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Health Benefits of Fresh Fruit Juice

Fresh fruit juices are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth and get your daily nutrients. Adding juices made from whole, natural fruits and vegetables to your diet in the morning, for lunch or a mid-day snack and even as an after-dinner treat, helps keep you healthy, but don’t forget that fruit still contains sugar so don’t overdo it.

You can have a juice any time of the day for a pick-me-up, but just remember that in order to lose weight you have to create a calorie deficit of about 500 calories a day.

Mix together the following fruits/vegetables in equal parts with ice in a 2:1 ratio (2 parts juice, 1 part ice).

Top 5 Fruit Juices

Apple and Pear

Apple, Pear & Pineapple

Orange and Grapefruit

Apple and Watermelon

Cranberry, Grape and Prune

 

Top 5 Green Juices

Celery, Spinach, Tomato & Dill

Celery, Spinach, Cabbage, Dill & Lemon

Spinach, Tomato, Garlic, Ginger & Cayenne

Celery, Kale, Tomato, Garlic & Sweet Basil

Cucumber, Parsley, Celery & Ginger

 

Top 5 Combination Juices

Green Apple, Strawberry, Cucumber, Kale & Mint

Pineapple, Watermelon, Mango & Orange Bell Pepper

Orange, Lemon, Lime & Ginger

Pineapple, Orange, Watermelon, Spinach & Cayenne

Blueberry, Raspberry, Cabbage, Cucumber & Mint

Use just a touch of dill, lemon, cayenne, sweet basil, ginger and mint.

Health Benefits
The combinations of fruit and vegetables listed above offer a variety of health benefits, and when combined these superfoods pack a powerful nutritional punch. For example, cucumber alone helps cleanse the body, specifically the kidneys while parsley offers mild diuretic properties. The alkaline fluid of watermelon neutralizes acids and flushes toxins out of the kidneys. So for a whole body cleanse, a juice that contains a combination of cucumber, watermelon and parsley along with a touch of ginger provides a total detoxification of some of your most important elimination organs, and it tastes fantastic! These juices also act as a blood cleanser, and offer sustained energy plus a metabolic boost to support weight loss goals.

Why Juice?
If you are trying to cut calories, hunger can be a challenging obstacle. A short juice fast (1 day) can help train your body and mind to consume less food, and fewer calories. However, many people are unaware that store-bought juices do not contain all the nutrients you’d hope would be in fruit or vegetable juice. Bottled juices must be pasteurized in order to stay on the shelf. Because the shelf life of fresh juice is short, the pasteurization process allows the juice to remain in stores until it reaches the consumer but it also loses all of the important nutrients, leaving behind only sugar and flavor. That’s no good, so you want to be sure that if you are doing a short juice fast, or just substituting a meal that you make the juice that day.

Vitamix blenders are the perfect complement to our clean, lean approach to eating. Vitamix blenders puree a variety of whole foods into a completely smooth consistency, without losing any of the fiber or nutrients. Prepare everything from smoothies, ice creams, frozen drinks, and full-fiber juices to nut butters, creamy dips, salad dressings, and sauces.

 

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5 Tricks to Guarantee a Good Night Sleep

 

Rest is essential for every human being and one of the ways to relax after a hard day’s job is by having a good and peaceful night sleep. For some people, this comes immediately they hit the sheets while for other, it may take hours of counting the ceiling before they finally get their first dream. Either ways, there is no doubting the fact that proper preparation can help guarantee how good your rest time will be.

First things first, you must make sure that your sleeping environment is a conducive. This means it has to be one without clutter. It must be well aired with proper ventilation or ventilating systems. Now, every lady has to take charge of her wellness by using choice beauty products which will not only enhance skin glow, but also give an almost natural fragrance. Here are 5 tricks to guarantee a good night sleep:

Take a warm bath: It is all too necessary to have a warm bath after a sweaty activity-filled day. You can choose to soak yourself in a bathtub lined with sweet smelling spices or a good body wash (I will suggest those with carotene or the pomegranates) for about 15minutes. Make sure to scrape off all hidden make up marks especially around the eyes. This will help to ease out the nerves and make you more relaxed.

Moisturize: A lot of times, women underestimate the powers of a good moisturizer even though they desire excellent skin glow. Just when your pores have opened up after a warm bath, skin moisturizing is necessary as it will make for skin freshness.

Put on free, comfy, and sexy sleepwear: Yes! You have to look and feel good in order to get a very good night sleep. Wearing thick bum shorts and very tight sleep dresses is not advisable. Your sleep wear must be relatively free, made of soft and comfortable fabric, and easy to put on. Also, to get your man hooked on you, they have to be SEXY. (Visit rcollections.com.ng to shop for your choice lingerie sets).

