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Cold Plunge

CONEY ISLAND, NY - JANUARY 1: People run into the water just off the Boardwalk January 1, 2014 at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear swim in the ocean.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
CONEY ISLAND, NY – JANUARY 1: People run into the water just off the Boardwalk January 1, 2014 at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear swim in the ocean. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

Taking a cold plunge in the ocean is something members part of the Polar Bear Club in Coney Island, Brooklyn do all year round but especially in the winter months when the water is at freezing temperatures. I, myself try to get into the ocean as much as possible throughout the year but I prefer my plunges in the summer.

The benefits of swimming in the ocean are plenty and one of the reason why I stay so healthy throughout the year. Natural sea salt water is above all else cleansing to the body and all our organs. It is healing to the skin by keeping it hydrated, salt water contains minerals and vitamins that produce antibodies for our immune system, and it helps with blood circulation..plenty of reasons to enjoy it all summer long; but for those who enjoy the freezing cold plunges in the winter have their reasons as well. (Livestrong.com)

One reason is that the freezing cold temperatures help to activate brown fat in adult men.聽Brown fat is a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it, and this may have important implications when it comes to weight loss.These cold plunges have also been known to聽reduce muscle inflammation and pain and speed up recovery time after an injury. The exposure to the freezing temperatures can also help with stress and disease tolerance.(http://fitness.mercola.com/)

So whichever season you prefer for your plunge…there is no wrong turn when it comes to the ocean. Let me know in the comments how you take your dips!

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Cayenne Pepper on that please!

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When I want to add a little heat and flare to my dishes, there is only one spice I turn to and it’s one that so many people may already have as part of their spice collection; cayenne pepper. I add it to everything and anything that calls for a little extra spice and heat and besides the amazing flavor it adds, the benefits make it all the more worth while to cook with.

Global Healing Center gives a precise breakdown of a few of the health benefits including:

  • cayenne peppers anti-irritant properties
  • anti-cold and flu remedy
  • helps and prevent fungal pathogens
  • prevention of migraine headaches
  • anti-allergen
  • digestive aid
  • anti -redness properties
  • helps in the production of saliva
  • useful for blood clots
  • helps the body with detoxing
  • joint-pain reliever
  • has many anti-bacterial properties
  • some studies even show it can be an anti-cancer agent
  • supports weight loos and heart health
  • toothache remedy
  • Also a topical remedy for the skin to treat bites, sores, and wounds

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Himalayan & Celtic Salt- Benefits

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When cooking or eating, I tend to reach for two types of salt…one of my favorites is Celtic salt while my other go to is Himalayan pink salt. This salt contains just about all of the elements found naturally in the body, which is why it is so healthy and beneficial. It is packed with over 80 natural minerals which help with (According to fitlife.tv):

  • Electrolyte balance
  • Hydration
  • Balances pH levels
  • Prevents muscle cramping
  • Aids in metabolism
  • Helps to strengthen bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves circulation
  • Dissolves and removes toxins from the body

Celtic salt is comparable to Himalayan salt in all of its beneficial factors; its only difference is the color composition and its origin. Celtic salt is naturally harvested in Brittany France near the Celtic Sea (draxe.com) while Himalayan salt is extracted from mines near ancient sea beds (mountainroseherbs.com).

Yuca Fries

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I recently posted a short little video illustrating what I do with the yuca root veggie so here is a little verbal explanation of how you can also prep a simple and delicious side meal for you and your family during any聽time of day.

You guys can refer back to my original post about the yuca but here are some added benefits I may not have mentioned. First a little about the yuca root; which isn’t to be confused with the potato as they are slightly different and the yuca is actually a substitute for the potato. It is an excellent source of B3 to lower cholesterol and it is filled with iron and calcium. Similar to the potato is that you need to cook the yuca before you eat it and it has a higher starch content than the potato. According to Share Remedies yuca also has the ability to break down or prevent the built up of calcification of kidney stones, gall bladder stones or calcification of joints. You can read about all the amazing benefits by clicking the link in the previous statement.

My simple recipe goes as such:

  • Boil the yuca in water
  • Peel the skin off
  • Cut up into french fry pieces
  • Fry them up on the skillet with a little bit of Celtic salt
  • Serve with your choice of protein, salad, or eat alone!

(Photo courtesy of gogreen101.com)

My Lunch today- Yucca Root

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This super food you may have all heard of made its way into my lunch today. After a grueling work out, I took my yucca root and ate it as is. It is a starchy root that is packed with rich carbs along with tons of vitamins and minerals. This food has an enormous amount of health benefits when eaten alone or even incorporated into your cooking.

