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Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Recipe

This detox smoothie recipe is aimed at detoxing the body from harmful pollutants and pestisides that we are all exposed to. You can have this nutricious drink every morning for a week to kick start your detox process. 1 small handful of Coriander 1 frozen banana 1 handful of greens 1 inch piece of ginger 1 tsp Spirulina 1 tbsp Chia Seeds 1 cup coconut water or water Blend ingredients together to enjoy a healthy detox smoothie recipe. Smoothie Health Tips 1. Bananas are a good source of iron, and can help prevent anemia. This fruit is classified as a “cold” food in chinese medicine, and supports the digestive process. They are also thought to strengthen the stomach lining and protect against acid and ulcers.  Banana’s are also high in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. 2. Corriander is a heavy metal chelator, meaning it will help to draw heavy metals out of the body. This herb is highly alkalising and will also helps the digestive process by supporting peristalsis and preventing bloating. 3. Greens contain minerals such as calcium and magnesium which can help support bone and dental health. Greens are also an excellent source of vitamin C. 4. Ginger is highly anti inflammatory and traditional medicine viewed ginger as a warming food. It was regularly prescribed for health conditions that were caused by coldness in the body, such as arthritis. 5. Spirulina is a blue-green coloured micro- algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters around the world. Spirulina produces 20 times more protein than soya beans. This algae supports the immune system and helps the body to absorb minerals. 6. Chia seeds are an excellent souce of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have a strong anti inflammatory action and support the digestive...

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Apple & Blueberry Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Apple & Blueberry Healthy Smoothie Recipe

This weeks healthy smoothie recipe is geared towards balancing your blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels and boosting your fibre intake. 2 Handfuls of Greens 1 Apple, Cored 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 Cup Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or Water    Smoothie Health Facts! 1. Greens are high in fibre, which help to literally “sweep” toxins out of your digestive system and out of your body. This fibre content also helps to lower cholesterol levels. Greens are also a rich source of magnesium, which helps to lower blood pressure, reduce muscle cramps and strengthen bones. 2. Apples are a rich source of pectin, which helps to lower cholesterol levels and support general digestive function. Apples are also full of antioxidants which help to protect against diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthitis. 3. Blueberries can help to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and are full of antioxidants. Bluberries have a high anthocyanin content that can help to improve blood flow and prevent the build up of plaque on the blood vessels. 4. Cinnamon is rich in calcium, iron and manganese. Cinnamon has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and anti-clotting properties. This bark has many health benefits such as aiding general digestion, improving circulation and supporting the immune system. Cinnamon has also been found to help balance blood sugar levels....

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Pineapple Coriander Cleansing Detox Smoothie

Pineapple Coriander Cleansing Detox Smoothie

Today’s healthy detox smoothie is geared towards supporting your immune system, reducing inflammation, and help the body in the detox process. 1 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Pineapple 1 Handful of Coriander 1 Celery stalk 1 Cup of Water 1 tbsp Flax / Linseeds 1 tsp. Spirulina (optional) 1. Pineapples contain the digestive enzyme bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory action, and also helps the digestive process. Pineapples also contain high levels of manganese, which is important for breaking down proteins and carbohydrates and building strong bones. 2. Coriander is a heavy metal chelator, meaning it will help to draw heavy metals out of the body. This herb also helps the digestive process by supporting peristalsis and preventing bloating. 3. Celery contains potassium, which is important for the pumping of the heart. 4. Flax seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids, which can help to fight pain and inflammation in the body. 5. Spirulina contains all essential amino acids, and is a complete protein. This immune system boosting, detox smoothie recipe is really good for you and also tastes...