Meditate: Research has shown that the act of personal meditation creates a relaxing sense. This is why in recent times, more people opt for say yoga classes rather than dance classes. It is advisable to take few minutes at the end of your day to meditate and scheme through the day’s activities. It also serves as an avenue to plan out the next day, while thinking of your most treasured memories.

Choose appropriate sleeping positions: When you sleep badly you will wake up in pains. Choosing an appropriate sleeping position is one of the key factors that will guarantee a good night sleep. You can sample positions until you find the one that best suits you, or read about the most appropriate sleeping positions.

I am sure with these simple tricks, you will never miss a day without a good night sleep.

 

Source: Rukisblog

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MAKEUP AND YOUR SKIN

When you go through your morning makeup routine, your goal is obviously to improve your appearance. But how is that seemingly harmless, perfectly applied layer of powder really affecting your skin? Most of the time, makeup doesn't have any major negative effects -- other than maybe the early-morning frustration of applying it. However, it could cause a few skin reactions. Most of these reactions aren't severe or long-lasting, but you might want to know how your makeup is affecting your skin.

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Active Rebooters: Watermelon-Pineapple-Ginger Juice

 

Watermelons are rich in lycopene- a member of the carotene family. Carotenes exert both anti inflammatory and anti oxidant activity in the human body.
Pineapple contains a phytonutrient called bromelain that is well known for its ability to help reduce inflammation.
Ginger root reduces inflammation as well as nausea, pain and provides heartburn relief. It also aids digestion and can help to encourage thermogenesis in the body which may boost metabolism.


Ingredients:
• 1/3 pineapple, cored and skin removed
• 2 large watermelon slices
• 1 in (2.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger root

Directions:
• Cut pineapple away from core and rind.
• Wash watermelon well and cut 2 large slices. You can juice the rind as well as the flesh of the watermelon.
• Wash ginger root and cut a 1 in (2.5 cm) piece to juice.
• Place all ingredients into juicer.
Pour over ice and enjoy!
It is rich in electrolytes and anti oxidant nutrients like potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C (140% of your daily value), beta-carotene and contains some sodium. These nutrients are important before, during and after exercise. Rather than reaching for a commercial sports drink, you can make your own that is even healthier!

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FRESH FRUIT JUICES

Fresh fruit juices are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth and get your daily nutrients. Adding juices made from whole, natural fruits and vegetables to your diet in the morning, for lunch or a mid-day snack and even as an after-dinner treat, helps keep you healthy, but don’t forget that fruit still contains sugar so don’t over do it.

You can have a juice any time of the day for a pick-me-up, but just remember that in order to lose weight you have to create a calorie deficit of about 500 calories a day.

Mix together the following fruits/vegetables in equal parts with ice in a 2:1 ratio (2 parts juice, 1 part ice).

Top 5 Fruit Juices

Apple and Pear

Apple, Pear & Pineapple

Orange and Grapefruit

Apple and Watermelon

Cranberry, Grape and Prune

Top 5 Green Juices

Celery, Spinach, Tomato & Dill

Celery, Spinach, Cabbage, Dill & Lemon

Spinach, Tomato, Garlic, Ginger & Cayenne

Celery, Kale, Tomato, Garlic & Sweet Basil

Cucumber, Parsley, Celery & Ginger

Top 5 Combination Juices

Green Apple, Strawberry, Cucumber, Kale & Mint

Pineapple, Watermelon, Mango & Orange Bell Pepper

Orange, Lemon, Lime & Ginger

Pineapple, Orange, Watermelon, Spinach & Cayenne

Blueberry, Raspberry, Cabbage, Cucumber & Mint

Use just a touch of dill, lemon, cayenne, sweet basil, ginger and mint.

Health Benefits

The combinations of fruit and vegetables listed above offer a variety of health benefits, and when combined these superfoods pack a powerful nutritional punch. For example, cucumber alone helps cleanse the body, specifically the kidneys while parsley offers mild diuretic properties. The alkaline fluid of watermelon neutralizes acids and flushes toxins out of the kidneys. So for a whole body cleanse, a juice that contains a combination of cucumber, watermelon and parsley along with a touch of ginger provides a total detoxification of some of your most important elimination organs, and it tastes fantastic! These juices also act as a blood cleanser, and offer sustained energy plus a metabolic boost to support weight loss goals.

Why Juice?

If you are trying to cut calories, hunger can be a challenging obstacle. A short juice fast (1 day) can help train your body and mind to consume less food, and fewer calories. However, many people are unaware that store-bought juices do not contain all the nutrients you’d hope would be in fruit or vegetable juice. Bottled juices must be pasteurized in order to stay on the shelf. Because the shelf life of fresh juice is short, the pasteurization process allows the juice to remain in stores until it reaches the consumer but it also loses all of the important nutrients, leaving behind only sugar and flavor. That’s no good, so you want to be sure that if you are doing a short juice fast, or just substituting a meal that you make the juice that day.

