By: S Brooks
If better health is at the forefront of your mind, then you may want to consider juicing as an addition to your daily mealtime regimen. Juicing can be a way to get more fruits and vegetables into your body without having to spend time cooking them in the kitchen.
People become juicers for many reasons. Some like to use a juicing fast to cleanse their system and launch a better health diet. Others use juicing as a way to shed pounds. Many people just use juicers to start implementing better foods into their diets.
Cooking your foods often destroys many of the nutrients and enzymes found in your food that improves your health. By using a juicing machine, you keep all of those healthful benefits intact.
Juicing even helps you maintain the great tasting qualities of your fruits and vegetables, without you having to add sugars or fattening additions to the food to make it edible to your tastebuds.
The process also saves you money, because buying pre-made juice is often very expensive. And you can make a meal off of a juice mixture!
Picking the Right Juicer
Before you can start juicing, you have to have a machine to do the work for you. There are manual, cheap plastic versions you can buy, but it’s highly recommended that you invest a little more into your options, because those will take you forever to get a small trickle of juice into your cup.
Juicers typically come in three main versions. There are manual juicers, like the one I described above that require a lot of work and arm strength in some cases, not to mention ample amount of time to extract the juice from your fruits and vegetables.
Some of the manual juicers are very lightweight, so you can’t put too much pressure on them. This means you won’t get to create larger batches of juice – you’ll have to stick to small quantities.
Instead of a manual juicer, you can consider buying a masticating or centrifugal juicer. Masticating juicers actually chew up the pulp, making it easier to extract the juice from the fruit or vegetables.
These are single gear juicers, and they work slowly. Some people enjoy the slow juice creation because whenever speed is involved, it means heat is typically a factor – and heat destroys some of the nutrients found in the fruits and vegetables.
The masticating juicers are quieter than the centrifugal juicers, due to their low speed, but many people prefer the centrifugal juicer to the other options. These juicers shred the fruits or vegetables and then spin and strain it, so you get more juice and less pulp.
These are high-speed machines, so the noise level might be a bit higher. However, the speed is faster, so the process is complete in less time, making noise less of an issue. If you get one of these machines, you’ll remove the pulp periodically if you’re making large batches of juice to store for future consumption.
Each type of juicer will have different results when it comes to the volume of juice it can put out. On average, juicers can turn one pound of fruits or vegetables into a standard, 8-ounce cup of juice, but this depends on the product you pick and the power of the juicer, too.
Choosing Perfect Juicing Foods
If you want to feel better and take better care of your body, then your juicing foods should be tailored toward that goal, because some foods are better for you (even in juice form) than others are.
You’ll need to look at your own health requirements and decide which recipes to use for your juicing. For instance, you might be diabetic and need to lower your intake of sugar. Or you might be anemic and need a raise in your iron levels.
For basic health, always think green. Look for foods that are in the vegetable family over the fruit family because you’ll get more health benefits for your body. Fruit has a lot of nature’s own blend of sugar and it can pack a health punch by raising your glucose rapidly.
But keep in mind that just because a food is a vegetable, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some sugar in it and some vegetables do contain more sugar despite the fact that they’re good for you.
Even though they contain beta-carotene that helps lower cancer risks, carrots are an example of vegetables that have a higher sugar count than other vegetables, such as cucumbers.
While green vegetables are very good for you, their juice can be difficult to swallow if you’re new to juicing. You’re going to want good recipes for these and then start slowly introducing them to your juicing routine.
You might have read that the minute you make any juice at home, you should go ahead and drink it. The reason behind this advice is because when fruits and vegetables are cut, they start to lose some of the nutritional punch that they pack.
Since the whole purpose behind juicing is a healthier way of eating for your body, you want to take full advantage of everything that these foods offer you, so enjoy them right after you finish juicing them whenever possible.
Because juicing requires time (and because that’s not a commodity you might have a lot of), you want to take steps to eliminate any part of the process that’s a time drain. Waiting until the last minute to gather your foods, get it sliced and diced and then juice it can take more time than you want it to take.
If you have to get up early and get your day going, the last thing you want to do is stand sleepy eyed in the kitchen chopping up food. To cut out this step, get everything ready before you need it. Scrub any residue from the soil from your vegetables, wash your fruit and get out the cutting board. Dice the foods up and it’ll be handy when you’re ready to go.
Remember that if you’re planning to use certain fruits like apples, they might turn brown if they’re cut and you don’t use them the minute you cut them up. They’re still okay to use, they’re just not as visually appealing.
Using your juicer for homemade juice is a nice treat, but unlike the less healthy store bought kind, you might end up with pulp in your glass. That’s not a problem unless you absolutely can’t stand to have pulp in your juice.
