May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
In our first article in this series of 3, we introduced the Lemon Detox. Here, we will actually go through the ingredients that make up this lemon drink. It is very important that you gather all the ingredients you need. Check what you will need for your Lemon Detox and buy enough for the duration of the entire detox before you start. If you have to run in a grocery store in the middle of your detox and find yourself surrounded by food, you may be tempted – I advise you to avoid this situation.
Ingredients of the Lemon Detox
The main ingredients for the Lemon Detox:
- Filtered water
- Grade B organic maple syrup free of formaldehyde
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Organic lemons
- Non-iodized sea salt or Epsom salt
First, let’s talk about the main ingredients:
This is probably the most neglected step of the Lemon Detox , but also the most important if you want to cleanse your body.
Some people won’t touch non-organic fruits or vegetables, but will continue to drink and cook with it unfiltered tap water. Your local water treatment facility is not effective in providing you with clean, safe water. The standard practice for water treatment is to throw chlorine into the water in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Chlorine is a poison whose links to cancers have been proven. This water also contains chemicals that come from industrial waste and farm runoff – as well as sediment and toxic metals found in pipes that bring water to your home.
On the other hand, bottled water is not a better choice. In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes associated with bottled water are not strictly regulated. Sometimes the bottled water we buy is no better than city tap water – and sometimes it’s just regular municipal water!
The solution is to use a water filtration system. If you are currently drinking bottled water, choosing this solution is likely to be profitable within a few months. You must be careful when buying a quality water filter because many are not effective at filtering the contaminants present today in the water we drink. If you don’t have a water filter, most grocery stores sell filtered water. Generally, this water is filtered by by a process called reverse osmosis, which is not the best filtration technology, but it’s always better than tap water.
Amazon offers a large number of filters ranging from low price decanters to systems that can be used in an entire house. You should consider investing in a good water filter, and even after completing the cure, you’ll want to continue drinking clean water. We’re going a little off topic here but water is a really crucial element for good health. For people who make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, a simple water filtration system is as important (and less expensive) than organic meat from a free range animal or than nutritional supplements.
Do not use concentrated lemon juice – concentrated lemon juice is filled with sugar and preservatives. As every other ingredient on this list, try to find organic lemons.
Grade B maple syrup
It’s important that you use B-grade organic maple syrup. Some commercial brands used for pancakes don’t use real maple syrup… It’s actually artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. Most high quality grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s, sell Grade B organic maple syrup. You also buy it online if you can’t find isome at our local store.
Cayenne pepper is usually sold in powder form, but some stores sell a liquid cayenne pepper extract that will be just as effective. If you’re having trouble drinking spicy drinks, you can also use cayenne pepper capsules – you can find them in the Food Supplements section of most health stores.
Make sure that the sea salt you buy is not roasted (not iodized). It will be used as laxative.
The recipe of Lemon Detox is very simple
You must drink at least 1.7 liters of this lemon drink per day, but not more than 3.5 (depending on your weight). I suggest you drink the equivalent of your weight multiplied by 30ml. So if you weigh 124 lbs or 56 kgs, you should drink 3.75 liters of water.
Here is the recipe that should be used for the Lemon Detox. No. 1 is for one portion (or for 1 glass) and No. 2 is for 1.8 liter.
No. 1 – A single serving
- 300ml of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1/10 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
No. 2 – 1.8 liters, for a daily portion
- 1.8 liters of filtered water
- 12 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
- 12 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
There are two important things you need to remember when using this recipe. The lemon juice you use must be freshly squeezed. Canned juice will be inefficient and will negate most of the benefits of the detox cure. In addition, the maple syrup must be grade B. Mixing herbal teas with the recipe is a good way to add some flavor. You must choose a low caffeine tea, such as Hibiscus, as caffeine can tighten the blood vessels. Also, it would be greatly beneficial to consume 2 tablespoons of wheat grass per day.
May 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
A Quick Guide To All Things Vegetarian In The City
Explore the vegan life in the windy city. They grow, they eat, they drink, they shop, they read, they wear… Vegetables, fruits, plants, algae and cereals, these products given to us by Mother Earth that many have chosen over meat, fish or poultry. Are there many vegetarians and vegans in Chicago? More than you think: vegetarians and vegans are here and live the good life in our fair city.
