Monday, August 5, 2013

Jamba Juice Has Chia Seeds!

Imagine my delight when I walked into Jamba Juice for an afternoon pick-me-up and I notice a brightly decorated little sign that says, NEW right next to the words Chia Seeds!
I have been a huge fan and supporter of chia seeds ever since I discovered how easy it is to add such a massive amount of nutrients in one meal or snack.
Chia seeds are inexpensive, tasteless little power packed seeds that expand 9 times their original size in liquid so they fill you up faster and give you good fuel to burn from.
These amazing little seeds are loaded with:
  • iron
  • protein
  • more antioxidants that blueberries
  • more omega-3 and omega-6 than flax seed or salmon 
  • and more fiber than black beans
There aren't many single foods that carry that many benefits.
Whether you go to Jamba Juice for the taste or nutrition or both, try some chia seeds in your next smoothie and feel the difference!

For more information on Chia Seeds see:
How to Use Chia Seeds for Health
How to Eat Chia Seeds for Health Benefits
How to Soak Chia Seeds Use Chia Seeds

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Garlic For Health

Garlic will attack and may prevent many types of cancer. It has antibacterial properties which make it a strong fighter against bacterial invasions such as Salmonella, E-coli, Staph infection and the flu.
Fresh garlic reduces inflammation and pain which makes it a wonderful help for people with arthritis.
To maximize the benefits; when adding garlic to a recipe, cut or crush the garlic at 5- 10 minutes before cooking. The oxygen helps stimulate the enzymes that make it so healthy. It is also important to add garlic to your recipe towards the end of the cooking time. The longer it cooks and the hotter it gets, the greater the chance of reducing the health benefits. 
A good garlic rule is: cut it first and use it last.

It’s important to note that putting garlic in the microwave is not recommended. The microwave will kill the beneficial ingredients in the garlic.

Garlic has a wonderful flavor and it is a key ingredient in many dishes but, if you are concerned about the smell, there is a wide variety of no-odor garlic supplements available that carry many of the same health benefits.
Did you know garlic is a vegetable?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is the only type of vinegar that is made primarily for health benefits and remedies. Of course it is completely safe to use when cooking and cleaning as well.

One of the easiest ways to experience quick health benefits is to mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a full glass of water and drink 1-3 glasses per day.
This mixture will show dramatic positive results with;
  • Digestion
  • Constipation
  • diarrhea
  • body odor
  • acid reflux
  • sinus infections
  • allergies
  • energy
Women who add Apple Cider Vinegar to their bath water can reduce or eliminate yeast infections and regain the proper good bacteria balance after their menstrual cycle.
The same antibacterial and antifungal properties will drastically reduce or eliminate;
  • foot and nail fungus
  • warts
  • acne
  • dandruff
  • sunburns
  • whitens teeth
  • and it’s great for your hair
This stuff is incredibly inexpensive and totally safe for your outside and inside so why not give it a try?
The complete list of Apple Cider Vinegar benefits would have to include its amazing cleaning powers as well. It works wonders for cleaning coffee makers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, toilets and stain removal.
It is simply amazing!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Laughter Really Can Be The Best Medicine

There is a reason that we associate the sound of laughter with happiness. The simple act of laughing has many health and emotional benefits.

The act of laughing reduces stress hormones, boosts immunity, relieves pain and clears the mind.
Even the toughest situations can be seen a little more clearly after a good bout of laughter.

 Unfortunately, it is difficult to laugh during the times when we need it the most. The following are a few suggestions on how to find your healing laugh when faced with deep despair:
Having relationship troubles?
Push pause on the romantic movie that will idolize what you think you’ve lost, watch a hilarious comedy or your favorite sitcom instead.

Are experiencing a loss?
Pull out some old photos or mementos that will remind you of happy or silly times you had with your loved one.
Surround yourself with other people who share your pain and share your wonderful memories with each other.
Anytime you are feeling sad or down, find something to laugh about. A deep, hearty belly laugh will work wonders for your stress levels inside and your outlook.

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Great Sources of Fiber for Health and Weight Loss

Fiber is an important part of getting healthy and staying that way. Most people don’t get enough fiber on a regular basis but once they do they experience immediate results.

Fiber is responsible for cleansing the colon, helping digestion, reducing bloating, helping you feel satisfied longer and reducing cravings.

A few of the many fiber rich foods that will make a delicious addition to any diet are:

  • Whole grain breads
  • Oatmeal
  • Cinnamon
  • Chia seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Black beans
  • Raspberries
  • Artichoke

Friday, July 26, 2013

Healthy and Homemade Baby Foods

Pureed Sweet Potato, Zucchini, and Carrots
Homemade Baby Food
Exposing babies to a variety of healthy foods will not only dramatically increase the chances that they continue a healthy diet, it will also assure that their bodies have a solid foundation for healthy development. 
People who had a balanced diet as children enjoy much better health as adults due to the fact that their bodies and immune systems are stronger. The best way to assure good health during adulthood is to start in childhood.
Our kids deserve the best start possible!
Fruits, vegetables and meats that are already in your refrigerator can easily be transformed into a delicious meal for the youngest member of your family as well.

The following article has step by step instructions on how easy it is to make nutrition packed baby food with very little time or effort.

Foods for Babies

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two New York Hospitals Trail Blaze The Wholesome Wave

Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Hospital in New York are two of the first Hospitals in the US to prescribe fruits and vegetables to patients instead of more medications.
They are part of an inspiring and ground breaking new national program called Wholesome Wave.
This brave new program aims to help people get healthy and take charge of their nutrition with help from local farmers and nutritionists.
Patients take their prescriptions to a local participating farmers market and receives fresh fruits and vegetables. They also receive education and support from a nutritionist to support their healthy new life style.
Kudos to New York for being the first to show it's compassion and caring for their people and their communities!