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Properties of Himalayan Salt

October 16, 2013 Nutrition

Himalayan saltAt first glance we might be tricked into thinking that salt is just salt, so it’s all the same. But this isn’t actually true. Besides the salt that we usually find in hypermarkets, which contains chemical substances, there is one kind of salt with special properties: Himalayan salt. It is considered the purest salt in the world, being extracted from the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan, without any mechanical devices.

Common salt is very poor in minerals. It contains mostly sodium chloride, iodine and even sugar. Being processed at very high temperatures, it becomes a salt that the body sees as an invader – the sodium chloride. According to some studies, the body wastes a lot of cellular water trying to neutralize the sodium chloride in table salt...

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Watermelon – Refreshing and Healthy

September 10, 2013 Nutrition

watermelonWatermelons are delicious and refreshing. On top of that, there are more and more studies showing that they are also very healthy.

The red color of watermelons is given by lycopene, the same component responsible for the red color of tomatoes. They are also rich in beta carotene, vitamin A and C. Both lycopene and beta carotene are associated with lower risk of cancer, probably because they boost the antioxidant levels. Moreover, research published in the American Journal of Nutrition showed that higher intake of lycopene in men reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

According to the same source, a 6 weeks treatment with watermelon extract in obese subjects helped reduce their blood pressure...

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How to Remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

August 26, 2013 Lifestyle

remove pesticidesEating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy habit, but what about all the pesticides they could contain? And they are likely to contain a lot of pesticides, unless they are organically grown.

Strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, greens, peppers are considered the products with the highest levels if pesticides. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables like bananas, cauliflower, broccoli, avocados, watermelon or pineapple usually keep less pesticide residue.

The good news is that we can remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables – at least a great deal of them.

Water or water and soap?

The simplest way to remove pesticides is by washing fruits and veggies throughly. You can also add some soap or detergent in the water...

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The Wonders of Chia Seeds

August 11, 2013 Nutrition

chia seedsChia seeds are little black and white seeds that have been used as early as the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures. The word “chia”means strength in the Mayan culture.

They are frequently used in raw vegan nutrition but their health benefits should give everyone enough reasons to try them. Chia seeds are so nutritious and healthy that they are considered one of the so-called superfoods. A complete source of protein with all 8 amino acids, rich in omega 3 fats, fiber, minerals and antioxidants, this precious food can be added to yogurt or soups. It can also make a delicious pudding for breakfast when combined with water, your favorite fruit, a bit of honey and a pinch of cinnamon.

Chia seeds are gluten free and have surprising benefits for your health...

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Raw Food Diet – Pros and Cons

March 31, 2013 Nutrition

rawfoodThe raw food diet is trendy ever since a number of celebrities like Demi Moore, Madonna, or Gwyneth Paltrow have embraced it. Raw vegan diet promoters are very excited about its benefits, which are indeed quite appealing. On the other side, there are voices who claim that it is based on several misconceptions.

The raw food diet is a plant based diet in which the food is not cooked over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in order to preserve the enzymes. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, vegetable milk, sprouted grains are either eaten fresh, dehydrated or fermented. That is why they sometimes talk about the live food versus dead food. Raw foodists consider that during cooking the enzymes and a great deal of essential vitamins and minerals are lost...

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Healthy Eating Recommendations

January 31, 2013 Nutrition

healthy eatingNobody’s perfect, but we can always improve our lives and be healthier by making a few changes. Small steps are the key to success. If we can follow these rules, we can always go further and make other changes for more beneficial results. Here are a few healthy eating recommendations:

- Eat less meat (and, if possible, from a reliable source) if you can’t eliminate meat from your diet and more vegetables.

- Drink smoothies made of green leaves daily or as often as possible. Made in a blender, smoothies contain the whole fruit/vegetable, so you have all the fiber in your drink.

- Eat slowly and chew your food 35-40 times before swallowing.

- Try to relax and focus on positive things when eating.

- Limit the sugar in your diet, if you cannot take it out completely.

- Eat less and give your ...

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