We usually focus on Thai massage, meditation and herbal remedies, but nutrition is responsible for 80% of our health. It would therefore be silly for us to ignore this hugely important element of our life.
The Vegan Jargon
Vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian… What’s all this? There’s more to not eating meat than one would expect. One might eat eggs, drink milk, only eat fruit or consume all fruit and vegetables in their raw form.
Vegetarianism means not eating meat products, this fact is well known. But besides consuming vegetables and fruit, a vegetarian might also eat some animal products, such as eggs, milk and honey. The vegetarian does not eat meat or fish, or any of their by-products such as gelatin or beef and chicken stock.
A vegetarian and a rabbit: a vegetarian eats plants, certainly, but these plants are not only composed of the obvious green leafy vegetables and bright fruit. Vegetarians also eat algae, mushrooms, seeds, yeasts, roots…
On top of fruit, roots, nuts, seeds and vegetables, the lacto-ovo vegetarian eats eggs and drinks milk. People with a sweet tooth will delighted as cakes are allowed. Furthermore, there can be 2 Lacto-ovo vegetarian sub categories… You’ll encounter the lacto-vegetarian (who consumes plants and milk) and the ovo-vegetarian (who consumes plants and eggs). Not too lost I hope?
The vegan never eats any animal products and only consumes plant based products. Say goodbye to eggs, milk, honey, cheese, seafood, which are enjoyed by vegetarians. You might think that it doesn’t leave much, but think again, the choice can actually be quiet surprising! On top only consuming fruits, roots, seeds, nuts and vegetables, the vegan is usually very aware of any kind of cruelty performed towards animals. He or she will often stay away from places that might exploit certain animals such as sea parks, where orcas and dolphins are trained to perform tricks, and elephants camps, where tourists enjoy rides on poorly treated elephants.
Raw veganism is the strictest lifestyle in all of the vegetarian categories. It’s essentially the same as veganism with the exception that all foods are consumed raw.
Where to shop for food and eat vegan in Chicago
Probably one of oldest grocery store in Logan Square, Food Smart has a great selection of vegan, organic, local, gluten-free products.
Good Foods Vegan / Vegetarian Deli
Everything is in the name; this deli (which also has a restaurant), offers vegan and vegetarian dishes, desserts and drinks, to enjoy on the spot or to take away.
Green Grocer Chicago
A small neighborhood store that has everything to make your average vegan happy; great, local and organic products, all presented by an adorable staff.
Whole Foods Market
Located all over the US, as well as in Canada and the UK, Whole Foods is now infamous for high quality produce and its wide selection of vegan and vegetarian products. Organic honey, raw apple cider vinegar, gluten-free breads, goat’s milk, Whole Foods has it all. There are currently 15 Whole Food Markets in the Chicago area.
Another American favorite with more than 450 stores in the US, 17 of which are in Chicago, Trader Joe’s offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or fat-free products. “Fake” chicken beef without beef, vegan mozzarella, free range chicken eggs, Trader Joe’s is essentially in the same league as Whole Foods..
For who prefer to do their shopping from the comfort of their home. Vegan Essentials is now the most important online vegan store in the US and offers everything from food, to books and DVDs and to supplements.
Some of Chicago’s favorite vegetarian restaurants
Native Foods Café
Launched in California in 1994, Native Foods Café is America’s very first fast-vegan restaurant, serving fine and fresh cuisine. You can enjoy dishes from around the world, burgers, chili, wraps, Moroccan salads… Four locations in the Chicago area, Native Foods also offers a catering service as well as delivery.
Founded in 1983 by health expert Karyn Calabrese, Karyn’s mission is to transform the vegan lifestyle into sexy, while glorifying the power of nature and its wonders. She now has 4 restaurants and 1 spa in the Chicago area.
Located just a stone’s throw from Belmont Harbor, Kitchen 17 serves all sorts of delicious foods you would of never thought possible for a vegan cafe: pizzas and burgers, that have nothing to envy to the “real ones”.
Urban Vegan offers vegan Thai dishes with delicious Asian flavors. You don’t live in the neighborhood? No problem… For a small fee, Urban Vegan will deliver your favorite dishes to your door.