One of the benefits is for diabetes symptoms. The root helps to lower blood sugar glucose and total cholesterol levels according to a research mentioned on healthyeating.sfgate.com by Don Amerman. The research also shows that yucca has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties.

The root is also great for your skin because it can prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation working as an SPF. This same article also show that when phytochemicals were extracted from the yucca root, it illustrated antioxidant properties that helps prevent cardiovascular disease.

So give it a try, either on its own or add it to your next meal by grating it or chopping it up.

Wheatgrass Shots

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It’s an acquired taste but one that everyone MUST try…if simply for the amazing benefits! Wheat grass shots are recommended to take with a chaser such as a lemon wedge making it a little easier to swallow…cheers to amazing health everyone and here are some of the benefits 馃檪

 

 

 

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Celtic Sea Salt

You guys may have noticed that when I cook, that one essential ingredient which is usually salt is ALWAYS replaced with Celtic sea salt; there’s a reason for that. Salt in general is essential to the body…really. It regulates water content, it stabilizes blood pressure, it helps with blood sugar problems, among many other functions. When talking about salt being essential, I mean Celtic sea salt…NOT your typical table salt.

Sara Ding from Juicing for Health gives a little comparison of all the salts. In simple terms table sea salt is literally only sodium and chloride. It is refined, removing 82 out of the 84 minerals found in salt. On the other hand, Celtic sea salt is harvested from the Atlantic seawater off the coast of Brittany, France. The process includes wooden rakes allowing no metal to touch the salt. It is also naturally air dried in clay ponds allowing all enzymes to be preserved and keeping all 84 minerals in tact with no chemicals or preservatives.

Celtic Sea Salt includes:

  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese

Helps with:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Restful sleep
  • Water retention
  • Kidney stones
  • Controls saliva
  • Diabetes
  • Wound healing
  • Among many other

Reason enough to change your salt habits? Make the switch, and let me know how it’s effected the way you feel!

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

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Manuka Honey

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New day, new health remedy! This one involves Manuka honey and a little ginger root. When the two ingredients are mixed in warm water the combination is sweet and extremely beneficial.

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. The honey is believed to have healing agents and is sometimes used directly over a wound with a sterilized dressing. There are other marketed benefits for this honey:

  • Preventing and treating cancer
  • Reducing high cholesterol
  • Reducing systemic inflammation
  • Treating diabetes
  • Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections
  • Treating gastrointestinal problems

Try it, drink it, or use it over your next wound and let me know if you feel amazing!

 

Have an amazing day everyone!

(via WebMD)

 

Raw Honey

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Being a huge advocate of a healthy lifestyle, I changed every routine in my life and that includes my usual morning coffee ritual. In the past I couldn’t leave my house without having a hot cup of coffee, now my go-to drink is a glass of warm water with raw honey…yes it’s a huge change but the benefits are worth it and I’ve never felt better.

Raw honey is simply honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed. It contains enzymes, natural vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients; all of which are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. Raw honey is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Some benefits of raw honey:

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Those are just some amazing internal benefits but raw honey is also amazing for the skin:

Skin burns, rashes, and abrasions

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路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Spot acne treatment

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My very simple morning drink is a full cup of warm water (not hot, not cold as these temperatures take away all the nutrients and reduce the honey to sugar) and 1 TBS of raw honey mixed in.

Enjoy and have an amazing day everyone!!聽

In credit to Natural News

Turmeric

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Food is passion but with passion comes healthy and smart cooking. One ingredient that fulfills that passion is turmeric. It comes in many forms like powder, tablets, and raw. The way I enjoy using it is by grating a whole root.

It is a traditional Indian ingredient that is often used to make curry or other Indian and Mediterranean dishes. It has a peppery, warm, and bitter flavor to it and smells like a mix of orange and ginger. The color is bright yellow and comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant with a tough brown skin and deep orange flesh. Used on a grater, it will produce a thick powdery ingredient that can be mixed into any favorite dish to give it a strong and delicious flavor. Mother Nature Network gives a great explanation of all the benefits of turmeric, including commentary from passionate people who use it as well.

  • A study was found that a main component in turmeric blocks enzymes that promote the growth of head and neck cancer.
  • It contains an antioxidant that fights cancer-causing free radicals.
  • It is a potent anti-inflammatory
  • The best way to use the spice is raw by sprinkling it onto vegetables or mixing it with salads and dressings.
  • Comments include that it helps with diabetic nerve pain, allergies, relief for stiff tendons, cramping, and immobility.

One very enjoyable way to use the spice can be with smoothies and Wake Up Word gives an amazing recipe to increase energy and clear the mind:

  • 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maca (optional)

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

 

Start incorporating turmeric into your cooking and let me know how it benefits your life! Beautiful day everyone!! 聽馃檪