Pulp is actually good for you, but if you don’t like it, you don’t have to put up with having it in your glass. You can use a mesh strainer – but if your juicer has made the pulp fine, some of it’s still going to get through.
To make sure that the pulp is cut completely out, some people take an extra step of using a cloth material just for straining that catches every little bit of the pulp. This might be a good idea if you have kids who are picky about pulp and complain if the texture isn’t just right. And the softer your choice in fruits and vegetables, the thicker the juice will be.
Fruits make great tasting juice and you can experiment on your own to create a blend of fruit juices to delight your tastebuds. Plus, many fruits offer additional health benefits by giving you antioxidants.
Look for fruits that are berries like strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Also use cherries, apples and plums to give your body that additional health boost.
Finding Delicious Juicing Recipes
Everything that grows doesn’t belong in a juicer. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but will end up tasting horrid. Juicing isn’t the time to unleash your inner food artist if you aren’t familiar with what foods will taste good together.
You can buy a juicer recipe book (highly recommended) but you can also use the trial and error method. You’ll know what tastes good and which mixtures are mistakes. But since mistakes can be costly, use the following tips to create delicious tasting concoctions.
If you don’t like apples, then juicing isn’t suddenly the time to decide that you’ll like them in a juice. You want to start out by sticking with what you already know that you like. You can broaden your juicing horizons later.
And if you know you want the health benefits of apples, then you might try working it into a recipe where another fruit or vegetable taste overpowers it. So you still get the health rewards, without having to drink what tastes like straight apple juice.
If you’re going to make vegetable juices, leave off the more potent tasting ones until you’re prepared for the stronger flavor. Remember that you can mix your vegetables in the juicer with ice cubes, water and a small slice of fruit to give it a better taste.
We all have a tendency to be creatures of habit. We do this even when we’re trying to eat healthier – we’ll just keep on choosing the same healthy foods we’ve always eaten, but that can keep you locked on a certain food source and you’ll miss the wonder of trying new combinations if you juice with the same foods you’ve always used.
Don’t be afraid to make subtle changes. Many recipes advocate sticking with straight vegetable juice or straight fruit juice, but if you do that, you’ll miss out on some tasty concoctions.
Adding a little bit of water can help lessen the strength and thickness of fruits that are too thick as a juice for you to enjoy swallowing. If you do add water, measure it carefully so that you don’t overdo it.
Whatever recipe you use, keep in mind that there is what’s known as a “half rule.” For every pound of raw vegetables that you use, you’re only going to get about half of that in juice value.
Storing Your Juice Concoctions
For the best nutrients and the best taste, use whatever you create in the juicer right away. But considering how busy people are, quick consumption is not always an ideal solution. So if you can’t always drink the juice immediately, you should know a few tips on how to keep the liquid in a container that locks in freshness and as many health benefits as possible.
Foods change because of the process known as oxidizing. When enzymes in foods mix with oxygen, they turn brown. You can alter this process by storing the foods you’ve cut or chopped in water. This cuts off the full access to oxygen supply the foods would get out of the water.
Once the juice is made, keep it as fresh as possible by putting it into a container that you can’t see light through. This will prevent the juice from acquiring any exposure damage that it would get in a clear container.
For the best possible storage for your juice, keep it in something made of glass. One of the handiest solutions is to use brown tinted canning jars. Glass is much better than plastic for storing juices. If you need to, use tin foil or another dark paper to wrap the glass container in to keep out light.
Containers that let air in are bad news for storing juices so choose containers that keep the air out.
You can keep juices with a higher acidic level longer than juices with a lower acid count, but you shouldn’t go longer than a day and not use up the juice that you’ve made.
Cleaning and Caring for Your Juicer
Like any kitchen appliance, taking proper care of your juicer will help ensure that your machine creates great tasting juices and lasts a long time. The best juicers can be expensive, and you want to lengthen the longevity of your appliance.
Always read the instruction manual if this is the first time you’ve cleaned your juicer, since there’s a lot of variety among the different brands and models. Some require more work than others.
For optimal performance, you want to clean your juicer each time that you use it. This isn’t the kind of appliance you can get lazy with, because rel=nofollow [http://wanttogetfit.org/category/juicing/]juice in general is a sticky mess if left out to harden.
The first step is to get all of the pulp out. If your juicer has a built in pulp container, you can clean that out, but you want to make sure that you check for pulp that may have escaped the container.
Take apart the removable parts and run them under water to rinse them free of any food debris. You can put the dishwasher safe pieces in the top of the dishwasher if you don’t want to hand wash them, but if you do, double check after the dishwasher cycle is complete to make sure it cleaned all of the crevices.