Vitamix blenders are the perfect complement to our clean, lean approach to eating. Vitamix blenders puree a variety of whole foods into a completely smooth consistency, without losing any of the fiber or nutrients. Prepare everything from smoothies, ice creams, frozen drinks, and full-fiber juices to nut butters, creamy dips, salad dressings, and sauces.

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HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.


Most of the deaths from heart attacks are caused by ventricular fibrillation of the heart that occurs before the victim of the heart attack can reach an emergency room. Those who reach the emergency room have an excellent prognosis; survival from a heart attack with modern treatment should exceed 90%. The 1% to 10% of heart attack victims who die later include those victims who suffer major damage to the heart muscle initially or who suffer additional damage at a later time.


Fortunately, procedures such as coronary angiogram and PTCA (coronary balloon angioplasty), and clot dissolving drugs are available that can quickly open blocked arteries in order to restore circulation to the heart and limit heart muscle damage. In order to optimally benefit heart attack victims and limit the extent of heart damage, these treatments to open blocked arteries should be given early during a heart attack.


Knowing the early warning signs of heart attack is critical for prompt recognition and treatment. Many heart attacks start slowly, unlike the dramatic portrayal is often seen in the movies.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

 

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

 

  • Pain and tightness can also radiate in other areas of the body. Most people associate a heart attack with pain working its way down the left arm. That can happen, but pain can also appear in other locations, including:
  • upper abdomen
  • shoulder
  • back
  • throat
  • teeth or jaw

 

  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
    As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particular shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn about the warning signs of heart attack in women.

 

  • Extreme fatigue. In the days or even weeks before a heart attack, more than 70% of women experience debilitating, flulike exhaustion. You may suddenly feel too tired to cook dinner or lift your laptop.

 

  • Mild pain. Rather than the elephant on the chest, women may feel less severe pain--and not always in the region of the heart. Pressure or achiness can occur in the breastbone, upper back, shoulders, neck, or jaw.

 

  • Profuse sweating. You may find yourself suddenly drenched in perspiration for no apparent reason, or your face may be pale or ashen.

 

  • Nausea or dizziness. Prior to a heart attack, women often have indigestion or even vomit. You may also feel like you're about to pass out.

 

  • Almost 58% of women report panting or inability to carry on a conversation because they couldn't catch their breath.

 

  • Nearly half of women have trouble falling asleep or wake up during the night in the weeks before a coronary.

 

  • "Many women experience a sense of impending doom or fear before a heart attack," says Dr. Legato, though experts don't necessarily understand why. Nonetheless, it's real and it matters. "That's your body telling you to pay attention. Trust those instincts," she advises.
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Spider Bites: First Aid

Only a few spiders are dangerous to humans. Two that are present in the contiguous United States, and more common in the Southern states, are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Both prefer warm climates and dark, dry places where flies are plentiful. They often live in dry, littered, undisturbed areas, such as closets, woodpiles and under sinks.

Most presumed spider bites are actually other bug bites. If you suspect you have been bitten by one of these spiders, check to see if the spider lives in your area.

Black widow spider

Although serious, a black widow bite is rarely lethal. You can identify this spider by the red hourglass marking on its belly. The bite feels like a pinprick. You may not even know you've been bitten. At first, you may notice slight swelling and faint red marks. Within a few hours, though, intense pain and stiffness begin. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain

Brown recluse spider

You can identify this spider by the violin-shaped marking on its back. The bite produces a mild stinging, followed by local redness and intense pain within eight hours. A fluid-filled blister forms at the site and then sloughs off to leave a deep, enlarging ulcer. Reactions from a brown recluse spider bite vary from a mild fever and rash to nausea and listlessness. On rare occasions death results, more often in children.

If bitten by a spider

Try and identify the type of spider that bit you. Clean the site of the spider bite well with soap and water. Apply a cool compress over the spider bite location. If the bite is on an extremity, elevate it. Aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and antihistamines may be used to relieve minor signs and symptoms in adults. Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children older than age 2, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

If bitten by a brown recluse or black widow spider

  1. Cleanse the wound. Use soap and water to clean the wound and skin around the spider bite.
  2. Slow the venom's spread. If the spider bite is on an arm or a leg, tie a snug bandage above the bite and elevate the limb to help slow or halt the venom's spread. Ensure that the bandage is not so tight that it cuts off circulation in your arm or leg.
  3. Use a cold cloth at the spider bite location. Apply a cloth dampened with cold water or filled with ice.
  4. Seek immediate medical attention. Treatment for the bite of a black widow may require an anti-venom medication. Doctors may treat a brown recluse spider bite with various medications.

Culled from Mayoclinic

 

 

 

 

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