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6/8/14 7:15 A

What You Need to Know About pH
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Remember high school science class? Well, if you don’t, here’s a little refresher course. The body maintains a delicate pH balance. Technically, pH is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration in solution. Wha? Don’t worry I won’t get too technical. For now all you really need to know is that the pH scale runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, while a pH lower than 7 is acidic.

Proper pH varies throughout your body. Saliva ranges between 6.8-7.4 while your urine is normally more acid, especially in the morning due to the metabolic process of preparing for elimination. Health hint: when using pH strips to test your urine ignore the first morning pee reading – start with your next bathroom visit. By far the most important measurement is blood pH and it has a very narrow range. An understanding of how to keep your blood in an alkaline range is important for maintaining good health. Your body doesn’t just “find” the balance it works extremely hard to create it. When you make poor lifestyle choices or are burdened by a toxic environment, your body has to work harder to create a peaceful homeostasis.

For good health our bodies need to be slightly alkaline (with a pH of between 7.365 and 7.45). Sounds simple right? But this is not mathematical scaled based on arithmetic, pH operates on a logarithmic scale with multiples of 10. Therefore, it takes ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize an acid. I wish I was a graph wizz, I’m not, so here’s my very basic attempt at explaining this…

0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14 (The pH Scale – neutral is 7)

A jump from 7 to 6 doesn’t seem like a lot but in actuality it will take ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize. 7 to 5 = 100 times. 7 to 4 = 1000 times. 7 to 3 = 10,000 times. Get the picture?

Now think of the standard American diet. Most folks are bathing their cells in an acid bath by making poor 3 or more times per day with coffee, dairy, sugar, more coffee, more dairy , then factory farmed meat, and then maybe even some frozen yogurt for dessert (aka frozen chemicals).

One of the biggest causalities of the SAD—standard American diet—is the toll it takes on the body, especially the digestive system, liver, and kidneys. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, mood disorders, depression, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease LOVE this diet.

By eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, juicing, green smoothies, soups) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, and booze, cigs and coffee), we flood our bodies with chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen. Healthy food creates healthy cells and healthy thoughts. Conversely, junk goes in and junk comes out.

Look at your plate, peek in your glass. What direction are you moving in? On the pH scale, Soda = 2. Coffee = 4. Cucumber = 7. Get the picture? Burger, fries, diet cola, muffin, candy bar? Acid bath! Green drinks, salads, sprouts, wheatgrass? Alkaline super disco! Your goal is to make energy deposits instead of constant withdrawals.

Alkaline & Acidic Foods Chart: The pH Spectrum..
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5/16/14 6:44 A

15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day
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Apple cider vinegar is my new obsession. I recently began taking apple cider vinegar shots a few times a day for a quick and effective energy burst. However, I've since discovered so many other useful ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my daily routine.

It's effective for pretty much anything—your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing!

1. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.

It's made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It's then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.

2. It can make your hair shine.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair's body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.

3. Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin.

Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.

It's also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn't return.

4. It can remove stains from teeth.

Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.

5. It can soothe sunburnt skin.

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

6. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershave.

Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.

7. It's an all-natural massage treatment.

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

8. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.

For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).

In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.

9. Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body system.

The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.

As part of balancing the body's pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.

11. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.

This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.

Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.

14. The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.

One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

15. It's an all-natural room freshener.

Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.

As you can see, apple cider vinegar is a miracle product that cab be used in a multitude of ways. I highly recommend its use!

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5/16/14 6:41 A

After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again..
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This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

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But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION:

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:

Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA:

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE:

This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER:

200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION:

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS:

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

HEARTBURN:

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS:

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES:

Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

NERVES:

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS:

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:

Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

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10/12/13 8:22 A

Want to Reduce Your Sodium Intake?

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for daily sodium intake are 2,300 mg for adults under 50; 1,500 mg for adults between 50 and 70; and 1,200 for those over the age of 70. Americans typically consume from three to five times these amounts.