Lush is now relatively famous for its natural and vegan beauty products and treatments. For 30 years, this British brand has branded itself around the fight against cosmetics being tested on animals and is boycotting all the companies that practice this.
In spite of the name, no leather is used in the manufacturing of these shoes. In fact, MooShoes is more than just shoes… The store also offers bags, wallets, belts, t-shirts and sweatshirts, jackets and accessories all made of synthetic microfiber polyurethane. And, as a bonus, veggie lovers can find books and DVDs to help them become a bit more vegan. MooShoes doesn’t yet have a Chicago location but its online store is pretty awesome.
Vaute Couture Fashion
This independent fashion house created by a former fashion model and Chicago native Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart offers stylish designer creations, crafted of recycled and recyclable fibers.
The vegan state of mind: online ressources
Being vegan is much more than just a diet; it’s a whole state of mind, by which adepts clearly and simply indicate their refusal to use any product derived from animals.
American Vegan Society
The American Vegan Society posts interesting facts about the vegan lifestyle.
There is also the VegSource, a true media outlet that covers a large variety of topics touching veganism, such as health, fashion, conferences and events. Want some crispy info on vegan celebrities? It’s also on VegSource.
Vegan Beauty Review
Learn everything about the ways to be beautiful naturally. The Vegan Beauty Review blog offers great tips about make-up, fashion, hair care as well as as host of information to live a cruelty-free life.
The ultimate guide for anything and everything that’s vegan in the Chicago area. This great online database lists vegan businesses according their activity, ‘veganity’ and their location in the city. You can also suggests new businesses for them to list..
Many of us obtain information via social media and for this Facebook group pages are extremely useful. Chicago Vegans is such a group and anyone can join this group in order to inquire about all things vegetarian in the area.
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March 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
Among the health benefits of the hibiscus flower (aka rosella), one can include the following: relieves high blood pressure, decreases high cholesterol and inflammation, helps treat hypertension and anxiety, and reduces issues associated with the digestive and the immune systems. It helps heal liver disease and helps reduce the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in weight stabilization, in a healthy and progressive way. Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.
Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink around the world and is often used as a medicinal tea. However, hibiscus flowers have various local names but can be called by their other, more common name, which is “Roselle”.
A lovely ruby red in color, Hibiscus tea has an acidic taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea and has a taste similar to cranberry. This tea is low in calories and has no caffeine. This article examines the various benefits of hibiscus tea, which will help keep your body fit and healthy.
Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea
1. Helps Manage Your Blood Pressure
A report from the American Heart Association, published in November 2008, hypothesized that consumption of hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also suggests that about 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. A study conducted by the Odigie IP concludes that the Hibicus flower contains antihypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial for hypertension and for those at high risk of chronic cardiovascular disease. According to research done at Tufts University in Boston, Hibiscus tea is able to reduce blood pressure up to 10 points, partly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In order for this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. In addition, hibiscus tea has diuretic properties, which increases urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.
2. Decreases Cholesterol
Hibiscus tea also has quite impressive antioxidant properties. It helps reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, thereby protecting against heart disease and protecting the blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those suffering from blood sugar disorders such as diabetes. A study conducted on patients with type II diabetes shows that the consumption of Hibiscus acid lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this disease.
3. Protects your Liver
Studies have also shown that the antioxidant properties of Hibiscus tea can help in the treatment of liver disease. Antioxidants help protect your body against disease because it neutralizes free radicals in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan, maintaining good overall health in many of your organs.
4. Anti-Cancer Properties
Hibiscus tea contains protocatechic hibiscus acid, which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at Chung Shan Medical and Dental College in Taichung, Taiwan, suggets that hibiscus slows the growth of cancer cells by preventing apoptosis, usually called “programmed cell death.”
5. Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties
Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It’s an essential nutrient needed by your body to promote and stimulate your immune system activity. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As a result, it reduces the risks of you getting colds and flu. Hibiscus tea is also used to treat the discomfort caused by fever, thanks to its refreshing effect.