Gently wipe down any electric or motor parts to get rid of any residue or splash, but don’t expose these by submerging them in water.
Clean the blades with a soft brush to make sure that nothing is compromising the blades, but take caution when doing this step because it can be easy to cut your fingers if you’re not careful. Don’t put the pieces of this appliance together if any of them are wet or damp. Once you’ve done all these steps, your juicer is ready to use again!
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Use hypnosis to help yourself break free from gambling
Do you know or suspect you are addicted to slot machine gambling?
Have you tried to stop playing and found it very difficult to do so?
Studies have shown that people become addicted to gaming machines much more quickly than they do to other forms of gambling. But none (or very few) players know that the machines they are having so much ‘fun’ with have been scientifically designed to encourage you to play faster and for longer, and to make you believe you’re just about to win, so that it’s that much harder to pull yourself away.
Guess who benefits from that?
The siren song of the slot machines
It’s awful when you realize that the machines – at the behest of their owners, of course – have made a mug of you. And even more distressing to realize that just knowing this fact isn’t enough, by itself, to free you from the urge to gamble. When you’re near the machines, the lights, the sounds, the whole atmosphere entices you back, as if you were under a spell.
Now in a way, you are under a spell. Or more strictly speaking, you are in a trance, and it’s not a good one. It can lead you into actions that can ruin your finances, your relationships, your work prospects, your life. And believe me, the owners of those shiny flashy noisy machines have no conscience whatsoever about your fate. As far as they are concerned, you willingly gave them your money. And you willingly continue to do so.
How do you get out of this?
You need to know how to get yourself out of that negative trance. And the best way to do this is with positive hypnosis.
Hypnosis can help you escape from gambling addiction
Slot machine addiction is an audio hypnosis session developed by psychologists who’ve worked with thousands of people to overcome addictive behaviors. It will help you see through the ‘smoke and mirrors’ to reality.
As you relax and listen repeatedly to your download, you’ll notice a big change in you. In particular, you’ll find that
- the machines have less and less hold on you
- you develop a calm sense of self control
- you start to find more fulfilling ways to use your time, energy and money
- you start to deal with problems or worries that might previously have led you to turn to gaming as a way of escape
- your life simply has no room for something so irrelevant.
How To Stop Marijuana Cravings
By John Myler
Would you like to learn proven methods to stop marijuana cravings from tempting you?
According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse that was conducted in 2001, it is estimated that 83 million Americans have tried marijuana. It is also estimated that 5.6 million of these users reporting having problems with illicit drug use and more than 2 million of these users feel dependent on smoking marijuana.
There are effective treatments and supplements that you can take to control the urge to smoke marijuana, however not everyone can afford to go to a rehab clinic or fork out hundreds of dollars for craving supplements that may or may not work.
This is where Emotional Freedom Technique (or EFT) comes into place. It is free, quick, easy and very effective at stopping cravings of all kinds including craving to smoke marijuana joints.
So what is EFT?
EFT is in simple terms, a method to break habits. By applying pressure on certain areas of your body whilst thinking about your craving you can reverse this craving for whatever it is you do not want. The technique is also used to send positive affirmations to your subconscious mind. The technique looks very strange but it is very simple to do and very effective. I would recommend everyone try this technique as it is so simple to achieve results.
What you will be doing is tapping with our fingertips on certain key points of the body. Just before tapping and during tapping you should concentrate on your craving. For example, if you wanted to smoke a joint, you would think about smoking a joint and imagine yourself already smoking a joint.
It’s very simple stuff and can be performed by anyone. Results are instant and the whole process should not take you more than 3 minutes to complete.
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Why You Should Consider Quitting Marijuana
By Seb Grant
9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC but it also contains in excess of 400 additional chemicals too. The marijuana of the 2000′s is much more potent than the marijuana that was smoked back 30 or 40 years ago.
This newer strain of marijuana causes people’s heart and pulse to race, it impairs memory, hinders concentration, and it thwarts coordination and reaction time. In some people marijuana causes anxiety and panic. It is also proven to be psychologically dependent. Those who smoke marijuana develop a tolerance and need more to get the same effect as they once did.
For young people, marijuana is even worse
Most teens who smoke marijuana lose interest in school and extracurricular activities. This may have a lot to do with the fact that marijuana damages the brain and hinders things such as thinking and comprehension. Teens also have a tendency to experiment further and use other drugs when they start young.
Since marijuana slows reaction times down it is not advised to smoke and drive. Marijuana also tampers with the reproductive system. It causes babies to be premature when the mother smokes it during pregnancy and it causes lower fertility rates in both men and women. In addition, marijuana does damage to both the heart and the lungs.
