From Me to You – I noticed a big difference in my Energy levels and Happiness/Harmony after drinking atleast 33 oz. of Electrolyte-Infused Water
Electrolyte-Infused Water: Is It Worth It? (Plus How to DIY)
Lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with electrolyte-enhanced water. The other day, there was a sale at the store–10 bottles for $10–and my eyes did that whirly jackpot thing, cartoon character-style. What’s going on here?
Water with electrolytes isn’t exactly new–it flowed (heh) into the mainstream bottled-water scene about five years ago, and now you can find it on shelves in just about every grocery store. Electrolyte-enhanced waters have things like potassium and sodium added to them, which help your body absorb the water more quickly. These electrolytes are helpful in preventing dehydration, so they’re especially useful during and after intense workouts. But filtered tap water is A-OK for shorter workouts and day-to-day hydration.
So is it necessary to invest in bottles of the stuff? You can actually DIY a version of your own electrolyte-enhanced water using things you probably already have in your kitchen. Dr. Oz’s site features a recipe from Bob Harper with four ingredients: water, agave nectar, sea salt, and baking soda (WebMD has a similar recipe).Filling a water bottle about halfway with citrus juice–which contains potassium–and distilled water, plus pinches of salt and honey, can make an electrolyte-infused drink, too.
Of course, doing it yourself won’t be exactly like the stuff on the shelves–brands like SmartWater, for example, are also “vapor-distilled,” and most brands are also flavorless–but as someone who’s shelled out more than she probably needs to on bottles to drink post-workout, I love having these cheaper options at the ready.
Do you drink electrolyte-enhanced water–or just go for the regular stuff? Are you a sportsdrink fan?
What is the Daniel Diet?
The Daniel Diet is a 10-day transformation that goes beyond simple weight loss. As a Community, we eat together, pray together and support each other through a dynamic 10-day journey.
What Can I Expect?
We have gone through two community-wide Daniel Diets this year, one in January and another in March. Combined, over 400 people have joined us in our community-wide Daniel Diets. We have also had dozens of small groups start their own Daniel Diet experience. Here’s just a sampling of the results:
- Weight Loss for Women – The average weight loss for women who completed the 10-day Daniel Diet was 8.3 pounds
- Weight Loss for Men – The average weight loss for men who completed the 10-day Daniel Diet was 14 pounds.
- Energy Gain – Many people reported elevated energy levels, with many people indicating that energy levels rose significantly after day 3.
- Detoxification – The combination of raw, organic, non-GMO foods and the “fasting” periods that are a part of the Daniel Diet make it one of the best detoxification programs you will ever find.
- Spiritual renewal – A vital part of the Daniel Diet is the fact that we do this as a community. We have dozens of testimonials from past Daniel Dieters that speak to the unique spiritual nature of the 10-days and what it has meant in terms of spiritual growth.
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This is an essential part of any chiropractic home care. It is simple and easy to use. Designed by experts in the field of spinal correction, it drastically reduces the time it takes to restore healthy cervical curvature and takes only minutes to maintain it.
New: Padded door stop. No more damaged doors.
1. Perform cervical warm-up, joint lubrication, and cartilagenourishment exercises (twist, flex and extend head/neck).
2. Adjust the connection so that the curved piece hangs slightly lower than the back of the head.
3. Pull handles down until stopped by curved neck piece with handles at shoulder height. Elbows and knees are against the wall, and feet are shoulder-width apart.
4. Place curved piece behind neck and padded handle under chin or on forehead. Place one hand on each handle end, with palms toward face.
5. Hold handles firmly; relax the knees so some body weight is supported by the traction. Traction is applied and controlled by bending the knees.
6. Begin with 10 and work up to 60 repetitions per session.
7. Add deep diaphragmatic breathing with traction, then exhale completely and forcibly when the traction is released.
8. Ice the neck for 10 minutes if any pain is experienced.
NOTE: Loop rope through strap. Place Door Stop over door and close door.
For maximum results, your Maximized Living Health Care Professional my recommend using this item along with other items in the Home Care Kit.
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The typical North American diet is not working, as seen by the skyrocketing levels of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. New research demonstrates that these conditions are mostly preventable, and even reversible, by a change of lifestyle. This book not only explains the science, but also has all of the resources, tools, and recipes you will need to make a change.
