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Going Bananas!

July 4, 2012

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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.

 

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:

 

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.

 

PMS

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

 

Heartburn

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

 

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-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

 

 

So, a banana really is a natural remedy. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The information above does not replace personal medical advice from your doctor or a qualified health care professional. You should consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or fitness program.

 

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Detox Cleanse – Jumpstart your #Brisfit routine

July 4, 2012

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The modern life fills us with poisons from polluted air and food additives that need to be periodically “cleaned out” (“detoxified”). By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, a detox diet allows our bodies to focus on self-healing. The goal is to raise energy levels, stimulate digestive health, clear headaches, remove bloating, improve concentration and mood, regain our natural ability to ward off colds and flu, and prevent premature aging and disease. Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out.

 

After completing a detox diet you should notice you have clearer skin, some weight loss, more energy, less cellulite, and you should be feeling more relaxed!

 

There are a couple different options you can choose from when deciding to do a detox. I will give you a few ideas of what has worked for my Brisfit clients and myself. You may even stumble across some others amongst your own research.

 

Go Raw Cleanse

By eating all of your food fresh, and uncooked, you’re getting the most out of your food by way of nutrients and enzymes. You can do this 3 days a week, or a week at a time.

 

Smoothie (Greens and Fruit) Cleanse

Consume all of your meals in a liquid form with smoothies. This is a nice, gentle, and fun approach to cleaning your digestive tract with blended foods. Basically you drink green smoothies all day (this can include blended salads, green smoothies, and even all fruit smoothies).

 

Green Juice Cleanse

You only consume green juices all day. You can set up a program for yourself where you juice 3 days a week. Or, you can juice fast for a week or more at a time. Keep in mind that on days where you only juice, you should aim for 4-5 quarts of juice a day.

 

Colon Cleansing Capsules

Capsules can make the colon cleansing process so much easier.

I suggest Sculpt’N Cleanse Colon Cleansing Formula and you can pick it up at your local Vitamin Shoppe.

 

Also try Milk Thistle as a daily supplement

Milk Thistle protects and regenerates the liver in most liver diseases. It is one of the best examples of preventative medicine that we have today as it not only protects each cell of the liver from incoming toxins, but simultaneously encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, drugs, medications, mercury and heavy metals, pesticides and anesthesia.

 

 

Please comment and share your own detox experiences!

 

 Note: The information above does not replace personal medical advice from your doctor or a qualified health care professional. You should consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or fitness program.

The modern life fills us with poisons from polluted air and food additives that need to be periodically “cleaned out” (“detoxified”). By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, a detox diet allows our bodies to focus on self-healing. The goal is to raise energy levels, stimulate digestive health, clear headaches, remove bloating, improve concentration and mood, regain our natural ability to ward off colds and flu, and prevent premature aging and disease. Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out.

 

After completing a detox diet you should notice you have clearer skin, some weight loss, more energy, less cellulite, and you should be feeling more relaxed!

 

There are a couple different options you can choose from when deciding to do a detox. I will give you a few ideas of what has worked for my Brisfit clients and myself. You may even stumble across some others amongst your own research.

 

Go Raw Cleanse

By eating all of your food fresh, and uncooked, you’re getting the most out of your food by way of nutrients and enzymes. You can do this 3 days a week, or a week at a time.

 

Smoothie (Greens and Fruit) Cleanse

Consume all of your meals in a liquid form with smoothies. This is a nice, gentle, and fun approach to cleaning your digestive tract with blended foods. Basically you drink green smoothies all day (this can include blended salads, green smoothies, and even all fruit smoothies).

 

Green Juice Cleanse

You only consume green juices all day. You can set up a program for yourself where you juice 3 days a week. Or, you can juice fast for a week or more at a time. Keep in mind that on days where you only juice, you should aim for 4-5 quarts of juice a day.

 

Colon Cleansing Capsules

Capsules can make the colon cleansing process so much easier.

I suggest Sculpt’N Cleanse Colon Cleansing Formula and you can pick it up at your local Vitamin Shoppe.

 

Also try Milk Thistle as a daily supplement

Milk Thistle protects and regenerates the liver in most liver diseases. It is one of the best examples of preventative medicine that we have today as it not only protects each cell of the liver from incoming toxins, but simultaneously encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, drugs, medications, mercury and heavy metals, pesticides and anesthesia.

 

 

Please comment and share your own detox experiences!

 

 Note: The information above does not replace personal medical advice from your doctor or a qualified health care professional. You should consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or fitness program.

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Whip it Real Good!

July 3, 2012

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Try whipped butter on your toast — you’ll take in about a third less calories. Butter is known to be an excellent source of cjnjugated linoleic acid, which may be a cancer-fighting nutrient, according to Ohio State scientists.

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Cinnamon Secrets!

July 2, 2012

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Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants that inhibit blood clotting and bacterial growth (including the bad-breath variety). It also helps control your blood sugar. USDA researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who consumed 1 gram of cinnamon a day for 6 weeks (about 1/4 teaspoon each day) significantly reduced not only their blood sugar but also their triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Credit the spices active ingrediants, methylhydroxychalone polymers, which increase your cells’ ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.

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Have you Heard about WheatGrass?!

July 2, 2012

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Wheatgrass is one of the most potent leafy greens on earth, containing a great source of vitamins and minerals. Buying your own wheatgrass powder or caplets is up to 30x MORE nutritious than tray grown wheatgrass juice shots.

 

Wheatgrass supports overall health and wellness. It sustains healthy energy levels & immune function while also supporting body alkalinity (building the blood). Wheatgrass cleanses the body, is high in amino acids (which are the building blocks of protein), and also fights and protects against illness by boosting the immune system. Wheatgrass juice protects the lungs and blood from water and air pollution, toxins, cigarette smoke and heavy metals. It is also a safe and extremely potent aid to weight loss since it suppresses the appetite and stimulates circulation and metabolism.

 

SMOKERS!!!

For those of you that have quit smoking or are trying to and find Cardio to be difficult, there is hope!

Wheatgrass has been found to dissolve scars formed in the lungs and in addition helps wash drug deposits from the body, purifies the blood and organs and counteracts acids and toxins in the body. It helps to increase the enzyme level in our cells, aiding in the rejuvenation of the body and the metabolism of nutrients. These enzymes assist in dissolving tumors. Since wheatgrass increases the oxygenation in the body, you can help offset smog, smoke and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise.

 

So WHY Wheatgrass??

Bottom Line… There is no debate that consuming dark leafy green vegetables is extremely beneficial for our health. Given that over 90% of us fall short of getting 5 servings of vegetables every day, wheatgrass offers an easier and effective way to meet this goal. So if you are reading my blog to get fit and stay healthy, take my advice and go to your local Vitamin Shoppe or GNC and pick this stuff up!

 

 

Smoothies to try!

 

4 carrots, 4 stalks of celery, 4 spinach leaves, 2 apples and 1 scoop of wheatgrass powder

– juice all.

 

2 oranges, 1 banana, 1 avocado (pitted), 1 lime and 1 scoop of wheatgrass powder

– juice all.

 

3 kiwi fruits, 3 apricots, 2 cups of strawberries, 1 cup of pineapple pieces and 1 scoop of wheatgrass powder

– juice all.

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