Leave the table salt (which has 2,300 mg of sodium in one teaspoon) on the table and try the following steps to help keep your levels within range:

Use sea salt or kosher salt for cooking. Sea salt has more minerals - displacing some of the sodium - and its complex, nuanced flavor means you can use less. Similarly, kosher salt has 25 percent less sodium than table salt.

Avoid visibly salted foods, especially snack foods.

Rinse canned foods packed in saltwater such as beans, vegetables and tuna, all of which can have high amounts of sodium.

Limit foods that are cured, brined or marinated, as all can add a hefty dose of sodium.

Use alternatives. Herbs, sodium-free spices, vinegars, lemon and lime juice, and toasted sesame seeds all add flavor without the high sodium count.

-Dr Weil

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10/10/13 5:54 A

THE DEFINITION OF WHOLE GRAIN

Every grain starts as a whole grain when it grows from the earth. This whole grain (actually the seed or kernel of the plant) has three parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm.

The BRAN is the outer skin of the seed that contains antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber. (You may have heard of wheat bran or oat bran, which are available in stores and are common ingredients in certain cereals.)

The GERM is the “baby” of the seed, which grows into a new plant when pollinated. It contains many vitamins, along with protein, minerals and healthy fats. (You may have seen jars of toasted wheat germ in stores, which can be added to a variety of foods to boost nutritional content.)

The ENDOSPERM is the seed’s food supply that provides the energy needed for the young plant to grow. The largest portion of the seed contains carbohydrates, and smaller amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals.
So a whole grain is one that contains all three parts of the kernel.

When grains are processed and refined (the most common practice for making breads, cereals, pastas and flours), the bran and germ are removed, leaving behind the white endosperm. During this process, grains become less nutritious, losing 25% of their original protein content and 17 other essential nutrients. While manufacturers then "enrich" the flour with some vitamins and minerals, a naturally whole grain is still a healthier choice. Compared to refined grains (white bread, white rice, white flour), whole grains pack more protein, fiber, vitamins (B vitamins and vitamin E), and minerals (magnesium and iron), as well as some antioxidants not found in other foods.

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9/29/13 6:39 A

Looking for a Sustained Energy Boost?

Feeling run-down and stressed-out? Does it seem you always catch whatever is going around? You may want to consider taking a daily tonic. Also known as adaptogens, these nontoxic, plant-based substances help to bolster your body's natural defenses and increase its ability to cope with normal daily stress. When taken long term, tonics may help support energy and maintain normal, healthy immunity. Popular tonics include:

1. Ashwagandha. This traditional herb (Withania somnifera) from India is much used in ayurvedic medicine, where it is valued as a general tonic and adaptogen.

2. Eleuthero. Formerly called Siberian ginseng, eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a distant relative of true ginseng. It can be useful for alleviating exhaustion, fatigue from heavy workloads and lack of energy. Look for products that are standardized for eleutheroside content.

3. Reishi. This distinctive, woody mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is too bitter for culinary use, but can be taken in supplement form. Reishi is recommended in traditional Chinese medicine for increasing resistance and extending life, and has been studied for its ability to support normal immune health.

4. Rhodiola. Also known as arctic root, rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) contains a group of distinctive compounds that are at least partially responsible for the plant's remarkable properties - including anti-fatigue, anti-stress, antioxidant and immune-supporting effects. It is useful for acute stress, to support optimal mood and for memory health.

You should be able to find all these herbal products in health food stores - choose the one that best meets your needs, follow package directions, and give it about six to eight weeks to see how it helps. You can take tonics indefinitely, but some herbalists suggest taking a two-week-long break every three months to help maintain the tonic's effectiveness. If you have hypertension or diabetes, talk with your physican before adding these herbs to your routine.