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A Healthy Start to School

A Healthy Start to School

With the school year about to start, this is a time of adjustment for many families. It’s time to get back into the daily routine of early starts, homework and early nights (hopefully). The re-opening of school again is also the sign that summer is coming to an end, with autumn fast approaching. So having a healthy start to school makes a great difference to children. Whilst many kids have enjoyed their summer and generally been fit and healthy, the autumn term is usually when colds, coughs and tummy bugs hit their peak. Children tend to pick up all sorts of bugs from classmates and sick days can cause disruption for working parents. There are certain measures that you can take to help minimise this risk. A good diet, regular exercise and certain immune boosting supplements can help to keep your child fit and healthy, and maintain good concentration in class. It goes with question that a nutritious breakfast is the ideal way to start the day. A breakfast containing protein and complex carbohydrates can help to improve concentration, by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels throughout the morning. Several studies have found that high protein breakfasts resulted in improved IQ scores in children. You should avoid sugary cereals which are also full of salt and processed carbohydrates which can cause drowsiness. Healthy cereals such as muesli which contain nuts and seeds increase protein intake and help to keep your child alert. These healthy cereals and complex carbohydrates such as porridge help to release sugar slowly throughout the morning, without causing sugar highs and lows. Nuts and seeds provide protein and omega 3 essential oils, which also help with concentration. An alternative for kids who don’t like eating breakfast is a fruit smoothie, with the addition of blended nuts and seeds and yoghurt. You can make these at home using any fruits in virtually any combination of your choice. Yoghurt also provides probiotics which help to maintain and support a healthy immune system, so your child can ward off colds and coughs. Colourful vegetables such as peppers, courgettes, red cabbage, tomatoes and avocados have been found to improve children’s IQ scores. These foods also provide good levels of vitamin C...

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Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

For this nutricious healthy smoothie recipe you will need the following ingredients: 1 Apple, Cored 1 Handful of Spinach 1 Celery stalk 1 tbsp. Flax Seeds 1 inch piece of Ginger 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water Blend all ingredients together to enjoy your healthy smoothie. Health advangtages of this smoothie… 1. Apple skin contains a compound called quercetin, which can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. 2. Spinach is a good source or iron, and it is enhanced when taken with vitamin C. 3. Celery is full of natural sodium, which can help balance the fluids in the body. 4. Flax seed or linseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have multiple benefits such as improving circulation, reducing inflammation and boost the immune system. 5. Ginger can help ease sea sickness, and also gives the immune system a...

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Creamy Tropical Fruit Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

Creamy Tropical Fruit Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

This superfood smoothie recipe contains many natural anti-inflammatory properties and is an ideal drink after a wotkout or as part of a detox programme. Avocado are a good source of essential fatty acids, which help to keep the skin healthy. Ginger can help to boost your immune system and give you a good kick start to the day. Coconut water is an excellent source of potassium and is excellent at hydrating the body. Greens are rich in magnesium, which has many health benefits including reducing muscle cramps and regulating blood pressure.   1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Pineapple ¼ Avocado (should be soft but not mushy, green not brown.) 1 inch piece of Ginger 2 handfuls of Greens 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water   Smoothie Health Tips:  1. Pineapple contains a compound called Bromelain, which will help your body to break down and digest protein molecules. 2. Avocados contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! 3. Ginger can help to relax and soothe the intestinal tract 4. Greens will alkalize your body, which is important for the prevention of ill...

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Wheatgrass for Detox

Wheatgrass for Detox

Wheatgrass is often one of the main ingredients in detox juices and smoothies. It is a rich source of chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, calcium trace minerals and amino acids. These nutrients make wheatgrass a potential super-food. Other nutrients included in wheatgrass include vitamins B, C, E and K. The downside is that wheatgrass is not very tasty, so it is usually added to other fruit and vegetable juices. Wheatgrass is also available in powder and tablet form. Wheatgrass has been claimed to stimulate metabolism (aide weight loss), reduce blood pressure, remove toxins (detox) and nourish the blood (treat anaemia). These properties can help to manage and treat a number of illnesses and diseases. Wheatgrass may also be helpful in treating digestive complaints such as ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Other properties that have been put foward include improving digestive health and preventing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and increasing energy levels. Nutritionists have also found that wheatgrass can strengthen bones and teeth. This is possibly due to the high amounts of calcium and magnesium found in this super-food. Wheatgrass is often included in detox juices and smoothies, as anecdotal eveidence suggests that it can remove toxins from the body. This can potentially help during a detox programme which includes plenty of fresh organic fruits, vegetables and water. Wheatgrass is considerably higher in nutrients than other vegetables and fruits of equal weight. One pound of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to nearly 25 pounds of fresh vegetables. Many health experts have reported the similarity of the chlorophyll (found in wheatgrass) molecule to the haemoglobin molecule that is found in human blood. The key difference between the two is that the metallic atom in the middle of each molecule in haemoglobin is iron and in chlorophyll is magnesium. This similarity has been found to be invaluable in the treatment of...

