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7 Common Misconceptions About Juicing
7 Common Misconceptions About Juicing

Juicing has been around since countertop appliances became popular in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, raw juice bars are everywhere, and lots of people own juicers to make their own fresh and healthy drinks at home.

Consuming raw juice has many benefits. It gives us energy, lots of nutritional quality, and increases our intake of health-promoting phytochemicals. Certain juice blends enhance weight loss, help to detoxify the blood and organs, and can boost immunity as well. For now, let’s look at some of the common misconceptions people have about juicing.

 1. With juicing, the most important ingredient — the fiber — is thrown away.

 Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables does provide some fiber, particularly soluble fiber. It’s the soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and exert other beneficial effects beyond improved bowel function. Juicing helps the body’s digestive process and allows for quick absorption of high-quality nutrition. It quickly provides the most easily digestible and concentrated nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables. The result is increased energy levels.

 2. You shouldn’t mix fruits and vegetables in juice, as they require different digestive processes.

 There’s no scientific evidence to support this contention. Nonetheless, some people do seem to have difficulty with combined fruits and vegetables, complaining of gassy discomfort. If you’re one of these people, avoid mixing fruits and vegetables. Exceptions to this rule appear to be carrots and apples, as these foods seem to be able to mix with either a fruit or a vegetable. Let your body and taste buds be your guide.

 3. Beta-carotene supplements are better for you than carotene-rich juices.

 Juicing provides greater benefit than either beta-carotene supplements or intact carotene-rich foods. This is because juicing ruptures cell membranes, thereby liberating important nutritional...

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Homemade Beauty Hacks

Homemade beauty products are cost effective, can be tailored to your skin type or beauty necessity and are super fun! Check out these homemade natural beauty hacks crafted by health and fitness vlogger Sarah’s Day.

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Bigelow, Green Tea with Mint

Cococare, 100% Natural Moroccan Argan Oil

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Y.S. Eco Bee Farms, 100% Certified Organic Raw Honey

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Sarah is a Sydney based holistic, health and fitness YouTuber promoting balance, healthy living and the importance of listening to your body. Check out her YouTube channel here.

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Sleeping Aids
Sleeping Aids

When you can’t sleep, the temptation to pop a sleeping pill is strong. But did you know you could be risking your life?

There’s a large body of research indicating that sleeping pills may contribute to as many as 500,000 deaths each year in the United States. Most sleeping pills are “sedative hypnotics”— a class of drugs used to treat anxiety. Examples include Xanax, Valium, Lunesta, and Ambien. Most of these drugs are highly addictive and come with a range of side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired coordination. 

Sleeping Pills’ Dark Side

The most serious risks of these drugs relate to their effects on memory and behavior. Because they act on brain chemistry, sleeping pills can cause changes in brain function and behavior, including memory impairment, nervousness, confusion, hallucinations, irritability, and aggressiveness. They have also been shown to increase feelings of depression, including suicidal thinking.

Daniel F. Kripke, MD, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, has worked for more than 30 years assessing the risk of sleeping pills, and his findings are stunning.

For one thing, 18 population-based studies have shown a clear link between the use of sleeping pills and increased mortality risk. Four of these studies specifically found that the use of sleeping pills predicted increased risk of death from cancer.

In the latest study, published February 2012 in BMJ Online, Kripke’s team obtained medical records for 10,529 people prescribed hypnotic sleeping pills, and compared them to records for 23,676 matched patients never prescribed sleeping pills. Over an average of 2½ years, the death rate for those who did not use sleeping pills was 1.2 percent, versus 6.1 percent for those who did. Subjects with sleeping pill prescriptions also had a 35 percent higher risk of cancer. Based on these findings, Kripke estimates that sleeping pills can be linked to...

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Natural Relief For PMS
Natural Relief For PMS

Think PMS is a normal part of being a woman? It doesn’t have to be! You can feel better—less moody, bloated, and fatigued, for example—by trying a few select nutrients

 Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)—a recurrent condition that develops 7-14 days before menstruation—affects 30-40 percent of women, with peak occurrences among those in their 30s and 40s. In most cases, symptoms are relatively mild, but they can be quite severe.

What Causes PMS?

Scientists now believe that PMS is the result of alterations in brain chemistry that influence the brain’s sensitivity to hormones—the chief of which may be low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Not surprisingly, then, conventional medicine has focused on antidepressant drugs to treat PMS, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac and Zoloft—with their significant side effects. Fortunately, many natural agents also show the ability to relieve symptoms and provide PMS relief.

 

 Nutritional Supplements for PMS

Common Conventional A Second Opinion:

Treatments for PMS Dr. Murray’s Top Natural Therapies:

Birth control pills

Vitamin B6 and Magnesium

Antidepressants

5-HTP
Chaste Berry/Vitex

Vitamin B6 has been shown to be effective in relieving PMS symptoms in over a dozen double-blind clinical trials. It may work in part by boosting the accumulation of magnesium within cells–magnesium deficiency has been implicated as a contributor to PMS.

 Studies have shown that when PMS patients are given a supplement containing high doses of Magnesium and B6, they experience a substantial reduction in symptoms. Recommended daily dosages are 25-50 mg of B6 and 300-450 mg of magnesium.

 5-HTP is the “intermediate” compound between tryptophan and serotonin. It is more helpful in boosting serotonin levels than tryptophan, and has also shown greater effects in improving mood and...

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Stress Management Tips
Stress Management Tips

Learn about some healthy ways to manage your stress.

 Stress is a state of considerable mental or emotional strain and tension. Managing stress is important to every part of your health because some stress is inevitable in everyday life. From the hurry to get out the door and drive through traffic to the everyday annoyances of a clogged sink or broken dishwasher, many situations cause stress.

 When there is too much stress in your life, this is not a good situation; it can lead to physical symptoms. An overload of stress taxes your immune system, affects your metabolism and can even change the way that your brain processes information. Too much stress can impact your ability to get a good night's sleep and may affect your relationships. Fortunately, there are many healthy and positive ways to manage stress so that it does not build up to unhealthy levels.

 The Relaxing Benefits of Tea

 Many teas offer stress management and relaxation benefits. Chamomile tea is made from the dried flowers and leaves of the chamomile plant. This tea is believed to help reduce anxiety and insomnia. Chamomile tea also helps to calm an upset stomach, which is a common symptom of stress. Because chamomile tea is caffeine-free, you can drink a cup of it about 30 minutes before bedtime to promote a good night's sleep.

 Another great tea to try is peppermint. This type of tea provides benefits such as good digestion and enhanced relaxation. Peppermint tea is also free of caffeine, which makes it a good choice for drinking before bedtime. Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint tea, also helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Stress hormones such as cortisol increase inflammation and pain, so drinking the tea can combat these effects of stress.

 The act of making tea is also relaxing. Choose a beautiful teacup and saucer to treat yourself. Add a few drops of lemon juice for immune-boosting vitamin C and a few drops of raw, organic honey for additional health...

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