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9/24/13 6:09 A

Eating for a Healthy Immune System

If you want to help support a healthy immune system, be sure your diet includes plenty of natural vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant plays a central role in the repair and regeneration of tissues, and helps protect cells throughout the body. Good food sources of vitamin C that are abundant and can be enjoyed all year long include:

Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Kiwi
Oranges
Peppers
Pineapple
Pink grapefruit
Strawberries

Be sure to err on the side of organic forms of these foods, as several are on the Dirty Dozen list. Although supplemental vitamin C is available in many forms, Dr. Weil suggests using a simple vitamin C supplement derived from D-glucose, taken with a meal to prevent stomach upset.

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9/18/13 6:18 A

4 Reasons to Eat Quinoa

If you've been hearing more about quinoa lately, it's not a surprise. Considered a "super food," quinoa, (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a relative of beets, spinach and Swiss chard, but its seeds resemble couscous and are prepared and eaten in much the same way. Available in light brown, red and even black varieties, quinoa is light yet filling and has a mellow flavor.

Quinoa is:

1.High in magnesium - magnesium helps relax blood vessels, which may result in fewer headaches for migraine sufferers and decreased risk of hypertension and stroke.

2.A good source of manganese, iron, copper, phosphorous, vitamin B2 and other essential minerals.

3.The richest source of protein of any grain. It is especially high in lysine, an amino acid that is typically low in other grains. Quinoa's protein is complete, containing all nine essential amino acids - a rarity in the plant kingdom.

4.Gluten-free and easy to digest.

Once available only in health food stores, quinoa is becoming more mainstream by the day and is easily found in major grocery stores as well.

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7/19/13 7:17 A

4 Reasons to Enjoy Corn on the Cob!

Corn on the cob is a traditional summertime treat that can add some nutritional value to typically less-than-healthful BBQ fare. Corn has been cultivated for centuries and remains a staple in many parts of the world. A good source of vitamins B1, B5 and C, whole corn also provides many other valuable nutrients, including:

Fiber for gastrointestinal function and weight control.
Folate, which can help reduce the risk of birth defects and promote heart health.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vital to healthy adrenal function.
Lutein for healthy vision.
When choosing corn, opt for ears with yellow or deep yellow kernels - they are higher in beta-carotene than pale yellow or white kernel corn. Try corn on the cob grilled or steamed, with the husk left on during the cooking process to help retain the most nutrients. Brush it with some olive oil for a healthy and tasty summertime side!

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7/18/13 10:55 A

I totally agree with the lemon water thing! In my experience I have noticed a major difference in my skin and I just feel better and fuller after all. I also like fruit smoothies. Low fat strawberry yogurt, bananas, strawberries, and just a bit of a dash of crystal lite lemonade mix, and you have a delicious drink to start your day, plus they fill you up and are healthy at the same time.

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Since moderation is completely impossible for me with regard to my most common and daily binge food, potato chips, I have eliminated them from my life. Not had any in over 3 weeks.

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I swapped out potato, and rice and pasta for couscous, quinoa and cauliflower.

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I swapped my morning Rockstar for water. I feel better and it saved me over 300 calories in the am.

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I swapped from regular creamer for my coffee/tea to sugar free ones which has half the calories per serving from 35 to 15 calories per Tbsp.

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5/19/13 8:10 A

I swapped from 2% milk to skim milk. I feel so much better since I swapped the milk I was having before for a better tasting,healthier one I can have daily.

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I swapped from Soy milk to Almond milk. Not only did I read that too much soy can be bad for you, but I also save 30 calories per serving! I have at least 2 servings a day, so I'm saving at least 60 calories a day! And cutting down on my soy! :)

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GINGER:

-Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
-Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
-Morning Sickness: A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
-Motion Sickness Remedy: Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
-Reduces Pain and Inflammation: One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
-Heartburn Relief: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
-Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment: Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
-Migraine Relief: Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
-Menstrual Cramp Relief: In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps. (source)

TURMERIC:

-It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
-When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
-Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
-May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
-Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
Is a natural liver detoxifier.
-May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
-May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
-It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
-Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
-Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
-May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
-Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
-Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
-Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
-Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
-May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. (source)

CAYENNE:

