Getting The Most Out Of Your New Juicer

For those who have never owned or used a juicer, there are few basic tips that can help you get the most out of your juicing experience. Not only will you save time, but it will also help you hit the ground running and well on your way to improving your dietary intake of nature’s raw nutrients. Below are just some of the ways that you can better enjoy hassle-free juicing.

Choose Organic

When possible, choose organic. Organic fruits and vegetables do not contain the pesticides that commercially grown does. It has also been shown in some studies to contain more nutrients. Organic usually costs more so if it’s not in your budget it okay. Use a produce wash easily found in most grocery stores. You may also feel more comfortable just peeling the skin from commercially grown produce.

Veggies, Veggies, Veggies

Try to juice mostly vegetables. Fruit contains a lot of sugar. Most of us don’t have a problem getting enough fruit in our diet so keep fruit in your juice to a minimum. When first starting out, you may need a little extra fruit in your juice before you learn to love some of the flavors. Using green apples is the best choice because they tend to contain less sugar.

Wash Your Produce

Washing your produce can remove unwanted residue. First, wash your hands as you normally would before handling food. Always wash your produce before you cut it. Run produce under plain, running water for about a minute, using a produce scrub brush. If you feel more comfortable using a vegetable wash, they are easily found in the produce section of your grocery store. Always discard the first layer of leaves from heads of cabbage or lettuce as well.

Peeling

We previously discussed peeling your non organic produce. Generally, you should also peel your citrus. Interestingly, you should leave as much of the white rind between the peel and the fruit. This white flesh is called albedo and is high in antioxidants. Always peel mango and papaya because their skins contain strong irritants. An easy rule of thumb is if you don’t eat it when you eat the fruit whole, don’t juice it.

You can also juice beet greens, celery leaves and small grape stems. Be sure to discard larger grape stems because they will dull your juicer. Do not juice carrot or rhubarb greens because they contain toxic substances.

Remove Pits and Seeds

Seeds and pits should be removed and discarded from mangoes, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, etc. Softer seeds from melons, grapes and cucumbers can be juiced. There is some evidence to show that apple seeds are harmful in some quantities so I remove them to be safe.

Storing

Ideally, your juice should be enjoyed immediately but we all have busy lives and jobs and kids. I store my juice in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Melon and cabbage juice spoils quickly so plan to be ready to drink those immediately. Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t drink it right away. I believe that the benefits of juice that is a few hours old is more than if you decided to grab something full of preservatives.

Take Full Advantage

You may have spent a lot of time trying to find the best juicer but knowing what you are doing will make the experience more rewarding. Hopefully some of the above will help kick start your journey into juicing. The process can be rather beneficial and something that will help you look and feel better. Now is the time to stop making excuses and to take the plunge and see what juicing can do for your body and your mind. Check out the video below for more juicing advice and tips.

Why Jogging Is Still So Good For You

As a foodie, it is pretty obvious that we like to eat, however it can get your diet into trouble at times. While we love to indulge from time to time, it is important to lead a healthy and active lifestyle to counterbalance our efforts in the kitchen. This is why we decided to hit upon some exercise ideas, in particular jogging. We have been runners for years, and we even take our kids along with us. Let’s see what getting outside and moving can do for your body.

Millions of people around the world go jogging everyday for various reasons. Jogging can have a positive influence on a person’s overall fitness levels. While most people take up jogging to lose weight, some simply jog because they enjoy it but there are a lot of other benefits of running that aren’t always discussed.

It is good for the heart

There are reports floating around that jogging can cause heart attacks. These are unfounded according to most cardiologists and medical researchers. What studies have found about the impact of jogging on the heart is that it can actually reduce the risk of heart attack. Statistically speaking 5 out of 400,000 people who participate in marathons have had heart attacks and those 5 might not have had those attacks because of the physical exertion but merely because of some underlying cardiovascular condition they may not have been aware of hence the need to consult with a medical doctor when you decide to take on some sort of exercise.

Not only can jogging reduce the risk of heart disease but also strengthens the cardiovascular system, improving blood circulation and enabling your lungs to function as efficiently as possible. The British Heart foundation has also estimated that jogging can help curb 10,000 heart attack each year.

It strengthens bones

Jogging involves a high degree of impact on the joints. Your bones have to absorb five times the weight of your body with each stride. At the end of each long jog or marathon, a runner would have lost a centimeter of their length as a result of the repetitive pounding of muscle, tightening and compression of the vertebrae. This fact has been used to sell a lot of home exercise equipment that promises minimum impact on bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Society running is actually one of the best way to strengthen your bones. The shrinkage that occurs is only temporary.

Jogging makes the lungs work more efficiently

An average person’s lungs work unusually harder when they are jogging than when he or she is sedentary. The increased intake of oxygen gets the cardiovascular system working harder and with time, the system will get stronger and work more efficiently with the lungs. It might be hard at first to get the rhythm of running and breathing right but with time, it becomes effortless.

Burns calories

The most common reason for people to start jogging is because it’s the simplest cardiovascular exercise around. All you need is a pair of comfortable running shoes, comfortable sweats and a road to run on. Sometimes, it is not even a road but a track through the woods. Simply put, it’s the next progression that a person who needs to shed weighed can make from simply walking. Running at a pace of ten minutes per mile can burn an average of 4 calories per hour for every pound of your own body weight. This means you can burn 580 calories per hour. You cannot do this with walking, cycling or swimming.

