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Matcha Tea: The Incredible Hulk

There are so many different types of teas available on the market these days and just as many studies and reports boasting their antioxidant, immune-boosting qualities. To a non-tea master that devotes hours upon hours studying, steeping and drinking teas, it is pretty hard to know which ones are truly the authentically ones with healing powers. Tea masters joke and point to traditional Lipton and other American tea bags and call them “sweepings from the floor.” I do have to admit, there are so many different types of teas out there, but to make it easy on consumers, I suggest

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Health, Nutrition

The Amazing Daily Habit of Juicing

What is a daily habit that I strongly believe everyone must adopt to live an optimally healthy life by boosting the immune system, decreasing inflammation and free radicals that attack the body and in time bring about chronic ailments? It is simpler than most people think, but does take effort to make (even a conscious effort to purchase). I am talking about juicing! Not the get-ripped and develop hair on your rock hard chest steroid pumping (though juicing can help people lose weight, drop cholesterol and decrease the bad cholesterol). I am talking about squeezing all the good-for-the-body, vibrant healing

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Diets, Health

Eat Yourself Thin with Amazing Sprinkle Flavoring Minerals?

Not many diet infomercials excite me nowadays. Probably because I have learned that there really is no short cut or miracle supplement people can eat, chew, and drink or rub on that will melt fat and get rid of body weight. Well, not in the most optimally healthy manner, anyways. Or is there? Maybe if there was a weight loss aid out there that people can sprinkle on their fried, fat and fast food that would just help people drop 30lbs in six months. . . Wait. What’s the 1-800 numbers on that infomercial again? I have just got to

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Fitness

Build Muscle. Burn Fat. What to Eat After A Workout

Many people spend what they think is a lot of time in the gym or working out. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 16 percent of people (aged 15 years and older) who live in the United States participate in sports and exercise activities on an average day. (As a side note, this in comparison to the number of people who watch television on an average day is roughly five times larger.) The majority of people are self reporting that they spend one to one and a half hour exercising each day (5-6 days a week). And while walking

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Nutrition

Superfood: Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are native to southern and central Mexico and Guatemala and were cultivated by the Aztecs who considered it a superfood. Aztec warriors were said to have sustained themselves for an entire day on a single tablespoon of chia seeds. Chia seeds disappeared from the region after the Spanish conquest because the Spaniards banned foods that were linked to Aztec tradition. Today, chia seeds have seen a dramatic resurgence as a superfood and are popular among health-conscious consumers. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, a good source of calcium, a good source of plant based

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Fitness

Amazing Person Spotlight: Christine James

At a dinner party: Me: I've always wanted to learn how to Salsa and Meringue. (I thought about taking a class, but you need a partner for those classes). Woman across the table: Oh, you should try Zumba. They teach it at Miami Dade and it is awesome. The best part about it is that it is a great workout and you are dancing your way through it. Me: Do I need a partner? Lady: Nope! Just a positive attitude. After this conversation I contacted a friend of mine and convinced her to come with me. I loved every second

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Nutrition

Are Carbs Making Us Fat?

Simple science has shown that carbohydrates spike insulin. Insulin creates sugar. Sugar turns into fat. Fat packs on the pounds. With so many years of our government’s famous food pyramid base promoting the consumption of simple carbohydrates (bread, pasta, potatoes), it is no wonder obesity rates are sky rocketing in numbers. Most people actually do not know how to prepare meals without such carbohydrates. Think about a breakfast without starches, for example. We've been programed to incorporate carbs (especially processed carbs) into our three meals and many snacks so that we can have balanced nutrition. Or so we’re told. (more…)

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Nutrition

Foods That Boost Metabolism & Keep You Lean

A person’s metabolism is one of the most complicated systems in your body. Technically speaking, metabolism refers to the body’s network of hormones and enzymes that are responsible for transforming the food you eat into your body’s fuel. Your body then utilizes this fuel (or energy) to maintain bodily functions and allows daily activities to be performed (i.e, breathing, pumping and circulating blood, sleeping, walking, and even simply the act of sitting! The energy, or fuel, is measured in calories. More (or heavy) food = more calories. (more…)

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Health

What’s Killing Us: Aspartame and Artificial Sweeteners – Not As Sweet As You Think!

       From 1960 to l976, there was virtually no change in the number of Americans who were overweight: roughly 24 percent of the population. However, from the mid l980s to the present, this number has more than doubled to 54 percent! This coincides with the massive infusion of non-caloric chemical sweeteners and sugar-free "diet" foods that are eaten by close to three-quarters of the adult population. Although several factors contribute to these alarming statistics, our blind acceptance of the most popular of these artificial sweeteners, aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful), plays a significant role in our current weight problems. Far from

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Health

Goji Berries — Health Benefits and Side Effects

Have you been wondering about the health benefits of goji berries and goji juice? Some claim that goji berries are the next fountain of youth. But what is the goji berry and can it really prevent chronic illness? And do dried goji berries have side effects? Here are answers to your questions. (more…)

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