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Detox for Spring with Delicious Drink Recipes
Detox for Spring with Delicious Drink Recipes

It's good to do a detox every now and then because you absorb so many toxins from foods, products you use on your body and hair, medicines, and outside factors like pollutants and cleaning products. Even when you try to eat all organic and use healthy products on your body and in your everyday life, you can't escape it all. When you detox, your body gets rid of some of the toxins that have accumulated over time.

The Best Time to Detox 

One of the best times to do a detox is in the spring. At this time, many have just finished a long winter where they ate and drank extra just to stay warm or weren't able to get out so much to breathe in the fresh air and be physically active. Also, sometimes the body builds up an extra layer of fat to stay warm during the cold months. The world around you is renewing itself in spring, and you want your body to do the same.

Detox Benefits

While you may not lose much weight from a detox, the point is not to lose weight. The point is to cut down on the number of impurities in your body (such as heavy metals) and clean out your body so that the immune system is stronger, you aren't so tired, you have a healthy complexion, and your liver and kidneys can do their job better. In fact, some experts say that worthwhile detoxes are the ones that cleanse the liver and kidneys because these organs already do the job of ridding the body of toxins, and they just need to be given a good cleansing and some fuel every once in awhile to do their jobs in the most efficient ways possible.

Detox with Fresh Foods

Some of the foods with the most detoxifying powers are fresh foods like grapefruit; lemons, which have a special ingredient in the peel that works magic; guacamole, which is a mix of fresh foods that are all natural detoxers; asparagus, which helps get rid of toxins and protects the liver; bananas, which decrease bloat by diminishing gas and preventing water retention; and raw greens. As little as 1 1/2 cups is all you need per week. You could...

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Homemade Beauty Hacks

Homemade beauty products are cost effective, can be tailored to your skin type or beauty necessity and are super fun! Check out these homemade natural beauty hacks crafted by health and fitness vlogger Sarah’s Day.

Mentioned Products:

Bigelow, Green Tea with Mint

Cococare, 100% Natural Moroccan Argan Oil

Nature's Alchemy, Cinnamon Cassia, Essential Oil

Now Foods, Essential Oils, Lavender

Now Foods, Essential Oils, Peppermint

Now Foods, Essential Oils, Tea Tree

Now Foods, Solutions, Grapeseed Oil

Y.S. Eco Bee Farms, 100% Certified Organic Raw Honey

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Sarah is a Sydney based holistic, health and fitness YouTuber promoting balance, healthy living and the importance of listening to your body. Check out her YouTube channel here.

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Ginseng & Stress
Ginseng & Stress

Nature provides us with several plants that can help our body fight the effects of stress. These beneficial botanicals are often referred to as “adaptogens,” because they help us adapt to, or cope with, stress. For many years, these plants have been used to:

  • Restore vitality in debilitated and feeble individuals.
  • Increase feelings of energy.
  • Improve mental and physical performance.
  • Prevent the negative effects of stress and enhance the body’s response to stress.

Some of the most effective adaptogens are ginseng, rhodiola, lavender, and ashwaganda. This article focuses on ginseng.

 Both Siberian and Chinese ginseng have been shown to enhance our ability to cope with various stressors, both physical and mental. Presumably this anti-stress action is mediated by mechanisms that control the adrenal glands. Ginseng delays the onset and reduces the severity of the “alarm phase” of the body’s short- and long-term response to stress (also known as the general adaptation syndrome).

 People taking either of the ginsengs typically report an increased sense of well-being. Clinical studies have confirmed that both Siberian and Chinese ginsengs significantly reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. For example, in one double-blind clinical study, nurses who had switched from day to night duty rated themselves for competence, mood, and general well-being, and were given a test for mental and physical performance along with blood cell counts and blood chemistry evaluation. The group that was given Chinese ginseng demonstrated higher scores in competence, mood parameters, and mental and physical performance compared with those receiving placebos. The nurses taking the ginseng felt more alert, yet more tranquil, and were able to perform better than the nurses who were not taking the ginseng.

 In addition to these human studies, animal studies have shown the ginsengs to exert significant anti-anxiety effects. In several of these...

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7 Common Misconceptions About Juicing
7 Common Misconceptions About Juicing

Juicing has been around since countertop appliances became popular in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, raw juice bars are everywhere, and lots of people own juicers to make their own fresh and healthy drinks at home.

Consuming raw juice has many benefits. It gives us energy, lots of nutritional quality, and increases our intake of health-promoting phytochemicals. Certain juice blends enhance weight loss, help to detoxify the blood and organs, and can boost immunity as well. For now, let’s look at some of the common misconceptions people have about juicing.

 1. With juicing, the most important ingredient — the fiber — is thrown away.

 Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables does provide some fiber, particularly soluble fiber. It’s the soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and exert other beneficial effects beyond improved bowel function. Juicing helps the body’s digestive process and allows for quick absorption of high-quality nutrition. It quickly provides the most easily digestible and concentrated nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables. The result is increased energy levels.

 2. You shouldn’t mix fruits and vegetables in juice, as they require different digestive processes.

 There’s no scientific evidence to support this contention. Nonetheless, some people do seem to have difficulty with combined fruits and vegetables, complaining of gassy discomfort. If you’re one of these people, avoid mixing fruits and vegetables. Exceptions to this rule appear to be carrots and apples, as these foods seem to be able to mix with either a fruit or a vegetable. Let your body and taste buds be your guide.

 3. Beta-carotene supplements are better for you than carotene-rich juices.

 Juicing provides greater benefit than either beta-carotene supplements or intact carotene-rich foods. This is because juicing ruptures cell membranes, thereby liberating important nutritional...

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Stress Management Tips
Stress Management Tips

Learn about some healthy ways to manage your stress.

 Stress is a state of considerable mental or emotional strain and tension. Managing stress is important to every part of your health because some stress is inevitable in everyday life. From the hurry to get out the door and drive through traffic to the everyday annoyances of a clogged sink or broken dishwasher, many situations cause stress.

 When there is too much stress in your life, this is not a good situation; it can lead to physical symptoms. An overload of stress taxes your immune system, affects your metabolism and can even change the way that your brain processes information. Too much stress can impact your ability to get a good night's sleep and may affect your relationships. Fortunately, there are many healthy and positive ways to manage stress so that it does not build up to unhealthy levels.

 The Relaxing Benefits of Tea

 Many teas offer stress management and relaxation benefits. Chamomile tea is made from the dried flowers and leaves of the chamomile plant. This tea is believed to help reduce anxiety and insomnia. Chamomile tea also helps to calm an upset stomach, which is a common symptom of stress. Because chamomile tea is caffeine-free, you can drink a cup of it about 30 minutes before bedtime to promote a good night's sleep.

 Another great tea to try is peppermint. This type of tea provides benefits such as good digestion and enhanced relaxation. Peppermint tea is also free of caffeine, which makes it a good choice for drinking before bedtime. Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint tea, also helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Stress hormones such as cortisol increase inflammation and pain, so drinking the tea can combat these effects of stress.

 The act of making tea is also relaxing. Choose a beautiful teacup and saucer to treat yourself. Add a few drops of lemon juice for immune-boosting vitamin C and a few drops of raw, organic honey for additional health...

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