Learn more about Essential #3 Maximized Quality Nutrition here
CORE Plan Menu Ideas
Lunch: Tomato Soup w/ Tuna Salad
Snack: Whole Grain Tortillas w/Salsa & Guacamole
Dinner: Cole Slaw w/Roasted Vegetables & 1/4-cup Hemp Seeds
Breakfast: Eggs Florentine
Lunch: Stuffed Portobello
Snack: Crackers and Veggies with Hummus
Lunch: Taco Salad on Brown Rice and Greens
Snack: Trail Mix
Dinner: Chicken Salad on Greens with Almonds
Advanced Plan Menu Ideas
Lunch: Greek Salad w/Turkey Burger
Snack: Raw Nuts & Sea Salt Trail Mix
Dinner: Chicken Breast w/Oven Roasted Vegetables
Breakfast: Veggie Omelette with or without Cheese
Lunch: Zucchini Boats with Ground Turkey
Snack: Almond Power Bar
Dinner: Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sacue and Mashed No-Tatoes
Lunch: Buffalo Chicken
Snack: Chopped Coconut
Dinner: Mini Grass-Fed Burgers with Roasted Cauliflower
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Kimberly Roberto, co-author of the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans
Core & Advanced Plan Approved, Serves 4-6
The nutrition in this dish is out of this world and so is the taste. This recipe is great for people new to kale, even for those who say they don’t like it. You can customize it to your taste and it is great for packing on the go.
- 2 bunches kale, stems removed and chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 3-4 tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon liquid aminos or tamari
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, optional
- Juice of 1 lemon
Depending on the size of your kale bunch, you can adjust the quantities. Feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients, just adjust according to your own taste.
- Put all ingredients in a large bowl and massage the kale with your hands, really working the mixture together and breaking down the kale. It should reduce quite a bit.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
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Maximized Living – Makeover
You can transform you life – fight disease – loose weight – stop taking drugs
(get off Anti-Depression Drugs and other medications)
when y0u follow the 5 Essentials
(Detox, Natural Nutrician Food Plans, Chiropractic Care)
Without any of these Essentials, you are unable to live a long, healthy and fulfilled life that you are meant to live. Each of these Essentials work together to keep your cells in optimal shape and your body functioning at its highest levels. If you only focus on one of these essentials, such as exercise, you are leaving out other core elements that keep your body healthy.
While each of the 5 Essentials may make sense to you at a high level, there are many things that you may not know. Get to know each of the following essentials and understand how they all work together and need to be practiced from the moment you wake up until the time you go to sleep each night.
Essential 1: Maximized Mind
A Maximized Mind encompasses areas such as time and stress management, improving your relationships with others, and making sure that you get adequate amounts of sleep. Working on all of these area’s help to improve a negative attitude and help your overall peace and well-being from within yourself. The right, renewed mindset about life and health are necessary in order to commit to following any lifestyle plan.
Essential 2: Maximized Nerve Supply
Nerve supply is the life supply to all cells, organs, and systems in the body and so is responsible for all function and healing. Improper spinal alignment is common and likely to happen due to the amount of physical, emotional, and chemical stress you apply to your body every day so must be addressed as the foundational part of living at your health potential.
Essential 3: Maximized Quality Nutrition
What you put into your body affects how you feel each and every day. Food is the fuel that your body needs to continue to power and heal itself on a daily basis. Diets that are high in carbohydrates, have pH or omega-3 imbalances or are nutrient deficient, have negative effects not only on your body, but can create a lot of symptoms such as depression, brain fog, stress and fatigue.
Essential 4: Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle
Exercise allows your body to take in higher levels of oxygen and creates lean muscle that keeps both your body and mind healthy. Studies have shown that exercise consistently match or exceed the benefits of antidepressants. This is your opportunity to decrease fat and increase lean muscle tissue.
Essential 5: Minimized Toxins
Toxins and chemicals surround us in our everyday lives and are included in items such as medications, refined foods, household cleaners and the items we cook with! Each of these toxins affect our bodies in a negative way and inhibit us from functioning at optimal levels.
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Today, people are searching for ways to keep themselves feeling and looking younger. In addition to keeping an active lifestyle, eating well can decrease risk of heart disease–the no. 1 killer of women in America—as well as other health issues.
Eating a fresh whole-food diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will keep women of all ages feeling and looking their best.
Here’s a brief list of foods that have been shown to fight the effects of aging in women:
Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries and gooseberries are all foods that are rich in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants, one of the greatest anti-aging assets found in organic foods.1
Berries protect against the deterioration of cognitive and motor functions, reduce oxidative stress, lower inflammation and improve brain cell signaling, according to Dr. Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D.
They’re also a great source of vitamins and can even ensure proper blood flow. Besides flavonoids, berries also are loaded with other nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium and folate (vitamin B9).
There’s a large amount of fiber in a daily serving of berries, which also offer digestive benefits. Consuming berries on a consistent basis provides the body with minerals and salts that destroy free radicals, which helps protect women against aging. Shukitt-Hale suggests 1 cup of berries per day to prevent memory loss, lower disease risks and curb weight gain.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil provides the clean, healthy fats the body needs to maintain healthy skin and hair throughout life. In general, “good” fats—monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil’s case—are lacking in the diets of most North Americans. Extra virgin olive oil represents your best choice because it is minimally handled and processed, and it tastes delicious.