Marijuana increases the heart rate by up to 50% which can be dangerous. Because marijuana smoke is unfiltered, breathed in deeply and then held in it is more dangerous than cigarettes. Marijuana and its carcinogens can cause cancer. The threat is just as real as it is for smoking cigarettes.
Another problem with marijuana is that it sticks around for a very long time, even after the buzz is gone. Most illicit drugs are out of a person’s system within three days but not marijuana which can hang around for as long as 45 days. THC stores itself in a person’s fat tissues.
It is the natural job of the body to try to remove these chemicals so it converts them into metabolites. This is precisely why it takes so long to be able to test clean for marijuana on a urine test.
Marijuana has an impact on the central nervous system that will attach to the brain’s neurons and plays havoc on their ability to communicate with each other. It is these neurons that are responsible for short-term memory, for example. Out of all the chemicals found in marijuana, THC is the most problematic.
THC actually binds to the cannabinoid receptors and alters coordination, the thought process, and concentration. And that’s not all.
THC upsets the production of different neurotransmitters, which act as messengers in the brain. This can cause the onset of depression, personality disorders, and anxiety. Marijuana also damages a person’s emotions. This is brought about by the euphoric feelings that marijuana causes and why many people who smoke it display a carefree attitude while they are high.
There are countless reasons why a person should quit smoking marijuana. Marijuana causes people to feel sluggish, unmotivated, and often even lazy. People refer to this as feeling “burned out” and it is a syndrome that is all too well-known amongst pot smokers. The feeling of not having any motivation is enough reason for many smokers to stop.
A final thought to keep in mind is that smoking just one marijuana cigarette is the same as smoking between 2.5 and five cigarettes, depending on the potency. This means that it is certain that marijuana smoke can and likely will cause some type of respiratory problems.
Quitting marijuana can be a scary endeavor for some people and even for those who have tried to quit and have failed it is important to know that help is available. Quitting is an option and it can be done successfully.
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How Earthing Benefits You
I discovered earthing, in practice, at a longevity conference I attended in the Fall of 2010. I had heard of earthing before that, but didn’t fully appreciate it until I experienced it myself, and saw the evidence that it was doing something profound for people.
One of the indisputable facts about earthing is what it does to your blood. When a person has been grounded for around 30 minutes their red blood cells gain something referred to as zeta potential.
Zeta potential is an electrical potential. The state of the red blood cells in most people is one in which the cells clump together and are a little out of shape. Once a person is grounded for 30 minutes or so, their blood cells bounce off of each other and become more rounded in shape.
This zeta potential achieved by your cells as a result of being grounded means thinner blood. This thinner blood benefits you in more than one way. One of the benefits is more nutrients to all of your body as a result of better circulation. This thinner blood also means there is less chance of your blood clotting.
It’s truly amazing to see the effects of zeta potential, under a microscope, after grounding (earthing) for about 1/2 hour. You can learn all about the facts of Earthing in the book Earthing, subtitled, “The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?”
I am convinced that anyone who accesses and reads this book or listens to the audio of it, will become a believer. You won’t even have to get through the whole book before your faith in the benefits of Earthing is attained.
Earthing Reduces Pain And Inflammation
When I’m writing about earthing it feels very exclusive, but that’s because such a small percentage of people really understand what Earthing and Earthing products can mean for them.
At some point in the future, it’s likely every person or family will have some type of earthing device in their residence; and probably where they work as well. That’s how good earthing is.
One way you’ll most likely benefit from Earthing (grounding) is you’ll have less pain. This is one of the main benefits reported from people who have practiced earthing or taken part in earthing experiments. That’s not all earthing seems to do, however.
Earthing and using earthing products appears to reduce inflammation. The reduction of inflammation can mean profound changes for many people. Many diseases are associated with chronic inflammation.
When you are grounded “you restore your bodies natural electric state,” as stated in the Earthing book by Clint Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. and Martin Zucker. It can be compared to, and is like grounding electronics in your house. Cable T.V. is grounded, for example, to get a clear picture and eliminate interference from other signals.
When you are grounded there is an exchange of electrical current between you and the earth. Static electricity leaves your body, and an endless supply of free electrons, often referred to as negative electrons, enter your body. These electrons can be viewed as antioxidants, as they have the same effect as the antioxidants from food have; One of which is reducing inflammation.
Learning about Earthing Products makes a person wonder how much pain and suffering people have is directly related to being disconnected from the earth’s surface. Be sure to take advantage of Earthing for free wherever you can be barefoot on the ground or in the grass.
It is my goal to spread the word about Earthing across the whole globe, and to every person. If you want to learn more, click here on Earthing. You may be interested in Authentic Earthing Products. Go to Earthing Products to see how to get the authentic Devices.
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