-Anti-Cold & Flu Agent: When you have a cold or flu, cayenne pepper helps break up congested mucus and gets it moving. Once the mucus starts to leave your body, you will get some relief from many of the flu symptoms you may be experiencing.
-Anti-Fungal Properties: The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens.
-Migraine Headache Prevention: Many naturopaths have known of the health benefits of cayenne pepper, especially for migraine symptoms.
-Anti-Allergen: Cayenne is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and may even help relieve allergies.
-Digestive Aid: This spice is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This, in turn, aids the body’s ability to metabolize the food (and toxins) we take into the system. Cayenne pepper is also a wonderful medicinal herb for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.
-Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cayenne’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it a great herb for arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and herpes-related nerve damage.
-Prevents & Treats Blood Clots: Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
-Detox Support: Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms.
-Possible Anti-Cancer Agent: Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper can prevent lung cancer in smokers. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s ability to inhibit liver tumors.
-Supports Weight Loss: Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.
-Improves Heart-Health: Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also rids the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. (source)

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4/5/13 7:22 A

LEMON WATER

Here are 10 health benefits of lemon water that you may not have known!

Good for stomach
-Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.

Excellent for Skin Care
-Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.

Aids in Dental Care
-Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums.

Cures Throat Infections
-Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.

Good for Weight Loss
-One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well.

Controls High Blood Pressure
-Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.

Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders
-Lemon water assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma.

Good for treating Rheumatism
-Lemon is also a diuretic and hence lemon water can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.

Reduces Fever
-Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.

Acts as a blood purifier
-The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifier. (via LifeMojo)

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3/11/13 5:49 P

WATCH THIS VIDEO!!
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3/9/13 8:09 P

Sara for sharing the article on body image in Sparks!
It is excellent, has one great point after the other ......... and also very touching! And yes, we should thank our body and appreciate all the wonderful things it does ....... and has brought us through over our lifetime. It truly is a magnificent piece of art ..........

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3/8/13 6:32 A

Here's an article today featured on SP on Body Image..
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THIN133 posted this under quotes but I thought it would be great here too..

Be yourself-truthfully
Accept yourself-gratefully
Value yourself- joyfully
Forgive yourself- completely
Treat yourself- generously
Balance yourself-harmoniously.

Love that! :)

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The best thing I do for myself is dress in my workout clothes. Unless I am going somewhere I put them on every morning.

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My #1 is to start your day the right way in every aspect. Wake up, smile, drink a glass of water, make a plan, get a workout in if you can, eat a really good-for-you breakfast and just do things, starting from the moment you open your eyes that are beneficial to your health. That way, its easier to keep it up all day!

Think positively all the time. If you can't change it, what's the use in stressing? :D XO

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Look in the mirror each day and say at least one thing you enjoy about yourself whether it’s physical or mental

Try looking in the mirror and just smiling , a smile can brighten any mood.

Leave inspirational posties like “smile beautiful” or “it’s a new day and you’re gorgeous!!!” you could even leave quotes such as,”beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

Little things such as just a smile can make you feel better about yourself. Don’t live your life hating yourself because you will live a miserable life.

(*again, I didn't mark the link but I didn't write this myself.)

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Reasons Why You Should Love Yourself
You deserve to be happy, so just do it.
It’ll make yourself more beautiful, both inside and out.
It’s the best thing you will ever do for yourself.
It’ll make you happy.
You will become a more positive person.
You’ll love life more and appreciate a lot.
You’ll make yourself smile every time you see yourself and be proud of who you are.
You’ll have a positive outlook and attitude.
You may change others around you.

*sorry, I can't remember where I found this one or I would link it.

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1/20/13 5:58 A

Welcome to the Treasure Chest! Here you will find all the secrets to success, tips, and tricks that have helped so many a long the way.
And if you find a tidbit of advice in an article that you'd like to share that doesn't quite fit in the Inspirational quotes or other topics, you can share it here!
It can be about weight loss, food or other types of addiction, self-esteem, anything.
If you feel like it's a bit of treasure that will help us along the way, Share it Here!!

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