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Here’s How to Detoxify Without Juice

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Detox Your Body without juice

When most people think about a detox, the first think that usually comes to mind is a juicer for juicing fruits. Now, while many celebrities attest that juicing is a very easy way to lose weight and improve one’s overall health, there other ways of detoxifying that could prove just as effective, if not more.

For starters, we are not talking about detoxifying with only water, something even the most disciplined people with busy lives struggle to do. We are specifically talking about adopting smart food habits conducive to good health.

Processed food, pizza, fries, burgers

Eliminate Chemicals

We can’t stress enough how bad processed food is for your health, so much so that we urge you to avoid them like the plague if possible.

If you have the money to do so, adopt an all-organic food diet once every month and stay away from anything heavy in preservatives, chemicals and pesticides. Doing so will help you achieve and maintain a healthy-balanced body.

If organic food is not within your budget, opt for homemade soups, pasta and other healthier food choices.

Green tea

Replace Coffee with Green Tea

Coffee has its benefits, but too much of it can harm your body. You should be careful about how much you drink throughout a day or week and where you get your caffeine from.

A better, healthier alternative to coffee is green tea, which contains important antioxidants that our body needs in the most natural form. Similar to coffee, green tea offers a slight caffeine boost that can help get you a jump start in the morning.

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Drink More Water

Water is an essence of life, so even if you think you are drinking enough of it every day, it’s time to take your intake to a whole new level. If ever there was one ultra-effective thing that can easily and naturally help you to detox your body, it is water.

Drinking plenty of water will help flush out the toxins in your body naturally. While there is a general conception that eight glasses are all you need, dramatically increasing your intake will give you the best health benefits.

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Regular Bowel Movements

Having regular bowel movement is a good sign that your body is eliminating toxins and other bodily wastes. If you’re having problems with bowel movement, drink plenty of water, eat foods high in fiber and — of course — exercise.

Try to hit the toilet at least once every day to give you’re digestive tract a chance to effectively eliminate the toxins, preservatives and/or wastes that are not being properly disposed of by your body. And don’t forget to drink your water…

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Maintain Good Skin Hygiene

Detoxifying does not only entail the insides of your body, but also the outside. For clear and vibrant skin, exfoliate more regularly by using a soft brush and mild soap to buffer off dead skin cells, allowing new healthy skin to take their place

Start brushing at the feet in a circular motion in one direction before to the upper areas of the body. Do it before the shower so the old skin will wash away.

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Get More Sleep Each Night

Having a diet consisting of only organic food, drinking a lot of green tea and water, daily bowel movements and regular baths will do little for your body if you don’t give it ample time to rest and recuperate. Sleep might be a luxury many of us can’t afford nowadays, but its importance for a healthy lifestyle cannot be denied.

Lack of proper sleep over a long period of time will wear down your body, weakening your immune system, making you gain weight, and depriving you of natural energy. That said, stop viewing sleep as a luxury but rather as something that is very important for your productivity, wellbeing and overall livelihood.

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Live Healthy, Eat Smart

Believe it or not, but learning to detox your body is not a complicated endeavor. However, you will have to change some of your eating habits and make healthy choices that have been proven to work.

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Science Has Found The Best Way To Wash Pesticides Off Apples

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Polishing an apple with your shirt might get rid of some dust and dirt, but removing the pesticides will require a little more work.

New research has found that washing apples with baking soda, the common yet miraculous household product, could be all you need to eliminate most of the residues on the surface of apples and other fruits.

Pesticides have long been used to increase crop yield, but rising concerns over their adverse effect on human health has many people talking. While the exact effects depend on the type of pesticides and the amount eaten, the World Health Organization says that certain pesticides could harm the developing nervous systems of fetuses and children.

A growing number of people have opted for organic food as way of avoiding the chemicals, but organic food usually command a price premium and there is no guarantee that pesticides were used. In fact, the organic, naturally-occurring pesticides that some organic farms use aren’t necessarily safer.

Washing has been and remains the standard practice used by both consumers and the food industry to remove pesticides, but some of the plant-protecting compounds that get absorbed by the skin of fruits and vegetables might be more resilient to current cleaning methods. To find the best method, Lili He, Assistant Professor at the ‎University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues conducted a study in which they applied two common pesticides — the fungicide thiabendazole, which past research has shown can penetrate apple peels, and the insecticide phosmet — to organic Gala apples and then washed apples with three different liquids: tap water, a 1 percent baking soda/water solution, and a U.S.-EPA-approved commercial bleach solution often used on produce.