6. Menstrual Pains
Among the health benefits of Hibiscus tea is its ability to relieve cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance, which helps reduce other menstruation symptoms such as mood swings and depression.
7. Antidepressant Properties
Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals such as flavonoids that have antidepressant properties. The consumption of hibiscus tea can help calm the nervous system, and can reduce anxiety as well as depression, creating a feeling of relaxation through your body and mind.
8. Weight Loss
Hibiscus tea is also beneficial for losing weight. If you eat high carb foods, this means that you’re consuming a lot of sugar and starch, which are associated to weight gain. However, studies have speculated that hibiscus extract reduces the absorption of starch and glucose and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus blocks the production of amylase, which contributes to the absorption of carbohydrates and starch. Drinking hibiscus tea would prevent this absorption from occurring. As a result, hibiscus tea is found in many slimming products.
9. Helps Digestion
Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion. It promotes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it’s also used as a treatment against constipation, which promotes weight loss while improving the state of your gastrointestinal system and therefore reducing the chances of you contracting colorectal cancer.
March 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
The Master Cleanse Diet, also called ‘Lemon Detox’, has been around for decades. It was originally made popular by nutritionist Stanley Burroughs, a strong advocate of a natural approach to health and one of the first to promote the idea that the body has the natural ability to heal itself.
In this first part of a 3-part series about the lemon detoxification program, we will introduce you to a method that will result in great health benefits.
The results encountered with the Lemon Detox were simply extraordinary. There have been instances of problems associated with chronic disease, some of which have been suffering for years, disappeared in just 10 days.
The Lemon Detox involves drinking a lemon juice mixture that will help your body eliminate waste that has accumulated over time. There is more to it, and we will explain it in detail later on in this article, but you should know that it is a safe and effective way to achieve a balanced health. It’s also a great way to lose weight fast and a great start off point to a much healthier diet and lifestyle.
Doing the Lemon Detox can help you lose weight by eliminating internal waste. The number of pounds lost varies a lot from one person to another, but for some, the number can be huge. But the real benefits in terms of weight loss appear once you have completed the detox program. After finishing the Lemon Detox, most people find that they don’t have to force themselves to eat better; refusing unhealthy food becomes natural. In fact, processed foods high in calories will make you sick. You will suddenly crave for foods rich in nutrients, such as raw vegetables. Your appetite will also adapt, requiring less foods to feel satiated.
Why you need to detox your body?
We poison ourselves slowly. The food we eat is covered with pesticides and there are chemicals in the water we drink. In some cities, the air is so saturated with pollutants during certain days that authorities recommend staying home. Not eliminating the environmental poisons that accumulate in your body could even rob you of a couple years. It could also mean a lifetime of chronic pain, fatigue, obesity, and a plethora of other health issues. A Lemon Detox can help eliminate waste accumulated in your body. To better understand the Lemon Detox, you must first understand that it is based on detoxification.
Put simply, your body is filled with a lot of garbage that is very difficult for your system to eliminate normally. At this very moment, many people are walking with kilos of dense fecal matter piled up in their bowels. These are perfect breathing grounds for bacteria to proliferate, and if you do not eliminate this, you can slowly poison yourself. You will begin to have symptoms such as skin issues, extreme fatigue and loss of libido.
Here’s the source of this slow poisoning:
- Processed foods
- Saturated fats and trans fats
- Artificial sweeteners
- No or very few raw vegetables
- Toxins associated with alcohol, coffee and smoking
- Not enough water
Through heavy branding and marketing, modern eating habits have evolved to become a bad combination of overly sugary, fatty and salty foods that overwhelm the body. Add too little water and the horrible life style habits that we’ve come accustomed to around the world, such nights out drinking, coffee and too little sleep, the results are disastrous. This is where the Lemon Detox comes into play. Although this may be reminiscent of something that a heavy drinker would use to unwind, it is really only about helping your body to free itself from this waste.
Following the Detox Lemon could result in the following:
- Increase your energy levels
- Help you to break your bad habits
- Flush your body of harmful toxins
- Promote weight loss through increased energy levels and a faster metabolic rate
- Strengthen your immune system and protect you against diseases. Detoxification will reset your body.
In part 2 of this 3-part series, we will explore how to go about the Lemon Detox programme.