lot of people opt for soda and other sugary drinks. After all, sipping on plain old water all the time can get boring.

Infused water is a more interesting and flavorful way to get your H20. Check out our list of 5 best fruits and vegetables to add to your water. These supercharged waters will keep you hydrated while relieving some of your biggest concerns.

Lemon

Lemon is one of the most popular fruits to add to your water. Aside from being low in calories, adding lemon to your water can also help you shed a few pounds. Plus, it helps strengthen your immune system.

To take advantage of all these wonderful benefits, just add a few slices of lemon in a pitcher of water and chill for a few hours. Enjoy a refreshing lemonade without the all the extra sugar and calories.

Grapes

Grapes are loaded with health-protecting antioxidants like resveratrol and flavonoids. Before adding them to your water, we suggest freezing them in ice cubes. This way, the taste will be more prominent; thus, allowing you to enjoy a fruity drink without the added calories.

Cucumber

You probably haven’t thought of adding vegetables to your water, but there are some vegetables that can enhance the flavor of your water. Cucumber happens to be one of them.

Cucumbers contain B vitamins and are high in water content. Plus, they’re rich in anti-cancer components like fisetin, lutein and caffeic acid.

Cut the cucumber as thinly as possible, add a few slices in a glass of water and enjoy a refreshing drink in a jiff.

Strawberries

If you love using strawberries in your smoothies, desserts and yogurt, you’ll definitely like them in your water.

Strawberries will keep you feeling refreshed and sweeten your water in no time. Plus, they are super healthy. They can help combat cancer, improve your memory, and prevent hair loss, constipation, diabetes, and heart diseases. Since strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, they can also help slow down the aging process and keep your skin youthful.

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The Importance of Blood Tests

You probably know how often you can go between haircuts, bikini waxes, manicures and pedicures. Unfortunately, very little, if any, seem to remember when they’re due for certain health screenings.

Regular blood testing is part of maintaining optimal health. More often than not, people fall victim to a disease that could have been prevented had the proper blood test been done on a regular basis.

In the past, doctors used blood tests just to ascertain cardiovascular risk factors for their patients. Later on, they have realized that regular blood testing not only helps them identify the risk factors, it can also aid in the detection of numerous health problems that are fairly easy to correct provided that they are caught on time.

Calcium overload, a condition that is caused by the removal of too much calcium in the bone, is one good example of those conditions that could easily be prevented. Unless discovered by a blood exam, patients are unaware that they have a calcium imbalance. Worse, they’ll only find out about the condition after they have a heart valve failure, a painful kidney stone (renal calculi) or a crippling bone fracture, which are often manifested a few years after the calcium imbalance first began.

A simple and inexpensive blood chemistry could have detected this problem. Thus, allowing the doctor to prevent the disease from progressing and causing irreversible damage.

Important blood tests to remember

Need a refresher course on your recommended screenings? No problem. We have put together a list of the most important blood tests to help you remember what needs to be checked.

Complete blood count

CBC is one of the most common blood tests and is usually a part of a routine checkup. Testing all blood components, this test can help detect blood diseases like immune system disorders, blood cancers, clotting problems, infections and anemia.

Blood chemistry/blood metabolic panel

This test measures the different chemicals in the body. Plus, it can give the doctor some information about your organs (liver and kidney), bones and muscles, including the heart.

Blood tests to asses heart diseases

A type of blood test that can determine whether or not you’re at risk of coronary heart disease is lipoprotein panel. Here, they look at substances that in your blood that carry cholesterol.

 

Blood Sugar Balance and StressNext time you lash out at someone, feel irrationally fearful, or simply overreact in a somewhat stressful situation, be sure to check in with yourself on what you’ve eaten the last hour or two.

When we don’t eat regular meals and snacks, we go into “fasting” mode, which depletes the brain from receiving glucose. This can cause many symptoms ranging mild to concerning, namely, an increase in panic attacks, moodiness, anger and fear. Stress hormones are released, and until we eat and hydrate again, we may be in an “angry” and more stressed state. Additionally, we tend to overeat, and eat sugary items when our blood sugar does get too low, to compensate for the empty, listless “starved” feeling. This in turn leads to weight gain, digestive unrest, poor sleep, and eventually can lead to diabetes. Hence, we ride the “blood sugar roller coaster”, creating more stress on our brains and bodies.

Food should fuel the body, in small amounts, frequently through the day, about every 2-3 hours. This doesn’t mean eat a huge meal six times daily, but think of the following “power snacks” as something to consider daily to avoid overreacting, and feeling blue or angry. 