The baking soda solution proved the most effective at removing pesticides, eliminating 80 percent of the thiabendazole and 96 percent of the phosmet, respectively, after 12 and 15 minutes of the fruits being soaked. Plain tap water and the bleach solution were far less effective.

The different percentages are likely due to thiabendezole’s greater absorption into the apple. Mapping images showed that thiabendazole had penetrated up to 80 micrometers deep into the apples, while phosmet was detected at a depth of only 20 micrometers.

So, there you have it, if washing is your preferred method of removing pesticides off your fruits and vegetables, using a baking soda solution is the way to go. If all other options are to be considered, then peeling your produce is probably your best bet.

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You Binge Eat Because You’re Sleep-Deprived

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There have been many studies correlating sleep deprivation with a wide range of health risks, including decrease in alertness and increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. But what about a possible link with food cravings?

Researchers have long known that lack of sleep is associated with binge eating or just plain eating uncontrollably whenever and wherever, but a new study published in online journal Sleep suggests that the same chemical mechanism behind the munchies might be why sleep-deprived people not only feel hungrier, but also become buckle in the face of a big chocolate bar.

The study involved 14 volunteers aged 18 to 30, all of whom were first given four nights of either normal (8.5 hours) or interrupted sleep (4.5 hours) and then two meals and unrestricted access to all kind of snacks — both healthy (e.g., fruit and yogurt) and less-healthy options (e.g., chips and cake).

When the researchers monitored their endocannabinoid (eCB) levels, they found that those participants who had been sleep-deprived reported feeling hungrier and tended to eat the less-healthy snacks.

Moreover, they eat nearly double the fat and protein of the well-rested participants and exhibited an exaggerated cycle in their endocannabinoid levels, with an especially high level in the afternoon — around the same time they reported feeling the hungriest.

Endocannabinoids are chemicals that our bodies naturally create to play a part in such physiological processes as appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. They also to activate the same receptors that get people high from consuming marijuana, explaining the temptation for food stemming from sleep deprivation.

Have you ever felt so tired as to almost feel high? Well, this might be the reason…

Scientists hope these findings will lead to further scientific discoveries on food cravings that would aid in the treatment and control of binge eating.

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Improve Your Gut Health By Eating Mangoes

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If you suffer from constipation, a mango might just be what the doctor ordered.

A new pilot study carried out by Texas A & M University and published in the the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that mangoes contain a combination of polyphenols and fiber that is more effective than an equivalent amount of fiber powder in relieving constipation.

Susanne U. Mertens-Talcott, a corresponding author of the four-week study and an associate professor in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A & M University, stated:

“Our findings suggest that mango offers an advantage over fiber supplements because of the bioactive polyphenols contained in mangos that helped reduce markers of inflammation and change the make-up of the microbiome, which includes trillions of bacteria and other microbes living in our digestive track. Fiber supplements and laxatives may aid in the treatment of constipation, but they may not fully address all symptoms, such as intestinal inflammation.”

Researchers took 36 adult men and women with chronic constipation and randomly divided them into two groups — a mango group that ate about 300 grams of mango a day (equivalent to about 2 cups or 1 mango) and a fiber group that incorporated the equivalent amount of fiber powder (1 teaspoon or 5 grams of dietary psyllium fiber supplement) into their daily diet.

A food questionnaire was then given to the participants to assess their food intake and ensure their eating habits remained consistent (i.e. equivalent amounts of calories, carbohydrates, fiber, protein and fat) and measures of constipation severity were taken at the beginning and end of four weeks.

Their analysis revealed that while both the mango and fiber groups improved over the course of the study, mangoes proved more effective in reducing the symptoms of constipation than fiber alone.

Mango supplementation significantly improved constipation status (e.g. stool frequency, consistency and shape), increased short chain fatty acids levels, which indicate improvement of intestinal microbial composition, and helped to reduce certain biomarkers of inflammation.

Mangoes have long been know to be a rich source of dietary fiber, but Texas A & M University’s study is possibly the only study ever to be dedicated to the efficacy of the tasty fruit at relieving constipation.

But as promising as these findings are, the researchers concluded that more research is needed to determine the exact mechanism behind the protective effect of mangoes in constipation and the role mango polyphenols may play in supporting the beneficial effects of fiber.

A mango day keeps your food moving smoothly and easily, right?

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