When cooking with olive oil, never heat the oil so much that it begins to smoke. Use low to medium heat only, and monitor the oil. Once it starts to smoke, olive oil actually turns rancid.
In order to keep skin supple, women are encouraged to eat about 12 ounces per week of wild salmon, as suggested by the American Heart Association.
Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids, is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D, reduces inflammation and slows the progression of chronic disease. Salmon is known to reduce blood pressure, a common health issue for women over 50.2
Dark, Leafy Greens
Kale, spinach, collard greens, romaine lettuce and Swiss chard are dark green vegetables that are full of vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The vitamin B in greens guards the heart and memory. Vitamin A supports skin cell turnover, and the lutein found in many forms of green vegetables protects vision.
According to Martha Clare Morris ScD, director of the Center of Nutrition & Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, those who eat three to four servings of greens a day will experience less of a decline in memory, recall and other mental functions. Morris and her team have tested 37,000 people.
The antioxidants in greens prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene–commonly found in green vegetables–help block UV rays that cause skin to age rapidly. The nutrients in greens help fight against cardiovascular disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and may even prevent certain types of cancer.
Garlic is equally as delicious as it is good for you. Garlic is part of a class of vegetables known alliums, which help support your liver’s natural ability to neutralize and remove toxins and carcinogens. To prevent cell degeneration, garlic keeps blood thin and also prevents heart disease.3
Like many of the other foods on the list, garlic is rich in antioxidants. It can help limit the growth of abnormal cells and increases blood flow that goes to the brain for awareness.
According to Dr. Ian Smith M.D., garlic also helps fight acne, prevent dandruff and kill bacteria.
What You Can Do
Eating healthy is not about depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about fulfilling your body’s needs for vital nutrients. With the right dietary information, you can keep your body looking and feeling fantastic for life.
To get the nutrition news your body needs, contact your nearest Maximized Living doctor, or subscribe to our newsletter, which features all the latest health news.
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The NaturalCures writing team is working extremely hard to bring you a special food issue of our monthly printed newsletter – due out in April. Focusing on the foods you should be avoiding, as well as the deliciously healthy grocery items you should be adding to your diet, the upcoming issue is a must-read! So what better time to bring you an extract from nutritionist Dave Reavely’s book The Big Fat Mystery. With kind permission from John Blake Publishing, we’re bringing you this snippet on how hidden food intolerances may be sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. Read on…
People who are allergic to gluten are referred to as coeliac and suffer from celiac disease. However, as I explained in earlier, an allergy is very different to intolerance. Someone who suffers from celiac disease will react very quickly to a small amount of gluten. Conversely, someone who has intolerance to gluten may not even notice any problems until hours or even a day later. In fact, over the years I soon learned that there are many different shades of gluten intolerance. For instance, some sufferers may be able to eat bread and/or pasta for, let’s say two days; but by day three it begins to adversely affect them. Unfortunately, most G.P.’s are not aware of this situation since they have only been trained to focus upon gluten allergy.
How a gluten sensitivity can affect you
Once an individual becomes sensitive to gluten the body regards it as a toxin. As already stated, if you are allergic to gluten the body reacts to the toxin more quickly compared to a gluten intolerance. However, in both cases I believe that gluten causes damage to the digestive system. This damage includes inflammation and irritation, particularly to the lining of the small intestine. Since many nutrients are absorbed through the small intestine, it’s easy to see why a gluten allergy or intolerance can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Moreover, my experience in dealing with many gluten sensitive people over the years has led me to conclude that an inability to lose excess weight is often related to the adverse affect that gluten can have on the body’s metabolism.
In the beginning, I used to think that the effects of gluten were confined to the digestive system. This proved to be very far from the truth. In fact, over the years, I soon realised that the effects of a gluten sensitivity can manifest themselves in any part of the body, including the following:
* Skin problems
* Menstrual problems
* Weight gain
* Poor attention span
* Mouth ulcers
* IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
* Flatulence and bloating
* Acid reflux
* Stomach pain
* Recurrent infections
* Mucus congestion, including sinus problems
Incredibly, this list is far from being exhaustive and I am continuously encountering new health conditions that respond to a diet free of gluten.