* apple with almond butter
* hard-boiled egg
* blueberries
* 1/4 cup raw nuts
* handful of rice crackers with 1/3 cup hummus
* half an avocado
* raw vegetables
* 2-3 slices nitrate-free/organic turkey

Lean protein and healthy fats can stave sugar cravings, and help “ground” carbohydrate effects on the body.  Don’t leave home empty-handed and unprepared. You don’t want people to see you “angry” when you’re really just hungry…

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You’re on the road and it hits you, and it’s not the need for a bathroom break or driver fatigue. We’re talking about the hunger pangs and the need for a snack. In this case, you have no choice but to stop at a convenience store and grab a bag of chips and an energy drink.

Your limited food choices can make it pretty tough to make good food choices. All it takes is a little planning and you can easily avoid convenience store staples that contain simple sugars and empty calories.

When it comes to snack selection, we recommend choosing something that would keep you full longer. This will keep your energy up and your belt-size intact. Check out our list of snacks that will keep you energized during your trip.

Fruits

Fruits are considered to be one of the best on-the-go snack options out there. Grapes and berries are snack-sized and finger-friendly, making it a great snack option during a road trip.

To help keep them cool and fresh, store your fruits in lidded food containers and inside an insulated cooler.

Nuts

If you are craving for something salty and crunchy, skip the chips and pop open a container of nuts. Though nuts are loaded with healthy fats, fiber and protein, it is best to keep portions small. Also, choose unsalted varieties to keep your sodium levels in check.

Energy bars

To boost your protein and fiber intake while avoiding the sugar trap, you might want to consider replacing your favorite candy bar with a granola bar. Mind you, not all granola bars are created equal. Be sure to read the labels carefully so as to ensure that you are not trading a sugar-laden bar with another.

Healthy beverages

While a can of soda may seem like the perfect beverage to get you through your drive, it contains high levels of refined sugar.

Water, sports drinks and fruit juices are more healthy alternatives to soda. Keep a few bottles chilling in the cooler while you drive.

 

 

 

With Fall right around the corner and school back in session it seems like we are always rushed for dinner, it can be hard to always figure out a quick, easy and healthy dinner idea. I know I feel the same way! I am always searching for a new recipe to try. I found this one:

Easy Healthy Recipe for Whole FamilyGarlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles
“This is a simple recipe with a spicy kick for garlic lovers. It is my combination of a much loved linguine and clam sauce dish and a recent introduction to orzo pasta. I have several variations for this recipe. Add more red pepper for extra spice. Substitute the chicken for clams or shrimp. Substitute the spinach leaves for diced tomatoes. I’ve also added spices such as basil, rosemary and oregano bringing a distinct Italian flavor to the dish.”

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 4 servingsChange Servings

Prep 15 mins Cook 15 mins Ready In 30 mins

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the garlic and red pepper 1 minute, until garlic is golden brown. Stir in chicken, season with salt, and cook 2 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and juices run clear. Reduce heat to medium, and mix in the parsley and cooked orzo. Place spinach in the skillet. Continue cooking 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Found on http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Garlic-Chicken-with-Orzo-Noodles/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Salt Water Flush to Cleanse Your Colon

“Death begins in the colon”. This is one of the most popular sayings in Naturopathic Medicine.That’s because everything we consume makes the very cells that allow our bodies to function. Plus, the health of our digestive system is directly related to the functioning of our body.

Salt water flush is a great way to keep your colon clean and healthy. Here, we’re not only looking to eliminate the harmful foods, we’re also removing all the toxic wastes, including gas from the small intestine. Besides, it’s simple, extremely affordable and doable for the average person.

How does it work?

This is the process of drinking salt solution first thing in the morning. Add 1 tablespoon of pure unheated sea salt to a quart of water. Try to drink the entire solution within 15 to 20 minutes. But if you are super sensitive, you can add more water and try to get it down within 30 minutes.  Most people eliminate several times within 30 minutes to 2 hours of drinking the solution.

You know that your GI tract is completely cleansed if your last bowel movement is mainly clear fluid. However, some people may not have a complete GI flush during their first try and may require a few salt flushes to accomplish this.

Since you’ll be ingesting large amount of salt, be sure to use good quality Himalayan salt or natural sea salt. We highly recommend using Premier Pink salt.

How often do I need to flush?

You may do as little as once a week, but it would be best if you can do it 3 to 5 times a week until the bowel movement becomes clear. The idea is to do it enough to promote rapid clearance of the GI tract and restore proper bowel function. This is especially recommended if you have severe bowel deficiencies or have history of constipation.

If water is the only thing being excreted from the bowels, this means that you are done flushing. Once you have achieved this, continue a maintenance flush once a week.

Tips for a successful flush

Diet

While the salt flush works without the need to change your diet, it would be a good idea to give your body and GI tract some love. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Also, avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners.

Stay hydrated

Since you’ll be eliminating several times, make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. Also, steer clear from sodas, coffees, alcohol, energy drinks or any sweetened drink.