You should, however, note that you lose a liter of fluids with every hour spent running so it is important to drink water and also important not to jump on that scale immediately after a run because you will get false results.

It increases your body’s metabolic rate

Research has found that the efficiency with which your body burns fat is significantly raised during a run. This metabolic rate continues to be elevated even after a run.

Involving the kids

From a young age we wanted our children to understand the virtues of exercise and fitness. We did not want them to grow up and be couch potatoes or be glued in front of a computer screen. We invested in a jogging stroller so that we could take them with us and get them out of the house. This had the added benefit of not having to find a sitter while we worked out. We love these pieces of equipment and highly recommend them to active parents. If this is something that you might be interested in using with your own children then we recommend reviewing the latest running stroller ratings to find something that you can afford. They can be quite pricey but they are worth every penny.

As our children grew, we started taking them on short runs and longer walks to spend time with them and to give them a proper example of staying active. Hopefully this is something that they take with them as they get older, but it has been a great bonding experience and a cool way to spend time together as a family.

Get Running

Overall jogging is more than just a means to lose weight but it has been known to be effective at boosting mental performance. Most people do not know that when they jog endorphins are released in the body. This is what causes that “good” feeling after a run. Regular jogging relives the body of stress. Jogging does more than help you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure or give you a momentary high – it can actually increase your lifespan. By making a simple commitment to jog for a few minutes or hours a day at a pace that is comfortable for you, you can change your life for the better.

Understanding The Basics Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is best defined as an anxiety disorder which compels people to engage in obsessive behavior that may interfere with their careers and social lives. Further complications can result either from the distractions caused by OCD’s symptoms or from the general distress that it causes to the sufferer.

It also affects a significant amount of people.  Obsessive compulsive disorder afflicts approximately 2.5% of the US population, which means that around 1 out of 40 Americans suffer from some variation of OCD. So although it may not be as prevalent as something people like to think, it is still a serious problem for a fair amount of the population.  Most sufferers of this condition develop symptoms before the age of 30, although it may develop at a later age.

Different Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Behavior

OCD cases can be classified into different types based on the behavior being exhibited. Although there is some overlap between these these categories, each type of OCD has certain characteristics which are unique to it.

The first type of OCD deals with obsession that involves a harmful and often aggressive fixation on certain objects and subject. Obsession with religion and certain social activities are good examples of this.

The second type of OCD involves an obsession with symmetry, and is also often accompanied by repetitive behavior as well as a general compulsion towards arranging certain objects.
The third type of OCD involves a general paranoia over contamination, and is usually accompanied by an obsession with cleaning.

And finally, there is the type of OCD which involves hoarding, and is often accompanied by a general tendency to irrationally gather certain objects that attracts the sufferer’s attention.

The Symptoms of OCD

The thoughts and obsessions sparked by OCD can become uncontrollable, and in most cases, the person suffering from OCD will indulge his or her obsession even with the full knowledge that what he or she is doing is irrational. This is because the OCD is the result of repetitive behavior, one that the sufferer has probably engaged in for a very long time. Over time, this repetitive behavior leads to both conscious obsession and ritualization.

The compulsive side of OCD manifests itself through ritualistic behavior. They typically include excessive hand washing, nail biting, touching various random objects. It’s worth mentioning that compulsive behavior is often accompanied by conscious thought, and therefore, tends to require the focused desires and thoughts of the person suffering from OCD.

In contrast to this are habits, which occur with little conscious involvement from the sufferer. Related habits are therefore more routine in nature, and are rarely done in relation to any actual desire on the part of the sufferer. Moreover, habits are rarely complex activities, and unlike compulsive behavior, rarely cause stress. For those concerned about its symptoms you can review an OCD checklist to see if it applies to your current situation.

What Causes It?

While it’s difficult to pinpoint any specific cause for OCD, certain factors are believed to contribute to the problem. Genetics, chemical imbalance in the brain and childhood trauma are factors or potential factors that can play a role in the development of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

It’s worth pointing out, for example, that an imbalance of serotonin in the human brain can potentially increase a person’s chances of developing OCD. Likewise, traumatic childhood experiences, like being a victim of child abuse, can also contribute a person’s chances of developing OCD later on in life.

Treatment Options

After a proper diagnosis from a qualified mental health care professional, treating obsessive-compulsive disorder typically involves cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and various types of medication. However, considering how OCD symptoms manifest differently among different people, a certain degree of flexibility is also required in treating individual patients.

Most therapies for treating OCD involve exposure therapy and prevention of ritualistic behaviors. The goal is to get the patient to withdraw from compulsive behavior for long periods of time, until finally, he or she is able to overcome the problem.

As for medication, SSRI or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are often used to treat cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The purpose of these medications is to increase the amount of serotonin in the patient’s brain in order to help prevent the severity of the condition. Other types of medication may also be employed in order to help improve a patient’s responses to therapy, and to speed up the treatment.  ]

Some patients find relief in OCD support groups, where they can share their experiences with others that may be going through the exact same kind of ordeals.  Knowing that you are not alone can be extremely beneficial and may help with any sort of depression symptoms that may arise from having to deal with this disorder.  A patient with this condition should expect to treatment to be a long term part of their lives, however, given enough time and dedication treatment can help control or improve the most problematic parts of OCD and allow the patient to lead a productive life.

For further details on this disorder check out the very informative video below.