As I explained in the previous chapter, gluten is a type of protein which is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. So you must avoid these foods and any products made from them. The following is a list of foods that contain gluten:
* Rye bread and pumpernickel
* Alcoholic beverages – beers and some spirits such as grain-based vodka
* Biscuits and cookies
* Cous cous
* Durhum wheat
* Pasta, macaroni, spaghetti
* Foods covered in breadcrumbs – e.g. chicken nuggets, fish fingers
* Bulgar wheat
* Wheat, oat or rye crispbreads
* Yorkshire puddings
* Wheat based breakfast cereals, or cereals that include wheat
* Malt or malt extract
* Soy sauce
* Modified wheat starch
* Malt vinegar
Foods that may contain hidden gluten
* Confectionary – some chocolate, candy, etc
* Curry powder
* Gravy powder
* Chips/fries – some may have a wheat coating
* Soups – some include the likes of wheat flour as a thickener
* Crisps – some include wheat or modified wheat starch
* Mustard powder
The good news!
Having looked at the foregoing list you could be forgiven for asking the question: “What on earth can I eat?” Well, the good news is that there are gluten-free alternatives for many of the items listed. For example, you can purchase gluten-free gravy mix, stock-cubes, gluten-free sausages, pasta, biscuits, cereals and flour. The other day I even came across some gluten-free beer in a major supermarket. The range of products is constantly growing, which is good for the gluten-sensitive consumer.
For those who wish to bake their own gluten-free products there are a number of flour substitutes now available. The all-purpose type is usually made from a combination of potato, rice, maize and buckwheat flours. Some manufacturers offer a choice between brown or white gluten-free flour. The brown version is nutritionally superior because it contains fibre, as well as more vitamins and minerals.
Types of individual flour
* Rice flour has quite a bland taste but it is an all-purpose flour that can be used to make bread or other bakery products. It can also be used as a thickener.
* Chickpea flour is sometimes referred to as gram flour. It is commonly used in Asian cookery, for example to make poppadoms.
* Potato flour has fine texture. It can help to introduce moisture to the likes of bread.
* Cornflour is sometimes mixed with other flours to provide a smooth texture
* Soy flour has a strong taste, but can be used sparingly when mixed with other flours. Like potato flour it adds moisture to baked goods.
* Amaranth is made from a grain of the same name and is often added to other flours
* Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a South-American grain that can be used to make baked products.
* Buckwheat flour, despite the name, is not related to wheat. It is sometimes used to make pancakes, which are popular in the USA.
In addition to the gluten-free products already listed, there are also many other foods that are naturally free from gluten. These include: meat, fish, dairy products, nuts and seeds (providing they’re not processed), pulses (such as beans, peas and lentils), eggs and fruits and vegetables.
Because gluten is added to so many products it is really important to get into the habit of reading the list of ingredients on cans and packets. Look out for any of the ingredients in the foregoing lists; for example, modified wheat starch, or malt extract. Don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to knowing which products to avoid! Many products have allergy advice on their labels and state clearly whether they’re gluten-free.
In my view, in order to succeed on a gluten-free diet, it’s very important to adopt the correct mental approach. The person who dwells on the foods that they can’t have, are the ones who inevitably falter and fall by the wayside. Conversely, those people who focus upon the wide range of foods that they can have, will usually stick to their new lifestyle and ultimately reap the rewards of improved health and often much improved weight regulation.
A big thank you to Dave and his publishers for kindly supplying this piece for the blog – keep your eyes peeled for more of the same.
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Referred to as the ‘Food Detective’, Dave Reavely acquired this title because of his involvement in helping to detect clients’ food intolerances in addition to an ability to isolate how an individual’s diet and lifestyle may be contributing towards their health condition. A former PE Teacher, Dave has always been aware of the importance of exercise and nutrition having overcome a number of health problems from his early youth. When it came to food sensitivities, he had to learn the hard way, as he was intolerant to many foods from his early teens. Dave has worked as a Nutritonal Advisor from the year 2000, but gained his diploma in nutritional medicine with the well recognised Plaskett Nutritional Medicine College (now merged with Thames Valley University) in 2006. Dave is also the Nutritional Advisor to Jamie Johnson, one of the UK’s first female professional boxers, world title contender in the USA and recently inducted into The Madison Square Gardens Hall Of Fame. Her talent was spotted by Joe Frasier, and she sparred with Joe’s daughter, Jacqui, and also Mohammed Ali’s daughter, Leila Ali, both boxing title holders in the USA. Jamie maintains that good nutrition has played a huge part of her success. Dave is the author of the following books: The Natural Athlete – 2003 The Cool Kids Guide to Healthy Eating – 2006 The Big Fat Mystery – How food intolerances can sabotage your efforts to lose weight – Metro books, 2008 Healthy Eating and Pollution protection for Kids – A Parent’s Guide – O Books, 2011 Dave is listed as a nutritional expert by BBC Radio Kent and BBC South-east TV Freelance writer for Running Fitness Magazine http://www.fooddetective.co.uk/