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Pear & Greens Healthy Smoothie Recipe

It’s important to drink your healthy smoothie right after you made it for the freshness. But if you don’t have the time, you can put it in a glass/ceramic container then freeze them. “Pear me with Greens” healthy smoothie recipe 1 Celery stalk 1 Pear ½ Frozen Banana ½ Cup of Cucumber 1 Handful of Parsley 1 Cup of Water or Coconut Water. These ingredients can simply be blended together to make a delicious smoothie. Fun Healthy Smoothie Facts: 1. Celery will help to lower blood pressure by helping to relax the blood vessels around the arteries.   2. Pear is high in vitamin C, which is important for your immune system.   3. Bananas can help to soothe an upset digestive tract.   4. Parsley is a blood cleanser, and can help rid the body of stored waste.   5. Coconut water is even more hydrating for your cells than regular...

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Warming Blueberry & Ginger Healthy Smoothie

A healthy smoothie can be a great way to boost your immune system For a warming blueberry & ginger smoothie blend together the following ingredients: Blueberries Bananas Kale/greens Ginger Coconut water Health Tips: 1. Blueberries can help to support memory retention and heart health. Brain food! They can also help to reduce blood pressure. Coloured fruits are high in antioxidants. These fruits are also a good source of vitamin C. This vitamin has been found to improve heart function and reduce atherosclerosis. 2. Bananas contain a particular type of fiber that can help restore normal bowel function. Banana’s are also a good source of magnesium, which is essential for bone health as well as the cardiovascular system. 3. Kale is rich in iron, and important mineral for red blood cells. This leafy vegetable is a good source of vitamin K and antioxidants. 4. Ginger has been used as a cure for nausea for centuries. It’s also a warming root! Ginger is marketed as a remedy for travel sickness, morning sickness and digestive complaints. It is also effective at treating stomach cramps associated with PMS. Traditional medicine viewed ginger as a warming food. It was regularly prescribed for health conditions that were caused by coldness in the body, such as...

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Lemon & Ginger Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Lemon & Ginger Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are a delicious way of taking in a variety of vitamins. Here is a lemon & ginger green healthy smoothie recipe. Lemon juice can also help to alkalinize your digestive system. This can help to prevent illnesses such as arthritis, eczema and gout. The following ingredients make a delicious and nutritious smoothie: 1 Rib of Celery 1 Frozen Banana 1 Cup of Cucumber ½ Lemon, Peeled 1 inch piece of ginger 1 Cup of Water or Coconut Water   1. Celery will help to alkalize the body – keep in mind that an acidic body is not a balanced body. 2. Bananas can be used in many cold drink recipes to add creaminess without dairy. 3. Cucumbers can be juiced, and that juice can help to relieve acid reflux. 4. Lemon juice can help to clean out the liver. 5. Ginger is a carminative, meaning it will help to cleanse and sooth the digestive system....

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Beetroot – A Natural Sports Performance Enhancer

The news of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has been a major shock in the world of sport. It has also highlighted the widespread use of illegal substances to enhance physical performance. There is however a perfectly legal food that has found to improve sports performance. The mystery food… as you have probably guessed is the humble beetroot. The multiple Paralympics gold medallist David Weir admitted drinking beetroot juice during the marathon. This root vegetable has undergone various scientific studies which have verified its ability to improve sporting performance. The Channel 4 show, The Food Hospital, highlighted the ability of beetroot juice for cyclists.  This was a small study, but the results were very promising, however further studies are required. Other smaller studies have also backed the use of beetroot in sports performance. Researchers at the University of Exeter found that beetroot juice enabled people to exercise for up to 16% longer. This is a significant difference for sports men and women. The research involving this root vegetable, are not only limited to sports performance. A study conducted by the University of Exeter and Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry found that people used less oxygen when performing low intensity exercises such as walking after drinking beetroot juice. Beetroot is rich in potassium, folic acid, iron as well as many antioxidants including anthocyanins. Beetroots contain betaine, which has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Betaine is often used to treat cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This vegetable also contains nitrates, which help to widen blood vessels. These nitrates are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This results in lowering blood pressure and allowing more blood to flow (preventing blood clots). Nitric oxide also reduces the amount of oxygen that is needed by the body during exercise.  This double effect has a dramatic effect on sports performance, as well as low intensity activity. There is however a slight problem, before you head out to the supermarket, you would need to eat up to five beetroots for a significant benefit. Beetroot supplements also pose the same problem. You would have to eat many capsules to make a difference. This is why the experts recommend...

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